5 Highlights From 2021

5 Highlights From 2021

Life Changer

2021 was a life changing year for David Lecours (see #3 below). We are excited to share five highlights (in no particular order) from last year.


1. Launch of the New Bergelectric Website

Award Winning WebsitesWebsite years are like dog years–you have to multiply x seven. Six years (42 in dog) after designing the SMPS San Diego “Best Website” for Bergelectric, it was time to redesign the site to help the company grow from 2800 to 3200 people.

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2. Kelly & Stone Architects Brand Strategy, Website, and Print Design

After completing brand strategy, messaging, and hero project descriptions, we designed SOQ and proposal templates.

These looked so good, KS|a hired us to redo their website.The new website creates a better mobile experience, features the team and shows off a curated global portfolio of homes.

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KS|a Home page

 

 


3. Birth of our son, Rowan William Lecours

Rowan was born April 12, 2021 and we are thrilled that his adoption was finalized December 9, 2021.

 


4. Launch of the Rewind Website

Rewind Building Technology Systems is a new venture started by leaders at Michael Wall Engineering. We launched a new Michael Wall Engineering (MWE) website in 2020 and the Rewind site in 2021.

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See the Rewind Website

 


5. New Bullivant Website & Branding

With significant transformation in the last 10 years, this law firm’s brand was stuck where they’d been, not where they’re headed.

LecoursDesign helped Bullivant with brand strategy, core values, vision, purpose, positioning, a refined brand name, brand identity, and a new website.

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New Home Page

Your Email Signature Matters to Millions

Your Email Signature Matters to Millions

You probably don’t think of your email signature as a valuable brand asset. But you should, and here’s why.

According to the Email Stats Report by the Radicati Group, the average employee sends:
36 emails per day = 10,000 emails sent per year

If your firm has 100 employees, that’s 1 million annual brand impressions. Not just random impressions, your emails arrive targeted to clients, vendors, teaming partners, and potential employees.

1 Million

Consider improving email signatures across your firm beyond an obligatory formality. Email signatures are the most prolific brand touchpoint you own.

To help you, I’ll identify common email signature mistakes. Then, I’ll share how to create a powerful email signature that enhances your firm’s reputation.

Common Email Signature Mistakes

1) Inconsistency
Email signatures aren’t the place for personal expression. You don’t allow each employee to craft their own version of your logo, so don’t allow it with email signatures. All your brand touchpoints should speak in a consistent, professional voice.

Avoid a variety of fonts (unless you are writing a ransom letter)
Avoid too many colors (we love rainbows too, but not in emails)
Avoid too much variety in size, bold, and italic (if you emphasize everything, then nothing stands out)

2) Images
Avoid including company logos, social media icons, project photos, and charity logos. Images in email signatures can flag your email as “spam,” sending it directly to the Junk folder. Plus, it is annoyingly difficult for email recipients to decipher your intended attachment files from your email signature image attachments.

3) Including Your Email Address
If someone receives an email from you, by default, they now have your email address. Including it in your email signature is redundant. If they want to reply to your email, guess what, they will hit “reply” within their email software.

4) Inspiration Quotes or Sacred Spiritual Passages
Don’t impose your personal beliefs in a professional setting.

5) Legal Disclaimers
You know the ones, similar to seen on faxes circa 1989, stating “this email is only intended for the recipient…blah, blah, blah” Since these have become so banal, nobody reads them. As a result, they become ineffective within a legal setting.

 

How To Create Your Firm’s Email Signature

Be respectful of your reader’s time and visual landscape by making your email signature as concise as possible.

What you might include:
Your Name
Your Pronouns
Title (only if informative and consistent with your firm’s culture)
Firm Name
Phone Number
Website URL (only if different from your name@URL.com)
One Variable Link That Changes Monthly (recent blog post, project case study, speech, or primary social media channel)

Here is my email signature:

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
David W. Lecours
Principal | LecoursDesign
phone 760.500.8818
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Recently Designed Website:
psomas.com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

I recommend using grey, or a quiet color, to distinguish between the email signature and the body of the email. I also use the dotted lines to separate the signature from the body.

Use only keyboard elements, not images, to create typographic rules within your email signature. Typography rules, aka borders, can be created by repeating glyphs like these:
+ + + + + + + + +
>>>>>>>>>
///////////////
^^^^^^^^^
* * * * * * * * *
= = = = = = =
o o o o o o
. . . . . . . . .

For consistency across your firm, create a master template of your new email signature. Then copy and paste it into an email sent to your IT department, or each employee, for implementation. Obviously, each employee should replace your individual contact information with their own.

More more detail on How To Create an Email Signature, check out our coding partner Noble Intent’s post here.

Your Reputation is at Stake

Your firm’s reputation is the sum of all experiences a person has with your brand. Since email signatures make millions of impressions, show that you care about your reader with a simple, consistent and well crafted email signature.

True, email signatures aren’t your most glamorous brand touchpoint. But, as Orrin Woodward says, “Success is the exponential effect of little things done consistently over time.” (Just don’t use this inspirational quote in your email signature.)

Food Guide to Encinitas

This is a highly biased guide to eating in Encinitas written by a local (me, David Lecours).

Breakfast
101 Diner
552 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the cilantro hollandaise benedict, german apple pancake, or corned beef hash

El Nopalito
582 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the breakfast burrito, then hit the fresh salsa bar for roasted salsa
pick up a bag of chips and fresh guac from the reach-in “˜fridge

Good On Ya Deli
1051 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Super healthy, organic, and delicious

Swami’s Cafe
1163 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Originator of the Acai bowl, great egg dishes, smoothies

Honey’s Bistro & Bakery
632 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Omelettes, scrambles, croissant sandwiches all good

Le Papagayo
1002 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
A unicorn- equally good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Order the chili verde benedict on sopes

Coffee
A Better Buzz
578 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
all those fancy, hipster coffees

Lofty Coffee
90 North Coast Highway 101 #214, Encinitas, CA 92024
Baristas have PhDs in coffee. If crowded, go across Hwy 101 to:
Lofty Coffee Roasting Works
97 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Gordy’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
441 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
get the plonk muffin, sausage roll (reg. or veg.), shortbread, lunch lady, or banana bread

Bakery
Gordy’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
441 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
get the plonk muffin, sausage roll (reg. or veg.), shortbread, lunch lady, or banana bread

Darshan Bakery & Cafe
949 2nd St., Encinitas, CA 92024
best Chai outside of India, spiritual sweets

Pannikin Coffee & Tea
510 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
the greek eggs and bagels are good too. Great outdoor vibe at a converted train station.

St. Tropez
947 South Coast Highway 101 #103, Encinitas, CA 92024
get the french onion soup & salad, or quiche and salad, combo. Nice outdoor patio with fountain

French Corner
1200 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas, CA 92024
get the quiche, olive drop coffee, breakfast crepe or banana bread


Mexican
El Nopalito
582 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the california burrito, tacos, or plate lunch. Pick up a bag of chips and fresh guac from the reach-in “˜fridge. Note: there is a restaurant and market named El Nopalito in the same strip center

Jorge’s Mexicatessen
417 Santa Fe Drive # B, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the chicken soup, rolled tacos, or any burrito

Haggo’s Organic Taco
1114 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
carne asada is deelish

The Taco Stand
642 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Authentic street tacos. I love the al pastor. Get the corn on the cob too.

La Especial Norte
664 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
I love the Tlapeño soup. Chicken Tortilla soup is amazing too.

Death by Tequila, sign reads ‘DxT’
569 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas CA, 92024
Modern Baja cuisine and tequila bar. Get the Hawaiian ahi crudo, guacamole flight, cuatro tacos

Moonage Food Co.
1114 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
A funky food truck and picnic tables with tabletop fire pits. Get the taco trio or Electric Totem pole burrito.

Asia
Birdseye Kitchen
540 North Coast Highway, Encinitas, CA 92024
Thai + Vietnamese, get the drunken noodles, pho, mussamun or yellow curry, spring rolls, and coconut gelato

Thai Society
1070 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the pad thai, red or yelow curry, or thai steak salad

Chiko
101 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the orange chicken, cold peanut noodles, brussel sprouts and the custard dessert.

Indian
KC Tandor
1070 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Try the Masala Dosa. Chicken Tikka Masala always good. Quality fast food indian.

Himalayan Kitchen
1337 ENCINITAS BLVD. ENCINITAS, CA
Delicious Nepalese and all the Indian classics. Get the veg samosa, chana masala and chicken tikka masala

Pizza
Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria
897 South Coast Highway 101 #101, Encinitas, CA 92024
They make their own cheese, dough, sauce, charcuterie
Try the deep friend brussels sprouts, staff’s favorite or my father’s pizza. You must get the salted caramel, butterscotch pudding for dessert

URBN Coal Fired Pizza
764 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Chopped italian salad, peppered salami or mashed potato pizza
Nice selection of local craft beers on tap

Buona Fochetta
250 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Pizza oven made in Naples. No reservations and hard to get a table ‘cuz it’s delicious

Pizza Corner
1246 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the Killer Bee

Peruvian
Qero
564 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Good place to take a date, or spend your prize money

Fish
Encinitas Fish Shop
1010 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the fish tacos or mahi mahi salad

Fish 101
1468 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Surfy vibe. Fish ‘n’ Chips is tasty

Italian
Buona Fochetta
Pizza oven made in Naples. No reservations and hard to get a table ‘cuz it’s delicious
250 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Alice’s Italian Gourmet
252 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the lasagna and the sliders.

Bistro
Valentina
810 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the wiener schnitzel, spicy caesar, corn soup,

Herb & Sea
131 W D St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the roasted baby carrots, crispy boardwalk potatoes, pizzas and bucatini puttanesca

Third Corner Wine Shop & Bistro
897 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Good place to take a date, or spend your prize money
Get the cuban sandwich, fries, goat cheese salad, grilled chicken penne, short rib, or NY steak

Craftsman Tavern
267 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
high-end burgers, brussels sprouts w/ bacon, and fried chicken

Union Kitchen & Tap
1108 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Great breakfast, lunch and dinner menu too. Cool, good-looking youngsters frequent

Healthy (Vegetarian & Vegan Options)
Good On Ya Cafe
1051 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Super healthy, organic, and delicious.

Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar
765 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the Tofu tacos, smoothies, juices, salads, huevos rancheros, pancakes. A rare gem that is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Plant Power
411 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the holy guacamole, buffalo ’66, and iconic fries

Burger, Chicken & Beer
Crack Shack
407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
Richard Blais (top chef) fast casual. Fancy fried-chicken.

Encinitas Ale House
1044 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the sweet potato fries, harmonica bill burger, or buffalo chicken sandwich. Impressive beer list

Regal Seagull
996 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Pub food. Tasty Philly cheese steak

Fast Food Burger
In-n-Out
130 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024
If you are from out of town, and have never had one, it may change your opinion of fast food. Get the double double animal style, fries, and a chocolate shake

Ice Cream
JoJos Creamery
937 S Coast Highway 101, Suite 106, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get the cayenne sea salt caramel, nibby chocolate, or honey lavender

Gelato 101
480 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get a cup and sneak it into a surf movie at La Paloma across the street

Cali Creamery
9o North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
I like the coconut cream pie flavor, nearly always a line

Bars & Cocktails
Bier Garden
641 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
next to Whole Foods
Normal people frequent, good people watching

Union Kitchen & Tap
1108 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Great breakfast, lunch and dinner menu too. Cool, good-looking youngsters frequent

Culture Brewing Co.
629 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Get pizza from next door and eat it with your beer.


Surf Shops
Encinitas Surfboards
107 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
small shop, local shortboard vibe, great service, iconic Encinitas Surfboards t-shirt, hat or hoodie

Hansen’s
1105 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
huge shop, local longboard vibe, they have it all for all ages

Yoga Studio
Gather
http://gatherencinitas.com/
Luke, Daniela, Aubrey are all great.

Markets
Lazy Acres (delicious poke bowls)
El Nopalito Mexican (warm homemade tortillas)
Sprouts
Jimbo’s
7-11

Beaches
Moonlight State Beach (official SoCal Classic beach)
take Encinitas Blvd until it ends

Swami’s State Beach
1298 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Sights
Self Realization Fellowship Gardens
215 West K Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
koi pond, gardens, and cliffside view from Oceanside to La Jolla

San Diego Botanical Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

AEC Firm Differentiation

AEC Firm Differentiation

Slide Deck, video and links from David Lecours’ SMPS Pacific Regional Conference closing keyote speech:

Stealing From Surf Brands for A/E/C Firm Differentiation
Surf brands and A/E/C firms compete in crowded markets. Surf brands do a great job carving out distinct brand identities to differentiate their surfboards, board shorts, and wetsuits. David Lecours, surfer and A/E/C branding consultant, will share examples of cutting edge graphic design, iconic people, founding stories, messaging, and archetypes that help surf brands and A/E/C firms stand out from the pack. You’ll return from the conference ready to shred with new techniques. Expect a wave of improvement in your SOQs, proposals, websites, presentation decks, videos and advertising.


Slide Deck

To download the slides, click the LinkedIn logo (“˜in’ square above). Within Slideshare, click “Download” button under the title.


 

Surf Brands Featured
Town & Country – https://www.tcsurf.com
Volcom – http://volcom.com/
Surf Ranch Pro – https://wslsurfranchpro.com

 


 

A/E/C Firms Featured
Rapt Studio – https://raptstudio.com
Foster & Partners – http://fosterandpartners.com/
Clark Construction – http://clarkconstruction.com/
Arcadis – http://arcadis.com/
Stantec – http://stantec.com/
LMN Architects – http://lmnarchitects.com/
Array Architects – https://array-architects.com
Populous – http://populous.com/
Murraysmith – http://www.murraysmith.us
Fanning Howey – https://fhai.com
Sellen Construction – https://www.sellen.com
Schmidt Design Group – http://kaadesigngroup.com/
TEECOM – http://teecom.com/
Lake | Flato – http://lakeflato.com/

 


 

Homework: Books & Podcast
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
The Power of Moments by Dan & Chip Heath
PSM Show with David Lecours and Josh Miles – https://psm.show
PSM Show with Ryan Suydam on Client Experience – https://psm.show/127-client-experience/
PSM Show with Nicole La on Recruitment Marketing – https://psm.show/109-recruitment-marketing/

 


 

Videos Shown in Keynote
Patagonia wetsuits from plants – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6WVtLdXqDk
Lake | Flato Hotel San Jose experience – https://www.lakeflato.com/video/hotel-san-jose-transformation
Surf Ranch Pro Contest Felipe Toledo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2-Qe2rOwT8

 


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LecoursDesign Goes 3 for 3 at National Awards

LecoursDesign Goes 3 for 3 at National Awards

LecoursDesign teamed with our client Murraysmith to enter three submissions for the national SMPS Marketing Communications Awards. What happened? We won all three!

Best Corporate Identity/Rebrand

Murraysmith rebrand before and after logo

Jurors said they loved the fun, engaging, impressive impact on recruitment and retention. It was comprehensive in approach and implementation. Another stated “Great job! Logo and materials look great, and the entry was very responsive.”

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Best Website

Jurors enjoyed this new site and their graphic approach “the visuals are fresh and unique”.  Great research and planning, tied nicely to strategic plan! They clearly set out to rebrand their website as a recruitment/retention tool – did a good job at each stage. Outstanding results!

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Best Print Recruitment and Retention Promotion

Murraysmith Core Values

One juror stated “What a great award submission – it made me want to work for MurraySmith! It’s clear that a lot of time and effort went into developing and refining each core value. And this set of coasters was a creative, perfectly executed way to help communicate your firm’s personality.

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It must have been the lucky socks (that we designed).
““David Lecours

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