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What’s Q got to do with it?

What’s Q got to do with it?

This blog would’ve probably never been written if it wasn’t for a colleague introducing me to the ‘Q’ test not so long ago. Now if you aren’t familiar with this test, it is essentially to find out whether you are more ‘self’ or ‘other’ centred....

A team for all seasons

A team for all seasons

It’s officially summer, and the recent heat wave has no doubt had us all melting in our office chairs. It seems it’s not just the weather that’s been too hot to handle – it’s our projects too. In between trips to the shop for ice lollies,...

When I were a young’un

When I were a young’un

Is it a blog? Is it a poem? Is it a memoir? I don’t know. I just felt compelled to write from the heart this week, so here it is, I’ll just tell you what I know (this shouldn’t take too long!) I remember when blogs didn’t even exist. I remember...

Music of my mind

Music of my mind

In this modern age, we’re always switched on, we literally can’t stop. The majority of us follow a live-to-work lifestyle, which in turn lends itself to an ever-increasing risk of mental health issues. It’s not always something we like to talk...

All about humans

All about humans

So many times I get asked, “What’s the best way to approach a branding process?” Surely you just create a few ideas and voila! It arrives pre-packaged out of the box, ready to drive a brand that does what it says on the tin. The reality is far...

Archbond Limited

Archbond Limited

Archbond Limited. Archbond are a manufacturer and supplier of laminated materials used in a range of industries. We delivered: brand, print, digital, website, marketing and clothing. Our approach: Archbond needed a strong brand that clearly...

Be more social

Be more social

Which social media profiles should you be using for your business? It is now widely known that social media is a necessary marketing tool that every business needs to use in order to stay visible and relevant. 92% of marketers say that social...

See ya later pal(s)

See ya later pal(s)

As my time at DE22 draws to a close like a pair of velvet curtains, I’m reflecting on my time on Friar Gate. It all started as a possible 6-week freelance gig whilst I waited on an Australian visa and DE22 looked for a permanent designer for the...

Barwell & Jones

Barwell & Jones

Barwell & Jones. A prestige wine agency with a focused portfolio trading under the known and historical name of Barwell & Jones. Their rebrand needed to reflect the long heritage and premium focus. We delivered: rebrand and print. Our approach:...

Express UPS

Express UPS

Express UPS. Uninterruptible Power Supplies Express UPS provide uninterruptible power supplies to businesses where loss of power supply could be crucial. We delivered: brand and e-commerce website. Our approach: the naming and brand needed to...

Just our type

Just our type

Choosing the right font for a brand or campaign is part of the journey to creating a unique identity or conveying your messages. Typography can trigger powerful ideas and emotions. Here are some great font choices that we are salivating over!...

Hashtag Happy

Hashtag Happy

Hashtags, not to be confused with hash browns, are a way of categorising messages and topics on Twitter using the hash # symbol. One of the first times the hashtag was used by the public to segment a topic for discussion was during the San Diego...

Logos and Marks

Logos and Marks

Logos & Marks Here's a selection of logos and marks that we enjoyed creating, some that made the grade and some that didn't.

Reiju

Reiju

Reiju. Reiju is a company in the retail sector specialising in crystals, gifts and Reiki. We delivered: naming, rebrand. Our approach: we needed to gain a good understanding of the products that our client provided and the target audience...

Four Four DJ Academy

Four Four DJ Academy

Four Four DJ Academy. 44 Music School is made up of a team of established DJ’s who help individuals realise their goals. We delivered: brand, print, digital, website and clothing. Our approach: when we were approached to create a brand for 44 DJ...

Ethical beer drinking

Ethical beer drinking

During a recent conversation with one of my colleagues, we discussed the best advice we’d been given in our lives so far. Amongst my favourites were: “You can never pack too many pairs of underwear” and “Don’t f**k it up” but the one that sticks...

Bluebell Dairy

Bluebell Dairy

Bluebell Dairy. The Brown Family have been milking their herd of Holstein-Friesian cows at Brunswood Farm, Locko Park, Derby since 1953. In 2007 they branched out into the art of making a luxury artisan ice cream, made the Italian way, but with...

The importance of simplicity

The importance of simplicity

Since moving back to the shire just over a year ago, it has been at times a challenge to explain the importance of simplicity in design. Whether posters, publications, brands or websites; keeping work clean, refreshing and uncluttered is seen as...

Lo(no)go

Lo(no)go

A logo is a visual cornerstone of a companies brand. Not only is it used to communicate ownership, it can tell everyone who you are and what you do. We live in a world so full of brands and advertisements it can be very difficult to stand out....

The Derby Conference Centre

The Derby Conference Centre

The Derby Conference Centre. The Derby Conference Centre is a unique hotel and business hub, in the centre of Derby. They provide facilities and services from conferencing and networking, to hotel accommodation and weddings. We delivered: brand...

Blogspiration

Blogspiration

We all know it’s important to keep content fresh on our websites, but when approached to write a piece, your brain’s instantaneous reaction is one of panic, dread and thoughts of ‘what in the world can I write about?!’. All words and inspiration...