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We love using pencils


You might call us a little old fashioned but back in the day, before the advent of the digital age, design concepts were often sketched out using a pencil – sometimes on the back of a cigarette packet.

Now, in these enlightened days, we're more inclined to use an envelope or a napkin.

Even though our Magic Markers dried up many moons ago we still find the good old pencil the starting block to every great concept.

It's all too easy to boot up the computer and start laying out type and dropping photographs willy-nilly but working from a sketch is our preferred method of working. It saves loads of time because we have something to follow that usually only take a short time to complete.

Shown left is the original drawing produced to illustrate our ideas for the leaflet on the right. The drawing was submitted to our client to demonstrate how the pages would fold and the overall layout.

As with all reputable graphic design studios we offer a full service and our hourly rates are very competitive. Most jobs are quoted in advance and we do our best to adhere to them.

Listed below are just some of the types of projects we get involved in:

  • Stationery – business cards, letterheads, compliment slips etc.
  • Brochures
  • Direct marketing pieces
  • Banner displays
  • Liveries
  • Corporate identities – branding and logos
  • Websites
  • Photography
  • Illustrations
  • Packaging
  • Display panels – hoardings and exhibition stands
  • Printing

Printing has become a different beast since our early inception. With the development and adoption of the PDF standard we’re finding more clients wishing to dip their toes into the print commissioning process. We’re more than happy to supply artwork in a format that printers can use. However, experience has shown us that this can be a minefield for the novice print buyer and anyone wishing to undertake this course does so at their own risk. We only use printers of the highest standard and though not the cheapest we’ve found that quality and reliability does come at a premium. After all we don’t want anyone coming back with a complaint.

Software

We use all the latest software.

Pencil
Paper
InDesign
Photoshop
Illustrator
Freehand
Dreamweaver
Hype 2
Flash
PowerPoint

On occasions we commission outside specialists, such as copywriters and illustrators, this allows us to concentrate on the bigger picture!

Banner Displays
Leaflets
Websites
Stationery

Please use the slider below to view some of the projects we've been involved in and hopefully get an understanding of our design philosophy.

In time we hope to add more work to this page so please bookmark it.

  • Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Logo. We went for a fun jolly look so as not to appear too expensive. Hand drawn using a pencil! Then scanned and created in Illustrator.
  • Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Main consumer oriented brochure cover and backcover. Six pages – roll fold. Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean
  • Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Inside spread of main brochure. Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean
  • Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Student condom leaflet. A lot of students never receive their accommodation deposits back due to dirty carpets and upholstery. This leaflet was handed out towards the end of year to help them, in more ways than one, with their 'deposits'!
  • Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Promotional sticker for vacuum cleaner. Accompanied main brochure to encourage future clients to have Clockwork Clean's number close to hand "in case of emergencies". Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean
  • Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean Van graphics. Case Study 1: Clockwork Clean
  • Case Study 2: Early Years Science Case Study 2: Early Years Science Logo. From little acrons and all that. On the website we've animated the seedling.
  • Case Study 2: Early Years Science Case Study 2: Early Years Science This photograph shows our clients original ideas for a business card and mailer. Aimed at headteachers to encourage them to use our client's services.
  • Case Study 2: Early Years Science Case Study 2: Early Years Science After some thought we came up with the idea of sending out packets of seeds. Sadly the cost of actually producing seed envelopes was too prohibitive. We ended up printing postcards and sealing them in plastic bags along with the seeds.
  • Case Study 2: Early Years Science Case Study 2: Early Years Science Letterhead and double sided business cards (left). Illustrated instructions for bio-degradable origami pot were available as a PDF on eyscience.co.uk website.
  • Case Study 2: Early Years Science Case Study 2: Early Years Science We produced, in-house, a website containing video, PDFs, slideshows, links to educational establishments and instructions on how to use the seeds giveaway promotion. Click on image to see site.
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Originally we were asked to rebrand the Alan & Thomas logo but without moving too far from their exsisting logo (left). The final logo (right).
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Here are some of our early ideas.
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Brochure idea for main corporate use, folder and inserts.
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Various departments now have their own marketing material. In this case Private Medical Insurance.
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Motor Trade department leaflet. Cutout as shown in diagram (right).
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Various leaflets and flyers.
  • Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Case Study 3: A&T Insurance Finished branded building.
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CLIENT LIST
Current and past clients (clients highlighted in the first column have a website that we've designed. Click on their name to see their site):
  • Blandford Press
  • Ensign Publications
  • Marketing Matters
  • Poole Council
  • Clockwork Clean
  • Harold G Walkers
  • Mediawise Limited
  • Dialstat
  • The Phoenix Consultancy
  • Alan and Thomas Insurance
  • Liverpool Victoria
  • StudyFlex
  • MDRC
  • Community Clean
  • Gray Campling
  • Ace Office Supply
  • Kinkstart Ghana
  • Cosmetics to Go
  • Education and Youth
  • Marc Young Hairdressing
  • 1st Choice Driveways
  • Early Years Science
  • Crispin Goodall Design
  • Redpost Books
  • Agateware Pottery Jersey
  • The Idea Works
  • Ten Alps Communication
  • Floor Build Integrity
  • Destination Education
  • Smart Development Solutions
There are many more and we're sorry if we've missed anyone off!

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