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The technical, the creative and some fun bits about working in branding and design – mainly because we love what we do and you might find some useful information about marketing, design and technology along the way.

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2022-06-24 09:27:57

It’s a wrap.

This year we’ve been able to get back to designing for actual ‘live’ events, with exhibitions starting to make a come-back after ‘you know what’. It’s been great working on different roller banner designs for companies trying to attract visitors to their stands. Here’s just a couple of examples from recent expos. What was important in both instances was to keep it simple, to make messages clear and easy to read and to link to the websites for more information. Whilst there used to be a notion of having to tell just about every little detail on one single page, ending up with over crowded and frankly ugly l…
Tool tip
2022-06-03 11:03:50

Tool tip for web videos.

Don’t let your visitors wait for videos to load on your website. They may never get to see it if it takes too long to load – especially on mobile. Here is a quick video compression 101. 
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2022-03-15 13:55:23

Missed opportunity alert

I love working on brand strategy and design projects, and I’ve always seen the two as interconnected. For me, graphic, web or interior design are all tools to bring a company’s message …
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2022-02-22 19:54:42

Joomla 4 – how to get rid of index.php from your URLs

I’ve just started using Joomla 4 for some new websites and it’s just as easy to use as the older versions. Some things are a bit unexpected, but basically it’s the same as before …
2022-01-27 09:42:34

The rule of five beyond your five a day

So I’ve got three boys aged 13 and younger. If all these years as a parent have taught me something for business, it’s that little and often works better than procrastinating and facing a huge heap…
Naming of brands
2021-08-31 20:52:20

A name, a kingdom for a name!

Business is about connecting with your customers and the best way to do this is through something they can relate to: a brand name. But in today’s crowded marketplace, it’s not easy to stand out fr…
Sutton Coldfield design studio
2021-05-22 11:29:29

What running a Sutton Coldfield design studio & brand consultancy taught me

Everybody has different paths to their chosen career. And everyone will have different experiences with self-development professionally and personally. Education has always been important to me as …
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2021-05-13 21:36:30

A Graphic design studio and a brand consultancy – what’s the difference ?

Ever wondered what the difference is between working with a studio or a consultancy? Are you looking for affordable logo and web design in Sutton Coldfield or the West Midlands? Or are you a start-up with a vision, but not quite sure how to let the world know about it? Or maybe you are an established business that simply needs to have some new brochures designed. Who do you approach?
Print papers for brand designs
2021-04-13 17:01:19

Let’s talk fibres

Your brand connects with your customers in many different ways. Some call it touch points, but simply-put it’s all the varied ways someone will come across your brand in the mind, online and in print. We are tactile people, and online does lack that dimension. Print, however, opens up a whole Aladin’s cave of possibilities […]
Your web tech wrapped up
2021-03-19 13:04:33

Your web tech wrapped up

It’s geeky time again! Let’s talk web tech… If you have a website, you probably know there’s a lot more to the site itself. My clients won’t notice most of these extra things to think about when setting up a site.  And I’ve got a lot of little helpers that make the web process smooth […]
International Womens' Day
2021-03-08 10:35:53

International Women’s Day

Today is international women’s day. It’s a day we always observed and celebrated back in the former East when I was a child. Our pen pals from Russia would send these amazing cards for it, and we would giggle cause they were our age, yet sent them as if we already were ‘women’. I never […]
hotel opening
2021-02-23 23:06:57

Hotel marketing ideas for the way out of the pandemic

Hotel marketing ideas may not be on your mind right now… but with the new timeline to opening up announced, it’s going to be critical in the coming weeks to secure much-needed bookings. The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been devastating for many, but everyone will probably agree that one of the hardest-hit sectors […]
Press kits and how to create them for media
2021-02-07 22:18:12

What’s a media kit and how do I create one?

A media kit (or press kit) is a package of information relevant for the distribution of information for companies, charities or other organisations. They include facts about the people involved, the product, service or cause, as well as brand information, logos, images and visuals supporting any press releases. Media kits are a great way for […]
2021-01-16 19:43:00

Marketing Ideas for Hotels and Hospitality in 2021

Check out our top eight marketing ideas your hotel or hospitality business could look at to keep in touch with customers whilst localities remain shut.
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