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Why start up businesses should invest in branding

Branding is something that I am very passionate about. I believe that it is one of the most influential factors as to whether a business survives or thrives. Too often people start a business taking short cuts – especially when

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The Meaning of Shapes in Design

We see shapes every day, yet did you realise that there is a psychology behind shapes? Certain shapes make us feel a certain way. Shapes with rounded edges are softer and more approachable, while shapes with sharp lines and edges,

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Thinking Designers

Thinking designers are very different to ‘do it’ designers. ‘Do it’ designers are people that will reproduce what you give to them (they’ll turn your napkin sketch into a digital file, no problem). They will do exactly as you ask,

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“Keeping up with the Joneses”

 Brands that Underwent Makeovers in 2013 With 2014 well and truly underway, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look back on 2013 and the brands that underwent a ‘makeover’. A visual identity is key, times

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6 Little Tips to a Better Brand

Over the last couple of weeks I have had a number of interactions with businesses that have brought to mind the fact that, it is often the little things that help take a brand from ordinary to extraordinary. The tips

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Brand with Personality

Once upon a time in a land far, far away lived a… sound familiar? Since time began, stories about powerful kings, wise old men and innocent maidens have captured our imagination and taken us on a journey of intrigue, nostalgia,

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A Logo is Not Your Brand

I recently met a business owner who, after I mentioned that I am in the creative business of branding, announced that they had just ‘rebranded’ and proudly showed me their new logo. When I started talking about other branding elements,

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Is Any Publicity Good Publicity?

I’m a bit late with this news item as I’ve been flat out with a whole heap of brand developments in our studio, but I wanted to explore the question of ‘is any publicity, good publicity?’ This comes off the

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Evolving the Apple

Those of you who know me would know just how much of a Mac fan I am. But even more so, I’m a branding fanatic always encouraging my clients to remain true to their brand. I always emphasise consistency and

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Trade Marks & Infringement

Tiffany Blue - trademark colour

There seems to be a fair amount of confusion about what a trade mark is, what or if it has any value and whether or not it is worth getting your business protected. A trade mark is a distinctive sign

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