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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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Marketing: Why investing in great design pays off

As a branding expert it is often extremely hard for me to bite my tongue when I see brands that are being damaged by poor design execution, cheesy tag lines and atrocious spelling. I often see campaigns for events or

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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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The 9 D’s to Marketing

We have all heard of the 6 ‘P’s’ of marketing – but as my name starts with a ‘D’, I thought that I’d give this blog post a twist in direction, and focus on my 9 ‘D’s’ of marketing. Digg

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Is your website working for you?

So, you’re on the net. That’s great, but is your website effective or not? A quick way to check is to Google not just your business name (and if you don’t come up then, then you’re in deep trouble), but

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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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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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Lets Talk Copyright

Copyright has always been a grey area in our industry, hard to explain to clients but critically important to our business. Why is it so important? Well, to put it simply, what we have created (which has copyright on it)

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