There But Not There

When St Kentigern's Aspatria asked if I'd help with their commemoration of the end of WW1 I didn't even hesitate. I've sponsored a silhouette of a soldier which will sit in the pews amongst other figures to remember those from the town who died in war. I have family...

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ADS Street Art Project

I was asked to come along and help Young Cumbria at Aspatria Dreamscheme to create some street art. I've never actually done any spray painting before so was a little nervous but it was so much fun! We started by generating some ideas for the murals - elements such as...

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Grants for Cumbrian Businesses

Do you need a website but feel put off by the cost? Are you a Cumbria based company? Then Cumbria Growth Hub has the solution for you. By funding 40% of up to £2000 of the cost of your website, the Cumbria Growth Hub will be a welcome boost to your business; perhaps...

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Omg There’s an Alphabet of Rock!

OMG There's an Alphabet of Rock! Can you imagine my absolute delight when coming across this bit of awesome typography? An Alphabet of Rock combines two of my very favourite things in life... From AC/DC to ZZ Top, the gang's all here! Available to buy from ace design...

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10 Tips for More Motivation – Guest Blog

We all know how hard it can be to get the jobs done that we really need to do but have zero motivation for! Here, in a guest blog, Mary Richards from Motivated Women gives us 10 tips for motivation whether in business or in life. 1. Define your purpose. Find your...

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Telling your story in business…

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… It was 1940 when the two brothers went into business together. They started with a small premises in California. They didn’t have anything other than the aim of providing high quality food with top notch service to match....

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Design Trends 2018

DESIGN TRENDS 2018 Yeah, yeah, I know I am probably a little late on the trends for 2018 but we’re only (checks calendar) 22 days in! Plus, how can these trend setters possibly know what’s going to happen in the next 12 months? Anyway, I digress. Trends… love them or...

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My Year in Review

My year in review 2017 has been a lovely year! I can’t quite believe it’s over to be honest. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many brilliant businesses and charities in the past 12 months. At the start of the year I was asked to create a new logo for a...

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Your Brand – the early years

Your brand - the early years I hate to be the one to tell you this but you aren’t Coca Cola. You aren’t Mercedes or Microsoft either. You never will be. And that’s ok. You’ll always be you - that’s just what we’re after. Even when you float your business on the stock...

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Sarah Taylor Art for C-Art

Sarah Taylor Art Exhibition This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Sarah Taylor's open exhibition in St Bees. I've known Sarah for many years as we worked together at The Cumberland Pencil Company and I am an avid fan of her work. We own the piece called...

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Marketing 101: Branding

  MARKETING 101: Branding You’ve heard about marketing, most people have. It’s pretty important in business. It’s that voodoo that companies use to get people’s hands in their pockets and spending mindlessly like some sort of zombie consumer. Kind of. But it isn’t...

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Featured Business: Two White Hats

Every so often I will be featuring one of the businesses I work with. Today we have Two White Hats which is a company that blends seasoning mixes for your home cooking. Debra Knight, the brain behind the brand, approached me to develop the branding, packaging and...

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Design Tips for Non-Designers #2

DESIGN FOR NON-DESIGNERS - ISSUE 2 So, after so many lovely comments about the last blog post I did about design for non-designers, I am writing another one to hopefully shed some light on how you can dabble in design for yourselves. PHOTOGRAPHY I must admit being a...

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Design for non-designers

DESIGN FOR NON-DESIGNERS - MY TOP TIPS It may be unconventional, but I love it when my clients take their new brand and design their own stuff. This type of self-sufficiency must be applauded as it allows clients to feel empowered! The only trouble is that many people...

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RIP Microsoft Paint

I got my first computer when I was 15. My parents were strapped for cash but felt I should have a PC for school work and they were right, I used it for school work. And pissing about out Microsoft Paint and Publisher! It's anathema to me now; a graphic designer using...

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How to Write a Design Brief

It all starts with a brief. Well actually, before that, it starts with a client calling me up for a chat about their new brand! Since the dawn of time, or at least since I became a designer, it's been crucial to the creative process to have the client put together a...

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Advice to Graduate Designers

I wrote this last year but it still remains relevant... I remember the day of our Private View at art college; the blood (paper cut!), sweat and tears of the past few years rested on the final exhibition where friends and family would see what we'd been up to hiding...

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Time for a Re-brand?

They say "don't judge a book by its cover", yet we continually find ourselves judging everything around us. Whether it be the aforementioned books, the clothing of the person next to you or indeed the logo used for your favourite chocolate bar, there is an element of...

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