Hi there, I’m Dixie Dawg, the black Labrador and I work here at Smart Ideas Design; well I don’t work really, I lie there snoozing all day having had my morning walk only getting off my bed for the occasional apple core that is offered – any food is good food as far as I’m concerned – I am a Labrador after all! Oh I also get off my bed for a wee wee but as you can see below… I don’t always make it but that’s not my fault….
So getting back to the point in question, has anyone seen Charlie? He’s such a cheeky young snapper, he’s only 4 and he’s so naughty sometimes with lots of cheek. I have to keep him in order I can tell you! Here he is here on the right sharing my bed!!! I’m not happy I can tell you!
The peeps here at Smart Ideas thought it would be a really good idea to talk about mine and Charlies adventures, so they decided to capture it in a comic strip which has been launched in the February issue of Smart Talk.
As graphic designers we love being told what our clients think of us. We received this very recently from a client I have worked with for over 18 years. We’ve designed and built a number of brands for him over the years and in that time have built a good friendship through a few different businesses as he is a true entrepreneur.
“How many creative agencies have been around for nearly 18 years? How many clients have stayed with such an agency for all of those 18 years? Through a variety of businesses in a range of market places? Not many would be my guess. I have stayed with Philippa throughout because she has that rare ability to combine true creativity; commercial acumen and real world results. She is simply the best in her field.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
It’s fair to say our working relationship has weathered very well despite the odd disagreement about the direction of a brand; that happens because we genuinely love his businesses as much as he does; we laugh about them now which just goes to show the strength of the relationship. We’ve also achieved some tremendous results for him.
This is some of the latest work we have done for him. Over the years we have designed and developed brands and then implemented them across many disciplines. Adverts, catalogues, websites and latterly social media and packaging. What a mix!
To make the people always remember your brand business, one way is to create a business card with added ability to have custom shapes, different materials and matte finishing along with a great design idea.
In this article, we’ve collected some unique business cards from different types of business. Some of them are visually appealling, some have fancy die cut, some are using letter press, and some are just crazy. Enjoy!
Manchester based creative agency, Dorothy, just showed us an ongoing series of paintings it’s working on which display corporate logos but with all the type and lettering removed to leave beautiful flat colourful shapes behind.
The self initiated project is entitled You Took My Name and here the designs created so far which are being worked up into acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Can you name all the brands? Continue reading →
I’m maroooned – there is snow falling everywhere again and so idle hands and all that! How much do I love broadband at times like this?
So with idle hands, I put them to good use and entered Tom Foulke’s (Buro Happold) Christmas card competition ‘Tom’s Christmas Card Bonanza’.
Tom said ‘Design agency’s send (and receive) some of the most extraordinary Xmas cards and I want to celebrate the art form! After all with today’s economic climate it’s not often that creative teams get to really stretch their legs and simply indulge themselves.’
If you’re feeling so inclined and generous after seeing our competition entry you could nominate us via Twitter @TomFoulkes using #bestxmascard -closing date is 24th December .