Need a design friend?
Imagine you had a good mate that you could call on for all your design needs. He knows you. He understands what you want. He’s got your back. You can call him up. He’s on your side. That’s exactly how we operate.
Let’s get pally. That’s a good word. It’s a pal and an ally.
We’ve been working with organisations of all types and sizes since 2011, as ‘design friends’. We join the team, we get stuck in, we sit in the office, make the tea, come on your corporate days out. You can text us and rely on us when something urgent comes up. Need something for the same day? If it’s possible we’ll make it happen.
We get our head into your business so we understand you and your viewpoint and use all of our skills to help you as best we can. Just like a mate would.
what we do
Attractive, responsive websites for your business or project. We use WordPress to create sites that are reliable, expandable and simple for you to update once published. We can host your site too.
From setting up branded social media channels to being strategic about what and when you post. We can help you to build your social media presence and teach your team how to manage it.
We can create logos and brand identities, giving you a consistent visual palette to use both on and offline. Branding is also useful for individual projects and events that require a unique look and feel.
From a full Learning Management System or VLE install and customisation, to individual course design using popular e-learning authoring tools, we can help to bring alive your online learning.
PHOTO & VIDEO
Multimedia content is a necessity to keep your social media feeds lively. We can capture content of your events and activities and put it together into the right formats for your various outlets.
It’s not glamorous, but your website needs to be cared for on an ongoing basis. We’ll keep your software updated, your site backed up, and make sure everything is secure.
DESIGN FOR PRINT
From posters, brochures and flyers to reports, proposals, large format design and merchandising items. We can handle it all, giving everything a consistent style.
It’s a lot of work to keep generating new content for your site and social media. We can help you to make the most of what you have, find the stories happening in your organisation and present them effectively.
If you regularly email your customers, we can set up dynamic templates and create compelling campaigns that work on desktop and mobile.
Tweets from the Studio
Another pre-Christmas site sent live, to help gather momentum for a board game to help young people explore issues of personal safety https://t.co/hwvBuRRTykRead More
A nice pre-Christmas launch of a coach booking tool for the Thandi Coaches website for their Birmingham to London service. A great example of something that could be expensive as bespoke software, but can be quick and cost-effective with @WordPress https://t.co/dw90DUtqfaRead More
Give yourself the gift of a SELF-EMPLOYED PENSION for Christmas. We are still loving using @getpenfold. You also get a £25 GIFT from the government for every £100 you pay in! #selfemployed #entrepreneur https://t.co/XErbzwezTRRead More
In the lead up to Christmas it was a pleasure to get away from the home office and visit Chasetown to capture some videos of children singing at the local school and the Christmas lights being switched on. Click the link to watch the video - https://t.co/ZqUPurWEhyRead More
It was great to be able to film and edit this virtual Christmas lights switch on for #chasetown this past week. Got us all in the Christmas spirit!Read More
Just published this blog post for @wlvcidt on the proposal to cut UK development assistance. "This could not come at a worse time for the world’s poorest countries and people and for international cooperation more broadly."Read More
We've just published the first IPDA Podcast. Taking our client's audio, adding a short intro and publishing with @anchor. We're releasing one a day this week so if #educationresearch and #professionaldevelopment is your thing then you can tune in here:Read More
Graphic of 'guiding principles' from our latest web story. Find out more at: https://t.co/a3PjCK5bvuRead More
NEW WEB STORY: Read about our work creating an onboarding tool alongside @wlvcidt using @WordPress and @LearnDashLMS https://t.co/cw6qO7fGO2Read More
A video shot at last year's IPDA Conference, you know, when events could take place? Check out the event web page for all the media we captured on the day - Several video interviews videos and a great set of photosRead More
Thanks Neil! What a pleasure to work on the book! ❤️🙏Read More
A few slides showing gender inequality statistics for the @wlvcidt web pages. https://t.co/cOOLi73fx2Read More
If you are forging your own path and looking for tools to help you set up your online presence or support your business, here are the tools we use and have used for years. If you need help setting them up then get in touch.
We have been more than happy since we took the plunge and moved al of our sites to Siteground. The hosting, especially for WordPress, is fast, reliable and their control panel is simple. If you are already hosted somewhere else, they make the switch super simple with their migration plugin.
There are dozens of CMS platforms out there these days. We have used a lot of them and aways come back to WordPress for its flexibility, security and endless extensibility – from ecommerce and elearning to forums, calendars and multi-lingual sites, it’s all possible.
Of the various page layout plugins available for WordPress, we have found the most flexible and easy to work with to be Elementor. There are built in templates and page layouts that are ready to go, or you can start with a blank pafge and create any layout you can imagine.
Creatives need more than just photos. Motion Array has videos, music, video editing templates and presets. Plus, your subscription includes an unlimited license! No need to license each item separately. Just download what you need and create! They have freat tutorials too.
If you are self-employed you need to have a pension in place. In fact, Penfold is for Directors and employees too. We have found the experience with them to be very good. The technology is easy to use and they claim a 25% Government contribution for you.
Adobe Creative Cloud
For everything from document design, illustration and photo editing, to video and audio editing, and a great array of mobile apps to create on the go. Adobe is the industry standard for a reason and it will save you a lot of headaches.