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The Legend of Harry
Posted 18 April 2022 | Animation, Branding, Business, Character

The Legend of Harry

“Trust the process, trust your gut” the words echoed around the head of a handsome young designer; about to give up on finding the perfect new title for their independent design company.

The partners had already worked together for eight years, but nothing seemed appropriate or exciting enough to do them justice…

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The Banana Imperative
Posted 18 March 2022 | Branding, Business, Creative, marketing

The Banana Imperative

Cradling the curve in your hand, feeling the weight, the balance, pointing the blunt end away from you (safety first) and without thinking – use it to shoot the bad guys.

Just me then?

Imagination is a Free App that comes with every baby’s welcome pack; and it can never be uninstalled…

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The Name Game
Posted 16 March 2022 | Branding, Business, Creative, Identity, marketing, Naming

The Name Game

It is the first hurdle for any new business or brand. How to attach a name to it – also what, why and often where.

The process varies from creator to creator.  It is usually a collaboration – which avoids dissonance, especially in small firms and start ups.

There are no rules, but there are a lot of things to consider…

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The Idea is the Idea
Posted 7 March 2022 | Branding, Business, Creative, marketing

The Idea is the Idea

If you run a small or medium size business, this is the quickest explanation of why and how we would work with you.

In every head there are boxes.

Places to put family, friends, hobbies, passions, the job, sports… it has been said, hilariously, by Mark Gungor (Google him) – specifically every male head.

Mark quite reasonably makes the point that when anything comes up for discussion a man goes to the relevant box, takes it out, looks at that – and only that – and then puts the box away…

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My Most Popular Myth.
Posted 12 July 2021 | Business, Cycling, Events, Passion

My Most Popular Myth.

What I do during the week seems to be the most popular myth about me…what I do at the weekend doesn’t pay the mortgage!

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Productivity apps – Top 5  apps to help productivity
Posted 10 December 2020 | Apps, Productivity, WFH

Productivity apps – Top 5 apps to help productivity

Over the last year the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many of us work, the uptick in people working from home combined with the sudden trend of Zoom meetings mean that our days can run away from us. The apps I’m going to tell you about have helped me organise my day and stay on top of tasks at home and in the office.

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Integrating Design
Harry by Harry
Posted 18 September 2019 | Branding, Business, change, Design Theory, Established SMEs, integrating design, marketing, Small Business, Small Business Advice, SME, Why

Integrating Design

Done properly, integrated throughout your business, it is there when you’re not – there for your colleagues, there for your customers.

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Inspiring Young Minds.
Harry by Harry
Posted 12 September 2019 | Branding, Business, change, Consultancy, Design Theory, Established SMEs, Passion, Physical Media, Signage, Why

Inspiring Young Minds.

A better learning environment – everything designed for buildings where lessons are taught or study is the main aim, should be educational or inspirational or both but never boring.

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Push It, Push It Now
Harry by Harry
Posted 5 September 2019 | Branding, Business, change, Consultancy, Design Theory, Established SMEs, Passion, Small Business, Small Business Advice, SME, Why

Push It, Push It Now

DESIGN should push boundaries that result in finished products people want to pick up. DESIGN should consider all aspects of what is being achieved now and be brave enough to turn the norm on its head to achieve something different!

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Let’s talk about B2B, let’s talk about you and me…
Posted 15 August 2019 | Business, change, Design Theory, marketing, Networking, Social Media, Websites

Let’s talk about B2B, let’s talk about you and me…

Business-to-Business marketing is hard. You build a B2B business by word of mouth, by experience of the trade and knowing people in the industry – regular informal networking and referral.

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The Harry is in the Detail
Harry by Harry
Posted 20 June 2019 | Business, change, Events, Passion

The Harry is in the Detail

Have you ever heard the legendary “no brown M&Ms” clause Van Halen had in their standard performance contract? The assumption at the time was that it was just David Lee Roth being a Diva and that idea has carried through to the present day but, there was a good reason for that clause being in there. In his Autobiography he said…

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Modern Myths and Ice cream.
Posted 5 June 2019 | Branding, Business, change, Design Theory, marketing

Modern Myths and Ice cream.

Yep, for the 65th year running, the UK’s favourite Ice Cream flavour is VANILLA!

According to the owners of 9 out of 10 Hoovers, that aren’t actually Hoovers but other varied makes of floor suckers, unless they were Dyson or any other make of bagless cleaner that are also known as Dyson’s.

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Who Shouts Loudest – Start up tips
Posted 6 February 2019 | Small Business Advice, SME, Startups

Who Shouts Loudest – Start up tips

“The Wren, one of our smallest birds, has a pound for pound voice 10 times louder than a Cockerel.”

Funny that isn’t it – have you ever seen a Wren?

They weigh about 12 grams, are 12.7cm long and have a wing span of 16.5 cm – about 2/3rds the size of a Robin, or if you’re not into your birds – a wren could easily fit into the mug you have your morning cuppa in – and you wouldn’t notice it till it threw the teabag back at you.

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You Need More Tools – Web Design
Posted 6 February 2019 | Web Design

You Need More Tools – Web Design

Who is this for? Businesses Looking for a Website
What is it About? Why Use A Full Service Agency For Web Design
Reading Time Less thank 600 words – 3 Minutes

If a kitchen fitter turned up with a van load of 2 x 4 and a Tenon Saw – no pre made doors or drawers, no handles, no other tools – not a screwdriver, drill, plane, hammer or the tool box they should be in – you might wonder how he’s going to complete the job.Just as a kitchen can’t be put to use if all you have is the frame for a carcass made from 2 x 4, however skilfully put together with beautifully crafted Tenon Joints – likewise a website isn’t usable if it is just neat rows of code.

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Find the Passion – go with that.
Posted 3 January 2019 | Established SMEs

Find the Passion – go with that.

Every now and then we all get the opportunity to refer someone to someone else. 

Many in business have made a profession out of “networking” – to me, its just something you do – help people out, introduce one person you like to another person you like, as and when a need arises…

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The Industry Is About To Catch Up With Tomorrow – ecommerce website
Posted 19 December 2018 | E-commerce, Web Design

The Industry Is About To Catch Up With Tomorrow – ecommerce website

“For the last 10 years we’ve been talking about how technology and the “digital age” have changed everything. But now it’s going to get very real. Right now the business world (is continuing) to have break-throughs in speech recognition, automation, robotics, logistics, processing power, data management… A tipping point has (been) hit…

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The Theory Of Up – Building Signage Planning
Posted 13 December 2018 | Design Theory, Physical Media, Signage

The Theory Of Up – Building Signage Planning

“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?”  asked the Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews. perhaps referring to how no one, but her filmic wards, watched her character arrive at the Banks family home…

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It’s Emotional
Posted 4 December 2018 | Business, Passion, Pricing, Why

It’s Emotional

Let’s say you are buying a car – you’ve had a lottery win and the World is yours – no more bus pass for you!!

You get down to a choice between two – both of a similar size, same power unit, same top speed, same levels of comfort and same gadgetry. You have a choice of very similar colours for each – so why did you choose that one?

Come to that, why did you choose the most expensive of the two?…

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