By Fi or Becs, Apr 6 2018 10:00AM
<Written by Fi>
I really enjoy creating my architecture inspired prints. They are very cathartic to create. Usually straight lines, alignment and simple structure. This pleases my very simple mind.
One of the local primary schools is having a new school build. So the lovely old Victorian school building will be gone. This makes me sad as I adore old buildings. So... I created a Copley Primary School (Halifax, West Yorkshire) illustration.
Now available as a print and download on our site.
By Fi or Becs, Oct 12 2017 03:52PM
<Written by Fi>
When I first started working as a freelance designer (instead of being an in-house product designer) I found that every working day of wasn't full of paid design jobs.
Rather than sit and 'twiddle my thumbs' (like my Dad used to tell me to do when I was a kid) I filled my time faffing around on my laptop. That was when my series of children's picture books called Once-Upon-a-Slime were born... and also when I started illustrating prints of local Halifax buildings and landmarks.
Above: Wainhouse Tower in Halifax
I only worked on a select few (mainly buildings that I can see from my house!) but found it cathartic to sit and illustrate such amazing old structures.
With a nudge from a few lovely friends and clients I have finally I managed to get my prints finished and uploaded onto our website!
Above: Savile Park Water Fountain, Halifax
Alongside my Savile Park illustrations I have also been asked to create bespoke line drawings of buildings for websites and personalised presents... which were so lovely to do!
The amazing Mike from Print Bureau is also printing a collection of them for me, ready for Christmas presents.
Even if no one ever buys one - they make me happy! I guess to me it's like sitting and knitting / reading a book in the evening (yup, I'm that rock n' roll).
By Fi or Becs, Sep 6 2017 12:47PM
What better way to return to work after the summer holidays than with some photos of a super cool exhibition stand we’ve designed for our client BFF Pet Toys!
We are LOVING this pet toy stand design complete with novelty moustaches, a branded selfie frame, cardboard cubes and promo caps speedily manufactured over in China by our client Jack Beanie. It’s purrrrr-fect (hehe).
We even organised some lovely branded lollies made by Willow and Boo who we met years ago when we were finalists together for the National Mumpreneur awards!
In truth, anything that involves animals, selfies and amusing moustaches / Mountie hats on sticks is clearly going to delight us.
OMG the pet selfies!
Some of you might remember the cat and dog selfie photos we requested AGES ago on our Facebook page - the photos have finally been chosen and used on real pet toys in the USA and Canada!
If you want to get involved in fun projects like this (and get your pet selfie on packaging all over America and Canada) then make sure you like our page on Facebook!
By Fi or Becs, Aug 6 2017 08:59PM
Ah the summer holidays - an ideal time for playing, pottering around and having adventures.
Like many other parents this month, we're spending lots of time with our small humans trying to fill rainy days (well it is the North England), provide non-mind-numbing entertainment and generally make our children exhausted for bed time. So... when our lovely client More-2-Explore asked Becs to try out their award-winning Adventure Belt with her four year old Ollie she was delighted to have a useful yet child-friendly task.
We've wanted to try one of the super-clever Adventure Belts ever since we worked on the branding, illustration and packaging design - it's like the next generation of kiddie reigns!
Designed to give parents hands-free peace of mind (it attaches around your own waist) the Adventure Belt is great for keeping children safe when you're out and about. It's also got a super-cute pouch for kids to pop their bits and pieces whilst out on adventures... obviously highly important when you are four years old and you have important dinosaurs to carry around.
Armed with the Adventure Belt and an iphone Becs and Ollie braved the dodgey weather this week to head down to Anderton Boat Lift and make a video of their Adventure Belt exploits. They managed to cleverly avoid the nettles, have a picnic whilst the rain stopped and Ollie used his pocket money (kept safely in the Adventure Belt of course) to buy some cinoculars (binoculars).
Watch the video:
We'd definitely recommend the Adventure Belt! It was really fun to use and Ollie now wants to wear the belt all the time so he can take important stuff on days out.
You can find out more on their website: www.more-2-explore.com
By Fi or Becs, Apr 19 2016 07:31AM
This morning we are feeling happy (and it's not just because of the sunshine... finally some blue skies!) because we LOVE it when a client really embraces a brand that we have designed for them!
A couple of months ago Kate Bentley (and her partner Phil) got in touch with us because she had a very exciting plan - to leave her job in the law profession and start a brand new dog walking, boarding and pet sitting business.
After talking with Kate and Phil about their plans, and meeting their adorable dog Mauro (inspiration for the business' name) we developed some logo ideas and finalised a lovely brand complete with a dog, wellies and an umbrella - perfect for the Manchester weather!
We have been so pleased to see how Kate and Phil have embraced their branding on their social media accounts (check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), on their business stationery (also designed by us) and on some bright pink new hoodies!
Friends of Mauro branding on stationery and hoodies!
We ADORE consistent, distinctive branding and it fills us with joy when a client uses their brand to it's full potential - good dog Mauro!
We are working on a website for Friends of Mauro at the moment, so watch this space for some barkingly brilliant (and branded) website design to be launched soon!
By Fi or Becs, Feb 10 2016 10:19AM
It seems highly appropriate that on a sunny morning we have a bright, sporty website to launch for BEactive!
BEactive, based in Northamptonshire are a school lettings company that help schools and collages maximise the community use of their sports facilities, i.e. rent out their sports halls, swimming pools and football pitches. They got in touch with us in 2016 because they needed to re-design their old website which had grown old and outdated.
Making sure that the website was user friendly and unisex (to match their brief!) we designed it with a fresh, sporty and bright look.
What we really enjoyed about designing this website was the fun of creating all the little extras that we did without being asked! For example... the little icons that showcase the schools facilites, and the new logos that supported the ethos of the brand: "BEfit, BEactive, BEsocial".
Take a look at the BEactive website: www.beactivecommunities.co.uk
By Fi or Becs, Feb 5 2016 09:58AM
Having grown up in the Cumbrian countryside with a family ritual of Sunday lunches at the local pub, we both love a good country pub. So we were very excited when Lynda from the Railway Inn in Mobberley got in touch with us looking for some new branding, a new website and general help with all things marketingy!
The first job we worked on with the Railway Inn was to develop them a new brand as they were using lots of different styles on their posters, menus signs etc. This was a great job because Lynda and Tony didn't have a strong idea of what they were looking for - so we had lots of lovely creative freedom!
Brilliantly Lynda and Tony actually got their customers in the pub to vote on which was their favourite logo design and the one shown above was chosen! Once the new Railway Inn logo was launched (and loved by the pub!) we started work on their posters and Light Bites Menu... giving them a friendly, welcoming look and feel which matched their new brand.
With the posters and menu designed and in use... we turned our attentions to the Railway Inn's new website. The Railway Inn already had a website, but they wanted a fresh look to show off their lovely country pub and a website they could update easily with their events info.
Following our advice (as we realised they could do with some great photography!) Lynda at the Railway Inn worked with a great local photographer Kanashay Photography who produced some gorgeous photos of the pub - a delight to use when designing the new website!
The new Railway Inn website has launched today and we are very excited to introduce it to the world - we shall we having a pint this evening to celebrate!
Visit the website and take a look: www.railwayinnpub.com
By Fi or Becs, Feb 3 2016 05:03PM
We were recently asked to revamp a logo for E.O.D. (also known as Extra Ordinary Delights) a couple in Florida who make amazing handcrafted fudge.
Their branding needed to be stronger, bolder and more in line what their company is all about - being military, patriotic and shouting about the U S of A!
You can find out more about E.O.D (and see their lovely new branding) on their Facebook page.
It was a lovely project to work on (plus we did it all in a 2 day timescale!) - creating a logo, developing artwork for a flyer and designing artwork for their ingredients.
Their fudge looks amazing (we really want to try some!) and it's always fun to do some work for a business in another country - another little bit of Fi & Becs exporting our services!
By Fi or Becs, Nov 18 2015 12:16PM
Oo oo ah ah! Say hello to Monkey and Zebra, the brand new kids product from Travel Buddy Travel Tidy who have just launched their new website (built by us!) this week!
Not only did we build the PayPal integrated website super-quick for Laura from the Travel Buddys (as she needed it up and running asap!) we've also helped her with a number of other projects including copywriting, graphic design for the development of her products and the graphics on her packaging.
Here's some more info about the Travel Buddy Travel Tidy:
Travel Buddy Travel Tidy is the ideal travel companion for use with Group 1 car seats. It's a fun, comfy and supportive car seat liner, with large storage pockets for small toys and travel essentials. An innovative waterproof layer helps to protect the car seat from those little accidents and spillages. It's machine washable too!
The innovative (and cool!) travel tidy is available to pre-order now on their website with £5 off and free postage!
By Fi or Becs, Dec 5 2014 01:00PM
On a chilly weekend in November, we were delighted to be invited down to London to meet with the Marketing Manager at Ark - a network of high-achieving, non-selective schools and one of the country’s top-performing academy groups.
After a great meeting, we were over the moon to be selected by Ark to be on their roster of design agencies, helping them roll out their shiny new branding across a multitude of different marketing materials.
Here's the first piece of design work we have developed with Ark - we're so pleased it looks fantastic in real life! Ark should be very proud of their lovely new branding!
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