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Should you tell another graphic design agency when they have made a mistake?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Website design browser issues

Let me set the scene for you – ‘Larger’ graphic design agencies occasionally outsource work to us when they are over subscribed. I therefore potentially see every design agency as another client to which we can be that helping hand when they have too much to do and don’t know where to turn.


Design for your market – not you!!!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011


It’s a very common mistake to make and it’s difficult to get away from. It’s a battle I undertake weekly with clients, but once the penny has dropped and you truly see the logic you start thinking in a different way which changes your whole marketing strategy.

Design for your market… not for you!


How to communicate with a client who doesn’t use email?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


A strange question I know, and I bet you’re all screaming ‘Well; text, telephone, post, actually visit them.” and they’re all great answers and very true, but how easy, quick and convenient is it to email? (more…)

Mr Cameron doesn’t support British Designers

Thursday, March 31st, 2011


This topic has been blogged and tweeted a plenty over the last couple of days but I felt so enraged I had to put in my two pence worth too. I doubt I’ll add anything new or thought provoking to the industry battering Mr C is getting from us logo designers but boy I’ll feel better at the end of it. (more…)

A tale of 3 very different businesses

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Camper van

All you regular readers of the Eightyone Design blog will know, we have  passion for VW campervans. We used to own a VW T25 (the brick!) and we recently decided that we wanted a more reliable and modern vehicle and purchased a new T5 Transporter. However, we were being ridiculously fussy with the camper interior and decided to buy a bare van and get a bespoke interior made for us. Now, there are a plethora of companies who can provide this service and from the various VW shows we’ve visited and online forums we avidly use we narrowed the search down to three companies in Devon.

“Google images are all in the public domain”

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Copyright in graphic design

We’ve all been there, there’s no need to paint you a detailed picture, client chooses to source their own images and their way of doing this is to punch in what they want into a Google images search, find an image, send you a link, you explain the image is copyrighted and cannot be used, client kicks up a fuss, you end up sourcing legitimate images.

Why I Think Twitter is Awesome!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Why I think Twitter is Awesome

OK, so I have a small confession to make. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Twitter when it launched, and that is an understatament to say the least, I actually thought that Twitter was a complete waste of time. In my eyes, the people using it were lonely individuals with way too much time on their hands, using it to tell other lonely people with too much time on their hands what they were having for lunch and ironically how busy they were. Yeah right! I don’t care that it’s your sons birthday, I don’t care that you went to Thorp Park for the day and I don’t care that you bought a new pair of jeans. I am actually busy and I don’t see how this enriches my life in any shape or form (apart from make me want to be at Thorp Park!). However, just over a year ago I was being hit left right and centre with articles about the power of Twitter with everyone telling me that I’ve got try it; “everyone else is doing it”. (more…)

How do you decide what to put in your graphic design portfolio?

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Design portfolio

It’s that time of year again where you are assessing your bulging business plan, deciding what new piece of marketing material you are going to use to wow potential clients with in 2010 and, for us, it’s time to freshen up our website and reflect on what work we include in our portfolio. The problem is that we are a particularly fussy lot here at Eightyone Design and not every piece of work we complete makes the grade. In fact, only a mere fraction of our work makes it in to our design portfolio.

This can leave our portfolio looking a little stale at times against others which seem to be regularly changing. It also means that whilst we are always working with new clients, other potential clients are not aware of this due to the work not being included in our graphic design portfolio. This got us thinking ‘what is the best way to build your graphic design portfolio?’ As we see it there are the following options available to any graphic designer: (more…)

Website design for AIS – The International School, Sydney, Australia

Monday, November 9th, 2009

AIS website image

AIS is an International School based in Sydney, Australia. They provide education to the highest academic standard, and have a practical approach to teaching and learning while catering to both international and local students with its integrated Australian and American curriculum.

AIS were looking for someone to re-design their website and found us through our graphic design blog. Several Skype meetings later they accepted our proposal and had a strong brief to work to. AIS already had a team of programmers in house and required us to design and build template HTML pages that they could use to build, edit and expand the website themselves.


Who should pay for Stock Imagery?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009


There have been a lot of articles written about stock photography lately, many of which believe that the use of it damages our creative industry. Rather than finding the perfect solution for a design brief, designers and clients alike log onto sites such as istock, fotolia and shutterstock, complete a quick image search which turns out average images that are far from perfect for their intended use. These photographs or stock vectors are not bespoke and have often been overused. A classic example is the ‘call us now…’ image on a contact page or catalogue showing a man or woman with a headset on! This image screams ‘stock’ and should be extinct! (more…)