Background Music in the Workplace
What type of music is better for concentrating on your different daily tasks?
I realise that this is my first blog post for designdough in the 5 years I have now worked here and it’s not about contrasting colours or the importance of well-kerned titles…
Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Change (Without the Waffle!)
There has been a lot of news and discussion over the last week or so about about Google’s mobile-friendly algorithm change on April 21st 2015.
Getting Over Newbie Nerves: Starting at a New Company
My first days at work at a new company are usually ridiculously daunting…
A Guide to Writing Copy for Print
Just because you can fill a page with text, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.
SEO Back 2 Basics
In the land of SEO, there are many myths and do’s and don’ts; a minefield that’s easy to get caught in.
Make Your Own Pallet Christmas Tree #builditbrandit
You may or may not remember this hideously tacky Christmas film we made last year…
How to: Approach an Agency for the First Time
We get it, it’s scary, and we don’t envy you, but everyone at designdough had to do it at some point, so let us give you some top tips on how to get on your go-to agency’s radar and stay there!
Why we’ve updated our website…again
We launched our current website on 8th April 2016 – that’s 580 days ago.
How to: Manage the launch of a new brand
So you’ve worked your bum off collaborating with your chosen design agency to ensure that your brand is all singing, all dancing and truly represents your mission and vision.
Onwards and upwards…
In usual designdough fashion, we got carried away with Christmas festivities, projects, marketing and…er hum…parties, that our December blog fell by the wayside.
The Journal: The Science Behind Print
We are delighted to see that print, in its many forms is having somewhat of a renaissance; a hipster revival much in the same way as vinyl has become popular again.
Vive La Print!
Screen-printing has seen many rises and falls in popularity, turning from a revolutionary manufacturing process to an undoubtable art form.
We Visited: gofod3
Last year, we were honoured to win a tender laid out by the WCVA (Welsh Council for Voluntary Action) for the brand and design of their new pilot project, gofod3.
We Visited: Spectrum Printing
Warning! this is a hideously geeky blog post in which we talk about not only our love of print, but our excitement at seeing print processes in action…
We Love: OkCupid’s ‘DTF’ Campaign
If you’re not particularly savvy on contemporary acronyms or a big fan of the TV Show Jersey Shore, then you probably have no idea what ‘DTF’ means and we suggest that you refer to Urban Dictionary…
The Power of Brand: Supreme
On our daily appreciation of all things brand, we’ve started to collect snippets from some very special companies…
The Journal: A Trip Down Memory Lane…
Reminisce with us for a second, if you will, and join us in feeling hideously old…
The Journal: Don’t Lose Your Heart On The Web
No, we’re not talking about Tinder or Bumble here, although keeping your brand consistent and concise on all digital channels could be likened to maintaining a dating profile.
The Journal: The Importance of Video
Instagram Stories. Snapchat. Periscope. Youtube. Vimeo. Vine (RIP…although, V2 anyone!?). Even Facebook has integrated video banners into its pages.
The Journal: Building Websites Is Easy…Right!?
Think you can launch a website and then its job done? Errrrrr, nope! Those babies take constant upkeep, maintenance, love and care, much like a small furry pet…or a beloved pot plant.
The Power of Brand: IKEA
From the beginning, IKEA’s vision has been to “create a better everyday life for the many people” and this is reflected in every part of their business model
New year, new brand?
If our brand doesn’t speak to us anymore, there’s no way we can sell ourselves to clients in the way we’d like.
Starting a business – designdough: The Story
Get used to never feeling comfortable ever again. Saying that, it’s the most fulfilling, enjoyable and exciting journey I’ve ever been on.
Finding your Why and sharing your Story. Why is it important?
There’s something within your business that lies beyond the money it makes, the services it offers or the products it sells. Purpose.
Meet Michael – Q&A with our Web Developer
It’s been a rather unconventional start for Michael and us – he’s been with us for a month but we’ve only met him twice…
What is your ikigai and how do you find it?
Discover your Reason for Being according to an ancient Japanese concept.
Is Graphic Design a Good Career?
We answer the internet’s most asked questions on a topic we love to talk about… Graphic Design.
Asking a Web Developer Stupid Questions
Our Instagram followers asked us website questions, and our Web Developer answered!
Things I Consider When Designing For Web
Let’s face it, a well designed website can make or break your online presence.
Serving Up Life On The Web
Did you know – Wales has the 10th largest server farm in the world! But what the hec is a server farm?
Brand Strategy Consolidation: Why your Brand Needs a Backbone
Once upon a time, a ‘good-enough’ logo and a business card would have been enough to get you through the door. Not anymore…
Building a Sense of Belonging
Our studio isn’t just a workspace, it’s an extension of our brand ethos, us as a team and the immersive quality of our process.
10 Tips For Overcoming Creative Block
Creative block. The dreadful, infuriating, inescapable monotony of a brain that won’t switch on…
Celebrating 5 Years of Abi – A Q&A with our Studio Manager
“I give myself daily reminders to remain realistic, practical, strategic and to not buy-in to ‘grind culture’. Your worth is not measured by your productivity.”
Creating a Unique Brand Voice Through Typography
Typography is one of the key areas of branding and is often the bedrock of any successful identity.
Brand Archetypes – How to build long-lasting connections with your customers
Why do we connect with certain brands better than others? Why are there certain brands that, no matter what they sell, produce or drop, we’re right there waiting with bated breath to see what they do next?
7 Reasons we Vibe with Officevibe
To mark International Week of Happiness at Work, we want to tell you about Officevibe and the reasons we vibe with it.
Introducing Jade – A Q&A with our Studio Manager
“My nan’s nickname for me is ‘admin’ because I even organise my family… I love lists and plans – ticking…
Team Choice: Our Favourite Packaging Picks
Don’t be fooled by packaging; it may seem like a bit of a boring subject at first, but there’s something about a packaging project that gets our hearts ticking. Take a browse at our top packaging picks…
Our New Website and 10 Reasons Why You Should Update Yours
There’s a myriad of reasons one should update their website, which moves us nicely along to you. Is it time for you to update your website? Here are just some of the reasons why the answer to that might be yes.
Team Choice: Our 2022 New Year’s Resolutions
With 2021 drawn to a close, we’re starting off with an exciting and inspiring 2022 here at designdough. What better way than to kick off the New Year with good ol’ traditions? Have a nose at our goals, plans and hobbies for 2022 here…
5 Reasons Why We Love Asana
You may be wondering – what on Earth is Asana? That’s where we can come in. From managing everyday tasks to planning ahead for big projects, Asana is our favourite project management tool, and here’s why…
The Power of Brand: Patagonia
The brand that re-invented what it means to be outdoors. Read our analysis of Patagonia’s brand values and how they sparked an environmental clothing revolution.
Why Words Matter: The Importance of Brand Tone of Voice
(Image Credit: Nationwide UK) Brand tone of voice is specially designed to showcase the brand’s goals, values and personality through a particular word choice. Find yours here.
NASA’s Logo: The Meatball vs. The Worm
This is designdough’s investigation into the iconic NASA logo. The Meatball and The Worm took the world by storm in their own ways, but which one is your favourite?
It’s All Eco: How to Make Your Packaging Sustainable
Sustainable packaging is nothing new, but businesses are only just starting to realise the benefit. Take a read of our sustainable packaging top tips…
How to Make Design Accessible
Designing for accessibility isn’t just something that’s ‘nice to have’ – it’s a legal requirement! Here are our tips on how to make design accessible…
5 Reasons Why We Love Slack
We’ve tried lots of communication platforms in our time, but Slack well and truly won our hearts a few years ago. And here’s why…
Carers Week 2022: Our Journey with The Care Collective
Our rebranding journey with The Care Collective, as they join other national charities to raise much-needed awareness for Carers Week 2022.
The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement
Stakeholder engagement starts from the very beginning of any project. So, how does designdough work with Stakeholders?
6 Top Tips for Applying for our new Graphic Design Internship
Have you seen that we’re advertising for our new Graphic Design Summer Intern? We’ve put together our 6 Top Tips for applying.
What do we mean by Brand?
If we can define what a brand is, we can begin to understand why some are so successful over others.
Branded house vs House of brands
In a Branded House strategy, the company has a single master brand that is used across all of its products…