Who We Are
me & alan combine small scale agency attention to detail, with a large scale agency expertise. We have 2 decades of combined experience in creating thoughtful & impactful design for companies of all sizes. From start up’s to international power houses – all from our cozy office in the centre of Gateshead.
And we do all of this while remaining accessible, down to earth – and easy to talk to.
We’re the guys who like last minute work & tight deadlines. We’re there for our clients when they need us most, with technical support, advice, or even just for a cuppa and a catch up.
We make sure we’re doing everything we can to create something fantastic for our clients, and more importantly, their customers!
So, what are we like to work with?
We’re great. – No really!
Throughout your project, you’ll always speak to the people actually doing the work, so there’s no confusion, and no middle man – It just makes life that much simpler. You’ll also never be billed for anything you don’t know about in advance, so there’s no nasty surprises.
We’re transparent with when we’re working and when we’re not – so you’ll know what to expect. We also won’t take on a project we can’t do in time. We just don’t like letting people down.
We’ve built some incredible relationships over the years, both with our clients, and suppliers we work with on a daily basis. If there’s something we can’t do in house, we’ll work with someone who can. (Our friends work in P.R. & marketing, photography, bespoke technical development, 3D modeling, wordpress development and print production.)
What do you do?
From creating the foundations of your new company to shifting positioning with an already established business – we undertake projects from simple logo design, to huge identity systems that span a variety of media.
- Company Naming
- Branding & Positioning
- Tone of Voice
- Logo design
With offline marketing often being the first, and very lasting impression on a new customer – it’s important to make it count. We’ve a wealth of experience in crafting printed materials – from huge brochures and catalogues to flyers, posters and large format print.
- Brochures & Catalogues
- Point of Sale
- Packaging & Labels
Design & Production.
Creating assets for a new marketing campaign or crafting a series of illustrations to be used in print – we either work in house or pull in the right expertise to manage your project from start to finish. From concepts to getting comparative print costs and managing the print process for you – we make sure it all goes smoothly.
- Campaign development
- Vehicle Livery
- Signage & Wayfaring
- Printed Stationery
- Annual Reports
- 3D modelling & Animation
- Photography / Art Direction
We’ve worked with digital for as long as we can remember, and we’re really really good at it. From mobile friendly e-commerce (over half of e-commerce sales are now done through mobile!), content managed websites to app design, wireframing and build.
- Website Design
- Bespoke .NET Development & Wordpress Development
- Information Architecture / UX
- App Design & Build (iOS / Android / WP)
- Social Creative
- Online Advertising
- Email Newsletters (Systems & management)
- Interactive Displays & Exhibitions
Alan, used to be Alex’s nickname. With questions like “what are me & alan doing?” being asked on an almost daily basis – it just seemed to stick!
Do you pitch for work?
I’m afraid we don’t.
We truly believe that speculative design (or pitching) is a really damaging process to the design industry as well as to our clients, and choose not to participate in it. You will find that most designers have to ramp up their costs vastly to cover the initial ‘free’ bit of work they’ve done.
Not pitching helps us keep your costs down, as we’re not doing non paid work for other people – when we should be looking at your project! So far, our portfolio and approachable-ness has been enough for all of our clients to take the plunge! We strongly believe our work speaks volumes, and our clients agree.
Do you work with other agencies?
Yep! We’ve worked with a great variety of other agencies in the UK as their design department. SEO companies, marketing agencies, and other design agencies managing their overspill. We’re on the end of the phone, quick to respond to emails, and can turn work around quickly and on budget. Just think of us as a multi-headed freelancer.
We are a proud member of Partners With Pride.
Supporting the LGBT community.
Design Partner for Northern Pride.