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January 13th, 2018

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better When Choosing Your New Design Agency

As a successful Small Design Agency based in Preston, Lancashire, in this piece we offer five reasons to avoid Large Design Agencies and choose a small Graphic Design & Website Design Agency instead. 1 Smaller Design Agencies are More Cost-Effective Large web design agencies have large overheads. Things like expensive city centre offices, large numbers […]

September 11th, 2017

The Design Comedy: FREE Graphic Design eBook

In 2016, Route1Print, the UK’s fastest growing trade printer asked our founder and lead graphic designer Quentin James to contribute to their “50 Tips from Designers, to Designers” eBook. In 2017, they once again asked Quentin for a contribution for their brand new FREE Graphic Design eBook titled: “The Design Comedy – How To Deal […]

March 31st, 2017

WordPress Backup and Management Service

Friends don’t let friends go without a backup. Each year, March 31st is World Backup Day, a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups. This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out – like most good things […]

Graphic Design Tips From Designers, To Designers

In December 2016, Route1Print, the UK’s fastest growing trade printer asked Quentin James Design founder and lead graphic designer Quentin James, to contribute to their forthcoming eBook “50 Tips from Designers, to Designers”. The eBook gathers advice and graphic Design Tips from experts in the Graphic Design field all in one place. From client management […]

Brexit, the Falling Pound and the Price of Paper [UPDATED]

Whether you voted to Leave or Remain in the European Union, the UK as a whole voted to leave and ‘Brexit’ is firmly on the horizon. This decision is already starting to affect the price of paper and therefore the traditional graphic design, marketing and print industry in the UK. With the pound falling on the […]

October 3rd, 2016

Spec Work and Free Pitches: #SayNoToSpec

Recently, we we’re asked to undertake some speculative work or ‘Spec Work’, for a potential new client. We politely declined their offer. In this blog post, founder and lead designer Quentin James explains why we don’t undertake ‘Spec Work’ and why we don’t ‘Pitch’ for new business. Why We’ve Never Pitched For Work Since founding […]

September 12th, 2016

Top 5 Social Media Apps for iPhone

With Social Media playing an ever increasing role in our day-to-day marketing strategies, we profile our Top 5 Social Media Apps for iPhone. Tweetbot Download Tweetbot from the App Store Tweetbot has been my go-to twitter app since it launched in 2011. Now in its fourth incarnation, it’s still my preferred twitter client when on […]

The Anatomy of a Perfect eCommerce Store

Recently, we once again teamed up with leading Lancaster based digital marketing agency Digitaloft, to create an informative Infographic Design for their client NuBlue. NuBlue are a Lancaster based Web Hosting company who specialise in providing fast, dynamic and robust hosting solutions for all manner of websites, in particular, eCommerce websites. The theme for the […]

July 4th, 2015

Boost Creativity with the help of your Dog

As anyone who follows my Instagram posts will know, my dog Huxley can often be found in the studio with me. Those who visit our studio in Preston, Lancashire may also have met Huxley as he occasionally explodes on the scene during meetings with clients and suppliers. But what effect does having a dog in […]

March 31st, 2014

Don’t Be An April Fool – World Backup Day

March 31st is World Backup Day. What is a Backup? A backup is a second copy of all your important files, for example those important files could be, important work related digital documents like spreadsheets and emails, your family photos, home videos, documents and personal emails. Instead of storing it all in one place like […]