Hey good looking
We’re old school. We don’t think pretty is enough - not nearly enough. Design has a job to do, to engage, to communicate and get a hard commercial job done.
We make attention-seeking ads, brochures that define companies and products, posters that make you stop and stare, publications people want to read, and everything else in-between.
Like what you see here, think we could be a good fit for you? Don’t dream about working with a great agency, just do it.
When it comes to our design service there’s one question we ask ourselves time and time again.
‘Have we understood?’
Not ‘Does it look good? Does this colour work? Is this picture perfect?’
But ‘Have we understood?’
Publication Design and Print
We like every publication we produce to create a relationship – a dialog between reader and publisher.
That makes each edition something they want to read, look forward to and enjoy. That takes time and it takes care, but it’s what it takes to make our publications so successful.
Pastel colours and block typefaces do not an infographic make. Not in our book anyway. If they don’t add to the argument, if they don’t make complex matters clear, if they don’t aid understanding, aren’t they just illustrations unworthy of the name?
Until we get deep into the data and understand the story it really tells, we won’t do a thing. That may mean hours studying spreadsheets, it may mean time spent asking questions about production processes, then asking them again until we’re entirely clear. But it does mean the results are every bit as informative as they are elegant.
And that your infographics tell the story you want them to tell.
It may be the single most import piece of design work you ever commission, it may encompass an entire philosophy, say something new to an existing audience, create a new audience from scratch. Whatever their intentions, Brand Identities build businesses.
Look at the great brands, the ones you grew up with. They’re as familiar and as friendly as your first home – they’re things we all live with. So when we design Identities we look to the long term. Fashion, after all, fades.
You may have brought us the next Google, the latest Shell, the newest Nike, so we treat every Brand commission with the same dedication and the same way. Not just as the next big thing, but as a brand that will still be big in two years, ten years, twenty. A Brand that will stands the test of time – time after time.
It’s 8.30pm. It’s raining, it’s dark and we’re damn sure we should be home. Then the phone rings and everything changes. There’s a lot of nonsense talked about dedication in this business, and a lot of promises made, so we’ll just say this.
This is our business, it matters to us, we will put in the extra unexpected hours to make certain the job gets done, we will be the ones in a late night taxi clutching printers’ proofs and we will forgo a little sleep if a little loss of sleep is all it takes. And we have the pizza delivery menus to prove it.
Around here, everything is everybody’s job. So if you call, and the person you need isn’t around to help, there will always be someone who will. You’ll always get an answer, and we’ll always get the job done.
We keep an eye out, and don’t let anything out that isn’t brand-perfect – even when it’s not our project. That’s why many of our clients rely on us to be brand guardians, to keep their brands brand new.
It’s an over-used word, but none better. We are passionate, we do care, and we do get upset when we can’t deliver our very best. Too emotional? Perhaps, but it’s what’s kept us at the top of our game for so long.
2b or not 2b
We’re definitely 2b folks. Most of our best ideas start with nothing more than a pad of paper and a medium sharp pencil. We sketch out ideas and we share them with you. That’s because it’s the idea that counts, and if the idea can’t be expressed by a pencil sketch on a single sheet of A4 – it’s probably not that good an idea. And no amount of Photoshopping changes that.
Hungry for knowledge
We like colour, of course we do, but what you see is not always what you think, it’s our job to know when to use the right colours, to know what settings make your material perform best.
But, we also feel it is our job to keep you informed, to let you know the principles behind what we do. Be it a logo, a website, a brochure or a simple stationery print order. Because with our knowledge and your understanding we can create awesome design.
"Dhub makes Champion and Champion’s clients look sexy. Whether it is bringing a story to life through an infographic or building an online presence for a brand, the process is always fun and exceeds our expectations."− Richard Cook, Owner & Founder, Champion Communications
"Azzurro has worked with Dhub since 2009 and we just keep coming back. They understand our market and what we want to say and their creativity and ideas are refreshing and exciting. We have complete confidence in Dhub that they will deliver something outstanding and unique and it is always a very pleasurable experience working with James and his colleagues."− Moira Bain, Managing Director, Azzurro Ltd
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