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Brown-bag is a multi-service design company with over 30 years experience, specialists in complete web design services, graphic design services and logo design.
We make it our business to really unwrap your project, however big or small – excelling at research and conceptual development, generating original creative website designs and creative graphic designs, backed-up with solid practical skills to communicate your message in the most effective way. Delivering a positive ROI.
Brown-bag’s website designers and graphic designers really try to tell your story, giving you a fantastic look, a new confidence in the market and your customers greater reassurance, easier product re-call and confidence in you.
We also strive to make the process as simple and enjoyable as possible, offering a friendly, flexible and reliable design service to suit all budgets and with impressive turnaround times.
Brown-bag – web design, logo and graphic design – all wrapped-up.
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THE NEED FOR GOOD DESIGN
Shares in design-led businesses have outperformed the FTSE 100 by more than 200% over the past decade.
Product + Good Design = Value for money.
- Work Undertaken:
- Brand Development
Adobe Illustrator: Nearly 25 years experience using the industry standard vector program, producing logos, illustrations, diagrams, typography, maps, visuals and much more.
Adobe Photoshop: 25 years experience using the industry standard pixel program, used to create website designs and GUI (graphical user interface), retouch & re-format images, cut-out products, and create illustrations, to name a few.
Adobe InDesign: Around 10 years on-the-job experience with this page-layout program, (previously used Quark for over 15 years). Used to produce all types of printed documents including 400+ page prospectus.
Adobe Flash: 5 years experience with this lovely, instantly-gratifying program, used to produce web-graphics, animations and websites.
Ethical Rocks Logo
Plymouth Age Concern recently embarked on a complete rebrand, including a name change, to Plymouth 50+, and a new logo.
Ideas were drawn-up for the charity to differentiate them from both local and national organisations. These included using the "50+" as inspiration, either as a devise to create lovely flower patterns, or using "50 pluses" to portray the comunity that is Plymouth 50+.
Unfortunately the charity decided not to change to Plymouth 50+, but to become affiliated with Age UK - so the designs were not required - some you win...
An ideas company that takes existing problems and tries to find 'green', energy saving solutions.
The first invention was centred around electric kettles, hence the name, taken from the children's rhyme, "Polly put the kettle on".
Various ideas are shown, with the first being the chosen design.
Devon School of Fly Fishing
A re-name and brand mark developed for Devon School of Fly Fishing, (formerly Scott Fly Fishing School). Taking a more informal direction, the idea was to make The Devon School Of Fly Fishing feel more approachable and show people that fishing is not just for the experienced, but affordable and fun for everyone. The ‘aged’ look helps to give the brand mark a feeling of time well-spent and experience.
A brand name and mark development for Vada. Created using a custom designed font and adopting an illustration to compliment and complete the identity. The brand mark was applied to stationery set with the business cards printed full-colour and die-cut, matt laminated with a spot UV to finish the butterfly.
A range of designs were given for client feedback, with the rainbow butterfly being chosen.
An online presence was produced using a custom designed, hi-tec media player to further enhance Vada TV’s cutting edge qualities.
This logo was developed with the product firmly in mind - lab grown diamonds. This new and exciting gem has all the characteristics of the natural stones, but with none of the 'Blood Diamond' associations. The scrolls 'growing' from the letterforms have gems at the tip, and also highlight the 'IQ', the brand name chosen for their diamonds - the IQ Diamond.
Logo design variation for this marine electrical retail business. From typographic to illustrative style.
The BoilerBuoy website was created using open-source, and includes all info graphics, flash animation and copywriting. The site was produced to promote an innovative invention, which prevents boiler condensate freezing in cold weather.
Visit site: www.boilerbuoy.co.uk
This online shop for new eco jewellery company KinetIQue will promote their 'grown-in-the-lab' diamonds. The IQ diamond is man-made and as such, is very eco-friendly and has none of the 'blood-diamond' associations. Some finished pages and design variations are shown here.
Visit site: www.kinetique.co.uk
No4 Hair Boutique
The idea behind this site was based on the main communication channel between the hairdresser and client – the mirror. When you're sat having your hair done, the hairdresser talks to you via the mirror, hence the site conveys all it's information through the mirror. The initial idea was to have everything in reverse, as if you were looking into the mirror, but this might have been a bit difficult to read.
We used the lovely interior of the salon as the back-drop to the site, taking photo's of all the interior content, and 'rebuilt' everything in Photoshop. (Under construction).
(Designed in conjunction with Sam at studiospaceone)
Net Shine is an entirely new linguistics website that subscribers use to change the language used on their site to maximise sales, with some users seeing increases of 900%. (Under Construction)
Crylla Valley Cottages Designed to make the viewer feel they are surrounded by the beautiful countryside environment, where this lovely holiday village is situated. With clean, clear navigation, the site conveys the relaxed atmosphere Crylla Valley exudes.
Visit site: www.cryllacottages.co.uk
(Designed in conjunction with Sam at studiospaceone)
A bespoke media player created to play the videos created by this new communications company, Vada. The exquisite devise, housed on stylish black leather, exudes quality and technical ability.
Visit site: www.vada.tv
Imagine looking out onto a river, whilst planning an exciting fishing trip with The Devon School of Fly Fishing. Designed to give the viewer a sense of what"s to come when they book a lesson or holiday in the beautiful Devon countryside.
Visit site: www.devonschoolofflyfishing.com
(Designed in conjunction with Jay at studiospaceone)
Vada Property TV
A property portal website, designed to sell high-end properties across the world. (Under construction).
Part of the brief for this online shop, was to be unconventional, using boating paraphernalia as the structure to build the site around.
Visit site: www.boatelectricals.co.uk
Airport Business Centre
This brochure was designed to demonstrate the diversity and range of units available at this business park located near Plymouth Airport.From single pages to large fold-out sections, the layout conveys the mix-and-match scheme the management have adopted to create the perfect space for each tenant.Part of the brief was to be able to easily update the brochure, so bolts were chosen for this purpose, but which also give a very technical feel.
Produced: Logo/Brochure/Display Materials/Banners/Signage
A sumptuous brochure using very tactile stocks to convey the quality of these beautiful woodland homes.
Produced: Logo/Brochure/Display Materials/Advertising/Banners
Gallagher & Richards
A short-run digital solution was produced for this woodland condominium development of 10 individual dwellings. The brochure outlined the project and included plans of each apartment.
Studio Screen Print
A long established screen print and POS company wanted a brochure to convey the very high quality of the work produced, but also be able to update the text pages. The cover was designed using materials allied to the industry, with the internal pages printed digitally on a lovely pearlescent stock.
A "Not to be forgotten" message was part of the brief for this bespoke dossier designed for this game development studio - Remode. Screen printed fluorescent orange, with mat-laminate and spot UV varnish, the effect is very memorable, and helped secure funding and become an authorized developer for Nintendo Wii and DS.
(Designed in conjunction with Sam at studiospaceone)
A brochure for hi-spec waterside apartments and town houses. Designed to reflect the modern interiors and use of hi-tec materials, with bespoke cutter.
Produced: Brochure/Display Materials/Advertising/Banners
A new media communications company needed a new name, logo, marketing collateral, stationery and website – the whole set. Designed to create a very professional image, the brand mark conveys the companies tone to prospective clients.
Produced: Name/Logo/DVD Case/Stationery/Website
A perfect mix of the modern and traditional, combine to create this beautiful working environment. A brochure designed to promote the sale of business premises and art gallery sited on Dartmoor. The reader has to break the seal to view the properties – adding to the anticipation.
Half-Canadian bind was chosen to give a "sketch-book" feel to this prospectus designed for Plymouth College of Art & Design, with work stretched across spreads, helping to convey this feeling. The foil and pin-stripped stock communicate the quality of learning found at this college.
Sample technical illustrations, flash animations, page layouts and GUI design idea, created for various e-learning projects.
(3D Illustration by Lee Hayward)
Digital diagrams, maps and wayfinding completed for various projects.
Digital illustrations completed for various projects.
Hand-drawn/painted illustrations for various client projects.
Garden Project 5
This coastal site was designed around an existing walled patio, which was old and weary, and cut-off from the rest of the garden. A section of the wall was removed, opening-up the space, with wooden decking protruding through to form steps down to the grass beyond. The inner wall was painted yellow to brighten the space, and a water feature was built to give a lovely water soundtrack, to add to the seaside feel. The outer wall was planted with flowering climbers to mask the dull grey exterior. low-level lights were placed around the decked area for evening use, and salt and wind tolerant planting finished the theme.
Garden Project 4
Images of this country garden in Cornwall with a rough sketch proposal of how it could look. More to come soon...
Garden Project 3
Before, ongoing and visual images of this work-in-progress, family garden. Bi-folding doors replaced the back door to make better use of the interior space, opening onto the paved area. A small vegetable patch has been designed into the area, for the children to get involved in growing their own food. Terracing and a raised deck makes the most of the sloping plot. A water feature and planting will complete the area under the deck. Lighting has been added to make the most of the garden in the evening.
Garden Project 2
Before, ongoing and finished images showing the work-in-progress on this garden with outstanding natural aspect. The very simple styling of this front garden is designed with the beautiful view in mind. Not wanting to add anything that would distract. A low slate wall will help level the lawn and form a ha-ha, linking the garden with the fields in front. The fence will be simple, to echo that of the existing one. The silver birch, planted in the corner so as not spoil the view, give height to the space and will be under planted with bluebells and snow drops. Simple planting will finish the effect.
Garden Project 1
Before and after images of a small cottage garden. The old fence was replaced with a low-level wall, built on the extremities of the plot, with a fence fixed to the outer edge of the wall. This gained an extra metre of space, very welcome in a small garden. French doors were added, leading out onto a curved deck area, with a lovely water feature in the corner. The geometric style of the rest of the garden helps to make the most of the space, with a flag-stones paved area and lawn too. The corner pergola gives shade to the deck, with wisteria growing over. The fence on the wall was split in two, with wires across the centre section, this gave the illusion of extra space, bringing the grass bank behind the garden into view.