Restoring some brand history

House restoration programmes make for an intriguing watch, showing that what’s kept in is of more importance than what’s new – a design theory that crosses over to logos and brand identities. An example of this theory came in the form of a very enjoyable project to update an existing logo. Local history group, Twystory, … Continued

Faux book cover design

Until recently I’d not had the pleasure of entering the world of book cover design, and technically that is still true. At least, I’ve not yet designed a cover for a book that can be read. This project was, while usual for a designer, unusual in its execution. I was commissioned to design the covers … Continued

Pawsome Pets channel identity

Studio Denley worked with Caters Media Group to create identities for their Pawsome Pets social media channels. The project included the design of logos for use as avatars, video start cards and a range of social media assets. The original concept evolved around the ‘S’ of their StoryTrender brand, using the shape to form tails. … Continued

Broad Street Community Meeting Hall

Broad Street Community Meeting Hall has been supporting the local community for almost 20 years, bringing people together through events and providing a welcoming space in Coventry. In January 2019 work began on a new build hall that will further the work of the team and better serve the community’s needs for years to come. … Continued

Goodbye Speakersfive, Hello Denley

I’ve been thinking this over for a few months now. If I’m completely honest I’ve probably been thinking it over for a few years. For various reasons, I’ve decided to let go of the name Speakersfive. A name change has been on the cards before and events of the past 18 months, spurred on by … Continued

Cooking up some creativity

When we talk of creative fields, cooking is rarely mentioned alongside other artistic pursuits. Rightly it’s carved out it’s own area despite sharing so much, and to me it is one of the most challenging of the arts. Chefs don’t only have aesthetics to consider, there’s flavour, smell and timings to think about when creating … Continued

Forty-two

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love reading. I love books. Certain genres and authors I now tend to gravitate towards but if something is recommended to me I will give it a go – you never know what you may discover. Family and friends recommend certain books or authors and more … Continued

Being a designer is like being in the SAS

Ok not really. But yeah, kind of. Most of us are not being flown off to work covert missions in far flung corners of the globe. And while paper cuts are nasty, they can’t compare. However, all of us could learn from the skills that being in an elite force requires. There are some shared qualities … Continued

The power of getting started

I’ve been thinking about the power of process a lot lately. More so because I’ve had a few identity projects and these are where I feel my process really pays off. I was talking with another designer and they mentioned that they always go to screen and begin design concepts. Each to their own but the thought … Continued

I know these people – I have no idea who they are

Like many people I commute by train to work. I’ve done it on and off for about six years now (I had two years off for good behaviour when I got a different job). It can at times be frustrating or tiring but I’m well aware it’s not the worst I could have by any … Continued

Some stuff that happened – part sixteen

I’d originally planned to do one of these types of posts every three months as kind of seasonal round-up. It’s been eight months since my last one. A lot has happened, but don’t worry I’m not going to dump eight months worth of pictures, this is a special of sorts. Earlier this year I decided … Continued