Last week I delivered a lightening talk at WordCamp Brighton on how designers and developers can improve their working relationship. Below I’ll share the key points from the talk. I’ve been designing websites for over 15 years. In my time I’ve designed and overseen the build of countless websites. The relationship between designers and devs […]
I’ve just returned from the ‘Building a better brand’ breakfast session at Wired Sussex where myself and the lovely guys from Advantage answered a host of questions and shared our branding experience and process with the attendees. This has prompted me to share some of my top reads for branding designers or people starting out […]
Last year we got a great response for our survey for developers, getting to the bottom of what frustrated them most with working with designers. This has been instrumental in the development of our ‘charter’ for how we work with developers, (read it here) and we continue to work on improving that working relationship. But […]
After the success of our Open Studios event last year, we decided to open our doors again, this year inviting businesses in for a mini taster version of our brand workshop. We offered up eight 1.5 hour sessions, which were snapped up almost immediately. We welcomed a range of businesses, from a start up social app, […]
You may have heard we’re recruiting for a Senior designer with new business experience to join us here at Puree Design. You may be asking what it’s like to work at our micro design agency? Well here are a few of the main differences. Peppered with some quotes from Meg who’s been with us for more than two and […]
In a recent meeting with a potential client I was quite taken aback to be asked, with genuine sincerity: “What is illustration?” With the only answer coming to my lips sounding quite obvious; “it’s drawing”, I found myself scrabbling, and perhaps failing, to find the words to articulate why illustration isn’t just a ‘nice to […]
On the 23rd of September, Puree Design invited the local creative crowd to join them for Brighton’s first ever live layer tennis event. Tickets for the event, that was part of the Brighton Digital Festival, were sold out. So on the night a crowd of over 40 creative types filled The Skiff to watch the four brave illustrators […]
As you might know, we’re running an event for the Brighton Digital Festival 2015. We are hosting two simultaneous live ‘Layer Tennis’ matches involving four talented Illustrators. We’ll start with a quick intro to each illustrator and their creative work, then draw names out of hat to see who will face who. Passing a file between them in […]
We were recently commissioned to create a set of illustrations to be used as props in a TV documentary. The illustrations were intended to depict the stages of evolution from the first single cell organism to early man. The director had a clear illustration style in mind, he wanted them to feel as if they […]
After almost five years, it was finally time to say goodbye to our offices at The Skiff, and start a new chapter. After a busy couple of days of tidying, a healthy contribution to the recycling effort, some dusting and desk Tetris, we have set up shop in our lovely new office, based in the […]
In my previous blog, “What has mobile first ever done for us?” I looked at mobile first as a design and ux philosophy. Now, I want to look at how this philosophy can be applied to your design processes, and not just for web. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive how-to, more a primer […]
We’re doing a bit of research into how developers and designers can work better together. We know that sometimes, things just don’t work out as they should. So – developers, we’d love to know your thoughts! If you can fill in this quick survey (it really is quick) we’ll collate the results, and together perhaps, we […]
Smartphones have put 24/7 internet access at the fingertips of people who otherwise may not even sit down in front of a computer, and their needs have reshaped the way we look at mobile design. But these lessons aren’t just for mobile- they apply to all our decisions.
When you’ve commissioned a new logo design for your business it’s an exciting moment to receive the final design, but it can quickly be followed by confusion on opening the folder and finding a multitude of unfamiliar file formats. You want to start using your new logo, but you don’t know where to start. This […]
I’ve had many conversations over the years about the merits of hiring freelancers vs small design agencies vs large design agencies. I’ve worked in all three, and as the director of Puree Design, a ‘micro design agency’, I of course, think that a small agency is your best bet, here are 6 reasons why: 1) No Chinese whispers Anyone who […]
On 26th January the Brighton Fuse 2 Freelancers report was launched at the Sallis Benny theatre in Brighton. In October 2014 we were approached by Jonanthan Sapsed, lead researcher on the freelance report to help design the report. Using our SEED questionnaire we established that there were several audiences for the research including people within the Brighton […]
You might have noticed, we’ve updated our website! We decided it was time for an overhaul, we wanted to improve the mobile experience on our site, and update it with some of the lovely new projects we’ve been so busy with recently.
As some of our clients will know I recently took a couple of weeks off for my honeymoon in Japan. It’s been ‘on our list’ for some time, so the honeymoon seemed the ideal opportunity.
In my last post, The Future of Responsive Design pt1 I talked about how the new challenges of responsive design could be met through the styling and content you deliver. I want to delve a little further into this topic now, and talk about how the extra data and insights we have into people’s browsing habits, […]
Way back in early 2010, the excellent A List Apart published an article entitled ‘Responsive Web Design’ which discussed the very early implementations of something we now accept as default: the media query and the idea of a website which adapts its layout to fit better on different sized screens. The technology on both sides […]
The Christmas season means big business for those in the retail market, and the benefits of sending email marketing in the lead up to Christmas for retailers is immediately obvious – simply putting your products in-front of the consumer. But what about other businesses that aren’t directly selling Christmas related products and services? How can they […]
We’ve been working with Hanover Recruitment to refresh their branding – they wanted to distinguish between the sectors they recruit in and create a more personal feel with some character design that reflected their target audiences. So Meg has been working on some lovely character illustrations. We thought it would be interesting to try and […]
If you’re looking to reach a lot of people fast, there’s no question that HTML emails can provide a very easy way to get information out there for a relatively low cost. HTML Email does have limitations, but it also has possibilities, and if designed and built right, it’s a powerful tool. We approach HTML […]
Here at Puree Design we really believe in the way we work, and the space in which we do it. We love Brighton’s creative and digital community and wanted to make a contribution to it. So as part of the 2014 Brighton Digital Festival Open Studios event we opened the doors to our workplace, The […]