All the latest from H&H HQ and interesting news from the world of design.
A brief walk through the changes to ways of working, during my career as a designer. From old-school equipment and methods to joining the digital age, and how that feels.
It’s impossible to escape the c-word (coronavirus) at the moment. But there's another word that's also crept into daily language - an f-word - that we HAVE experienced recently, so I thought I'd write about that.
Most of us can easily go a full day without seeing a sales brochure or an exhibition stand, but it’s unlikely that we haven’t seen, picked up, or thrown away a piece of packaging in the last 24 hours.
The world of graphic design is VERY competitive. With thousands of high-quality creative agencies and freelance designers competing for your budgets and attention, here’s 5 reasons to choose Howell & Hicks for your next design project. (And 3 equally-important reasons NOT to).
It’s difficult to identify what it is that inspires a designer. We all need design inspiration, and it’s not easy to keep work looking fresh and feeling relevant. Our careers depend on a constant supply of creativity and require new ideas almost every day. So it’s really important to recognise what inspires the work, and the best ways to stimulate that imagination.
#1 Experienced: Our 60 combined years in the design industry, and our experience of working with 'big' clients like Mars, Britvic, The Caravan Club and P&O, means that we’ve both learnt a lot. I know some people don’t like the word ‘expert’ these days, but that’s exactly what we are. Design experts.
After my last Blog about getting to know strangers at Business Networking events, I thought I’d write this one about a lovely bunch of people that we’ve known for a long time now - Time & Tide Brewing.
They’re our clients and our friends. They pay us in beer, as well as money. And we love their work - which is basically brewing the best craft beers in Kent - if not the country. If not the world.
Wikipedia tells us that business networking is “an activity by which businesspeople and entrepreneurs meet to form business relationships and to recognise, create, or act upon business opportunities, share information and seek potential partners for ventures.”
That all sounds alright, doesn’t it? So why does networking get such a bad name?
It’s a great question. And when Linda’s flat-out designing every single project that passes through the Howell & Hicks studio, I sometimes ask myself the same thing!...
As graphic designers, we’re in the business of making things look good.
But we also need to make sure things work properly, and that our clients’ ‘brand toolkits’ contain everything they need.
Over the years, a company’s logo will be used in hundreds of different ways - online and offline, full colour and mono, big and small. And in our role as ‘brand guardians’, we obviously want to make sure it looks great wherever and whenever it appears.