Design Effectiveness

Your effective design starts with our effective understanding.
For more than 20 years, we’ve been helping clients achieve. Through the power of design thinking and business thinking, we help you find new perspectives and fresh ways of presenting truths. We ground creativity in commercial thinking, and we inspire strategy with creativity. We design understanding.

At the root of our approach is a firm focus to deliver organisational impact, design effectiveness, measurable results and return on investment for your design, brand, and business.
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Our people

What does it take to deliver great design work? Our people.

They’re our heads and our hearts. Business thinkers. Design thinkers. Commercially driven and creatively inspired.

They are the ones who create the work that gives you a unique voice, tell your individual story, and who drive your positive change.

We are experts in brand strategy and identity, naming, creative copywriting, communications design and development, photography, animation and video production.

Lesley Gulliver Managing Director
Darren Evans Design Director, Founder
Leo Parker Creative Director
Neil Herke Senior Designer
Ben Woodhead Senior Designer
Natalie Smith Senior Artworker
Bailey Waterhouse Designer
Amin Karimi Junior Designer
Tracey Uttley Content Manager
Our principles
Our principles guide us, they are us.
We’re driven to understand your business. We really want to know who you are and what you do. Not just because we genuinely care, but because it’s that understanding that helps us create more powerful, more effective design.
- Put people first
- Plan with your head
- Deliver with your heart
- Never settle
- Leave a positive impact
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Effective, by design
We’ve won six DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. That’s not just about beautiful design, it’s about design that works and delivers on its goals. It's design that makes a difference.
It’s always great to be recognised and rewarded. Especially when that recognition is shared with our clients. And even more so when the award celebrates the positive business benefits of that design.
Here’s the list of our DBA design effectiveness successes, and the clients who banked the benefits:
PAXMAN Pioneers in Scalp Cooling
2019 - Silver Award
Paxman Coolers
This UK-based MedTech business posted growth results of 465% compared to a global market rate of 120% whilst retaining and embedding a family-led persona.
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GRAFT Strategic brand for manufacturer
2017 - Grand Prix Winners
Graft Brand
A post- rebrand uplift in annual sales revenue of 744% saw this manufacturer fly in the face of tricky market conditions and take the overall Design Effectiveness Award in 2017.
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GRAFT Strategic brand for manufacturer
2017 - Gold Award
Graft Brand
Against a backdrop of challenging conditions, this own-brand manufacturer transformed into a brand house and recorded some amazing results in the process.
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Dba comoodle
2016 - Bronze Award
Kirklees Council approached us to help them apply for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. A £5000 investment realised a return of £1 million beating 150 cities in the process.
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Xcercise 4 less
2014 - Bronze Award
Kick-starting a period of substantial growth, this business saw a 70% increase in membership sign-ups post rebrand with 5000 members joining within one month.
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Balance logo
2013 - Silver Award
Balance Accountants
With a five-fold increase in profit in the first year following their rebrand from Rogers & Co, this accountancy practice thrived through a recession.
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Our brands
We don’t just tell your story. We design experiences and inspire actions that deliver real world ROI.
Our latest work >

Redefining the identity for a European disruptor.

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The evolving measurement of design effectiveness.

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