Category Archives: Design

Desperately seeking ‘solution’

Posted by Emma Nicol | 14 February 2018

Categories: Campaign Communications Design

problem solving

When it comes to problem solving, we’ve all heard the saying ‘slowing down to speed up’. It’s very true and something that we should all be encouraged to do a little more. In our day to day life, we are all too often solution focused. Continually solution-ising, when we should be staying in the enquiry space for longer.

Train journey conversation and communication lessons learnt

Posted by Emma Nicol | 15 May 2016

Categories: Communications Design

Volume symbol

I’m sure we’ve all had those train journeys where we are subjected to a vocal human boom box sharing their conversation with the entire train. This morning I had that very joy but it did make me consider this environment in relation to how we communicate through campaigns and marketing messages. There were lessons to be learnt from the megaphone passenger.

My experience this morning homed in on three things:

  • Volume
  • Awareness of the environment
  • Clarity of information

Kits with a Conscience

Posted by Emma Nicol | 24 April 2015

Categories: Charity Design Third Sector

Very few items of clothing come as loaded with cultural significance as the football shirt, and the signifiers shift depending on the team and the year the strip was released. I’m sure there have been a thousand theses on the subject. However, when Liverpool FC unveiled their new shirt a week or so ago it had a design feature which felt a little different and more considered than the average shirt. It boasts a chequered pattern with differently sized squares that is “inspired by the red and white mosaic formed when supporters on the Kop hoist aloft their Liverpool flags and scarves on a matchday.” It’s a sweet nod to the supporters and their significance that feels particularly resonant considering the Hillsborough disaster investigations.

Why are we called Door 22 Creative?

Posted by Emma Nicol | 8 August 2014

Categories: Branding Design

Door 22 sign

We get asked this a lot. It’s an unusual name but here’s what’s behind it:

Door: A door is the first thing people see when approaching a company or organisation and gives the first impression. Doors are the way in. We love opening them for our clients and organisations and helping them unlock the way to new audiences, revenue and opportunities.

22: 22 is the atomic number of titanium. Titanium is recognised for it’s high strength-to-weight ratio. As a small team with strong abilities we can identify with the number 22.

Creative: We’d hope that this doesn’t really need explaining. It’s simply what we are. We have created thousands of brands, campaigns, websites and literature and each one is treated with exactly the same design integrity as if it was the first and only one.

Charity Annual Reports – Tips for Success

Posted by Emma Nicol | 17 January 2014

Categories: Charity Design Third Sector

Annual review 2014 scales

The prime goal of an annual report shouldn’t be to win an award or to cut costs and do it cheaply. You’d be surprised how many times that has been the opening statement of a brief. It’s right to set your sights high and be aspirational but either of these should be a by-product of the report or review if done well, and it’s totally possible to do both.

Obligation and opportunity

There is both an obligation and opportunity in producing an annual report. Donors and funders both existing and potential, need proof that your work is effective. It’s an opportunity to lift the lid on the organisation and really celebrate achievements and impact. Reporting on impact and change can be done creatively and effectively if the following is at the heart and very beginning of the process and brief.

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