Nick – He’s never happy….

Nick has finally reached his goal to have 3 monitors on his desk – and guess what – he now wants this….

Nick wants to upgrade his desk again

Nick wants to upgrade his desk again

JULY UPDATE – Well he’s nearly there….

Nick's 4 Monitors

Nick's 4 Monitors

Happy New Year!

Looking back at 2010…

We have had some ups and downs, but there have been many more ups…

Anna goes to Romania on a snowboarding holiday, no snow = lots of drinking instead…
Peel & Shaw Continuity Website goes live.
ArenaTicket shop starts to take a share of the ticket market in Sheffield.

Two become three as Andi joins the design101 team.
New client TechSecure Solutions sign up for design101 brand treatment.
design101 team up with PR expert Darryl Dawson and is launched.
b&e choose design101 to be their new design partner and commission their annual review.

TransTechnical give their website the design101 treatment to get them up and running.
With help from design101, Gourmets Itallia branch out into the luxury Hamper market.
Manage our first photoshoot as the production of b&e review storms on.

New clients come flooding in, Total Accounting, NIS Systems,
design101 are chosen for the Designing Demand project with Sheffield company Practical control.
b&e annual review printed and received with a massive positive response… well done everyone.

New website for our first international client, Silver State Supplies, goes live.
Recruitment starts for employee number 4.
CS5 arrives in the Studio… mixed opinions but everyone just loves content aware fill.

Holidays all round…
Joe starts as Account Manager to keep us all in check.
Excel Academy run by Liam Richardson from Strike choose design101 to develop their site.

Print, print, print – letterheads, compliment slips and business card galore this month.
Think Nick’s put his feet up… oh no, it’s time to re-write the whole CMS system in .net.
More new clients, Broadsword Print Management, Trading4Change and Groundwork Sheffield…

design101 celebrate our first birthday.
Kineo eLearning choose desgin101 as graphic supplier for their online courses.
The Blue Loop website launches at the Waterfront event at Victoria Quays

design101 are delighted to have designed the new Sheffield City Hall website.
design101 are shortlisted for the Designed in Sheffield branding competition.
New client TransLinc join the design101 family of clients.

b&e website gets under way.
design101 help get TransLinc prepared for the Adept Conference.
The plan to move begins.

AstroScienTech has been a year in the making, but it’s been worth the wait.
The big move gets nearer.

design101 settle in to their new Sheffield office.
Development begins on the Green Roof Guidelines PDF generating system for their web based guide.
Christmas party… lots to eat and drink and Frankie Boyle… what more could we need.

I want to say a big thank you to the rest of the design101 team, and to all our customers and hope that 2011 will be even better.

The Designed in Sheffield brand identity

Designed in Sheffield is a newly formed organisation aiming to promote and unite designers from all industries to work together and collaborate to become a strong and powerful platform for attracting new business to the Sheffield.

In order to introduce the organisation to the designers within the city a competition was opened allowing any designers to submit ideas for the brand identity of Designed in Sheffield. design101 were shortlisted in the top 5 from over 30 entries to develop our ideas further.

Detailed below are our ideas, thought processes and visuals that were part of our final presentation to the board of Designed in Sheffield:

We wanted to establish a brand identity which is fitting for the multitude of industries represented by Designed in Sheffield and also reflect the skills and expertise available from designers in Sheffield.

The brand needs to be a powerful identity in its own right and yet, be flexible and adaptable for use as an accreditation or alongside other branding.

Our concept was to take inspiration from the Hallmark. An instantly recognisable icon steeply bathed in Sheffield heritage and yet a perfect visual symbol which would happily compliment and work with other brand identities.
The logo utilised the initials from Designed in Sheffield (DiS) to allow for the graphic symbol part of the brand to be instantly recognisable, with or without the full graphic lettering for the logo.

The logo was applied to various marketing and promotional materials including: a website; posters; membership pack; merchandise, and more.

The full presentation can be viewed here…

The competition was finally won by Ray Jepson from JepsonOne. Congratulations Ray.

I’m sure we will all start to see the brand evolve and become part of scenery in and around Sheffield and hopefully further afield too.

Click here to see Ray’s designs…

Mat Lam and Spot UV – It’s the future!

Just the thought of a design project for your own agency is enough to send dread to the heart of most designers… and I’m no different.

However, designing the next generation of design101 business cards has been both a pleasure and a blast. The concept was simple; we wanted each card to reflect the skills and personality of the team member and also to inform people about design101 and what we do.

Each card was produced with a matt laminate to ensure a high quality feel and the unique design element for each person’s card had a spot UV applied. This added extra emphasis and depth and has resulted in a tactile and irresistibly ‘touchy feely’ set of cards.

design101 Business Cards

design101 Business Cards

Want to see the cards up close and in their full shiny glory?
Then drop us an email to!

Is everything just a coincidence?

Is it me, or are the things we are familiar with, easier to notice?  I often find that I plan some trip to some remote city in a country I could not point to on a map and by the time I get back… it’s everywhere! On the back of a bus, on the telly, in the news or that Mrs Jenkins from number 3 down the road, went last year! Do we only see and hear what we know best? 

Since the inception of design101 back in August – the number 101 seems to have become a very big part of my conscious. From Dalmatians to rooms, telephone numbers to KISS radio – it seems to be everywhere. 

Then look what happed this morning… 

message 1 of 101

101 messages

I feel like I’m in the twilight zone!