You can add design to anything and make it better

Want to read an inspirational design story? Check out this article on water bottle designer Sarah Kauss, CEO of S’Well. S’Well make water bottles. Which conjures up an image like this: And then (if you care about the environment) you leap to this: But Sarah wanted to create a re-usable bottle that wouldn’t be thrown … Read more

What happens to architects design dreams?

RIAS cardboard display house

Houses in the UK look like this. Those are new houses. Not hundred year old houses. Hundred year old houses look like this: That’s right. Pretty much exactly the same. What goes on in housebuilder’s minds? Don’t any of them want to try something new? Maybe there’s been some new materials invented during the last … Read more

Dancing rears its ugly head again

Back in 2014 we talked about how dancing was the fad of the moment. You drank or ate something and started to dance. There was no reason for the dancing – it just was. Somehow as a viewer you were meant to understand that the dancing was good and that the item you drank or ate … Read more

Happy New Year

Another year rolls round and we’re all back at our desks with noses to the grindstone putting together clever stuff for businesses around the country. Happy New Year everyone. But first let’s take a quick look back at 2016. Sure Brexit and Trump happened and 90% of our heroes disappeared but there was some good … Read more

Our top tips on how to give feedback to your designer

how to give feedback to your designer

Feedback is the life and soul of a design job. Designers need feedback. Designers want to work with you during the design process. We are on the same side, we care about your company and your brand, and your feedback. But not all feedback is created equal. Giving the right type of feedback is crucial to the success … Read more

Adverts that make us a little bit sick

Motion Sickness is that feeling of nausea you get after spinning round too rapidly on the mad carousel in the park, bobbing up and down in a boat, or being stuck in the back seat of a car when you’re little. It’s caused when there’s a disconnect from what your eyes see and what your inner … Read more

When Marketing goes wrong, it goes really Wrong

We all know the terrible fate that has befallen Malaysian Airlines in 2014. Clearly they need some decent ideas to get people to love the brand and go flying with them again. However, the following wasn’t it: Malaysia Airlines "My Ultimate Bucket List", cause if there r things to do before you die, MA is the best … Read more

The Best Promotion Ever

If you weren’t in New Zealand during the last Summer (2013/14) then you unfortunately missed out on being part of the greatest commercial promotional campaign ever. Yes, EVER. What was it I hear you ask? Well, before we launch into the whats, wheres and hows of it, first some background. Let’s paint a picture of … Read more

Doesn’t matter, any tequila

hornitos ladies serving tequila

Ha, this is the sort of bloke ad that warms the heart. Faced with a super generic product like Tequila, how do you separate it’s sameness and say something different? Do you tell its potential drinkers that its brewed differently, has better worms in it, is lovingly curated by Mexican virgins? Or do you just … Read more

Inspiration Friday #6

Friday rolls around and we’re itching for the weekend. First though you have to make it through the day and you’ll need a spot of inspiration do that. Inspiration Friday #6 is a small animated video based on an interview with Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist. Feynman was the Stephen Hawkings of his time, … Read more