Design

The Best Design benefits all.

Bring your emotive thoughts and plans and we will back these up with logic that will make a difference to you, your team and your clients.

We form design around the results you wish to achieve and we want your feedback – the performance of our designs needs to be measured so we can keep increasing their value.

We count on you to write an effective brief which includes your previous use of design.
You count on us to come up with design solutions that ‘tick all your boxes’.

Case Studies:

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Business Performance diag.

The director of a Welsh Publisher brought us a project idea which included the production of storybooks for children and Little People Books was born.

A chance meeting with a chemical engineer resulted in a co-production with Acuity Design of a raising braille lettering system used in helping blind parents to teach their sighted children to read.

A call to us from a New Zealand author led to the design of a group of dinosaur characters and one soft toy.

A restaurant owner and TV Chef contracted us to design a club membership system and the interior of her second restaurant.

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Garden Rooms – with Design model top left.
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House and Interior Design

The theft of two paintings from a Birmingham Gallery led to the design of a fund-raising art exhibition in a botanical garden.

A marine engineer visited to discuss ways to promote his turbine designs.

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Prototype  signage for Chinese Acupuncturist (relocated to http://www.peakhousepractice.com )
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UK South Coast Snail Farm Design within existing polytunnel
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Label Design for range of culinary preserves
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Design for Sea Bed Mariculture Unit (Image by http://www.rowlandemett.com/)
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Bathroom Tiling Design
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Book Spread Design

After attending a course on snail farming and escargot cuisine, a farmer asked us to research and design a snail farm to include external enclosures.

Due to gravel extractions, we were brought in to design a fish farm around deep lakes.

For the launch of an internet café in Birmingham, we designed wall displays that incorporated wire made by the same company as produced the first transatlantic phone cable.

A design / Build company commissioned us to re-image the interior and exteriors of a holiday camp’s entertainment complex.

On purchasing a site, a developer contracted us to design the architectural presentation scheme for a Bar, Restaurant and Golf Club House.

For a manufacturer of fittings, we designed a shop conversion and display system for a trade and retail outlet in the Czech Republic.

Given a set of five different building photographs ‘torn from various trade magazines’, we followed a brief to incorporate certain features from each picture to form a totally new building for a major car showroom.

Your thoughts need to be communicated.

Our job is to bring your plans to life so others can see them, share your dreams and follow your lead.

With over 800 projects in our folio, we are counting on you to keep us alive to your design needs.  Contact us at the HoBB or if it is easier for you, message @_Grant directly on Twitter.

Thorough Design output.

Your design start with your call to us. It continues as we contribute to your promotion through our social and business networks.  Join us. Follow Us. Link with us. Enjoy the adventure with others.

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Tids Slippers online shop design
For the logo and covers design that made the Premier League, visit www.dugoutseats.co.uk
For the logo and covers design that made the Premier League, visit www.dugoutseats.co.uk
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Rolls Royce Dealership
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Door and Frame design
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Garden Feature Design
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Matching Pot and Topiary Design
From a theme park design for a B.B.C. television show to an interior design for Paulton's Wine and Coffee Bar, we really enjoy using our design skills to communicate at speed. The TV audience got a four second look at our theme park and Paulton's got the funding after just a 30 minute bank meeting. We were surprised to get a call from a new shoe company but loved looking through the latest Italian designs and figuring out a range of design options for slippers you put into the washing machine like any other clothing.
From a theme park design for a B.B.C. television show to an interior design for Paulton’s Wine and Coffee Bar, we really enjoy using our design skills to communicate at speed. The TV audience got a four second look at our theme park and Paulton’s got the funding after just a 30 minute bank meeting.
We were surprised to get a call from a new shoe company but loved looking through the latest Italian designs and figuring out a range of design options for slippers you put into the washing machine like any other clothing.
For a new HQ, we were commissioned to design the reception area in full which included furniture, clock, signage and product display.
For a new HQ, we were commissioned to design the reception area in full which included furniture, clock, signage and product display.
Two of our shopfront designs here. One for an Italian Pizza Take away, the other for a Chinese Herbalist which led to a contact with a fellow artist so we got together and designed his web site and photographed his first product range.
Two of our shopfront designs here. One for an Italian Pizza Take away, the other for a Chinese Herbalist which led to a contact with a fellow artist so we got together and designed his web site and photographed his first product range.

 

 

Idealistic Home

At the HoBB, we like to blend our handiwork into the natural setting and allow organic forms their space.  Some of the trees here are hundreds of years old and most of them will outlast the life of the HoBB’s present human caretakers.

It’s Spring.
Birdboxes are cleaned and ready and it’s time again for the Spring Greens Fair – an opportunity to stimulate your artistic powers and think about your idealistic home.  Grant will be there, encouraging all those who are design-minded to put pen to paper and visualise their ideal home. There’s going to be plenty to inspire the home maker, home builder, home decorator and Earth Home carer.

– OR –

Or live in a Treehouse.

Come and explore the heights, girths, widths and
depths of the Idealistic Home on 29th and 30th April

The Idealistic Home Exhibition

 

 

 

Doing a Mind Map

When Lesley Morrissey visited The HoBB, she introduced me to mindmapping as a handy tool and now I use mindmaps regularly to  remember stories whilst on stage.
During live storytelling events, I have used props, sticky pad notes, images, word cards and conventional lists, but when my brain has to hold hundreds and even thousands of story threads, it helps me to see a ‘map’ of the whole woven story whilst performing it – a map which includes links, associations and key points.
Mind maps are there to remind me of the bare story bones as I work with audiences to branch out and elaborate on plots. And as every project has its own story, mind maps come in especially useful when organisations need to communicate involved issues over a short time.
Here are four mind maps I produced with the help of friends and volunteers for a local community group:

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