Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Hello 2019. Where did 2018 go?

2018 turned out to be a very busy year for the Laban Brown Design Agency!

Product Brochure Design for Wendy Wu Tours
We began to work with some exciting new clients including Wendy Wu Tours where we created some stunning new brochure designs for their key product range. We worked closely with the marketing and management teams where we challenged their current thinking to establish some very creative and effective new design directions which are proving a great success and are already delivering excellent returns on the client's investment.

Brand Identity and Brochure Design for Countryside Properties
One of our favourite projects was the creation of the brand identity design, sales brochure design, product brochure design and site map design for the Meadow Rise development for Countryside Properties. The site, located in Braintree Essex, is a large new development of premium homes and required an effective logo and brand look and feel that represented its position in a countryside location.

Our year also included a number of creative pitch wins for brand identity design projects, corporate identity design projects, brochure design projects and website and digital design projects that for confidentiality reasons we are unable to share details of just yet but needless to say it is very exciting to be involved in such a prestigious projects.

Being so busy working for our amazing clients all year we have found little time to work on our self promotion. We understand that being a successful Design Agency that is busy working on a wide range of projects is not a bad problem to have of course!

However we have some exciting projects to kick off the New Year with so we'll keep a little more up-to-date with those as we go.

If you are interested in seeing some of our work then visit our website at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Briefs, Concepts and Pitches

So 2018 has started with a bang. So far we've enjoyed a wide range of projects to keep things interesting and we've began working with two new clients.

We have a strong history of working with clients from all areas of business - from recruitment and technology companies to construction and retail brands. This year we've been approached by some very interesting clients who have now added security, travel and a high profile sporting association to businesses that we work with.

It's the work that we create for our clients that means no two days are the same in the Laban Brown Design Studio. Some projects fly through and others take months of crafting, depending on the size of the deliverables required. Each is treated with the same care of attention which is something that our clients love.

In the last couple of weeks we have created corporate brochures for a Telford Homes, HTML email campaigns and a family of brochures for recruitment business O'Neill & Brennan, a brand identity for Crest Nicholson, an identity and website design and build for Tendring District Council's Community Safety Partnership and a range of book jacket designs for a publishers based in New York. All pretty varied and very exciting to work on.

If you are interested in seeing some of our work then visit our website at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk

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Friday, 22 December 2017

2017 - Another Creative Year

It has been a while since we posted an update and that's simply down to us being so busy working to deliver measurable results for the many creative projects that we've been applying our diverse skills to. Which is a great thing.

We have again been delighted to experience another amazingly productive year working for our long-standing clients and also for some brilliant new clients that we have welcomed onboard in 2017.

From our design agency nestled in the Essex countryside we have been working diligently for a diverse range of businesses - from start-ups to major high street brands and everything in-between. Distance as always has proven to be no obstacle with client office locations being as close as just a 15 minute drive away to far flung international locations such as Los Angeles and New York.

Typically an entire year can bring changes and 2017 has been no different. Changes have occurred along the way for both ourselves and our client's businesses - some planned, others surprises. We always embrace change as for us it has been proven to be a creative stimulant and often leads to unexpected new avenues and the meeting of new people that can bring great results for all concerned.

Looking back over the year as a whole we're proud to say that it has been another winner. We have worked on a wide range of branding projects, digital and web design projects and an ever increasing range of brochure designs and design for print. It is great to see our clients embracing print again to balance their online and digital marketing materials. It can be a very powerful thing and we fully leverage its power to sell and inform a broad marketplace.

Now as the design studio settles down for a well earned break, we find ourselves already looking forward to what amazing opportunities 2018 might bring us.

Monday, 29 May 2017

We're recruiting for a Graduate Junior Graphic Designer

Laban Brown Design are recruiting for a Junior Graphic Designer

Laban Brown Design are currently recruiting for a Junior Graphic Designer.

We are a Creative Graphic Design Agency based in Essex. You're a recent graduate, looking for an opportunity to work hands-on in a friendly and established creative agency.

Junior Graphic Designer Job in Essex

We have a vacancy for a creative Junior Graphic Designer to join us in working on a range of exciting projects for clients of all sizes - from high street names to start up businesses - producing creative solutions for both digital and print based design briefs.

To find out more visit our website here.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The power of Creative Brand Design

A strong brand design is proven to deliver results for businesses. There are a lot of brands out there - many logos, colours and font choices that businesses have been sold by Graphic Designers or self created with help from Google images.

Sadly just having a brand isn't enough. A logo and colour choice may not inform customers of just what your business is about and who you are. It's not likely to help you stand out from the crowd (in a positive way) so is just a 'look'.

Those are important things. Not every brand is a good one.

Investing in having the right design agency create your brand professionally can soon pay for itself with increased sales and awareness. We're not talking about the "we'll create your brand from £75" kind of design agencies - your business success is worth more than that.

Your graphic design agency of choice should be one with a portfolio of creative work that can demonstrate how experienced 'design thinking' has been applied visually rather than just offering you a selection of logo designs.

For us here at Laban Brown Design, we don't develop design solutions that are based on what's fashionable, on-trend or style driven. Our work involves getting under the skin of your business and developing a brand that positions you firmly in your marketplace and ahead of your competition.

O'Nano Toothbrush Branding
As an example of this we recently developed a brand design for an innovative toothbrush manufacturer. O'Nano use nano-technology to create a unique brush head that has many benefits over traditional toothbrushes. Our challenge was to create a brand and retail brand packaging for the introduction of the products into the UK (they are already a big player in the US and Asia markets). 

Our solution took the brand design to new levels - across retail packaging design, exhibition display design, a website design and into stores. We provided seamless integration of the visual style and ethos across all elements and created a brand that is proving to be delivering results.

How can we help you?
If you are looking to invest both time and money into creating a new brand or updating an existing design that will help make your business a success (or greater success!) then speak with us. It doesn't matter if you are a start-up or established company, your business deserves the right solution and we can help.

Contact us today to find out more
Visit us at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk or keep up-to-date with news on Twitter - www.twitter.com/labanbrown and Facebook - www.facebook.com/LabanBrownDesign or Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+LabanbrowndesignCoUk

Laban Brown is a creative Graphic Design Agency based in Essex. Established in 1993, we serve clients across the south east of England, London, the whole UK and Internationally.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Digital Awards 2017 Champions - we need your vote...

The Digital Awards 2017 Champions - Laban Brown Design Essex

The Digital Awards 2017 Champions - Laban Brown Design Essex

In the Spring we won an amazing Digital Awards Gold award for our Monkey Madness Play website design.

As a Gold Winner our winning entry has been entered automatically into the public-voted Digital Awards Champions - a chance to pit the best against the best from all six of the Digital Awards schemes in 2016, in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey.

Here's how you can help...

Have a look at the Monkey Madness website - click here - and if you think we're worthy or your vote then please visit the Champions voting site - click here.

Simply tap on for the 'Monkey Madness Play Centre by Laban Brown Design (Essex)' button from the list and then click on the 'Submit vote' button. No email address or subscription of any kind is required.

Thanks for your help!

The Laban Brown Design Team

We're nominated for another Marketing award!

Finalists Excellence in Marketing at the Countywide Essex Business Awards 2016 - Laban Brown Design

It would seem that our fine work is being very well received since we made it to the finalist round in the Excellence in Marketing category for the Countywide Business Awards! It's an honour to have been selected from many, many worthy marketing businesses to make it to the finals and we're delighted to have been nominated at this level.

Laban Brown Design are Excellence in Marketing Finalists at the Countywide Essex Business Awards 2016

If you're looking for a results driven agency to help with a marketing or graphic design project then you can find out more about us by visiting us at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk or keep up-to-date with news on Twitter - www.twitter.com/labanbrown and Facebook - www.facebook.com/LabanBrownDesign.

Laban Brown is a creative Graphic Design Agency based in Essex.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Marketing awards are in air...

North Essex Business Awards 2016 Excellence in Marketing Finalists Laban Brown Design

We're delighted to have earned a place as finalists in the Excellence in Marketing category at the North Essex Business Awards 2016 for our marketing for Space Kingdom. The black tie awards evening was spectacular and it was great to be aligned alongside some prestigious and established businesses from across North Essex.

North Essex Excellence in Marketing Awards finalist - Laban Brown Design Agency Essex

If you're looking for a results driven agency to help with a marketing or graphic design project then you can find out more about us by visiting us at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk or keep up-to-date with news on Twitter - www.twitter.com/labanbrown and Facebook - www.facebook.com/LabanBrownDesign

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Award winning Design Agency Laban Brown Design - Essex Digital Awards 2016

We're a proud bunch. We were delighted enough to be finalists in four categories at the Essex Digital Awards 2016 but then on the awards night we scooped both a Silver and Gold Award!

We struck the perfect balance. A Silver Award for our own Design Agency website and a Gold for our client Monkey Madness Play Centre. These awards prove that whilst we present our own Design Agency brand in a consistent and intelligent way, it's our client work that is our most important focus.

Laban Brown Design - Essex Digital Awards Silver Winner 2016

 Laban Brown Design - Monkey Madness Play Centre, Essex Digital Awards Gold Winner 2016

So, with our awards displayed on the wall of our office, it's onwards with more potentially award winning graphic design and website design work. If your business marketing is in need of a creative kickstart or if you have a website that simply isn't performing then speak with us. We'll help change your business.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

We're excited to be Essex Digital Awards 2016 Finalists!

Laban Brown Design has been in business for a long time now... over 20 years in fact. We always work hard for our clients and it's this hard work that delivers results time and again. It's simply in our DNA.

In the day-to-day running our successful design agency we are often called upon to pitch against other creative agencies as part of the process of securing new projects. We're pretty successful in our pitches and have worked on many wonderful design projects over the years. Whilst winning a pitch is a wonderful thing but to us it's actually the success that our creative work brings our clients that is most rewarding.

This year we thought it would be fun to enter the Essex Digital Awards 2016 with some of the Essex based website and digital design projects that we're very proud of. We love being involved with businesses of all sizes from all around the world but being a design agency based in Essex we felt that our first ever awards entry should be an Essex Business Award.

To our delight we were announced as being finalists in the Essex Digital Awards 2016 in an amazing FOUR categories: 'Small Business Website' (in association with the Essex Employment & Skills Board), 'Website' (in association with Lookers Volvo Colchester) and 'Marketing & Creative' website with all three for our Laban Brown Design website and 'Sports & Entertainment' for our Monkey Madness Play Centre website.

We're very pleased to have made it to the finalists stage and our fingers are crossed that the judges will like our work and we'll have a good result at the Awards event in April. The Laban Brown Design team will be at there and we're certainly looking forward to meeting sponsors and competitors alike.

In the meantime we're busy working on a wide range of new graphic design and website design projects for businesses across the country - three of which are for businesses based in Essex.

If you're looking for a results driven design agency to help with a website or graphic design project then you can find out more about us by visiting us at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk

Friday, 22 January 2016

Redesign - It's not a dirty word...

As a creative agency Laban Brown Design has been around for quite a while now. Over twenty years in fact. In that time we've learned a thing or two about the need for redesigns.

Redesigns can be required for a number of reasons. Sometimes we're asked to take over the work of another agency and redesign an unsuccessful design solution into something that works. Or we may be asked to redesign a project that we created ourselves long ago when it was designed to communicate in a different way and perhaps on a different platform.

It's hard now to imagine that there was a time when the internet didn't exist and most marketing strategies (known back in the day as a marketing plan of course) consisted mostly of creating a brilliant design that was produced as a printed brochure and often print advertising. Digital delivery is very much part of the route to market now and requires a different approach to design and thus the call for a redesign.

It's not unheard of for us to redesign the same project more than once over a long period of time. We created the original logo identity design for our client Countryside Properties' Skyline 120 commercial business park some 11 years ago and have since redesigned the logo, literature and website three times. Time forces evolution and it's crazy not to revisit a project to make sure that it is delivering the correct information to the right audience in the best possible way.

We're aware that some clients try to avoid revisiting or redesigning a project since they feel they've already invested and would question the need for change. We shouldn't question the success of the original design but how the world has developed since its creation.

The world has become design savvy. We're surrounded by strong visuals everyday - from television to online to packaging design and retail environments. A bad design solution requires a rethinking - it can't be fixed. A good design requires redesigning simply to bring strength in an ever more competitive marketplace.

Consider what would have happened to some of the world's largest businesses and brands if they hadn't evolved and redesigned their identities.

Much as Starbucks loved their original logo design (a first logo is often hard to let go)
evolution and redesign has helped them visually grow up as their business expanded

The step from Apple's original logo design to its redesigned solution was huge but necessary

Shell has been in business for a long time and has seen a number of logo redesigns. It has been very much a process of evolution but it's clear to see how many of the variants wouldn't stand up in today's marketplace

If your business is suffering because your logo design, brochure design, packaging design or website design no longer works or is outdated, then speak with us about how a redesign can ignite sales and help put you ahead of the competition.

Visit our website at www.labanbrowndesign.co.uk to find out more.