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My first month at Grain

by Huw, November 6th 2014 Huw-thought-process

I am now one month in as a designer at Grain. Previously I was a designer at Champneys Health Spa and before that I worked for myself, as a partner in small T-shirt printing company. Now reflecting back on this journey I can say that I spent too long working away from other creatives and now I am enjoying being in the company of other…

Grains of sand: Playing in the sandbox

by Madelyn, October 25th 2014 grain new site

For developers, like for kids, a sandbox is a safe place to play around and try new things. We have recently used our website as our own sandbox. You may remember our newsletter in May which announced the new Grain website. It was a major redesign after the last version of the site which we had designed and developed in 2011, which feels like a…

In the news

by Madelyn, October 24th 2014 9d2b2654-a34a-4bc5-8806-b918de41ec9e

Have you had your first mince pie of the season? Here at Grain we are proud to say not yet, with Halloween, fireworks and Thanksgiving (for some of us) yet to arrive. While the autumn is whizzing by, the theme for our seasonal update presented itself: “in the news.” Quite a few of our projects have had some wonderful coverage recently – very exciting for…

Grain Creative teams up with Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer for new business venture

by Kent, October 15th 2014 Grain-homepage-sliders-EE

London, UK – Branding agency Grain Creative recently teamed up with Elizabeth Emanuel, designer of Princess Diana’s wedding dress, to launch new fashion brand Art of Being on Crowdcube. The agency created a pitch deck for investors, a new website and video with Elizabeth Emanuel’s inspirational creative direction. This business project focused on how branding would represent the designer’s unique personality and mark her comeback…

Grain Creative brands Next Gen Skills Academy and helps secure £6.5 million funding

by Kent, October 9th 2014

London, UK – Next Gen Skills Academy was launched at EGX London, the UK’s biggest games show. Grain Creative developed the branding that helped secure the funding of £6.5 million by UK Commission for Employment and Skills & digital industry leaders. The agency was invited by Amersham & Wycombe College, the initiative leader, to create the initial branding two years ago in order to get…

Next Gen Skills Academy website featured in The Guardian

by Kent, September 29th 2014 NextGenSkillsAcademy

Grain’s recent project, Next Gen Skills Academy, has just been featured in the Guardian on 23rd September, praising the programme as “a fresh route into the games, animation and visual effects industries through apprenticeships and dedicated college places.” The UK is one of the world’s leading forces in gaming, animation and VFX. A collaborative venture between further education, higher education and the industry’s most recognised…

How do you make an architectural practice stand out from the competition?

by Kent, September 26th 2014 BAP-logo-SIZED

Founded in 1962, Bickerdike Allen Partners are expert witnesses and consultants in fields such as energy, sustainability, cladding and CDM (Construction Design & Management regulations). Most notably, they specialise in acoustics and construction technology, so when they asked us to design their identity and website, we sought to communicate these USPs whilst bringing their brand up to date. London is an amazing city which attracts…

Inspire High Wycombe: supporting employment, social enterprise and business

by Kent, September 15th 2014 inspire

Inspire High Wycombe is a new venture of Amersham & Wycombe College, a wonderful ongoing client of ours. Inspire’s vision is to become the heart of the community by providing education and support for individuals, social enterprises and businesses in High Wycombe and the broader Chilterns and South Buckinghamshire area. The newly established centre will support outreach projects, which provide more coherent pathways for unemployed…

The end of an era

by Daisy, August 29th 2014 Daisy keeping her eye on the ball

As the last day of the week arrives, so too does my last day at Grain. I do not think I have ever not looked forward to a Friday as much as I have this week. However it is now my time to say goodbye to my Grain family. And that is what they are to me, another family, which I think is quite rare…

From Grain to Foster + Partners

by Sam, August 29th 2014 Sam heading toward victory

Regrettably, this was my last week as part of the team at Grain as I will be taking up a full time design position at Foster + Partners architects. I’ve learnt a lot over these 16 months or so and will certainly miss the cheerful, small studio environment and the consistent supply of tea! I worked on some wonderful projects with some wonderful people which…

How to find a job as a graphic designer

by Madelyn, August 28th 2014

We are currently looking for a middleweight graphic designer to join our team. The process is well underway: we’ve interviewed some promising candidates and hope to fill the position very soon! The search itself provoked some thought about how people apply for jobs. This Thought is aimed at designers who would like to massively increase their chance of landing the job they want. Our top…

A wake-up call from Dragon’s Den: mistakes entrepreneurs make about brands and branding

by Kent, August 22nd 2014 This season's Dragons' Den on BBC

Good branding helps you to succeed only when you have an authentically great product. One of my favourite shows on BBC is Dragons’ Den. I have watched it since I was in university and often feel really inspired by entrepreneurs and startup businesses with big dreams and ideas. Since I joined Grain Creative, the show has given me much more insight into entrepreneurship and helped…

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