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3 must-have books that entrepreneurs will need in 2015

by Kent, December 19th 2014 books

Do you know one thing that most successful business people share? They read at least 30 minutes a day. Reading helps you sharpen your thinking and it gives you new knowledge and skills for life and for business. We recommend that you start 2015 with these 3 must-read books that will help you excel and succeed. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen…

Thanks giving is…

by Madelyn, December 17th 2014 team grain

…not only an important North American holiday but a good time to take a moment and look back at the past year. For Grain, 2014 has been incredible. It has been a year of change for us, with Daisy leaving our interior design team after four and a half years (sniff!) and two of our – evidently very well trained – junior designers moving on…

Secrets to becoming a successful entrepreneur: what we have learned working with Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer

by Kent, November 28th 2014 EE

Are you an aspiring fashion entrepreneur? Then you will love this read. Developing the branding for world-renowned fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel is a real pleasure for us. Here are a few things we have learned from this creative partnership. According to the Timmons Model of Entrepreneurship, the three most important factors that make up an enterprise are resources, opportunity and people. In other words, to…

The best 2014 Christmas adverts that perfectly reflect brand values

by Kent, November 24th 2014 sainsburys-christmas-advert-2014-in-conjuction-with-british-legion-WW1-daily-mirror-grab

At Christmas time, everyone gets excited to see the high street campaigns. Brands love doing creative ads to generate extra buzz and therefore ‘free’ media coverage and the viewers have something to look forward to apart from shopping! As there are so many debates going on about this year’s spots, we’re picking the best Christmas ads which perfectly reflect brand values. John Lewis Christmas TV…

Announcing Kaytie Wu jewellery

by Madelyn, November 12th 2014 Grain-KaytieWu-1

We are excited to announce our partnership with new fashion jewellery brand Kaytie Wu. We have already developed the brand identity and are now working on the design and development of the ecommerce website launching in two months’ time!

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…

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