Has anyone here seen Charlie?

Hi there, I’m Dixie Dawg, the black Labrador and I work here at Smart Ideas Design; well I don’t work really, I lie there snoozing all day having had my morning walk only getting off my bed for the occasional apple core that is offered – any food is good food as far as I’m concerned – I am a Labrador after all! Oh I also get off my bed for a wee wee but as you can see below… I don’t always make it but that’s not my fault….

So getting back to the point in question, has anyone seen Charlie? He’s such a cheeky young snapper, he’s only 4 and he’s so naughty sometimes with lots of cheek. I have to keep him in order I can tell you! Here he is here on the right sharing my bed!!! I’m not happy I can tell you!

The peeps here at Smart Ideas thought it would be a really good idea to talk about mine and Charlies adventures, so they decided to capture it in a comic strip which has been launched in the February issue of Smart Talk.

Written by Dixie Dawg aged 10 3/4.

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New Severn Trent advent calendar with an educational message

The latest design project from Smart Ideas is a new advent calendar for Severn Trent Water launched today.

The calendar, aimed at Severn Trent Water users reveals a multiple choice question each day about what you should or should not put down your toilet or sink, in a fun and friendly way.

The advent calendar also has an educational message in order to reduce the number of blockages in sewers and has been produced in both HTML and Flash.

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The relationship between branding and design

I love this image from Business Link which illustrates the relationship between branding and design.

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Another sparkling testimonial

I love our clients.

As graphic designers we love being told what our clients think of us. We received this very recently from a client I have worked with for over 18 years. We’ve designed and built a number of brands for him over the years and in that time have built a good friendship through a few different businesses as he is a true entrepreneur.

“How many creative agencies have been around for nearly 18 years? How many clients have stayed with such an agency for all of those 18 years? Through a variety of businesses in a range of market places? Not many would be my guess. I have stayed with Philippa throughout because she has that rare ability to combine true creativity; commercial acumen and real world results. She is simply the best in her field.”

Mike Hurney, The Shooting Party, July 27, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative

It’s fair to say our working relationship has weathered very well despite the odd disagreement about the direction of a brand; that happens because we genuinely love his businesses as much as he does; we laugh about them now which just goes to show the strength of the relationship. We’ve also achieved some tremendous results for him.

This is some of the latest work we have done for him. Over the years we have designed and developed brands and then implemented them across many disciplines. Adverts, catalogues, websites and latterly social media and packaging. What a mix!

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Showcase of 40 Unique Business Card Designs

To make the people always remember your brand business, one way is to create a business card with added ability to have custom shapes, different materials and matte finishing along with a great design idea.

In this article, we’ve collected some unique business cards from different types of business. Some of them are visually appealling, some have fancy die cut, some are using letter press, and some are just crazy. Enjoy!

Courtesy of ibrandstudio.com

Kensey Lu

Unique Business Cards

agencia d

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Gary Nevitt

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NationBuilder

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Elevate

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Dyalect

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Teaching Shop

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WSpin

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the darling room

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DUO

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microsscreative

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Robledo Costa

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designteka

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C2 Design

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Rodrigo Sanchez

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Winston Warrior

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FABRIKK

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Tyson Junkers

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Pin Kard

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Black Rooster

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JIKI Style

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RAINSOAPS

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Franco Caligiuri

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PEIPEI YU

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SCIZORS

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Pharaon Siraj

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nataliearoberts

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Lingerie

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aliens design

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Taste This!

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Jae Salavarrieta

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Portsmouth Tea Company

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perks4me

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Maxiria

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Lettra Card

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TENCOUNT

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Rise and Shine

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ddq design

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Hair Dresser

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Wired Tree

Unique Business Cards

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