Design, Theory & Ramblings

Why is our concept conversion rate so high?

Here at Shape we set the bar high in terms of work output, and look to create awesome relationships with every client from the get go. But why is our web design concept rate so high? Let's take a look at some elements of the process...

How Important is Your Workspace to Creativity & Productivity?

Whether you’re plugging away at home, furiously typing in an office, or scribbling in a design studio, the space in which you work is crucial when it comes to being both creative and productive. To be at your best, your workspace should be all at once a sanctuary and a source of constant inspiration. It has to be a place you want to be.

5 Reasons Why You Need to Update Your Website

3 - 4 years is a long time in web design. In fact, it’s about enough time for new standards, practices, and technologies to emerge. So, with that in mind, if you’re sitting on a website developed pre-2012, it could be time to think about a refresh. And yes, we know, it might look just fine. But sometimes it’s the parts that you can’t see that need the most TLC.

9 Not-to-be-missed Design Events in 2017

Be inspired this year and mix with some of the finest creatives in the business. 

Here are 9 of the most unmissable design events across the UK (and beyond) in 2017:

2017 Formula 1 Car Designs

Over the last week social media has been buzzing over Formula 1. With the 2017 season coming up, all the teams have been revealing their new cars and this has had me and Jason a tad excited. With new cars comes new designs and new livery and being handy at design, this is pretty important to me! As the week has gone on, each day a number of teams have had scheduled release dates to ensure they all get a bit of time in the spotlight. So let’s start at day 1.

A Few Thoughts on Juventus’ Brand New Identity

What can you say about the Old Lady of Italian football? She’s been through the wringer a few times over the last decade, but she’s always bounced back. And now, it seems, Juventus has its sights firmly set on transcending the world of football with a new, minimalist, badge design.

Train Xhale Reviewed

Outside of the working life at Shape, the majority of my time is spent training for Triathlons. As we head into the New Year, I have started planning the races I am going to enter, which means I can start to get my training structured around them so that I am prepared for them come race day. 

Andy’s end of year review 2016

3 years ago I wrote a blog post that suggested 2013 was the quickest year ever known to man, well, I was wrong - 2016 has absolutely flown and the popular saying of ‘doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun’ is spoken out loud once more.

2016’s Christmas Adverts

The battle for the hearts and minds of people is well underway as its the Christmas season and with that comes festivities, laughter and... advertisements. Now each year we see a lot of variety of ideas when it comes to the different marketing campaigns and this year is no exception, we have some truly brilliant adverts from the likes of John Lewis, M&S and Sainsburys to name a few.

Inside the MadeByShape Studio Interior

You all know that we are a Creative and Digital Studio in Manchester. But have you ever visited our studio? We think it's a pretty awesome place to work, the interior is 'delicious' and the people I work with are just bloody brilliant. Here's a look inside our studio ( our home from home ).

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