Design, Theory & Ramblings

From Design Student to Digital Agency Director

When I was a student at Wigan & Leigh College or University of Salford, I used to absorb as much information as possible from other students, graduates and industry professionals. My main questions when I was younger was ‘How did you get into the design industry?’ and ‘How did you make a name for yourself?’

I’m now 30 years old and finding myself answering that question on a weekly basis to students when I provide lectures at universities, talks at events or via social media.

Here is my journey from the beginning…

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:

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.

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.

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 ).

Kirstie Gilleade Studio Placement

"My time spent at the Made by Shape studio had been a great experience for myself. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work on their Shape Christmas project this year, with it being such a well received project by everyone and that it was revolved around the theme of Christmas (and I must admit I absolutely love Christmas, but then again who doesn’t)."

Christmas jumper ideas for 2016 and where to buy xmas jumpers online

It’s that time of year again where we start looking for christmas jumpers in the run up to Santas arrival. Some people buy xmas jumpers for 25th December, some for office parties, some for everyday fashion, and some for a special works party or night on the razz. Whatever your situation or occasion - don’t hide it, christmas jumpers are ace and should be worn with pride.

You can’t wear it all year round, but you need to have at least one in your wardrobe, so I’m here to help.

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