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Branding with a seasonal spin
Branding
Branding with a seasonal spin

Letting your brand put on a seasonal outfit is a great way to send best wishes to your team, clients and other stakeholders. Here we feature a range of clients and how we have transformed them towards the end of the year to lift seasonal spirits.

Brainomix launches new Umbraco 8 website
Launch
Brainomix launches new Umbraco 8 website

Medical software company Brainomix have launched a new website on the Umbraco 8 CMS platform. IC Design collaborated with the in-house design department and created a customised backend with integrations to existing systems.

Website Meta Data
Web
Website Meta Data

Mike guides you through what Meta Data is and how it helps search engines to understand the content of your website.

Mike's Umbraco 8 Masterclass: why we use centralised content
Umbraco
Mike's Umbraco 8 Masterclass: why we use centralised content

Mike explains why we use the concept of centralised content when designing the website editor experience – allowing you to save time and improve accuracy.

Crisp new branding and colour palette for Tates Estates
Launch
Crisp new branding and colour palette for Tates Estates

Tates Estates in West Kensington received a crisp new identity and colour palette to help them refresh and rejuvenate their brand communications.

Managing and maximising opportunities with sub brands
Branding
Managing and maximising opportunities with sub brands

What to think about when planning sub brands to ensure you protect and enhance existing brand equity.

Three design tips for marketing your webinars
Design
Three design tips for marketing your webinars

As events and training sessions move online, here are our top three design tips to promote your webinars AND your brand.

Photography – what are your sourcing options?
Design
Photography – what are your sourcing options?

Photography plays an important part in your visual brand storytelling. Discover the pros and cons of the different options available when sourcing photography from free to commissioned.

Improve your campaign results using brand strategy and design
Branding
Improve your campaign results using brand strategy and design

Find out how to improve your campaign results with the right branding strategy and design assets

Umbraco 8: secrets of the Rich Text Editor
Umbraco
Umbraco 8: secrets of the Rich Text Editor

The rich text editor allows you to format text and more as you would with any word processor such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages or Google Docs. Mike guides you through all the functions to make you a master text editor.

Mike's Umbraco 8 Masterclass: The Media Section
Umbraco
Mike's Umbraco 8 Masterclass: The Media Section

The media section is your central library of images and files that can be embedded or linked to from your content pages. Improve your CMS editor skills and learn how to make the most out of this critical section in Umbraco.

New brand, website and collateral for growth consultancy Ahrel & Co
Launch
New brand, website and collateral for growth consultancy Ahrel & Co

Today we are launching a new 'nordic cool' brand and website for Ahrel & Co. Built on Umbraco 8 with superbly easy to use editor features and control.

Optimising your digital marketing collateral for the new normal
Design
Optimising your digital marketing collateral for the new normal

Follow our checklist of what digital marketing channel should be kitted out with to ensure you maximise your opportunities in the new normal.

Six design tricks to bring your reports to life
Design
Six design tricks to bring your reports to life

Top tips on how to use designer tricks to turn your plain text report into eye catching collateral and strengthen your brand building through thought leadership collateral

Five ways to boost your communication with infographics
Design
Five ways to boost your communication with infographics

Infographics are a fun and engaging way of presenting information, especially complex data and processes. Rowana guides us through five ways where they are especially helpful in powering up your communication.

Mike's Umbraco 8 Masterclass: The Sorting Function
Umbraco
Mike's Umbraco 8 Masterclass: The Sorting Function

Discover the magic that is the Sorting function in Umbraco! Putting you in the driving seat of how content is ordered in the front and back end, making it easy to maintain a great site structure.

Managing your brand during diversification
Branding
Managing your brand during diversification

If your business would benefit from diversification, maybe to enter a new market, introduce a new service or product, you need to consider the impact of this on your brand. Alex highlights the do's and don'ts.

Alex Chairs webinar on keeping marketing momentum
News
Alex Chairs webinar on keeping marketing momentum

Date: Tues 19 May
Alex will be moderating this panel of experts for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce on how to ramp up the conversation around your brand and keeping momentum with social media, PR and e-commerce - join us!

Marketing collateral audit – where to start?
Design
Marketing collateral audit – where to start?

Doing regular audits of your marketing collateral is a must for seasoned marketing professionals. In this post, Alex lists relevant questions to ask yourself to help you get started with your audit.

Understanding your brand’s colour palette
Design
Understanding your brand’s colour palette

As businesses take stock and review current product and service offerings to stay relevant in an evolving business climate, Rowana shows you why colour palettes are a quick and easy way to give your communication a lift.

Mike's Editor Masterclass: How to manage users in Umbraco 8
Umbraco
Mike's Editor Masterclass: How to manage users in Umbraco 8

In any website content management system, your editors are central to the efficient management of your content. In this article, Mike guides you through how to manage users in Umbraco 8.

Alex Chairs SCC Roundtable on businesses’ response to COVID-19 and the way forward
News
Alex Chairs SCC Roundtable on businesses’ response to COVID-19 and the way forward

Our Managing and Creative Director Alex Haddon is chairing a virtual roundtable discussion for invited SMEs of the Swedish Chamber network on Monday 20th April.

Multilingual Websites in Umbraco 8
Umbraco
Multilingual Websites in Umbraco 8

One of the headline-grabbing features of Umbraco 8 is Language Variants, a big step forward in the management of multilingual websites. In this article, we take you through the new functionality and its benefits.

Rebranding – why, when, how?
Branding
Rebranding – why, when, how?

Why is it important to rebrand, when should you do it and exactly how? Alex sheds some light on the strategies for rebranding and highlights common levels with examples from our portfolio.

Rebranding and website launch for Hilary Hayes Interiors
Launch
Rebranding and website launch for Hilary Hayes Interiors

A very fresh pop of colour is the hero of the rebrand new website for interior design consultancy Hilary Hayes Interiors

Brandspiration
Branding
Brandspiration

Our favourite quotations on branding and how you can use them to inspire a better brand strategy for your business.

Bridget Riley in monochrome
Design
Bridget Riley in monochrome

Highlights from the recent retrospective on Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery – focusing on the monochrome work. A fantastic inspiration for any graphic design system!

Congratulations to Nick Baldwin from Mobilise who won our 2019 SoHoHo table tennis championship
News
Congratulations to Nick Baldwin from Mobilise who won our 2019 SoHoHo table tennis championship

On 3 December we hosted our annual festive event SoHoHo and, as is customary, guests competed hard for the coveted 2019 trophy which this year went to Nick Baldwin from Mobilise - well done!

Why you should think about branded merchandise
Design
Why you should think about branded merchandise

As we make less use of print, we are seeing an increase in the use of branded merchandise – helping businesses deliver that all important tactile brand experience.

Thompson Taraz launches new brand and website
Launch
Thompson Taraz launches new brand and website

We are very proud of our collaboration with the Thompson Taraz team to deliver a complete rebrand and today sees the launch of the new website.

Tips and tricks to make your pitch decks compelling
Design
Tips and tricks to make your pitch decks compelling

Top tips to enhance your pitch decks and make your concept memorable when asking for finance. 

Design systems for promoting content marketing on social media
Design
Design systems for promoting content marketing on social media

Improve your long-term brand building whilst delivering content marketing with maximum impact. Alex gives you some tips with examples from our portfolio.

New website for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Launch
New website for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Today marks the end of a 10 month project to update the website for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the UK. Still on the Umbraco platform, the site has been completely overhauled and puts its membership at the heart of their communication.

Umbraco 8 Review
Umbraco
Umbraco 8 Review

Having now implemented Umbraco 8 on a few websites, our Technical Director Mike Royle provides a review covering features, benefits and challenges.

Alex Haddon is interviewed for The LINK Magazine
News
Alex Haddon is interviewed for The LINK Magazine

Our Creative and Managing Director Alex Haddon was interviewed in the June issue of The LINK, a business magazine issued by The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, together with Suzanne Bolinder from client company Consido. They discuss how they met and work together, creating a mutually successful business relationship – article on p27-28.

Top tips to enhance PDF files
Design
Top tips to enhance PDF files

Useful tips and advise on how to make sure your PDF collateral is as good as it could be. This includes page links, forms and how to deal with interactive elements and multimedia.

Branding and design tips for successful events
Branding
Branding and design tips for successful events

Top tips for reaping the full benefits of a ‘sold out’ event, cement existing relationships, attract media coverage and build your long-term corporate brand.

Common themes in icon design
Branding
Common themes in icon design

Most brands have a strong requirement for an icon as it provides a useful branding device and helps create distinction from competitors. In this article, we explore some common themes to inspire and realise the full potential of this brand asset.

Five of our favourite fonts for websites
Design
Five of our favourite fonts for websites

When it comes to building your brand online, how the typefaces work on your website is a key tool in creating brand recognition. Here are five of our favourites.

App launch for AVCA
Launch
App launch for AVCA

The new App for for AVCA launches in time for the 16th Annual AVCA  Conference in Niarobi, Kenya. With full agenda, delegate and booking features as well as chat and notifications, it is the perfect event companion with scope to add further features in the future to support the full range of services offered.

There's more to business card design than you might think
Design
There's more to business card design than you might think

There are many ways you can make your business card stand out and deliver a great first impression of your brand. We've selected some top choices we have at our disposal for every business card design.

Colour theory and how it helps your brand
Design
Colour theory and how it helps your brand

Let’s demystify colour theory and understand terminology that helps us manage (and enjoy!) colour even more in our brands.

Website SSL certificates – why do they matter?
Web
Website SSL certificates – why do they matter?

Ensuring your website has an SSL certificate delivers many advantages. Our Technical Director Mike provides an overview on their use in view of GDPR and recent Google changes.

Maximise the benefits of your Brand Guidelines
Branding
Maximise the benefits of your Brand Guidelines

Brand Guidelines are usually created as soon as the brand is approved – but how can you get the most value out of them over time?

Season's Greetings from all of us at IC Design!
News
Season's Greetings from all of us at IC Design!

Take a look at photos from our festive drinks event SoHoHo held on 4 December – thanks to everyone who joined us – and also note our Christmas closure dates

Top tips for getting fresh marketing inspiration
Design
Top tips for getting fresh marketing inspiration

It is tempting to get stuck in a rut with your marketing, doing the same things month in, month out. If it is time to get some new ideas, here are our top tips for where to go for inspiration.

PR Agency The Hero Machine gets a new brand and website
Launch
PR Agency The Hero Machine gets a new brand and website

As well as rebranding The Hero Machine, we have launched their new website. A cool crisp minimal design with a playful colour changing twist!

Five design tips to make corporate reports more engaging
Design
Five design tips to make corporate reports more engaging

Cleverly designed corporate reports from white papers to research and annual reports make great tools for building engagement with your audience. When they feel simple and attractive to read, it builds trust that strengthens your competitive advantage.