We’ve just taken delivery of Flourish, the annual update of Interfaith Glasgow. This is the second issue that we’ve had the privilege of designing for one of our long standing clients. This issue builds on the design style established in the first issue with a few minor tweaks. We must say that we’re over the moon with the finished product… and more importantly, so is our client!...

It’s been a busy few months for us here at Contribute. We’ve been in the great position that we’ve not only been working on projects for our longer established clients, but we’ve also been chosen to work on some new projects for some new clients! One of our new projects has been the rebrand of Management Consultancy firm Tayhoey. Tayhoey have a wealth of business knowledge that enables them to help their clients solve issues, create value, maximise growth and improve...

We’ve just taken receipt of the latest SF Mazhar book, Thicker Than Water. This is the third book cover we’ve designed for her and we get a real sense of satisfaction when we see the three covers sitting side by side! We’ve had another lovely mention on the ‘Acknowledgements’ page: “A big, big thank you to Gerard Donnelly of Contribute for designing the gorgeous cover, and for putting up with my constant requests to ‘tweak’ some aspect of it. You truly are...

The first thing, and the most important part of any project, is the initial brand. When we talk about ‘brand’, we mean a lot more than a logo. It’s really the overall look and feel of an organisation or business. It’s the tone of conversation they have with their target audiences and it’s how they want people to perceive them. We started working with Interfaith Glasgow back in 2012, initially working on their brand identity then building their website then other...

When taking on a new project we always recommend that our clients tackle their brand first. For us, getting the brand right is one of the most important parts of the project. It's where we set tone of the conversation our clients have with their target audiences. It helps us to establish the colour palette we'll use and the type style we'll apply across all of their marketing material, both traditional and digital. Whilst being away on a short break to...

Well we've been hard at work over the past couple of months. We've added a few new clients to our portfolio, as well working hard on projects for our longstanding clients. One client we started working with back in 2012 was CIPT. They're a construction plant training company based in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. We initially rebranded the company and built their first content managed website. Over the years, their business has grown and they wanted their website to reflect this. This...

During an initial meeting with a new client, they spoke about the frustrations they had with their current site, the main one being they couldn’t update the content themselves. Their current ‘web designer’ is actually a large communications company. Essentially the company had built the website on their own platform, using one of their templates, and if their customers want to update their site they need to send any changes to them and they will update it for them. This guaranteed the communications company a rather large monthly retainer but sadly left their customers very little control over their website.

We use WordPress to build websites. WordPress is one of the leading Opensource Content Management Systems (sorry for the jargon!). Basically, it gives us the scope to build some great sites that are capable of some great things, including e-commerce so you can sell products or courses online. It also puts our clients in control of their website. As part of every website we build we produce a ‘Step-by-Step’ guide to updating pages and publishing blog posts. The WordPress dashboard is really simple to navigate through, but just to ensure our clients don’t get lost we give each client some training on how to use their new site, as well as their Step-by-Step guide. Apart from that, we’re always just one phone call or an e-mail away!

Our lovely friends at Scottish Enterprise are offering businesses grants between £2,000 to £5,000 to help businesses design new products, brand or rebrand their business or products, and design and develop websites amongst other things (essentially all of the lovely things we do). This is being offered through Scottish Enterprise's 'By Design' grant. This grant is ideal for any VAT registered business that wants to launch and market a new product. You don't have to have an established business as new...

We've just completed our second CD cover for the girls at Gracefull. A project that started as a nice little branding job has continued for nearly two years now with the distinctive Gracefull branding being applied to hoodies, CD covers and signage to mention just a few things. The group sold the recently recorded CD at their recent Christmas concert in Clydebank, which we're reliably informed, was a smash hit. Well done Gracefull!...