Category: Branding

Ignite Logo Design

17 October 2017, 13:29

Worth peeking at this little project I completed back in 2013, still looking strong!

Branding Tent

Designing Branding that Lasts

21 September 2017, 11:48

Kieran Harrod brand designer with an office at Friar Gate Studios and tent folder extraordinaire discusses an issue facing many businesses looking to re-brand.


Central Leeds Church Logo and Branding

25 August 2017, 21:20

Contemporary stylish brand design for a Leeds city center church featuring the church initials, 3 concentric C’s and an L, Christ Church Central Leeds.

Nautical Discount

Feeling Nautical? Get 10% off!

26 June 2017, 11:56

Bring your sea worthy brand to life with 10% off logo design services!

Athletics Banner Design

Athletics Event Banner Design

5 May 2017, 15:29

Promotional pull-up banner design draft for a regional athletics event.

Torpex Sport Branding

Torpex Sport

27 April 2017, 10:58

Logo design for Torpex Sport, a UK based martial arts equipment supplier.

Board Game Logo

Board Games Logo

7 April 2017, 17:24

A little logo project for Derby based board games community, Derby On Board Games.

Traditional Church Logo Design

Traditional Church Logo Design

30 March 2017, 08:05

A draft logo for a church based in a 14th Century building.

Burger Joint Branding

Burger Joint Branding

28 March 2017, 14:32

Sneak peak at some branding for a new burger outlet.

Work in progress leeds logo design

Work in progress logo and sample applications

2 March 2017, 08:57

Here’s a sneak look at a work in progress design for a Leeds based enterprise. It shows some of the ways I try to think beyond just “a logo” to the application of that design, even in this very early stage.

Business Card Design

Shrovetide Inspired Logo for Ashbourne-based Healthcare Provider

17 February 2017, 13:05

Derby, Derbyshire, UK: 16 February 2017 – Derby-based logo & branding creator and graphic designer, Kieran Harrod, is behind the new branding and logo for Ashbourne-based healthcare provider Henmore Health.


Henmore Health Branding Design

15 February 2017, 22:49

Geographically inspired logo and branding for Henmore Health, a modern healthcare provider with a traditionally minded, caring outlook.

Business Card Design

Business Card Update

14 February 2017, 16:55

I reordered some business cards I designed for a client the other day, I was pleased with how fresh they looked despite being one of my earlier freelance projects.

Every File You'll Ever Need

Logo Project Delivery, What Files Should You Expect?

2 February 2017, 08:00

At some point in the discussion of a new branding project, the client will almost always ask what files they expect to receive. At first, I found this an odd query, although perfectly valid, my assumption was alway that I’d supply every file they’d need, why would I design a logo and do anything less?

Church Logo Design

Church Logo Design Draft

30 January 2017, 14:42

Draft design for a new Leeds based church.

Living Brand Guidelines

Living Brand Guidelines

19 January 2017, 10:11

Creating online “living” guidelines for brands allow them to evolve, update and improve as the identity matures.

Soccer Badge Design

Football Badge Redesign

6 January 2017, 16:41

Updated badge design for a local women’s football team.

Scoops Sneinton Signage

Signage Design

4 January 2017, 21:14

Signage I designed at a dessert parlour in Nottingham came out looking spiffing! I was visiting to scope out the interior graphics applications…


Logo Design in 2017

2 January 2017, 10:35

Lets cut to the chase, I’ll assume you’re reading this because are looking for a logo?

Good, because designing logos is what I do.

Colour Reference Sheet

Colour Reference Sheet

29 December 2016, 17:44

A file I always like to play with is a separate colour reference sheet, even if there’s a full set of guidelines, it’s fun to supply a quick reference document.

Collating for Export

Logo Design Export

29 December 2016, 15:00

Refining, collating and exporting the logo of latest approved branding design project, some 100 files in this one.


Charles Daley Branding

8 December 2016, 12:20

Logo and Branding for Nottingham Property Experts.

Turner Farm Branding

Turner Farm Logo Design

20 October 2016, 23:46

Welcoming branding for an educational farming project.


Creating a Brand #4 - 1st Brand Value

8 September 2016, 13:57

Things develop and I pin down my 1st brand value!

Creating a Brand #3 - Stop Procrastinating

Creating a Brand #3 - Stop Procrastinating!

8 September 2016, 13:57

Time to stop faffing about with thoughts in my head and make some decisions on this brand!

Creating a Brand - What to Sell

Creating a Brand #2 – What to Sell?

2 September 2016, 23:37

I’m creating a brand, but before I get stuck in, what will the brand sell? Defining some aims for this project!

Creating a Brand #1

Creating a Brand #1 – An Idea

31 August 2016, 17:02

I’m creating a brand and I want to share the process, my thoughts and successes and challenges.



14 June 2016, 15:53

Colour palette document for SkyeLand.


Window Pattern Logo Design

1 June 2016, 18:55

A draft logo based on the pattern of a window.


Skyeland Soft Play Logo & Branding

13 May 2016, 22:54

A bright family friendly bold duck based branding solution for Derbyshire based soft play hire company.

Bright Logo Design

Bold Logo Draft

11 March 2016, 10:28

A bright bold exuberant draft logo design.

On the Farm

Branding - Farm Field Trip

2 February 2016, 10:35

Took a rather breezy but pleasantly sunny field trip to a farm as part of a branding project I’m working on.

Test Tube Logo Design

Hexagon test tube logo composition

20 January 2016, 06:29

An early design and composition of a test tube based logo with a hexagonal grid structure.


Business Card Draft

18 January 2016, 08:33

Draft design for lifestyle brand business cards.

Stationary Design

BWF Stationary Card Design

15 January 2016, 02:40

Design for London based family solicitors.

U Logo Design

Geometric U Logo Draft

12 January 2016, 06:13

Draft design for a capital U logo design with a hint of the feline.

Exclusive Carpet Shop Business Card

The Posh Carpet Shop

11 January 2016, 04:17

A concept design for a high end carpet store based around carpet loops.


I need logo for the band

8 January 2016, 06:09

Exploration of layouts and designs a band logo.

Stag Logo Design

Stag Logo

5 January 2016, 08:05

Draft design for a sportswear company logo.

Draft Brand Design element

Colourful Windows

4 January 2016, 10:02

Sample uses of a brand element created for clients Unity Derby.

Hanging Wall Sign

Mindfull Draft Logo

4 January 2016, 06:10

A sneak peak at a near complete job for a lifestyle blog.

BWF Drafts

BWF proposals

2 January 2016, 16:22

A set of 4 draft proposals for London based family law firm. I’m working with the great folks at BWF to develop the designs to the next stage.


Save 20% on a Logo Delivered by Christmas!

16 November 2015, 10:44

Need a logo design for your business by Christmas? Thanks to some scheduling shenanigans I’ve a gap between now and the most festive of holidays to produce a logo for a business like yours!


Church Logo and Branding for Christ Church Derby

24 September 2015, 09:55

A full range of logo and branding materials for a modern Derby based church.


Derbyshire Education Business Partnership Branding

21 June 2015, 16:11

Updating the brand of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership since they first emerged as a private enterprise from the local authority.


The Iceberg of Logo Perception

10 June 2015, 06:59

Like a real iceberg, 90% of the project mass is unseen. It happens behind closed doors and in designers heads. Things like the designer and client defining the brief, brainstorming, drafting, regular client feedback and refinement.


Windsor Chester Windsor Branding

18 May 2015, 16:10

Modern heraldic logo design and wider branding for exclusive 600km cycle event Windsor Chester Windsor.


Fullbrook Thorpe Investment Branding

9 May 2015, 08:39

Logo and stationary design for Fullbrook Thorpe Investments Willington.


Happy Rover Catering Company Branding

28 March 2015, 09:46

I created the cheery “Happy Rover” logo, with a smiling landrover atop a rustic pizza, the design encompasses the nature of the Happy Rover itself, it’s honest, authentic and friendly!


A Short Interview on Design with Debitoor

3 February 2015, 04:40

So a little while back I was invited by the excellent people of free invoicing and accounting software, Debitoor to have a chat with them about design and branding.


Brand Design for Mobilise Your Workforce

3 December 2014, 14:09

Mobilise Your Workforce events provide an unrivalled opportunity to spearhead a competitive edge by empowering you to harness the latest mobile technology in the enterprise.


Branding for Scoops Restaurant Diner

3 December 2014, 11:25

Serving pizzas from their wood-fired oven, gourmet burgers, hand cut steaks and a dazzling array of desserts and gelato made by hand on site.


Identity for The Drawing Room, Chesterfield.

8 November 2014, 04:15

Based at the newly renovated West Studios, Chesterfield. The Drawing Room offer workshops, tutoring and classes in life drawing, botanical illustration and Chinese brush painting.


Logo Design for Capel Jones Consulting Ltd

6 November 2014, 17:13

Offering coaching, mentoring, HR support across multiple business and commercial sectors.


Quality Cleaning Monogram Logo and Brand Design

6 November 2014, 17:00

Derby based commercial and domestic cleaning service.


Audax Long Distance Cycling Logo and Branding

4 November 2014, 12:59

Audax United Kingdom is the internationally recognised long-distance cycling association in the UK.


Dunamis Construction Logo Design

26 September 2014, 11:10

Dunamis Construction Branding


Mille Cymru Event Branding

9 July 2014, 16:46

Event branding and design for epic Welsh 1000km cycle ride.

Derby Parks Logo

Derby Parks Logo

27 June 2014, 10:09

I spotted this rather handsome “Derby Parks” logo on a sign, but I can’t find any more info about it…


Psychological Services for Schools Branding

26 June 2014, 00:56

Logo, branding, website & printed promotionals for East Midlands school services based start-up

Logo and Brand Pricing UK

Logo Design & Brand Identity Pricing

16 June 2014, 12:14

Creating Exceptional Brand Design for Your Business


Branding for Energy-Safe Buildings

29 April 2014, 17:30

Strong eco logo for an expanding British business


Rutland Sewing Identity

30 September 2013, 12:24

A roundel style logo, delivered in a variety of contemporary colours.


LEL 2013 Branding

20 September 2013, 11:40

Providing striking, memorable brand continuity for a prestigious 1400km cycling event.


Logo for Fairey Tale Events

27 August 2013, 16:59

When Fairey Tale Events, a new wedding candelabra and decoration supplier in the South, were looking to launch their website, they needed a logo to promote the business with.


Mason Electronics Branding

9 May 2013, 16:40

Bringing the brand of an established business up to date.

DEBP Logo Design

Branding Portfolio Download

28 February 2013, 12:18

Browse and download the Branding Portfolio.


Ignite Personal Development Logo Design

23 January 2013, 10:47

A bold, clean logo solution for a Derby start up.

SA Thompson Identity

SA Thompson and Associates Logo Design

22 January 2013, 17:21

SA Thompson & Associates commissioned me to create a brand for their immigration law specialist with offices based on Fleet Street, London.


International Cycling Logo

4 December 2012, 17:32

Modern cycling logo design with a classic feel.

Interis Logo Derby

Interis Logo

7 November 2012, 23:44

A new logo and identity for Derby based IT solutions firm, Interis.

Textile Deli Woolly Logo

Textile Deli Branding and Logo

24 October 2012, 13:38

Textile Deli Logo Design. Created to remind the viewer of a ball of wool at one glance, a pimento stuffed olive at another and a clean, crisp professional brand in a third.


Yellow - Corporate Identity

1 October 2012, 21:23

Seeking a new corporate logo and branding as a first stop, Yellow approached me to create a new identity.

I developed a bold, confident new logo to be used as part of an overall branding push that will incorporate company brochures, stationary and website.


CJP Business Card Design

3 July 2012, 22:42

I undertook the identity design for CJP around a year ago, and after an initial start-up phase, the company was ready to begin printing some stationary elements professionally.

I created the design for the business cards, based on the initial ideas of strength and quality seen in the engineering the firm undertakes.


Refreshing a Logo : Audax UK

12 April 2012, 13:23

Tweaking an existing design was the spec for the Audax UK eagle logo.

The client had an existing design that was used in various places of the organisation. The members were keen to keep the overall look of the eagle element but there was a need to improve certain parts of it and look at how to introduce colour.

Family History Explorer Logo

Family History Explorer Logo

3 April 2012, 17:12

New business Family History Explorer briefed me to design a logo for their Family Tree Genealogy start-up. Providing “Family History for Absolute Beginners” courses in Derbyshire with an experienced tutor, the look needed to be professional, friendly, modern and fresh.

The client was aiming to start courses at the end of April, around 7 weeks from our first meeting date, so the logo was needed quickly in order to begin to advertise.


How I Design a Logo

24 November 2011, 13:28

I was contacted by a new client to create a logo for a compensation advice website, Compensation Made Easy. The business was a new venture and they had almost everything in place including a web site but they’d not sorted out their logo.

The site was due for launch in a week so the logo was needed FAST! This made encouraged me to create a small video that I’d been thinking about for a while, a condensed sped up version of the design process I go through for such projects.

SA Thompson Identity

Identity Development - Branding for London Solicitors

31 October 2011, 13:54

I was commissioned by SA Thompson & Associates, an immigration law specialist solicitors with offices based on Fleet Street, London.

SA Thompson were looking for a new identity to promote the focus on immigration law and were starting from scratch when it cam too the look and feel. Some guidance was given that the brand should be modern and relevant beyond the UK, recognisable to those who don’t have English as a first language.

New Business Logos

New Business Logo

20 October 2011, 11:07

I found myself browsing the StartUp Britain web site the other day. It’s backed by a number of big companies like Dell, Paypal and O2 as well as David Cameron, and founded by a group of well known entrepreneurs.

Set up to encourage enterprise in the UK, to give guidance, provide tips and special offers to start-ups. There’s plenty on there but often you just get a ink to another web site to follow up on.


British Gas Logo

14 October 2011, 11:27

There is plenty wrong with it but I wouldn’t say it’s hateful to look at and it will look nice on customers bills and in their promotional materials. But I do have issues with it.

Firstly the ‘British Gas’ looks really ungainly. The Gas in particular look wobbly, the tapering in of the G makes the a and s look wonky, the whole think looks like one of those optical illusions where the picture seems to be moving. The dots on the i’s are pretty much awful as well, designed to match the tips of t and h, but ending up looking like either fingernails or one of those mini cans of deodorant.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

15 September 2011, 11:35

We took a trip to the Wirksworth Festival on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (EVR) at the weekend. It was our first trip both to the festival and on the train, with a bit of help from the weather it turn out to be quite successful.

The EVR is a great little project, community owned and run by volunteers. This means that pretty much all the staff are pleasant to speak to, quite the opposite of a regular train experience.


Locum Doctor Logo

26 August 2011, 22:25

Tom Lawes a recently qualified General Practitioner retained my services to develop a logo and stationary in order to present a professional image to promote Locum GP services to local practices. Tom required a smart, restrained image that didn’t use clichéd imagary for the medical industry.

Here’s how I developed the logo.


Council Logo's but better

8 August 2011, 11:53

I’ll let go of this bone soon, but while I’m on council logo’s, here’s a few I like, just to pick up the mood.

All of this does lead us to the question of does it matter if your council’s got a good logo or not? I’d rather they spend the money on something else, like emptying my bin or paying staff a bit better.


Council Logo Tour

5 August 2011, 12:08

After bemoaning the quality of the new Amber Valley Logo yesterday, I took a look at neighboring council logo’s, to see what they are offering.

So here is my tour of Derbyshire via the medium of council logo’s starting in the south…


Amber Value

4 August 2011, 11:27

For fear of this turning into a travel blog, I’ll move away from Northumbrian highlights and back to a bit of design. I’ll also bring it back to something more local, and something of a disappointment.

We live in the borough of Amber Valley. It’s a pretty place with some history (thanks to Mr Strutt and his Mills ). It was also the setting for the popular, long running but exceedingly dull ITV show Peak Practice.



12 July 2011, 10:32

If you’re in any way interested in new technology, you will have visited the TechCrunch site at some point I’m sure. Set up in 2005 this US based site offers news and analysis on all things tech, start-up profiles, product previews and web site analysis.

TechCrunch quickly grew to become a very popular site with 4.5 million rss subscribers. The big and controversial news in September 2010 was that AOL was to purchase TechCrunch, which it did in January 2011.


Trendy Logo

7 July 2011, 21:48

Keeping an eye out on what companies and brands are doing is important to my practice but also something I enjoy. There are any number of sites and blogs around, some of which I follow.

LogoLounge is one of those and each year they produce a Trends report, looking at themes and developments in the world of brand.

CJP Engineering Logo

Engineering CJP's Identity

17 June 2011, 10:19

CJP Engineering Services provide the concrete and building industry, fabricating mild and furnace hardened steel products for the manufacture of concrete products and on-site solutions from hoppers to folk-lift clamps.

As a new startup CJP Engineering required a professional business identity and logo. Quality and strength were central to the CJP product and the brand solution needed to reflect this.

Milk & Honey Logo

Milk & Honey Branding & Business Cards

16 June 2011, 12:28

Branding new business Milk & Honey, headed up by the multi talented Adrian Moore.

Adrian, being creative by nature wanted a strong and clear brand for his new initiative Milk & Honey. The company would encompass a number of enterprises including Music Tuition, Artist Management, Music Production, Video Editing, Session Musician and Event Organisation.





  • 20 November 2017, 22:12
    Sorry…⠀ ⠀ …not sorry⠀ ⠀ Draft church #Christmas flyer.⠀ ⠀ #graphics #graphicdesign #flyers #church #branding

  • 20 November 2017, 16:59
    Festive promotional materials for a local #church have started to arrive!⠀ ⠀ #flyers #churchdesign #churches #christmas #xmas #christmas2017 #xmas2017 #promotionaldesign #seasonsgreetings #reasonfortheseason #duffield #derbyshire #derby

  • 10 November 2017, 10:53
    I can finally show off a recent design I undertook for a brand launching on #CrowdCube, can't wait to collate it all and show you more!⠀ ⠀ #logo #branding #vectorlogodesign #vector #logodesigner #logodesign #logoinspiration #designinspiration #designer #brand #lovelogos #logoawesome #crowdfunding #care #heart #colour #gradient

  • 9 November 2017, 10:24
    File copies for some a client's business cards arrived, they're much glossier than the photo shows!⠀ ⠀ #GraphicDesign #BusinessStationary #Grass #Green #Black #stationary #branding #printdesign #identitydesign #DesignThinking

  • 4 November 2017, 15:56
    Some #Calligraphy #Practice on the two munchkins names, getting from lowercase e to c is frustrating…⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #drawing #calligaphic #mechanicalpencil #Staedtler #HB #handmade

  • 3 November 2017, 15:44
    Now we're trucking!⠀ ⠀ #illustration #lorry #woman #adobecc2018 #sprinkles #effects #layers #WIP

  • 2 November 2017, 14:01
    She's happy with the house I reckon…⠀ ⠀ #home #illustration #house #adobecc #adobeillustrator #trees #digitalpainting

  • 27 October 2017, 19:02
    Chavving it up at #RipleyFair

  • 24 October 2017, 18:23
    Sketching houses…⠀ ⠀ #sketch #2B #Staedtler #StaedtlerTraditional #geometric #Leuchtturm1917 #roof #window #wonky

  • 21 October 2017, 12:19
    Bit of classic reading methinks!⠀ ⠀ #pelican #book #vancepackard #pelicanbooks #classicbook #reading #Advertising #cupoftea #tea #propertea #logodesigner


Kieran Harrod Design

  • Ignite Logo Design Worth peeking at this little project I completed back in 2013 still looking strong!

  • Leigh Timmis Website Design Leigh is a round the world cyclist and speaker. His stories of survival self-motivation and the kindness of strangers have been published in the international and national press (ABC Australia BBC Daily Telegraph) as well as him making appearances on BBC television and radio. Leigh undertook a 44000 mile round the world trip with 5 a day to spend taking on the frigid winter of Tibet the desert tracks of Australia and South Pacific storms. He came face to face with a lion and sang to bears to hopefully prevent attack. Leigh was detained by armed Russian soldiers and drugged and robbed in Singapore His return home required Lee to look how he could leverage his passion for adventure day to day. Leigh chose to combine this passion and joy to provide unique talks and motivational speeches and required a web presence in order to promote his services. Armed with a series of breathtaking images from across the globe as well as a practiced writing art sharpened by his regular reports home. It was these two elements that became the fulcrum of the site design with large expansive image spaces to show off his photography and clean clear typography to allow his blog writing to shine. The whole site is wrapped in a CMS which allows Leigh to create rich image soaked magazine style blog pages recalling his exciting trip and investigating the landscapes and humanity he encountered along the way. The feedback from the Leigh has been exuberant: Excellent Looking great! bloody awesome! Visit: Leigh Timmis Adventurer online.

  • Art business - early logo draft . . . . #logo #branding #color #design #brandidentity #stationery #packaging #graphicdesign #graphics #digitalart #adobe #adobephotoshop #instadesign #inspiration #designspiration #photoshop #mood pencil #inkpen #brush September 23 2017 at 03:15PM

  • Designing Branding that Lasts Kieran Harrod brand designer with an office at Friar Gate Studios and tent folder extraordinaire discusses an issue facing many businesses looking to re-brand. This article was written for CQ Business Life published by Derby Cathedral Quarter. As I packed away our tent in heavy drizzle after camping at a family festival in Manchester. Others around collapsed tents too and I noticed a good few folks piling their tents in the rubbish bins. It struck me that there are tents cheap enough or perhaps too much effort to pack up correctly that they are just thrown away. Alone the rest of our party headed to enjoy the final days festivities I extracted the first peg mulling over an upcoming project. I was the second designer the client had instructed and wed chatted about their previous experience with an online service whod provided a capable design but one that they had no confidence in putting their name to. The brand like so many tents around me was disposable cheap and unremarkable likely to be scrapped as the customer suggested within 18 months. With some consideration it was decided that they needed to invest in a memorable solution from the start and asked me to work with them to achieve this. Carefully wrapping the guide ropes I thought of the work Id recently completed for Ashbourne-based Henmore Health who were looking to bring a modern professional look to the services they provided at their GP Practice. Seeking a brand that would survive in the ever uncertain healthcare sector and something all of their stakeholders could get behind. Together with the Henmore team through discussion experimentation and hard work I developed a brand inspired by the geography of Ashbourne anchored by the Shrovetide goals which also looks out from the town with confidence. Work in progress on the Henmore Health branding Folding the damp fabric tent into its bag I began to plan some ideas about how to achieve an equally successful design for my latest client. Creating memorable brands is hard work I dont want to my designs to be thrown out like a cheap tent after brief use but to be cherished and looked after so they can be used year after year. Final tent-free words to Danny Smart at Henmore Health: Kieran did a terrific job with the Henmore Health branding and the solution expertly met the brief we provided. Kieran understood the importance of embedding local culture in a brand that enjoys its heritage but is strong enough to venture anywhere Few I think can capture this the way Kieran has. CQ Business Life Article

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So thank you.

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