Posted: 23 February 2012, 10:48 | In: Marketing Print

    Since going solo I’ve picked up work from all sorts of places from Southampton to Tyneside via Canary Wharf, and in all sorts of disciplines; web design & search engine marketing to various print projects.

    Much of my work has been on the web side of things, which is great as I LOVE designing websites and I’m not surprised that digital work makes up the bulk of my jobs.

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    Wayne Stock Badge

    Build it and they will come...?

    14 February 2012, 10:04

    It’s a shame but websites aren’t like WayneStock.

    WayneStock was the fictional music festival of one of my favorite 90’s films, Wanyes World 2 (childish I know). At one point during the festival setup, Wayne gets disheartened that no artists will attend, the spirit of Jim Morrison arrives to reassure him saying “If you book them, they will come.” It’s a homage to the film Field of Dreams “If you build it, he will come” (not one of my favorite films).


    Description and Title Meta Tags

    8 February 2012, 12:35

    What to expect of your newly designed web site, it’s a subject I continually find myself coming back to. It’s also a subject I have to regularly visit with clients who’s shiny new site I’ve just created.

    I put a great deal of effort into ensuring that sites I design are “Google Friendly” in other words, created from the ground up to be easily index and read by search engine algorithms especially for some early identified appropriate terms and words.


    Derbyshire Snow

    5 February 2012, 21:18

    I suppose Derbyshire Snow is much like most other snow and like most of the UK, we had some on Saturday afternoon and Evening which led to a rather wonderful sight Sunday Morning.

    After a morning of fun in the snow and an afternoon of fixing gutter de-icing and yard clearing (I am Man), I managed to grab the NEX5 and dashed around the corner for some photos. The sun was struggling a touch but thanks to the beauty of the area and the width of the 16mm lens, I got some nice shots.


    I'm thinking about my doorbell

    3 February 2012, 11:07

    Old looking doorbells, I’ve a little fetish I think. Modern doorbell buttons just don’t cut it with their functional plastic casing, often black with a little white button.


    Found Type 2

    27 January 2012, 11:50

    Found these two examples of nice type, in Cambridge at Ridley Hall. Nothing more to say.


    Small Business at Hotmail dot com

    18 January 2012, 14:48

    Do you manage your small business email using services such as hotmail, yahoo or gmail? I’ve spotted plenty of local business in my area who advertise an email address which is something like “”.

    The Rise of Untrue Facts


    3 January 2012, 15:43

    There are few things that really get my goat, that rise anger or annoyance within me. I think of myself as calm and considered (too laid back as the good lady suggests). But sometimes, just now and then things get to me.

    People dealing in spurious unproven, facts and figures with either little or no evidence, that annoys me, but not usually to do anything about it.

    Top 10

    Festive Top 10 - Programs/Web Apps I use at Work

    23 December 2011, 12:56

    It’s that time of year when media channels of the world scrape together an magazine article, tv show, radio broadcast or blog post summarising one thing or another with a Top 10, 20 or even Top 100!

    Tweeting Facebook Update

    Reasons Not to Tweet your Facebook Business Updates Automatically

    22 December 2011, 10:17

    Many businesses who chose to utilise social media within their marketing strategy quickly focus in on Twitter and Facebook. Both provide communities to join and allow you to promote your products or service to a wider audience.

    Determined social media marketeers will quickly discover that there are tools available to link accounts between both Facebook and Twitter. Initially this seems like a great time saver, pushing your content out to all your followers in one simple package.

    12 Design Deals

    The 9th Deal of Christmas - CMS Web Site £850

    12 December 2011, 00:00

    A mistaken assumption for some small business owners is that once a site is set up, it will simply sort itself out.

    The “Build it and they will come” belief can be a real killer for small businesses and it will result in wasting the cost invested in the site.


    Christmas Lights

    8 December 2011, 09:55

    So Christmas finally arrived in the Harrod household as the Christmas tree was purchased, put up and decorated yesterday. It will be our daughters 3rd Christmas and we’ve developed some traditions already, the little one helps put the star on the top of the tree (and it really should be a star, or perhaps and angel, but fairies are really bad form and Santa is downright heretical).


    Reward Sticker Charts

    5 December 2011, 22:25

    I rustled up these sticker charts a short while back as encouragement for various toddler based goals namely eating meals, using the potty and brushing teeth.

    The teeth chart and meals one really worked for us, the potty one was perhaps too early for our toddler and we didn’t bring it out when we eventually persuaded her to go in ‘big girl pants’.


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At ValueLicensing we have a very technical and unique product to sell, which is certainly not easy to market and promote. Therefore my brief to Kieran was a complex and challenging one, as we had never had sales collateral designed before. Kieran was incredibly professional, efficient and creative in finding the right solution and imagery for our small business messages. His attention to detail and skills were very apparent, and we will certainly be using his services again for other design projects!

Michael Judd
Head of Sales and Purchasing

Michael Judd - Value Licensing


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You’re not here to be given a huge ballpark figure, so, along with an idea to be more succinct and direct, logo design starts from £500.

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