Who we are
Founded by co-creative directors Steve Fenn and Tom Pollard, we’re a creative design agency here to help brands excite, engage and educate their audiences.
— We’re a purposefully small team, which means your day-to-day contact will always be a creative director. We think it’s better that way. It gives us the opportunity to really get under the skin of our clients projects and understand all the nuances. And it means they get to stay as close as possible to the key decisions that shape the creative outcome of their brief.
What we do
We bring fresh perspective and consistent quality to all communications to keep established brands working hard. We’re also equally adept at creating unique and memorable new brand identity. To do this, we can help with…
— Brand identity, look and feel, art direction, editorial design, website design and development, illustration, animation, photography, data visualisation, typographic design, packaging design, way-finding, environmental design, copywriting and print production.
How we work
We work with our clients, not for them, putting collaboration at the heart of our creative process.
— We start with conversations and research to get to the heart of the problem and understand the audience’s motivations. From that we nail down the insight that will unlock our creative thinking. Then, and only then, come the big ideas. And finally, when a brief requires it, we can extend our team to bring in creative specialists, whether that be a photographer, illustrator, developer, writer or printer.
— Our carefully selected network now includes some of the world’s best creative talent who we’ve built brilliant working relationships with. Access to this network, coupled with our approach, means that we always deliver unique, relevant work and never an off-the-shelf solution.
Who we work with
We enjoy working with a broad range of organisations, from small start-ups to international brands. The size of a business or project isn’t important to us, we care about working with people who are passionate about what they do.
— Our clients include; Greenpeace, Royal Academy of Arts, RIBA, The Times and The Sunday Times, NSPCC, University of Sussex, Arcadia Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Global Blue Media, The Spectator, Laurence King Publishing, The Architects’ Journal.
What our clients say
‘We’ve worked with S-T since its inception and I can’t recommend them enough. With almost 100 international luxury publications annually, you’d imagine it would be a challenge for any design team, but S-T’s exceptional aesthetic eye and clarity of vision means that they are able to quickly turn our notes and random thoughts into concrete visual ideas. I genuinely couldn’t survive without them.’ Emma Cheevers, Editor-in-Chief, SHOP Magazine – Global Blue.
— ‘It has been a real pleasure to work with S-T. They deliver everything one would want from a design agency – vision, imagination and intelligence, alongside rigour and attention to detail. They have been excellent communicators, as well as reliable and committed colleagues, finding solutions to difficult problems under tight time pressures without drama.’ Sam Phillips, Editor, RA Magazine, Royal Academy of Arts.
— ‘One of the real pleasures in working with S-T is that they really listen to our requirements – and always present concepts that are appropriate but push the boundaries, both creatively and technically. The 2016 Big Book Bonanza event is a stand out example of this. They responded to our ‘show stopper’ invitation brief with an incredibly intricate and beautiful design. Their attention to detail to ensure a perfect outcome was very impressive.’ Ben Hurd, Trade Marketing Director, HarperCollins Publishers UK
What our industry thinks
Our work has been published online and in print by a number of industry journals including Creative Review, It’s Nice That and Design Week. We’ve also won two YCN Professional awards – In 2013 for SHOP Magazine, our fish packaging rethink and our environmental typography at Devonshire House. And in 2014 for the 26 Characters project.
— ‘Put The Times, The Olympics, HarperCollins and two of the industry’s finest graphic designers into a giant mixing bowl and it’s no real surprise that the end result is pretty tasty. S-T’s take on the somewhat dreamy brief – The Games – is simply stunning.’ – It’s Nice That.