The art of design has always been continually evolving as marketing has become more sophisticated, going back to its roots in the 1920s and even earlier.
Yet in recent years these changes have become larger and more impactful, largely due to new understandings gleaned from research, to the point where design is an amazing and impressive blending of the two elements – art and science.
Here’s our list of 25 companies that are getting it right in 2021.
999 Design is a branding, design, and digital agency. The design firm was founded in 1982 in Glasgow. At 999 Design, they believe in the power of creative thinking to transform brands and to connect with people in more imaginative, meaningful ways. 999 Design specialises in branding, brand experience, digital branding, packaging, and branded environments.
1982 – Glasgow, UK
Accept & Proceed
Accept & Proceed, founded in London in 2007, is a design studio that works across print, screen, interactive media, and spaces. Accept & Proceed is a forward-thinking, radical brand that enjoys finding solutions to challenges. According to Accept & Proceed, they design with both the analytic and the aesthetic in mind.
2007 – London, UK
Dalziel & Pow
Dalziel & Pow is an independent creative brand design agency based in London, that helps to innovate brands to help them reach their full potential. Dalziel & Pow uses their expertise in strategy and design to reinvent brands and design breakthrough experiences to revitalise business and help them to make their desired connections.
Design Cuts is a design marketplace that offers digital design resources. On Design Cuts, customers can get access quality design resources such as fonts, graphics, textures, patterns, templates affordably and save up to 50-99% on the best design assets the market has to offer.
DixonBaxi is a digital marketing firm that provides brand management, digital design, brand identity and strategy. DixonBaxi was founded in London in 2002, but has quickly become a global brand and design agency that has had the pleasure of working with Hulu, Audible, AT&T, Netflix and more.
Elmwood is a brand design agency that is empowering brands for the modern world. Elmwood is a forward-thinking agency that believes in our ever-changing society, brands should be built on ‘cultural tension’ as this connects immediate goals and long-term vision to real consumer needs, challenges ideas, and sparks conversation.
Factorydesign is a creative design consultancy in London specialising in aviation design, for which they won the International Yacht and Aviation Awards Winner in 2019. As well as their aviation design, they also offer product design, transport design, 3D design, branding, and sustainable design.
Fjord is a service design consultancy, creating useful, effective, and desirable digital solutions that although are complex, appear effortless, thanks to its innovation leaders. Fjord believes in having design and people at the heart of their innovations. Fjord pursues excellence in design by considering experience and growth.
Framestore is a creative studio that offers production, pre-production, and post-production services for its users. The studio works to offer computer-generated imagery solutions for both film and broadcast markets, specialising in making moving images, content, design and digital for the advertising, entertainment, and film industries. Framestore was created in London, later expanding to additional offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal.
Futerra is a sustainable design agency that has branded itself as ‘a change agency’, whose vision is to make sustainable development so desirable it becomes normal. Futerra works with people who are enthusiastic to kickstart change through their brands, businesses, and communications.
G3 Creative Solutions is a graphic design agency offering a range of services, including packaging, corporate and promotional brochures, leaflets and other marketing materials, exhibition graphics, and direct marketing material as well as web design. G3 Creative uses a creative and strategic approach to ensure confidence in its customers.
Household is a creative design agency specialising in retail and hospitality. Household works to
design transformative full-service 360 brand experiences for modern brands around the world. Household has an impressive roster of clients, including Warner Brothers, Amazon, Starbucks, Waitrose & Partners, and more.
IC Design is a branding, multimedia, and print agency, passionate about innovative approaches that give customers a competitive advantage, offering services such as branding and web design. IC Design believes that the right brand and communication tools maximise business opportunities.
JHP Design is a creative design agency, stating that they design everything and anything to do with
the commercial experience – at JHP they can provide clients with services such as retail design, transport design, architecture, graphic design, and video production services. Since being founded in 1979, JHP Design has made a name for themselves, working with clients such as Unilever, Heineken, John Lewis, Ralph Lauren, and more.
Lewis Moberly is a strategic creative agency specialising in brand insight, creation, consultancy, naming, identity, design. At Lewis Moberly, they are immersed in the world of brands which helps them to redefine and define and design brands for ultimate success. Their approach is to live brands, which allows them to identify and culturally connect with them.
Made Thought is a creative design studio that makes beautiful and smarter ways to interact with the world. Made thought specialises in brand design, using the challenges of the modern world as the stimulus to shape visionary brands into icons of tomorrow.
Pemberton & Whitefoord LLP
Pemberton &Whitefoord is a product design agency supporting brands by providing intelligently designed design solutions. Pemberton and Whitefoord bring an in-depth understanding of the retail environment to offer effective designs; catering to the customer experience. Through their expertise in product design sprint services, they assist brands in rapidly iterating and refining their ideas to create innovative and impactful products.
Pentagram is an independently-owned, multidisciplinary design studio. Pentagram’s offerings include graphics and identity, products and packaging, exhibitions and installations, websites and digital experiences, advertising and communications, sound and motion. At Pentagram, the business owners are the designers and are the primary contacts for clients.
Seed Animation Studio
Seed Animation Studio is an animation company that creates animated stories with personality, warmth, and wit. The animation studio aims to engage with viewers through character and story design. Seed Animation has had the pleasure of animating for prestigious companies such as BBC, Universal Studios, Lego, Cadbury, and more.
Superunion is a next-generation brand design agency that believes in the power of ideas to create meaningful change. Superunion offers digital brand experiences, brand identity, packaging, and retail design, environmental branding, external communication campaigns, employee engagement and communications, corporate communications, sustainability, and reporting.
Taxi Studio Ltd. is a brand design agency centred on courage and collaboration, and brand expression. Taxi Studio offers services covering brand design, brand strategy, research, innovation, identity, packaging, activation, and experiential design. Taxi Studios connects the dots along a customer’s journey to deliver engaging brand design.
The Yard Creative
The Yard Creative is a design studio specialising in interior design, graphic design, strategy, branding, and research across sectors such as retail, transport, and leisure. The Yard Creative has a strong philosophy of creativity, with their mantra being: ‘we are creative catalysts, partnering with brands that want to challenge their sector’.
Turner-Duckworth is a brand design agency that designs iconic visual identities and packaging for consumer brands. Turner-Duckworth is a thought-provoking, social and creative brand that challenges predictability. Turner-Duckworth has worked with iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Samsung, and Coca-Cola.
Universal Everything specialises in art and design for brands and culture. The company is an exciting, revolutionary company that describes itself best as ‘a remote-working collective of digital artists, experience designers, and future makers.’ Universal Everything really does include everything, working with clients as diverse as Deutsche Bank and Radiohead.
Venturethree is a marketing and advertising firm offering the services of brand strategy, brand design, and brand experience, launching their clients to the next level of business. Venturethree has a strong ethos of innovation and seeks to partner with organisations that value change in their brand design. Venturethree has worked with a diverse array of clients such as Penguin Random House, Just Eat, and NOW.
The list above includes design companies that are the best at what they do – imagination, innovation, and inspiration in equal measure.
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