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Comic Book Artist Hampshire

Are you looking for something different to help promote or market your business? Maybe a comic strip could help your company tell a story, fewer words and some quirky visuals. Tidy Design is here to help you stand out from the crowd!

We received an email last week from our office manager which said; “I would like to develop a PDF booklet that will be distributed to every occupier as well as any new occupiers that will contain a marketing page per company (only companies within the centre). What you include on the page is really up to you however a suggestion would be your company name/logo, telephone number, email address and website. You could include pictures and a description on what your company does. It is really up to you .. a free platform to get your company name to the other companies in the centre.”

After a quick brainstorm the team at Tidy Design got to work, mapping out a short story for a comic strip…

It took the best part of a weekend to prepare and produce this Tidy Design comic strip, we hope you like it?

Comic book artist Portsmouth

Mike has always enjoyed fine art, creative writing and illustration, it forms a big part of his life! Be it studying a “BA hons Communication Design” degree at the University of Portsmouth, learning about “Graphic Design” at college, or drawing at home for his two boys, art is part of life…

Mike likes to think outside the box, creating imaginative graphics and bespoke designs to ensure that your brand gets noticed. Please give Tidy Design a call or email if you have a creative web or design project in mind, we’d be happy to help!

Graphic Design Agency in Portsmouth

Hello tidy blog reader, I trust you are keeping well? Just a quick post that features a short graphic design agency video we put together, it featuring some of Mike’s art and illustration work…

There has been lots going on at Tidy Design in recent months; Rosie has moved on to pastures new, Luke has been smashing multiple web development tasks and new projects, Emma has joined our team and is putting new processes in place, and Mike has been dabbling with video production, some in-house marketing campaigns and business development!

With all this going on, we still found time for a cheeky pizza (and beer) in Port Solent, raising our glasses to chapters new, good health, friendship and all things tidy!

Graphic designers Portsmouth

If you are looking for a graphic designer or a graphic design agency based in Portsmouth, Hampshire then please contact Tidy Design today, our team would be delighted to help!

Introducing Emma

Hey I’m Emma, the newest recruit here at Tidy Design. I joined the team in April after my littlest started school, time to join the grownup world again.

My role here is admin and book keeping, and Im loving it! When I’m not at work or with my family, I love going to the gym, especially Body Combat classes – they keep me sane! I also have a huge love of food, movies and socialising.

Should you have any queries regarding invoicing, future projects or upcoming domain / hosting renewals then please do not hesitate to contact me – I’d be happy to help.

Sea life illustrations

One of my resolutions for this year is to draw more – be it sketching, illustrations or painting, putting pen to paper is a must for 2019! As we approach mid-March I am pretty happy with my progress thus far, I’m probably averaging a few pieces of artwork each weekend.

For anyone in business (or with an entrepreneurial mind-set), I guess personal hobbies and activities naturally evolve into that next big business idea! Truth be told; I never intended my “draw more in 2019” resolution to become more than that, however this “natural evolution” mentioned above has led me towards a sea life art project.

Sea Life Art

My mission over the next nine months is to build up a large collection of sea life illustrations, varying in styles and design. The end goal is not only to sell canvases and prints via a funky looking website, but use this website (my artwork) to help promote “illustration services” to potential clients. I guess you’d call it an extension to the Tidy Design business model and website, a USP (unique selling point).

Anyway, below I have uploaded a small selection of this years “Sea Life Art” – I hope you like them, please stay tuned for more news on this exciting project.

Whale illustration

Treasure chest illustration

Stingray illustration

Conger eel illustration

Dolphin illustration

Baby turtle illustration

Lighthouse illustration

Over the next few days I plan to upload a few more sea life illustrations to this tidy blog post, please check back! Until then, have a good week / weekend and thank you for visiting.

Mike

Bring on the rest of 2019!

We are now in the full swing of February. Christmas is a faraway memory, some New Year resolutions may have been broken, and the sight of protruding daffodil and tulip bulbs are a common site…

Only three days ago, Mike dashed off to Bulgaria for an impromptu visit after he received an offer for the sale of a house. Although with the wonder of Facetime, it felt like he was still in the office with us discussing projects, invoices and the all important topic of Bulgaria’s health and safety. Seeing the sight of him hanging outside his eighth floor hotel bedroom window showing us how far the window actually opened, is not a sight I want to revisit any time soon.

On Mike’s return, we are all back in the office busy at work, and even managed to cram in a celebratory lunch at Port Solent.

With eleven months left of the year, the Tidy team already feel like we have achieved a lot. Within the next week, Luke will be launching a major new site that he has been avidly working on (watch this space). As well as ending a chapter in Bulgaria, Mike has set some hefty targets for Tidy’s future. And Rosie has streamlined her book keeping work with the help of the accountant, making things more efficient online.

With a waft of Spring in the air, brings the anticipation of hope and new beginnings. Bring on the rest of 2019!

Rosie

A Tidy Update!

Following the festive holidays its back to work for Tidy Design.

The Christmas decorations are packed away, resolutions got made and work trousers feel a little tighter… As much as we enjoyed the festivities, a new year brings both excitement and new challenges, forwards and upwards!

First a farewell:

It is with regret that we have to announce that Jonno is leaving us. Jonno has been with Tidy Design for over two years, and has been a much valued member of the team. He has worked on some major projects, including software development for Kidney Research UK and HeliOperations. His dedication and support on projects has been invaluable, and he will be sorely missed. We wish him all the success for the future, may the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars!

A busy 2018:

Last year has seen a vast array of websites being launched within the Tidy Design office. We have worked on many sites in various industries and sectors; these include health and fitness, commercial decorating, comic books, and even another NHS prenatal website.

At the start of the year, we launched letstalkearlylabour.org. This was a small site designed specifically for women (and partners) who are in the early stages of labour. It is an easy to navigate site, providing key information to help women prepare mentally and physically for the impending task of giving birth.

In mid Spring, we started working with a new client SC Vital Fitness, a local gym that specialises in personal training. This was a much larger site, consisting of a content management system, blog and members area.

One of the more fun sites that we designed this year was bigtripcomics.com. This was for an illustrator who writes and draws his own comics. We had fun looking at all images, and I think the result is a fun and quirky site!

Other news:

This year has also been busy for all of us on a personal level. Rosie ran the 5K Race for Life, and managed to survive the whole ordeal without collapsing. Luke did a trip of a lifetime and went to the Big Apple to watch a UFC event. Arguably his most impressive achievement to date however is when he drank a concoction of nespresso and grappa in one shot! Jonno travelled to Amsterdam a couple of times this year, and has surprised us all by returning each time. We half expected him to emigrate there and live the life of a Dutch man, eating cheese, wearing clogs and eating brownies of a certain variety. And finally, as well as Mike taking his family on the holiday of all holidays, he also impressed us by not shaving for a good five weeks!

A final note:

As always, we want to thank all our clients for being so supportive. Yes, we had a very busy and great 2018, and having lovely clients makes it all much easier and rewarding. We look forward to working with you all in 2019!

Best wishes, team Tidy!

Web Designer Jobs 2019

We are looking for someone to join our small but highly motivated web dev team based in Port Solent, Portsmouth. Your day-to-day tasks will include working on a mix of new and existing projects, these include small bespoke brochure sites (HTML5, CSS3, JS, PHP) to working on larger projects (WordPress, WooCommerce).

There will be a mixed bag of tasks fuelled by an office Nespresso machine. If you enjoy programming, quality coffee, new web technologies and a quirky office environment then please contact us today.

Required:

Experience with PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript.
Bespoke WordPress development
Passion for technology and development
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
Mobile first responsive design

Desired but not essential:

Experience using Git
An understanding of build tools such as Gulp
Experience and knowledge of SASS
Ability to work with an FTP client

You’re a good fit if:

You like to be challenged, taking the initiative and figuring out solutions. You enjoy working in open and fun office environment.

Benefits:

A competitive salary
A voice in an established small business
Proper coffee machine
Vibrant working environment
Well equipped high-end offices
Port Solent shops/restaurants and sea walks

If you believe that you would be a suitable candidate and would like to be part of our fun and quirky team, please email your CV to rosie@tidydesign.com. We also request that you send a portfolio containing recent examples of your work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Her Garden Gym

Check out our latest fitness related website for a personal trainer in Bognor Regis, hergardengym.co.uk.

The customer:

Jacqueline is a fitness tutor and personal trainer, who has developed her own personal training studio at home. Jacqueline provides personal training sessions, and offers support and knowledge to make beneficial choices and optimise health and fitness. The sessions are carried out in the comfort of her own training studio, a peaceful haven where women can train in peace and not feel judged as often can be the case in busy gyms. In 2019, Jacqueline will also offer nutritional advice as part of her training packages.

The Spec:

To create a bespoke CMS (WordPress) site that promotes facilities and services on offer. The feel of the site should be feminine, as the target audience is specifically for women. The logo has already been designed, so implementation of this will be incorporated into the site. Source code including images names and page URLs will be constructed with search results in mind. Keyword analysis and integration will form part of the project development. The blog will form a big part of its online success.  

The result:

We have used soft pastel colours to give the site a feminine and stylish feel. We have also integrated the logo provided into the design of the site, which also adds to the soft, natural, feminine impression. The FAQs page has also been integral to the site, detailing all potential questions for Jacqueline clients. We have made full use of the photos provided, which will be essential for Jacqueline to showcase her studio to potential clients. The blog is to be an important element to the site, where she will be able to pen her knowledge of training and nutrition counselling.

Feedback:

Thanks for your work on this, I am very happy with the way the website is looking…

Fitness Website Designs

We are delighted that we were able to launch our latest project procalisthenics.co.uk earlier this week.

The customer:

Paul is a personal trainer with experience training with calisthenics. Initially Paul will provide personal training sessions specialising in calisthenics, and is aiming to open a calisthenics gym within Portsmouth. It will offer structured classes covering a variation of training, and aims to be a community lead gym.

The spec:

WordPress development area with bespoke custom theme. Single page site containing all information on services divided into five main sections. One section to include pricing cards to display packages and prices. These will be editable via the CMS system. Another section will be available to show case future projects including the gym, and capture user emails for potential customers.

The result:

A sleek, stylish and simple one paged site. This is entirely editable so that the customer can control all his content including photos. The site also has elements in which it has scope to evolve once Paul has set up his gym. This was a factor taken into consideration at the start of the project. It allows for expansion and flexibility.

Feedback:

Thanks again for being very supportive and working in a timely manner, it’s taken a lot of stress off me knowing that you guys are on it, cheers. Paul

2019 Marketing Budgets

Are you thinking about your marketing budget for 2019? A general rule of thumb is to invest 5% of your revenue, this would go towards developing your website, employing someone to maintain (or contribute towards) a blog or social media account, attending events and more…

Investing 5% should retain your position, company awareness and visibility online. Investing 10% or more is suggested for growth and gaining a bigger market share. Economists and business owners will debate over the exact percentage to invest, so lets say most small businesses will allocate between 5 to 10 percent to marketing in 2019.

Sample Marketing Plan

Planning ahead in life (and business) is difficult, we don’t know what is around the corner. That said; planning ahead and having a goal is super important. I recently allocated some time to Tidy Design, mapping out the next five years and how I’d like things to pan out – it was a worthwhile exercise, offering much value. A marketing budget will need similar thought and planning applied; if we invest too much then we may break the bank, if we invest too little then we may disappear.

When I think of the term “marketing budget” I think ROI (return on investment). As business owners we all seek a ROI but this is not always easy. ROI’s require a mix of research, insights, planning and data analysis – this takes time and small businesses rarely have free time! It is easy to fall into a trap, too busy to plan!

Expectations…

You will need to know your marketing budget and set a clear plan within that budget (keeping realistic exceptions). Whether your budget is based on a fixed amount per annum or a percentage of revenue per month, knowing these figures is important.

So to conclude; when mapping out your 2019 marketing budget do your research and find out what type of campaign will have the best impact (ROI) for you / your business. It is a good idea to work backwards, identifying what you hope to accomplish at the end of it.

Rest assured that Tidy Design is on hand to help, we’d be more than happy to review your website (its design, performance and bounce rates), putting forward suggestions and ideas on how to improve it. Building a bigger customer base next year will require an upfront investment, we too are looking to develop and grow as a business in 2019, so lets do this together!

Thank you for reading, have a tidy week!

Mike