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The thinking space is also where we get to rant and rave about issues pertaining to the design, branding and creative industries both locally and abroad. Our aim is to develop a strong, balanced voice for the UK design industry. And probably most of all, to entertain you.

We have contributors across the board, not only from Cliff the Firedog Chief, but also from all the talented people who create and work in the Firedog studios. Therefore the views, opinions, comments and criticisms do not necessarily represent Firedog views, they're the independent and collective view of all staff, authored and presented independently without bias or censorship. Enjoy...





Packaging your Start-up


Mission&Vision2You’ve just started up your own business. You’ve got the ideas, and you’ve got the drive, but do you know how to truly “sell” your business, or how to get that vital second stage VC funding? Packaging is the key to any good product, and we’re not just talking about aesthetics. The way you “wrap” your business stems from an intricate plan that involves smart positioning, clarifying your proposition and communicating it effectively.

{Firedog has recently conducted an open studio workshop for Digital Shoreditch 2015. This paper summarises the topics covered.}

Introduction

This article deals with taking your idea to market, and some of the steps you will need to take. It is important to understand that this is not a magical or creative process. In fact, it’s rather logical and methodical. The process has many names, depending on where you turn. Broadly speaking, this process is called “positioning”. Be warned, this undertaking is not easy; you’ll need to torture yourself in order to get the best result. Yes, you can pay an agency a princely sum to do this for you, but the important thing to bear in mind is that you are not buying creative talent, you’re buying strategic thinking. And strategic thinking is something you will need yourself (in spades) if you are looking to succeed. You should therefore be able to create most of the strategic framework yourself. If I were to suggest any investment, I would advise a copywriter first and foremost. Then, my next hire would be an eager, recently post grad publicist.

Managing and Creative Director, digital music nut, traditional pen and paper fan yet loves all things clickaty blinky


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June 2015


Why pitching creative is bad for business


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Calling yourself a “Creative” agency is like labelling yourself “Fun.” There is a playfulness about the word; it seems to bounce free from corporate processes and paperwork. Don’t be deceived though: a creative agency is still a serious business. Salaries need to be paid, rent covered. When it comes to pitching, Firedog has firm a policy in place. Here is why we will not produce creative work for a proposal.

Managing and Creative Director, digital music nut, traditional pen and paper fan yet loves all things clickaty blinky


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May 2015


How to write a proper creative brief


brains-11Whether you’re a client writing a brief for an agency or an agency Account Director writing for your colleagues, the brief has moved from a “nice-to-have” firmly into the realms of the “must-have.”

Managing and Creative Director, digital music nut, traditional pen and paper fan yet loves all things clickaty blinky


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April 2015


Firedog to speak at Digital Shoreditch 2015


digital-shoreditchFiredog’s digital strategist, Sam Cane, will be speaking at Digital Shoreditch next month. Hear his words of wisdom at Shoreditch Town Hall on May 15th, from 12.15-12.30pm.


In search of authenticity – what “craft” design says about the current human condition


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There has been a design movement brewing for the last few years. No more so than in our little neighbourhood of Shoreditch. It has become very hard to ignore the growth in “craft” design.

Managing and Creative Director, digital music nut, traditional pen and paper fan yet loves all things clickaty blinky


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March 2015