Our core focus is to produce work of exceptional quality, successfully communicating your story through distinctive and effective graphic design
What really matters is the story. It’s the story that leads to the creation of a brand identity and website that is true to your organisation. Our aim is to understand you and what you stand for. We begin by listening hard to you and your team. As part of this exercise we can conduct workshops, interviews and research to give us a complete picture.
From this we can write up a clear set of objectives, a positioning statement and a design brief, summing up the main messages you wish to communicate. We then have a process for the design stages from exploring initial concepts that best communicate the story through to finalising the design that is project managed by Stephen, the creative director.
We always aim to produce work of exceptional quality that is distinctive, effective and successful. Distinctive by the design; effective in communicating the messages clearly; and successful in achieving tangible results for the clients.
The business of branding has evolved and changed over the years. Trends and fashions have come and gone. New channels of communications have been invented and will continue to evolve. Being on top of how best to communicate to your audience is, was and always will be one of the most important aspects of marketing. So - things are ever changing. That said, the foundation stones for creating a meaningful brand identity have not changed. They remain as ever - rock solid. Design has to have integrity. It can not be superficial. It should not be purely fashion led. Sure - a design of a logo and brand identity will inevitably reflect the modern age - but good design will be true to itself. It should have integrity. Integrity in terms of being true to the organisation it is for. It should communicate what is at the heart of the organisation: the essence if you like.
We design with integrity and are not influenced by what is trendy. In this way - brand identities we have designed become long lasting - many remain unchanged for over 10 years and some for much longer. We design future proof identities because of the integrity of our approach, method and process.
Franks and Franks are brand identity and web design specialists. In business for over 20 years, we have an established reputation and a track record of working with a broad range of clients from major organisations through to smaller companies and charities; whether local, national or global. Previous clients and projects have included identities for NatWest, Motability, Carbery and a number of SMEs in partnership with the Design Council. Current clients are listed below.
Previously, both Stephen and Sarah gained experience with major London design groups. Stephen was a partner of Coley Porter Bell and Sarah was creative director at Newell and Sorrell (now Interbrand).
Stephen Franks is creative director and project coordinator. Never wanting to become too big – clients are able to work directly with Stephen and the team of designers and specialist web developers. When needed, we bring in a range of talented professionals, from marketing consultants, researchers, copywriters and others with specialist skills – and manage this for you.
Stephen Franks is a member of D&AD.
Blue & White Company
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Exeter - Live Better
Hartland Shipping Services
Headington School, Oxford
Herford College, University of Oxford
Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building
on form Sculpture
Oxford Preservation Trust
Port of London Authority
Sandra Homewood Funerals
Short Let Space
St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Streatham & Clapham High
The Art Room
The Dunn School of Pathology
The Oxford Department of International Development
The Queens College, University of Oxford
Truell Charitable Foundation
UK Community Foundations
Winchester House School