Redesign of a vocational learning centre to make it a more functional, flexible and inspiring venue.
As part of the project’s co-discovery phase, two simultaneous dinner parties in London and Cornwall—linked by a live video feed—enabled guests share experiences and offer insight.
Exhibition look & feel, publicity material, interpretation displays, audio visual content, interactive touchpoints, visitor information and education resources for Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
Trade catalogue for a boutique greetings card publisher. Its format, layout and materials are a scaled-up version of the cards themselves.
Look & feel, printed programme series and HTML email templates for Theatre Royal Plymouth’s scheme of work in schools and colleges.
Development and rationalisation of the Oasis College brand, implemented across various print, exhibition and digital media.
Online teaching resource for use on both desktop PCs and interactive whiteboards.
Evaluation report for Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s Beyond the Frame exhibition, printed on alternating gloss and uncoated papers.
Naming, identity, product labels and website.
Brand review, development and implementation for an independent fabric store.
Laser-engraved, multi-layered acrylic plaque presented to visiting Captains at the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta.
Exhibition look & feel, publicity and interpretation displays. A joint venture between Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Stroud’s The Museum in the Park.
Communications review, branding and ongoing implementation for Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cornwall.
New Guild of Sage & Smith website due soon / Online app for the South West Design Forum enabling designers and their clients measure return on investment / Ongoing marketing comms material for RIBA Bookshops and RIBA Publishing / Website and online Design Directory for the Cornwall Design Forum / Brand exercise for experiential marketing consultancy, Experience / Brand development and publicity for Francis Antony, print specialists / Branding exercise for international think tank, Conflicts Forum
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At Guild of Sage & Smith we believe design can help to overcome any challenge; be it commercial, social or environmental.
By working collectively and uniting discovery with craftsmanship, we help astute clients to frame problems and devise solutions.
What we do.
We approach every project with an open mind, so wherever possible the end result emerges naturally from a rigorous design process.
It sounds pretty obvious, but it means we don’t label ourselves specifically as ‘graphic’ designers, or ‘web’ designers, or ‘interior’ designers… simply because different problems get solved in different ways.
Our solutions have included brands, printed material, interactive experiences, products and physical spaces for clients such as:
Faber and Faber
Hidden Art Cornwall
Labour Middle East Council
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Why ‘Guild of Sage & Smith’?
Perhaps the best way to explain how we work is by unpacking our name. There are three unique principles to the business:
Firstly, it comprises a flexible network of individuals who share the same enthusiasm for excellence – hence a guild of like-minded people.
Secondly, its design process is fundamentally built around design thinking; historically a sage was someone who possessed, showed or indicated profound wisdom.
The third principle is that, whatever the output of the design process, it deserves to be beautifully crafted: and smith denotes a person who is skilled in creating something with a specified material.
Guild of Sage & Smith represents all three principles working together.
Every project follows a similar process to make sure we not only solve a client’s problem, but fully understand it in the first place.
We balance discovery (uncovering issues and exploring new areas of knowledge by observing, liaising and facilitating) with craftsmanship (creating ‘things’ – virtual or physical), to produce both meaningful and beautiful work with people at its centre.
Our collaborative team.
Guild of Sage & Smith is built entirely around a collaborative model, working with a diverse team of like-minded, motivated and committed associates plus an outstanding network of delivery partners.
Project teams are structured so clients get to talk directly with the people involved (no ‘middlemen’ account handlers here). Clients also enjoy the reassurance of working with a single practice that takes full responsibility for delivering projects on time, and on budget.
As Creative Director of Guild of Sage & Smith, Neil heads up every project and is frequently the main point of contact for our clients.
Neil is a committee member of the South West Design Forum, and was Chair of the Cornwall Design Forum between 2008 and 2010. He’s a member of D&AD, the International Society of Typographic Designers and The Typographic Circle, and a Fellow of the RSA. Neil has also taught at both the University of Gloucestershire and University College Falmouth.
Our current roster of associates comprises:
Innovation consultancy John Boult, Product First
Advertising consultancy Jono Wardle, independent consultant
Marketing consultancy Jo Downie, We Do So
Occupational Psychology Alison Trott, independent business psychologist
Communication design Matt Lowe, Lowestudio
Peter Jordan, Foundry Hill
3D designMark Irlam, Something From Us
Interior designKathryn Tyler, Linea Studio
Architecture Nigel Stock, Kerrison Stock
Please contact us if you would like further details on any of our associates.
Fancy working with us?
We’re always looking to broaden the expertise of our associates roster. If you’re interested in working with Guild of Sage & Smith in the future, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.