Category: Recent Work
2011
07.14

Following on from our recent rebrand we are pleased to launch the new and improved BLOGDIR website. It took a little longer to complete than we had hoped but we?ve been very busy getting some exciting client projects finished first. As always, we wanted to take the time to get it just right, so we hope you like it.

Check out the ?see our work? section for an assortment of projects from our ever-growing client list, providing a good representation of the quality and variety of our work. On the ?meet the team? page you can find out more about the people behind the agency and see for yourself what a good looking bunch we are.

We?ll be updating the site often, so make sure you check back soon, or even better sign up to receive updates using the link at the top of the page. We hope you enjoy looking through the new site and would love to hear what you think of it, so get in touch!

www.blogdir.co.uk

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2011
04.13

Tues 12 April: Feeling the early morning chill on platform 5, I awaited the train with only a cardboard cup of tea and a luke warm bacon bap for company. This trip will be the envy of many, others may possibly even drool at the prospect, but sometimes you’ve just gotta do what you’ve gotta do…

It’s important to keep abreast of the latest developing technologies when you’re working in an integrated design and digital agency. Be it software or hardware developments, emerging new media platforms or routes to market, it’s essential to keep your eyes peeled for the next industry evolution or new standards on both developer/designer and user sides of the table.

Sadly, Tomorrow’s World was canned in 2003 and frankly just reading about new technologies doesn’t cut the digital mustard. You can’t beat hands-on interaction and demonstration. So I took a trip to the Birmingham NEC on an exclusive Press preview invitation to The Gadget Show Live Professional, the largest consumer electronics show. That’s five huge exhibition halls crammed with hundreds of stands sporting the latest gadgets, consumer tech, demos, workshops and presentations from every industry imaginable, giving an insight into technology and trends of the future… FIND OUT WHAT’S HOT!

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2011
03.16

We’re chuffed to announce that DNA have been selected to design and build a new website for the London Trocadero following a recent pitch process. We will be working with London real estate firm Criterion Capital to create a new online presence for the Trocadero and implement a new social media and content strategy as part of their rejuvenation plans for the centre. We’ll also be working closely with the Trocadero tenants such as Cineworld, Funland, HMV, The Rainforest Cafe, Starbucks and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

On hearing the news that we’d been awarded the account, Jon just couldn’t stop himself from doing a celebratory dance on one of the Trocadero’s dance machines. Check them mad skillz!

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2011
03.04

Spring may seem like a while off yet, but this is the busiest time of year for our client Stiga mowers who have just launched their new 2011 campaign. For the first time they are running a price based retail campaign titled ?mulch better mowers at much better prices!? The brief was to communicate the high quality brand values whilst clearly stating the individual product features and savings to be made. Materials for the project consist of in-store posters, leaflets, product price tags and press advertisements for National and Regional press. Coming soon to a distributor near you?

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2011
02.08

We?ve just helped launch a new online legal service that, as far as we know, is unique and the first of its kind in the UK. The site offers a free, independent opinion on whether or not consumers may or may not have an unfair dismissal claim against their employer ? answering all enquiries with a ?yes?, ?no? or ?maybe? within 5 minutes, 24-hours-a-day.

The free-to-use employment solicitors website uses a bespoke employment dispute ?claim evaluator?, which we hard coded in PHP and MySQL, sitting within a search-engine friendly HTML design. Individual information pages were created to provide consumers with information that would cut through the usual legal jargon, while also enabling the Employment Solicitors team to optimise the site for a broad range of relevant search terms.

The website steers visitors through a number of clear, simple, multiple-choice questions to ascertain the details surrounding the case. Those who receive a ?yes? or ?maybe? get the opportunity to explain their circumstances in more detail and, should they choose to, can opt for those details to be sent to a qualified, pre-vetted employment lawyer in their area, who will contact them within a matter of hours.

Losing your job has got to be one of the most stressful things that can happen to someone, so we hope you never need to look at this site again!

Take a look at the Employment Solicitors site at: www.employmentsolicitors.org

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2011
01.18

DNA has just launched a new website for start-up company Hire Winnebago. Hire Winnebago, as the name suggests, hires out huge American motor homes for motor sport events, festivals, film and TV use or simply a weekend away. The largest of these motor homes ? at almost 40ft in length ? sleeps up to 6, is packed full of kit and has a stunningly sumptuous interior. The guys at Hire Winnebago will deliver it to you, stock your fridge, cover your insurance and then clean up once you’re done! So if you’re in the market for a Winnebago get over to www.hire-winnebago.co.uk and take a look at the new site.

DNA chose the popular blog platform ‘WordPress’ to build the Hire Winnebago site. WordPress is a hugely flexible tool which not only includes an easy to use content management system, but also allows users to easily add functionality later via a versatile ‘widget’ system. The main benefits of using the WordPress system is that it gives the client huge flexibility to manage their own site and is found in the search engines quickly and easily with minimal effort while keeping the initial build costs to a minimum.

If you would like to know more about how DNA can help you to get your website started using ‘WordPress’ please contact our customer services team on 0845 552 5521 or, if you are looking to hire the Rolls Royce of motorhomes for a weekend, visit our friends at www.hire-winnebago.co.uk!

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2011
01.04

We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and eventful new year celebrations! If you were not one of the lucky ones to receive our c-fold DNA Christmas card, we thought you’d like to salivate over these snaps. Roll on 2011!

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2019
11.24

DNA have successfully completed a project for one of the UK’s leading book publishers, Hodder & Stoughton. Based in London, the publishers awarded the prestigious contract to DNA, briefing them to design and build an updatable website, with features, blogs and news about authors and their forthcoming books for their new imprint ‘Two Roads’, which publishes themed titles focused on animals, emotion and life-stage decisions.

Still a relative newbie to DNA, Digital Project Manager Mathew Riley found winning the major contract when in competition with some of the best London agencies is very satisfying ? “The most rewarding part of the project was delivering a site that matches the tone and functionality requested by the client”.

The Two Roads imprint is run by Lisa Highton, who edited the mega successful Marley and Me film tie in, among other titles. Lisa commented: “DNA was incredibly helpful and patient setting up the Two Roads site. We really appreciated the problem solving and after sales service but first and foremost a great site.”

See www.tworoadsbooks.com

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2019
10.27

Things are changing here at DNA. We?ve recently taken on some great new hires which have helped to restructure and refocus our business, so we?ve given ourselves a makeover with a refreshed brand identity! It was an exciting process (we took a few snaps along the way, see below), and we?re really pleased with the outcome. Our new business cards arrived today which was very exciting, although we love them so much it?s going to be hard to hand them over! Watch this space for our shiny new website, coming soon?

See a snippet of our design and selection process here

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2019
10.12


A recent project came from a new client, EMC Advisory Services. The work was won through a competitive pitch and included a new brand identity, printed material and advertising. EMCAS were seeking a multi-strand solution from DNA to promote their services to a UK-wide market.

EMCAS is an established and successful financial services claims management company. Set up to advise and act for clients who think they may have been mis-sold a financial product, like Payment Protection Insurance or an Endowment Mortgage or been mis-advised about an investment or a loan, EMCAS has specialists who can pursue a claim on their clients’ behalf. Beginning with a fresh logo design, DNA went on to create a compelling advertising campaign which is currently running in several national tabloid newspapers. DNA also handled the media planning for the campaign. Enquiries flowing from the ad campaign are followed up with a mailing, consisting of a Welcome Pack containing information relevant to each enquiry. With careful attention to tone of voice, DNA’s copywriting skills came to the fore along with the creation of a suite of accompanying images. DNA have also recently refreshed the existing Emcas website with the new branding.

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2019
10.08

After months of hard work and anticipation the brand new Princess Yachts brochure suite has been launched! The change in size and orientation allows the dynamic imagery to really make an impact, while the two main boat ranges, Flybridge and V Class, now feature separate identities for the first time from cover designs, through to the stock, finish and overall design and layout. Printed in eight languages, these brochures will be seen all over the world starting at the 2019 Southampton Boat Show.

These Princess Yachts brochures weren?t the only ones completed and released; the new British Ceramic Tile product brochures were also hot off the press in September. Three brochures in total, each one specifically designed for the different target audiences within the retail and trade industries. The new A4 format really shows off the stunning room set imagery which was also commissioned as part of an extensive new product launch.

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2019
07.09

When First DataBank came to DNA with their brief for a corporate DVD presentation to be used in a sales pack and on exhibition stands, we knew exactly what they needed. As the UK?s leading provider of drug databases and active clinical decision support, their subject matter can get more than a little complicated but with DNA’s long-standing relationship with FDB we were able to get under their skin to create this animated typographic presentation that makes it all the more clear.

The pharmaceutical sector is ruled by results and facts and that’s exactly what we drew upon to highlight the benefits of working with FDB, and the possible dangers if you don’t. In-house, DNA Advertising story boarded, animated, wrote a bespoke soundtrack and edited the presentation.

View this video on our YouTube Channel.

Check out some more of our video work on our Vimeo channel.

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2019
07.02

Back in April we won a pitch for an adoption campaign for Somerset County Council. So with a spring in our step we set to work creating a brand identity, advertising, a website and a whole load of marketing collateral. We have really enjoyed the challenge, and with the website going live yesterday we thought you might want to take a look ? www.adoptioninsomerset.org.uk. The lead on the project was Somerset County Council’s PR and Communication Officer, Lyndsey Mayhew, here?s what she had to say about the process, ?It has been a pleasure to work with DNA on the adoption campaign. Right from the start, I felt DNA really understood what we wanted to achieve and I was impressed with the background research and the ideas that were developed beyond the creative brief. The creation of the site and campaign tools could not have been smoother and the account team were excellent, always on the end of the phone and with no request too difficult!? Thanks Lyndsey! Next up we?ve been lucky enough to secure the Fostering in Somerset campaign too! Watch this space for updates on how we get on.

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2019
07.02

We seem to be designing more exhibition stands than ever here at DNA, and for one client in particular we?re working on them non-stop. As one of the world leaders in chemical engineering they attend exhibitions regularly, on every continent. Recently we have worked on stand designs across a variety of their product offering: Offshore Technology, Automotive and Rail to name a few. With two more exhibition stands in the studio at the moment we?re keeping busy and looking forward to seeing how our designs go down in Berlin and Orlando over the summer!

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2019
06.27

DNA Advertising are again proud to be working with Torbay council, Creative Torbay and Torre Abbey on their latest exhibitions. After the success of TACO 09 (Torre Abbey Contemporary Open) and the Ultimate Day Out campaign, DNA have this year created an identity for ‘TAMED’ and ‘Art on the English Rivera’ as well as designing and producing the advertising and literature for the highly anticipated exhibition. Running from 6th July ? 30th August and in conjunction with TACO 2019, TAMED brings the work of renown artists such as Richard Long, Heather Jansch and Damien Hirst to Torbay. See the details above or for more information or see the Torre Abbey website at torre-abbey.org.uk. We hope to see you there!

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2019
04.29

Working in partnership with US based Dempsey Film Group, DNA have recently completed the soundtrack for the Ranger Z521 boat US TV Commercial. After falling in love with DNA’s bespoke score for the Ascari Race Resort website intro movie, the American speed boat manufacturer Ranger Boats turned to DNA for a soundtrack to match the muscle car power and adrenaline of their latest high performance fishing boat. After a few revisions, DNA had created an orchestral/rock-fusion audio track to match US voice over and compliment the pace of Dempsey’s video work.

See more of the work by The Dempsy Film Group.

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2019
02.14

The Classic Throttle Connection is a new business – formed from one man’s passion for classic cars. We’re delighted that we’re now designing and placing CTC’s advertising in a range of classic car publications, as well as on the web, and it’s now our role to ensure that generating enquiries is something the team at Classic Throttle Connection doesn’t have to worry about. They can now spend their time finding and purchasing the best vehicles, then ensuring they are in the best condition of their lives before sale. We’re keeping our eye on these guys. They have a track record of making things happen and we’re loving being a part of it.

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2019
02.08

This is the first advert we’ve produced for our new luxury brand client, Ettinger. The ad was designed specifically around Ettinger’s range of luggage and was placed in the travel section of Country & Town House magazine.

Our initial intention was to photograph the luggage against a fairly plain background, thus focussing the attention on the quality and detail of the product; however, as an alternative, we printed out a large format version of an antiquated world map – not only giving the image some context, but also alluding to the heritage and traditional values of the brand. This was the preferred option.

The advert is essentially a brand builder, although it incorporates clear calls to action – driving potential customers to Ettinger’s e-commerce site and London showroom. Both worth a visit if you’re into English luxury with a twist!

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2019
01.19

Between the 5th December (my Mum’s birthday) and the 10th Jan, the new format Exeter Phoenix brochure was download 7,500 times! It’s the first time the brochure has been made available as a download but we think it’s a pretty impressive figure (clearly mostly down to the quality of the design). For the new brochure we’ve refreshed the best aspects of the previous format with a more lively, magazine style – our aim being to keep Exeter Phoenix one step ahead of other, similar organisations around the UK. Click here if you want to take a look or download it yourself.

Since we did the work on segmenting the Exeter Phoenix sub-brands and redesigning the quarterly brochure, the in-house team has overhauled the website and is now preparing to launch its new online ticketing system, which will be live from Thursday 14 Jan. Watch this space!

[Opinion: Jim Green - MD]

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2019
01.18

An article that was recently printed in the Herald Express, showed that the campaign run by Torbay Council and designed by DNA Advertising has proven to be a great success. The latest progress report for Fit for the Future, a scheme to encourage youngsters to join a gym, shows it has been enjoyed by 1,112 people.  The scheme, which has been running in Suffolk, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and London had a target of recruiting up to 1,000 youngsters per district. London has smashed that target, with three months left to run.

DNA carried out research with a select audience, then presented our initial concepts. This research helped us refine the final design, which we rolled out across promotional literature and banners that were strategically placed around the Bay.  DNA also encouraged the council to use bluetooth phone technology to deliver the message to a wider audience.  The combination of using new technology and targeted design has clearly helped to make this campaign a great success.

[Update: Paul Mabin - Creative Director]

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