Who we are, what we do, why we do it
These days it seems that the world is awash with graphic designers. Kids coming out of art college going straight into the business, other folk wanting a career change and thinking: “yeah, I can do that”, and even print and copy shops offering graphic design as a bolt-on service.
We, however, have been striving for over twenty years to deserve the name of a company that delivers the best graphic design solutions for web, logos, print and exhibitions in South Wales.
When we started in the depth of the financial recession of 1992 we were still using Letraset dry transfer lettering, bromides and hot wax. Visuals were produced with magic markers and repro-houses were needed to make final films and chromalins before the printing process could even begin.
Today all those expensive processes have been replaced with digital technology (originally in 1992 with a second hand Macintosh IIci and now today running a suite of several powerful computers including a Mac Pro, and a new 27 inch iMac with 32 GB of memory. These are all linked to the Adobe Creative Cloud giving us access to the latest Adobe applications and the entire Typekit font library.
This means that for the end user the cost of full colour printing has plummeted. The glossy colour brochures that were once only affordable by large corporations are now well within the reach of the smallest start-up firm. And digital printing presses now mean even short runs of 20 to 50 impressions are easily affordable.
But the biggest change we have seen is, of course, the internet. When we started very few, if any, local companies had a website. Now a company without a web presence is almost unheard of. We were one of the first companies to embrace the internet and we continue to help our clients promote themselves online with websites, social media and email marketing.
So enough about us – what about you?
Do you need a logo and a website to launch your new venture? Do you need an email marketing campaign to increase your sales? Do you need someone to design and print a large publication like an annual report or catalogue or to devise a cunningly clever advertising campaign? Do you want to stand out from the crowd at an exhibition or trade show?
We look forward to working with you.
Jonathan Hurley Design is, as the name suggests, run by me – Jonathan Hurley. As you can see from my CV below, I’m no spring chicken. I was born in 1958 when a graphic designer was called a commercial artist and a font was what you got christened in!
Jonathan Hurley Design – Porthcawl
Dakota Design – Swansea
Creative director. Catalogues, sales literature print media and PR.
Sai Design – Bridgend
Studio manager. Corporate identity, promotional literature, packaging, advertising.
Detheridge – Cardiff
Pasteup artist / studio manager. Free newspapers, trade journals, annual reports.
Fords Creative – Bristol
Junior point-of-sale designer, worked on a number of blue chip accounts.