Friday, 9 December 2011

Chocol8s of Market Bosworth

Boards are back from the printers for chocol8s of Market Bosworth. These two boards should grab peoples attention to point them down the small alleyway towards Courtyard Candy where chocol8s of Market Bosworth are based.

The best part about dropping these boards off for the customer? I get to buy some of their amazing chocolate. I definitely recommend the large chocolate buttons they made, so solid and tasty.

Look out for the website, which should be coming in the next week or so.


Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Rock-a-doodle-do | Chicken Coops and other funky and innovative designed outdoor pet housing

Today was the launch for the new one page website for Rock-a-doodle-do by Chicken Coops and other funky and innovative designed outdoor pet housing from the team behind West Thorpe Joinery, so you can expect a quality build with over 30years in the building industry.

The site shows what can be achieved using just one page and a limited amount of text and images. The website will grow over the following months as the brand increases to feature a gallery and more details on the products offered.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Find A Web Designer - Designer Portfolios

After having the Full Fat Designs website accepted into the coolhomepages gallery, I have set up one of their portfolio pages for the agency. The sizes of the jpgs you can upload at 900px really show off your work and make up a great page.

You can view Full Fat Designs page via the link below.


Find A Web Designer - Designer Portfolios

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Targeting Restaurants and Pubs in Leicester

Do you own or run a restaurant or pub in Leicester / Leicestershire? Then you could be receiving one of the new wine bottle flyers from Full Fat Designs. One side shows all the graphic design services from logo design to catalogue as a red wine bottle. Then the flip side lists the web design services from flash banners to html websites on a white wine bottle.

The envelope was printed with a message of having a drink with Full Fat Designs, and inside an apology that the bottle wasn't real (as it wouldn't fit in the envelope). The main aim was to try to appeal to the food and wine trade with a visual statement and show them what can be achieved in one flyer. Around 100 of these were posted out, hopefully some make it past the instant binning stage and get read by a potential new client.


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Touch Local & Scoot

After a lot of thought and many hours listening to companies telling me why their advanced/sponsored listed is best, a decision was made. We opted to go for the combined package from Touch Local & Scoot. It's tough when you can see how so many of these systems can work for you, but realistically you can't go for all of them due to tight budgets.

TL&S were the cheapest option and we felt would offer a great starting point to see how much extra interest it achieved. Their monthly stats for the keywords we were interested in (graphic design and web design) seemed a good price. We will post the response on here after a few months.


Thursday, 20 October 2011 with the Leicester Mercury

I have just entered Full Fat Designs into the running of the accelerateme scheme running alongside local newspapers. The Leicester Mercury and The Harborough Mail are two local papers that I have been long readers of, for both news and to gather company information.

Selected businesses can win free advertising and mentoring from marketing and training experts, with the overall winner getting a years worth of personal mentoring and support from Dragons' Den Judge Deborah Meaden.

Either of these prizes would be a great boost for any small business, I am hoping Full Fat Designs does well.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Visiting Small Businesses

Today will be a spent by visiting and phoning small businesses who will hopefully require some graphic or web design. Desford in Leicestershire is my target area today as it is local to the office in Newtown Unthank. By selecting an area each day I plan to visit most areas of Leicestershire to spread the word about Full Fat Designs, and the services offered.

Phoning can get you results, but I find you can often get through to the wrong person and if you catch them during a busy spell, or while they have an important deadline to meet, your message can be missed. So armed with the recent flyers, I find visiting the places and leaving the details, followed by a phone call a week later a much better approach.

Overall I will try to maintain positive throughout the initial client building exercise as I know that its a hard struggle to get people interested in your new business, but with the design quality and services offered I'm sure people will start to hear about Full Fat Designs.


Friday, 14 October 2011

Flyers back from the printers

The first piece of promotional material for Full Fat Designs is back from the printers.

Designed as a bar of chocolate with a bite taken out of it, we are hoping it has two effects, to be memorable and inspirational. On the back are the two start-up packages we do along with a list of some of our main services.

All we have to do now is deliver them to small businesses in the Leicester area.


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

New workspace

My new workspace in the Leicester office consists of a new monitor bought on a couple of good reviews. The HP ZR24w seems to be sharp, colourfull and so far accurate to what I'm printing. Okay, its not as true as the NEC spectraview, but at halk the price, its a great monitor to start with. It also means my Samsung can make a dignified retirement to the secondary monitor position.

Saturday, 13 August 2011


Its a lovely day in Leicestershire today and my wife and I are taking the dog to a local dog show. Even though it's the weekend, I will still have a few current jobs on my mind... but in a good way. Visualising how the next project will start to look whilst walking the dog is a regular thing for me. It helps me to hit the road running when I come to either pick up the pencil or mouse.
There might even be the opportunity to hand out a few business cards at the show. The Full Fat Designs brain is always ticking.


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Finding the 'right' people

Advertising for ourselves has reminded me how important it is to target the right people. Sure finding 'cheap' places to advertise is easy, but what's the point if the audience of this source would never be interested in your service or product?

Over the past week we have been listing and un-listing possible advertising leads. We want to maximise our initial advertising spend so we have to get this right.

Hopefully you will see our adverts / promotional items soon... and you will be the 'right' sort of person viewing it.


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Start-up packages from Full Fat Designs

Full Fat Designs are offering start-up packages at competitive prices.

Digital Start-up Package
For only £320
  • Bespoke website design
  • Two page website
  • Contact form
  • Email set-up and support
  • Monthly visitor statistics

Branding Start-up Package
For only £270
  • Logo design
  • Stationery design
  • 500 Business Cards
  • 500 Letterheads
  • 500 With Compliments Slips

For more information on the offers and term and conditions, please visit Full Fat Designs