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Owls on the wall

Ever since we put the owls vinyl mural on the walls of our new office, people have asked us – what’s with all the owls?

A short history of Owls at Top Left Design

Tamlyn originally came up with these as characters for our Twitter background. And we have since been taking these owls through our branding to other stationary,  newsletters, our powerpoint slides, cupcakes at our seminars, proposals, and now our walls in our new offices. And of course there’s the amazing Pinterest board on owls!

Last Halloween we dressed the owls (Oliver the Owl pictured below) in pumpkins for our Halloween Newsletter.

Oliver the Owl in a pumpkin

For our seminars, Tamlyn made special Owl cupcakes.

Let’s look at Owls and draw upon the similarities between Top Left Design and Owls. You will see it will become clear.

3 Reasons Why We Use Owls in Our Branding

Owls ask “Who? Who?” At Top Left Design we specialise in creating websites with personality. This means we take the “Who You Are” into the “What You Do”. We never work on any designs for clients unless we ask them a lot about the people in their business, and then we set out to, as much as possible, help the world see the personality of the business and what makes them unique.

Owls stand for Wisdom We consistently stay ahead of the game and study the constantly changing landscape of marketing and especially online marketing. It’s a mixture of design and human psychology. It takes talent and empathy. So, we can safely say, we are wise.

They always look forward and can swivel their heads 360 degrees – that’s ultimately a cool trick but really – we do the same – we are forward thinking, always looking ahead, but we also look ALL around to make sure we are on top of it all! Part of owl’s strategy is based on stealth and surprise. That’s just like us at TLD – we are always coming up with new and innovative ways to keep our clients happy and our readers educated and amused.

Take action now! What visual elements do you use in your branding?

Comment below – or send us a link to your blog – where you explain the reasons for the visuals in your brand. If you can come up with three excellent reasons (like we have above) then you’re onto a winner!

4 years and counting…

Top Left Design – what a place to work! I’ve enjoyed myself so much that I have stayed for 4 years… and counting.

I started working with Keren and Top Left Design back in December 2007 and although I left the UK offices over 2 years ago I am still a proud TLDer.

Keren decided that in light of my 4 year anniversary she would treat me to SPA DAY, and although she couldn’t join me I would be accompanied by her most lovely cousin Gabriella Sholk.

Our Spa Day was at the lovely Cayenne Spa which is part of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town.

Launch of the Thanks and Recognition website

At the beginning of January we launched our very first website of 2012 for Thanks and Recognition.

Thanks and Recognition help to create an environment of trust where people feel empowered to thank one another for good deeds they have done in the day.  It works very simply, if somebody does something that you value and want to recognise, you send an email thanking them for what they have done. Thanks and Recognition can then calculate how many times you say thank you in a period of time. There’s lot of theory around the subject and you can find out more on their website.

Ever wanted to spend 1 hour at Top Left Design, but really only had 2.5 minutes?

Today, Michael put up his iPhone 4S with Olloclip fisheye lens up on our office door using a Gorrillapod and Glif+ mount to hold it in place.

Then he took a timelapse movie of us working away like the busy bees that we are. We also wanted to send a special mention to Amy who works in our Cape Town Office and hasn’t physically been in our new London office yet.

We did have time to wave at all you lovely folk. It’s good to be famous! Check out the video. it’s truly awesome!


The designer tips I learnt at Top Left Design – by Julien Michot (one of our interns)

Julien is one of the two french students (Julien and Caroline) who spent a 10 week  internship at Top Left Design. In this post he shares with you a few new things he learnt about design.

Here is what Julien wrote

Hi everyone! I’ve just finished my 10 weeks internship here at Top Left Design. Usually I work more with the programming side of things, and have never really learnt much about the design process. I like coding because I’ve learnt a lot about how to do it, and so now it’s easy for me. But during this internship I saw that design is not so different from coding, you have to always keep in mind some key rules and guidelines to create a good design.

Here are the 7 most important rules I learnt at top left design during my 10 great weeks:

3,2,1… London 2011! You don’t need to be a sportswoman to develop your skills – by Caroline Campan (one of our interns)

Caroline and Julien are two french students who spent 10 weeks with the team at Top Left Design on a summer internship. 10 weeks have flown by! They have sadly left and will be truly missed by all of us at Top Left Design. In this blog post Caroline shares a little bit about her experience at TLD and the new things she learnt.

Here is what Caroline wrote

Here we are: 10 weeks have gone by, and it’s already the end. When I look at the pieces of paper which I wrote all of my tasks on each week, I think we can say that it’s been amazing. From tasks which took me several days to complete to some which only took me a few minutes, each week has been a new experience.

Introducing the new Flutterfly Events website!

Recently we launched a website for another one of our lovely clients – Erika Unbehaun from Flutterfly Events. Erika is an American wedding planner in London who puts luxury, elegance and sophistication into everyday practice and wanted a website that reflects this. This project had an amazing turn around time – aided by some super speedy work from Erika with regards to getting content to us.

Along with being a lovely lady to work with, she also gave us a fantastic testimonial here at Top Left Design to share: