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Martyn JoyceHi there, Blackberry Design is a graphic design consultancy based in Malmesbury, it’s run by me, Martyn Joyce, a designer with over 20 years experience in the design industry and lecturing on the subject at degree level. I have a First Class Honours Degree in design and I’m also a trained photographer, awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

If you’d like to kick-start your project, please call me on 01666 317070 for a free, no obligation chat about your project. Thanks for taking the time to view our website.

How to hire a graphic designer, save time, money and get results.

So you’ve got a project or an idea and need a graphic designer to help bring it to life with a logo, signage and marketing materials. In this article I’m going to give you some insider tips to make sure you get the results (and value) you want.

How much should I spend?

You’ll find many designers charge by the hour, I don’t, instead I charge a fixed amount for a project based on its value to you. Why do I do this?

  1. The price is fixed, enabling you to budget more accurately with no nasty surprises.
  2. The time component is totally removed from the equation – you and I are both free to be creative and work towards the best possible outcome.
  3. The price is calculated at the outset to give you a good return on your investment.

Should I tell my designer my budget?

Yes! (Here’s why): Prospective clients are generally often reluctant to ‘give away’ a budget figure, but honestly by knowing your budget I can bring the most (and best) resources to bear to create the best possible outcome while staying inside it.

If we take a logo for example, “How much does a logo cost” is akin to asking how long a piece of string is. A logo can be created for very little, but simply put, the more you invest, the more resources are made available (more research time; number of initial ideas; amount of development; number of design revisions; amount of refinement) thus increasing the likelihood of success of the project and mitigating the risks.

Pricing options

With the above in mind and depending on the project I will usually give you three price options (effectively small, medium and large), each step up will provide clear benefits over the previous option so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money.

The take away

As a potential client looking to hire, think about:

  • What does the project mean to you?
  • What does a successful outcome look like to you? How can you measure this success?
  • A project can usually be achieved at any price point, but the more investment you can provide increases the likelihood of success, mitigating risk.
  • Tell the designer your budget.
  • Get a detailed breakdown – make sure you know explicitly what you are getting for your investment.
  • Ensure your designer is someone you can work with easily, shares your goals and understands your passion for the project.

Social distancing signage & screens

In the light of Covid-19 and heading back to work we have been increasingly taking enquiries about social distancing solutions and safety signage. To help you decide what you might need for your business to keep your staff and customers safe we have a brochure showing:

  • Social Distancing Floor & Wall Stickers,
  • Social Distancing Signs,
  • Roll Ups and Banners,
  • Budget Sneeze Guards,
  • Acrylic Sneeze Guards,
  • Divider Screens,
  • Outdoor Stencils,


Of course if there’s anything else you need do get in touch as we have access to many more products and solutions for you.

Let’s get social

Social media a hassle, but worried your business is missing out?

Do you wish someone would just take care of your social media for you so you can get on and run your business?
• Fixed low monthly fee from just £8.50 per week
• No contract

Contact us for a no obligation chat about how we can help your business.

Social Media

PCS Exhibition stand at Euro Bus Expo

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Once again we were very pleased to design and manage the production of a totally bespoke exhibition stand for Paul Clark Services for Euro Bus Expo. A complete turn-key solution for the client, from initial design to delivery.

Exhibition stand design visualExhibition stand design visual

Want to go big?

WBlackberry Design large format cataloguee have always supplied large format printing (i.e. banners, flags, signage, posters, off-the-peg exhibition items – that sort of thing), but have now put together a catalogue to show you what we do and give you a few ideas for your marketing projects. You can view online here or download it here.

Need a merchandise shop for your brand?

Here at Blackberry Design we’re please to be able to offer a fantastic cost effective, way of selling quality branded merchandise to your customers. Maybe you want to spread the word about your product or perhaps cash in on your brand’s loyal following?

You do nothing once the shop is set up except receive your commission!

We can create a personalised, branded outlet for your merchandise, with a range of bespoke merchandise options tailored to your customers, fully branded with your logo or message.

Online shop for Trail Monkeys running brand
Online shop for Trail Monkeys running brand

Tell me more

Dialynx online merchandise shop

  • No need to carry any stock
  • No up-front cost for stock
  • You set the retail prices for your products
  • Customer payments handled by the shop not by you
  • Deliveries and returns handled by the shop not by you
  • You literally do nothing once the shop is set-up except receive your commission!

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £199 with no ongoing cost to you, just an initial cost for setting up the shop. The initial cost is dependent on size of the shop, whether it’s integrated with an existing website or stand-alone. You may also be subject to domain name and hosting fees.