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Promoting UK industry

We're delighted to report that the work we've been doing with the Cast Metal Federation to promote the UK cast metals industry globally is starting to show strong results. The 3rd quarter of 2016 saw a 70% growth rate in new visitors to the website,...

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The past is the future for brand design

[foogallery id="7632"] It appears the past is now very much the future when brands are concerned. We’ve seen a shift lately where brands (and the designers of these brands) are digging back into the archives to find inspiration for the future of the company - and...

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It’s called Apple, not the Apple Store.

Have you been to the new Apple, Birmingham? It's not so much a store as a place of worship. This cathedral of tech-toys holds such a lure over the good citizens of Brum that virtually nothing is needed bar a very large, beautifully restored building...

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More new business wins

Champion news! Our no-nonsense approach to building great industrial brands is working. As you may have seen, we've been a packed-out studio this summer launching an eCommerce site for Panel Systems and winning a 5-way pitch between Sheffield and Manchester agencies to work on all...

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Star Wars Brochure

This is a project we did over the summer for CARAT China in Shanghai. Their creative brief was short but brilliant, in fact it was so short it had just two words – 'Star Wars’....

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The brilliance of manufacturing

Think factories, foundries and plant sites are ugly? Think again. The EEF hold an annual competition to find the best photography to showcase the changing face of British manufacturing, and every year the winning images are quite outstanding. Our featured picture is 'Clearing The Gate'...

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Find a new job

We're delighted to have helped the Cast Metals Federation launch the new 'Jobs' page on their website. If you're looking for an opportunity in the UK metals industry check it out here....

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Tramlines 2016
I don’t know about you but we’re on the countdown to Tramlines 2016 with just over a week to go. Every year the festival delivers great music across the city and allows you to see the good, the bad and the quirky!
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OFFSET Sheffield

Our summer 'festival' season continues with the news that OFFSET, one of the world’s most inspirational design conferences, is coming to Sheffield as part of Sheffield Design Week. Representing the creative industries at all levels, OFFSET's speakers are always key disruptors and influencers in their...

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See you at Subcon 2016

It's almost time again for Subcon, the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show. Our work at D4 takes us around the world talking to industrial brands and visiting trade shows, and, in our opinion, Subcon is always a great place to assess the current mood...

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D4 win goes to the dogs

We’re delighted to announce that after winning a 5-way pitch between Sheffield & Manchester agencies we are now working with Owlerton Greyhound Stadium on all their brand & digital activity. We'll be launching some truly transformational marketing soon, so keep an eye out for what’s...

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The Power of Small

The truth is you don’t need to spend bucketloads of cash to begin to build a serious brand. You just need to start small, understand what sets you apart, and trust a good digital design outfit that believes small businesses don’t always stay small....

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The Cast Metals Federation

Having completed a recent rebrand, the Cast Metals Federation approached D4 to create an intuitive website that truly represented the UK's modern, high quality metal casting industries....

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Herose Ltd’s new strategy online… and off.

Growing with our clients has always been D4's business strategy. It's been almost 5 years since we began taking industrial brands from South Yorkshire out onto the world stage and early on we were engaged by Doncaster based Herose Ltd to make their message known...

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Bringing Asmet’s European sales campaign to life

Having launched new microsites for the German, French, Spanish and Italian markets in early summer D4 were tasked by Asmet to bring to life their European sales campaign through the experience of the 2015 GIFA exhibition stand....

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ExOne. The Apple of industrial 3D printing?

If you're interested in metals or industry then this years GIFA in Dussledorf was the only place to be. Paul, Matt and myself travelled over for the week to cast our eyes over the Asmet stand we have been busy working on for the last few months, and in the process...

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D4 rated on Recommended Agency Register

D4 has now achieved recommended agency status from the Recommended Agency Register. The Recommended Agency Register (RAR) allows potential clients to search for agencies in order to find ratings and testimonies that have been given by their existing clients. The ratings are completely anonymous and it’s a...

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Design Legends: Otto Neurath and Gerd Antz, we thank you

Whether skeuomorphic or flat and minimal, the use of pictograms and iconography are a prevalent visual language nowadays online, so it seems a pertinent time to talk about the two designers who revolutionised the way we look at information, statistics and data....

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Why we’ve decided to delete our Facebook fans

Once upon a time, there was a small design agency who wanted more people to like them on Facebook. So they invested in some Facebook advertising, and before they knew it, they had more than 1,000 likes. Angels sung! Rainbows shined! And everyone lived happily...

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Why You Should Upgrade to a Responsive Website in 2015

Today, more and more people are using the internet on mobile devices — such as phones and tablets — to find the products and services they’re looking for (yes, that includes your website’s visitors as well), so not having a mobile-friendly website could be turning...