So what's my story?

I’m Lisa, a multi-skilled freelance design creative with over 10 years’ experience working with a variety of clients and sectors worldwide.

Drawn to art and design from a young age, I’ve always been energised by expressing my creative side. After gaining my BA Art History, I started my creative career working in PR / communications roles for London’s Design Museum and Ravensbourne University.

My work enabled me to witness some amazing projects (and even meet all manner of famous people!), but I wanted to be more hands-on with design. So in 2011 I started working as a Design Assistant, and a year later I qualified with an MA Graphic Design. I worked in-house for 4 years, then made the move to full-time freelance in 2016.

My experience to date enables me to view my design work as part of a bigger story. It’s not just about making something that looks “good” – it’s the content, brand values, company mission, tone of voice (plus the spelling and grammar!). Each project I undertake allows me to pull together all these elements to clarify your core messages, tell your story, and invite others to become part of it.

Ok, but ... what the heck is a buddle?

Quick explanation: a buddle is a filtration device used for cleaning ore (a mineral containing a valuable natural material, e.g. gold). The ore is placed in the buddle and blasted with running water, which washes out the lighter and less valuable portions, leaving behind the good stuff. Who doesn’t love a good power-shower?!

I chose the name Brand Buddle for 2 reasons:

  1. Because my favourite part of my work is having a client ‘brain dump’ all their thoughts, ideas, and even stuff that seems like background information, so that I can filter out the extraneous bits, distilling their brand into key messages that help them promotesell, and show up authentically.

2. Because my daughter coined the phrase “cuddle buddle”, a super-happy cuddle, which I believe conveys just the right amount of playfulnesscaring and reassurance that I pride myself on delivering to my clients. It also shows that inspiration can come from unlikely places!

FAQ

Most frequently-asked questions and answers

I offer businesses and entrepreneurs design, direction and content creation including but not limited to: logos, brand identity, brand refresh, business cards, letterheads, stationery, merchandise, packaging, point of sale, brochures, leaflets, flyers, book covers, e-book covers, book layout, vehicle wrapping, stickers, decals, social media templates and graphics, social media cover images, illustration, infographics, and board games (yes, really). I also carry out copywriting, copy-editing and proofreading for product descriptions, brochures, leaflets, social media content, and more. I also provide brand photography and styling for products, events, services and sole-traders.

For new clients, 50% upfront before work begins, then 50% on completion payable within 30 days. For ongoing clients, invoices are payable within 30 days of project completion.

Preferred payment method is bank transfer, but I also accept credit / debit card or PayPal.

Not as such. I can provide a rough price range on request, but every one of my clients’ amazing projects have their own unique design challenges, which require a custom quote. To get a quote started, please contact me.

I can, but I prefer not to as it’s not my specialism. However I can refer you to a number of wonderful web designers that work with WordPress, Squarespace or Wix.

There are a number of steps to ensure the project runs smoothly and is completed properly. This includes discussing the design brief, research and development, concept presentations, edits and project finalisation. For more details, please visit the Services page.

It depends on my existing project commitments and availability, but I can usually accommodate most deadlines, even the urgent ones!

Files will be delivered via online transfer, in whichever format is appropriate for the project purpose (e.g. PNG or JPG for a social media graphic, PDF for a brochure or leaflet design, etc.).

Unless they are supplied as templates (e.g. Word templates, social media templates for Canva, etc.) then no, I’m afraid not. The original working files reside with me unless otherwise agreed during the initial project scope. You are welcome to ask for the working files but an additional charge will be levied.

Copyright for all work carried out by Brand Buddle transfers to the client as soon as the balance has been settled in full. However, I do reserve the right to use any work for promotional purposes, unless agreed in writing (for reasons such as white label projects).