Red&Grey is a branding and graphic design agency. We combine curiosity, clarity, creativity and play. This makes our clients stand out and helps them grow.

Creativity:

Established in 2003, we’ve worked on a variety of creative projects – big, small, complex and international. Our clients come from a wide range of sectors located in Ireland and around the world.

Awards:

Our creative work has won several awards from ICAD and the IDI. In 2014, we were awarded a Special Outstanding Contribution to Design in Ireland Award for Pivot Dublin.

Process:

Our process is collaborative, research-based and concept driven. Our process connects our Irish strengths (conversation, storytelling, empathy) and our skills as designers (curiosity, imagination and play).

Services:

Branding
We create thoughtful, engaging brand identities together with a broad visual language that express who you are and inspire people to think, feel or act in a certain way.

Design for print
Bringing your brand to life through print, campaigns, and advertising. Communicating your brand across platforms projecting a cohesive, tactile and integrated approach to connect and encourage buy in.

Design for online
We design customised websites, social media and digital items that are both functional and immersive, connecting with those that matter most.

Design of spaces
We design carefully considered immersive spaces, exhibitions, events and signage to enhance the value of your brand and business.

Brand research
Discovering everything there is to know about your business, that makes it successful: its knowing it inside out. Here we are digging for gold, to uncover your ‘why’.

Brand strategy
At the heart of every great brand is a defined purpose. Here we give you a compass to strategically position your brand to allow it to meet its goals.

Naming
A core speciality, we create memorable meaningful names that have the power to directly affect your brand’s perception and ultimately its – copywriting.

Art Direction
We believe wholeheartedly in collaboration and work in earnest with complementary experts to activate your brand to achieve the best outcome possible.

Clients:

We enjoy working with like-minded clients. We believe the quality of our client relationships reflects the quality of our work. We like to collaborate with clients, share ideas and co-create.

“Working with Red&Grey is always a pleasure. They are one of the most professional teams I have worked with. They combine strategic and profound thinking with the power of design. They see things from a holistic point of view and are able to capture this in simplistic yet powerful designs and brand identities. What is most telling about them, is that they really worked with me in redefining our company’s new brand strategy.”
Rutger Bonsel, Stamicarbon

Members:

We are members of the Institute of Creative Advertising & Design (ICAD), Institute of Designers (IDI), the 100 Archive and Ibec: Small Firms Association (SFA).

Studio sketches

Doodles, sketches from projects.

Education

NCAD 2019

NCAD is different – it’s about learning, thinking, making and creating.

More…

Challenge
The National College of Art and Design is Ireland’s leading and oldest art institution, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Each year we work together with the art and design college helping them attract and recruit new students who will apply to upcoming courses.

Approach
The prospectus showcases NCAD as an energetic institution that encourages you to apply creative thinking, ask critical questions, practice inventive making, understand new methodologies, dream, seek the unknown and look for what is beautiful in the world.

The tone of the book is colourful and free like the college itself. It also features a fun series of colourful illustrations drawn from the fabric of the institution itself by Irish illustrator, John Slade. The prospectus also is filled with beautiful photographs taken by Matthew Thompson over a series of years over campus.

The prospectus design was also applied across the college recruitment campaign and promotional materials such as social media, posters, t-shirts, tote bags, advertising and presentations.

Services
Design for print, art direction, photography, prospectus, social media, merchandise, event stands.

Value
Our work for NCAD was selected into the 100 Archive, a living archive of the best design in Ireland.

“I have worked with Red&Grey over the last three years on the student recruitment campaigns for the National College of Art & Design (NCAD). In this capacity, they have re-thought and re-designed the college prospectus and a range of other promotional material. I have found they are insightful in their understanding of the context and goals of each project, they are collaborative in their approach and the work is consistent of a very high standard. I highly recommend them as a design agency.”

Cathy McCartney,
National College of Art & Design

Collaborators
Illustration by John Slade
Photography by Matthew Thompson

Oxford Sciences Innovation

Investing in cutting edge ideas, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) help form the next generation of world-changing organisations.

More…

Challenge
They invest millions annually into research projects and new companies forming from the university postgraduate programmes. Their goal is to address the world’s leading challenges. OSI brings financial and human capital that enables Oxford University’s world-class science to go to market, and thrive.

Approach
At the beginning of the project, we clarified their brand’s key message – a history of success, a tradition of ideas, investing in legacy, leading practice opportunities, trusted discoveries advanced and collective research potential.

The brand identity system for OSI was formed around controlled experiments and an aperture that can be adjusted to show the vastness and details of the world through various lenses. The completed visual language is an adaptable system that can be used across multiple platforms and contexts.

To reflect the ever-changing nature of innovation we worked with a typographer, Bobby Tannam, to create a custom font that contains a variety of different version of each letter. The bespoke typeface was designed to reflect the scientific edge of Oxford University’s science elite.

We also commissioned photographer, Matthew Thompson, to take a series of portraits capturing the innovators and their workplaces. We also captured a beautiful series of dawn and dusk photographs at the university. These images feature across their website we designed which includes their full portfolio of spinout companies.

Services
Branding, art direction, website.

Value
OSI continues to grow and is now powered by some of the world’s leading organisations such as Google and Huawei. They’ve raised more than £600M from a diverse group of over 70 shareholders, brought together by a commitment to build thriving science and technology companies from Oxford University.

Website: oxfordsciencesinnovation.com

Collaborators
Typography: Bobby Tannam
Photography: Matthew Thompson
Web development by Loughlin McSweeney

NCAD Graduate Exhibition 2018

The NCAD Graduate Exhibition is an annual opportunity to discover the latest emerging talent from the art and design world.

More…

Challenge
The National College of Art and Design is Ireland’s oldest art institution, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. As part of their 2019 Graduate Show, the college held a series of events that gave visitors of all ages an opportunity to find out more about the wide range of work that goes on in NCAD during the year. The programme of events included talks and workshops which were free and open to the public.

Approach
Our approach for the graduate exhibition was formed by creating an adaptable visual system that gave colour, shape and typographic weight to each art and design faculty. Each college faculty was represented with a shape and colour to show individuality and consistency.

We designed and produced directional signage which was placed around the campus. The signage was made from simple cost-effective materials. At the college entrance on Thomas Street, we built a custom made wooden structure which displayed information panels. These panels welcomed visitors and had a map showing where the department’s show was located on the campus.

We also designed a series of exhibition catalogues for each faculty. Each catalogue cover was unique to show for consistency and change.

Services
Design of space, design for print, signage, exhibition, catalogue.

Value
Selected for the 100 Archive, an archive of one hundred best Irish graphic design projects each year.

“I have worked with Red&Grey over the last three years on the student recruitment campaigns for the National College of Art & Design (NCAD). In this capacity, they have re-thought and re-designed the college prospectus and a range of other promotional material. I have found they are insightful in their understanding of the context and goals of each project, they are collaborative in their approach and the work is consistent of a very high standard. I highly recommend them as a design agency.”

Cathy McCartney,
National College of Art & Design

Collaborators
Construction by Phillip Murray

Creative Journeys

Creative Journeys is a two-year public art program that brings together Business to Arts, Dublin Airport and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

More…

Challenge
Business to Arts builds creative partnerships between arts and business; so that the creativity and acumen of both communities develop quality cultural experiences and world-class collaborations in Ireland. ‘Creative Journeys’ is a two-year public art program that brings together Business to Arts, Dublin Airport and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Creative Journeys is part of a wider programme to help Dublin Airport provide an experience that is engaging and memorable, but also one that also creates a unique sense of place.

Approach
The installation entitled ‘NCAD Illuminated’ was designed by Red&Grey and Matthew Thompson. Over the last five years, they have captured, curated and communicated the working practices and outputs of NCAD students across a diverse range of creative disciplines. The arduous process of editing, distilling and pairing thousands of photographs was undertaken to truly capture the essence of Ireland’s leading art and design college inside the gates of Dublin Airport. The series of colourful vignettes presented of past and present students and their work subtly reference the visual narrative of Harry Clarke, famous NCAD alumni and stained glass artist. This large scale installation is located at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.

Services
Design of space, art direction, production

Value
“It was a delight to work with Red&Grey as part of the Creative Journeys programme at Dublin Airport, in partnership with NCAD. When approached to develop a different manifestation of previous work for a large passenger-facing space in Dublin Airport, their approach was highly creative, intelligent and focused on ensuring the artwork presented a clear story to the audience. It would be a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Red&Grey on any future projects.”

Eileen Hanratty, Business to Arts

Collaborators
Photography: Matthew Thompson

Maynooth University

Our goal for Maynooth University was to create a culture of conversation, a space where new connections are made, new ideas are created and new knowledge is formed. Our aim was to talk with, not at students.

More…

The concept for year one of our undergraduate print work was ‘Points of Conversation’, year two, ‘Lines of Conversation’ and year three will be ‘Spaces of Conversation. For each phase we host a conversation day were we use physical, virtual and facilitated methods of conversation. The material gathered informs NUI Maynooth’s communication materials and is based on participants’s true experiences.

For year one, ‘Points of Conversation’ we set up fourteen tables each designed to allow for an open conversation over a cup of tea. Menus of conversation were created to encourage participants to speak openly about their own views on life, love and education.

All of the content captured to date has helped us punctuate the University documentation with true experiences but more importantly given us the platform to promote an ongoing culture of conversation for NUI Maynooth.

For year two, ‘Lines of Conversation’ we mapped lines across the campus and asked those working, teaching and studying along those lines to submit their questions for further conversations. Where the lines crossed we placed suggestion boxes as a means to gather further questions. The suggestion boxes were in fact student’s, each wearing a t-shirt that read ‘Suggestion box’ on it. This gave us a platform for gathering even more conversation material. These questions were then used in a long table conversation and workshop, which we documented and illustrated live.

All of the content captured to date has helped us punctuate the University documentation with true experiences but more importantly given us the platform to promote an ongoing culture of conversation for Maynooth University.

Photography: Rich Gilligan
Photography: Matthew Thompson
Conversation & Tea: Boz Temple Morris

Swan ELT

Swan English Language Training is a Dublin based school delivering quality courses, employment opportunities and social programmes to students from all around the world. We created a vibrant and colourful identity system for the school.

More…

The identity system includes diacritic patterns, a graphic language based on balance, colourful portraits and an adaptable language system. The language system is formed around the ability to play with the letters ELT, giving both students and staff the space to use and enjoy the identity for themselves.

Photography: Ros Kavanagh
Copywriting: Henrietta McKervey

Back to home