Graphic Design Services for Public Contracting Authorities
As a well established graphic design agency with over 23 years’ experience, we have completed a wide range of graphic design projects for the Irish Public Sector. We strive to create designs that will be the most beneficial to the contracting authority with a mixture of value for money and high quality design. Below are some samples of work that we have designed for public bodies, semi-state bodies and publicly funded groups in Ireland. Any queries or requests for quotations or tenders can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can call us on 059-9133633.
Digital Icon Design for Carlow County Council website
Educational Campaign Visuals for Government Body, Carlow County Council
Logo Design and Signage Design for the Public Sector, Duckett’s Grove a ruined 19th-century great house
Leaflet Design For Intreo, Government Department, Department of Social Protection
Infographic Design for Annual Report for the Department of Social Protection, Government Department
Fun Promotional Sticker Design for the publicly funded DRI, The Digital Repository of Ireland
Custom Calendar Design for the semi-state authority, Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Pull up Display Graphics for Carlow County Council and LEO, Local Enterprise Office
Summary Impact Report Design for Irish Refugee Council
Having vast experience in the graphic design industry means that we have knowledge of a variety of special print finishes that can add an extra special touch to your product packaging design
There are an infinite number of different combinations of materials, print finishes and techniques that can be used in the creation of unique packaging design. These are options and suggestions that would not necessarily be presented to you by all graphic design agencies. We take our interest in packaging design seriously and keep up-to-date on the latest trends so that we have access to a library of unique packaging design production options. In doing so we can work to produce creative and original packaging designs. At anyone time we will have a stock of samples that we can show to our clients and that we use as a source of inspiration. The following are the top 10 materials and print finishes that we are looking forward to using in some future packaging projects. (Please note images below are to show material and print finishes only and are not showing design work from AKGraphics.) You can view some of our previous packaging projects here.
1. Cork Label Material
We love this very thin layer of natural cork that can be used in unusual packaging design. Due to the nature of the raw material, there will be slight variations in tone and appearance which are ideal to effectively promote a natural product. This would make for very unique label for organic wine or perhaps a small batch gin or rum, or a homemade jam or chutney label design.
2. Disappearing ink
When you rub this ink is vanishes. We’re not really sure what we would use this for but if an unusual packaging design project comes along that has this requirement we will have the option available to us!
3. Matt Foil Blocking
Foiling is one of the most popular finishing techniques. Pearlescent foiling is the most common option and creates a smooth and highly reflective surface. Gold, copper and silver foils look particularly striking in luxury packaging design. For a more unusual effect a matt foils could be used and we feel this would work extremely well in bold geometric modern packaging design.
4. 3D Embossing
Embossing and debossing is an effect where the surface is either raised or pressed down to create a design. The traditional process brings an added appeal to packaging design. The effect we are looking forward to working with is a 3D Embossing where the effect is much more striking and dramatic. The finished effect is very high end and so we would love to see this finish used in a very luxurious product packaging design. A limited edition or special collectors version of a product would be the ideal opportunity to use this finish.
5. Motion Cutting
Die cutting is a process by which a bespoke shape is cut away from material using a cutting template called a die or forme. This technique is commonly used on folders, business cards and other stationary. There are certain limitations in this in that the shape cannot be too intricate. A newer technique where a laser cuts away a design can be used to create extremely detailed and effective packaging designs. This finish would be very effective in cutting away a portion of the packaging to reveal a glimpse of the product within.
6. Letterpress Textures and Patterns
Dating back to 1439, letterpress is the oldest form of printing. Traditionally used for decorative and vintage effects, the process usually involves a block template of raised letters that is inked and pressed onto the paper. A more modern take on this would be to use letterpress without ink to create a pattern or texture on the packaging design. This effect would create a wonderfully tactile finish for a unique packaging look.
Certainly not suitable for every design project but in the right scenario this print finish would create a standout design with a striking appearance. Glitter varnish would add a decorative and eye-catching coating that would give sparkle to your packaging. Definitely a finish we would love to use on a funky project.
8. 3D Spot UV
3D UV is a high gloss raised varnish. The fundamental difference between 3D UV and Spot UV is the height. Spot UV sits flat and 3D UV has the height between 1-3mm. This finish gives a modern feel and can be used to highlight certain aspects in the packaging design.
9. Soft Touch Coating
This print finish will create an effect so smooth and so subtle that the packaging will feel like silky velvet. The soft touch coating application creates a soft, velvety texture. We think this luxury package design finish would work very well with packaging for high-end luxurious gift products.
10. Edge Painting
If the edges of the material used to create the packaging design are visible an extra splash of colour can be added with painted edges. This finishing process involves covering the sides of a piece of print with a layer of ink or paint. We could see this effect working really well in a box created from thick card with a minimal black and white design so that the painted edges become the highlight of the striking packaging design.
If you have a product that requires packaging you can contact us to arrange a meeting to have a chat about the different options. We can then put together a proposal and work with you to create striking packaging design that does your product justice.
The team here at AKGraphics were asked to come up with a company rebrand design for Ormonde Machinery Ltd. Ormonde Machinery is a leading supplier of quality construction mining, quarrying and recycling equipment. The company supplies a broad range of equipment to satisfy the demands of a growing customer base both within Ireland and overseas.
The new identity design had to by dynamic and communicate the mechanical aspects of the business. Our logo rebrand could be adapted to be used on both a black background and a white background. The bold, capitalised font communicates that the company is strong, with the triangles complimenting the design with a mechanical element. This company rebrand has since been adapted to corporate stationery, signage, promotional clothing, adverts, various trade show graphics material, large promotional stickers for use on the machines, and vehicle graphics.
The stationary above was designed using the new identity design for Ormonde Machinery, again strong bold colours to make Ormonde Machinery stand out from its competitors. This stationary design included letterheads, compliment slips and double sided business cards. The stationary design was coherent with the new brand guidelines which were also set by AKGraphics. Graphic headers was also supplied to Ormonde Machinery for various social media platforms also.
Advert designs followed shortly after, to promote the Ormonde Machinery service and main dealers offerings. These advertising designs also followed the brand guidelines and adopted a new style which kept the overall look of the Ormande Machinery rebrand.
The next step was to brand the Ormonde Machinery Technical Support vehicle, which travels nationwide throughout Ireland. Our logo design was applied to the vehicle along with contact details and the web address designed in the new Ormonde Machinery style. The photographs above show our custom vehicle graphics applied.
A large service sticker design followed the vehicle graphics. This had to be visible from a distance and also follow the new brand guidelines for the Ormonde Machinery rebrand. Again a great use of daily advertising for Ormonde Machinery to promote the service offering and the website.
The Ormonde Machinery staff also required promotional clothing for various outdoor and indoor trade shows. Trade show graphics also consisted of pull up banners, signage, flags and other promotional material.
AKGraphics create brands for business success, come see how the personality of your brand comes alive with AKGraphics. If you are interested in having a logo designed or would like us to design vehicle graphics, adverts, stationary or uniforms, contact Anne in AKGraphics at: email@example.com or call 059 913 3633
Our graphic design services include vehicle graphic design.
One of the best places to get yourself noticed is on the road. GAIN Feeds asked us here at AKGraphics to design custom trailer graphics for their trucks. These custom livery graphics had to be big enough to catch a persons attention and had to get the message across instantly.
The artwork had to be designed to the critical dimensions of the custom trailer built by Muldoon Transport Systems. This meant that our trailer design had to allow for port holes, cover and strap positions. Our trailer graphics were adapted to suit these restrictions.
The overall design uses a combination of photography, illustration and typography. Using icons to inform your customers of your product range can have a better impact than text. This is why we decided to use illustrations of animals.
If you are interested in having vehicle graphics designed or have another project in mind, contact Anne in AKGraphics at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 059 913 3633
Logo design is a critical aspect of marketing your business and your brand. A logo anchors a company’s brand and becomes the single most visible manifestation of the company within the target market. TerraFirma Training were looking for a dynamic logo design to suit their innovative way of training for the varied vehicle based training courses on offer. Our corporate identity design for Terrafirma Training came from an abstract interpretation of the treads of a tyre, a two colour identity that brands well in all aspects of marketing.
This adaptive identity design works on both a black background and a white background which allowed the logo to be applied to vehicle graphics, stationery, on clothing and digitally via web.
Vehicle graphics are a brilliant and effective way to get your business noticed. The TerraFirma Training branding is very striking and stands out on training vehicles very clearly even in the mud! (Photograph by Graig Dutton)
When setting up a business you might require a uniform to help your staff stand out from customers. The brand identity for TerraFirma Training can be reproduced through embroidery, this can be easily applied to jackets, jumpers, uniforms, hats, trousers, etc. Promotional clothing is great tool for use at trade shows, on-site, for reps. or as a branded uniform for Terrafirma Training in action in those muddy and wet conditions!
We have also designed an eCommerce website for TerraFirma Training which will be going live very soon…..
AKGraphics create brands for business success, come see how the personality of your brand comes alive with AKGraphics. If you are interested in having a logo designed or would like us to design vehicle graphics or uniforms, contact Anne in AKGraphics at: email@example.com or call 059 913 3633
Infographic design for a Table Talker for Aut Even Hospital
Table talkers are a very popular promotional Point of Sale (POS) advertising device in restaurants. Table talkers have the advantage of close proximity to customers when they take a seat and consider what to eat.
Although most commonly found in cafes and bars these promotional items are not limited to the food industry. They can be used to great advantage in the hospitality industry, travel agencies, pharmaceutical, financial services and even medical industries as seen in this design project for Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny.
Sometimes an informational flyer will not have the impact required, in these cases a table talker is a great alternative promotional tool. This is also evident at large conferences, trade shows and events.
Aut Even Hospital required a printed item that would explain to patients why they are repeatedly asked to confirm their identity in the hospital. The process of confirming a patient’s details is necessary in the hospital and the design for the table talker had to convey this in a clear way.
By designing custom infographics the finished design for the table talker was clear and engaging. The use of bold colours also helped to ensure the design was eye-catching and appealing.
More common uses for table talkers are for special offers, events, food and drink menus in bars, restaurants and cafes. Due to the ability for table talkers to instantly deliver your promotional message, they are very effective at instant communication for any target market.
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AKGraphics had the pleasure of working with McLoughlin Architecture, Naas, Co. Kildare, in creating a new corporate identity. The new logo design for the Kildare based company captures the clean lines and modern feel that McLoughlin Architecture wanted to portray. An important part of professional logo design is selecting a colour palette appropriate to the brand tone.
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McLoughlin Architecture faced the difficulty of having their offices on the first and second floors of a shared commercial building. This meant that clients sometimes had difficulty locating them. As the building holds a number of different business it was important that McLoughlin Architecture branding and signage was clearly visible from the carpark. Way finding signage was particularly important in this design project, to read more about McLoughlin Architecture’s signage design click here or you can click here for more examples of our signage design.
As part of AKGraphics’ work on the new branding for McLoughlin Architecture we designed a full suite of stationery for them. This included business card design, compliments slip design and letterhead design. In keeping with the new brand styling the stationery items featured crisp clean lines with lots of white space which resulted in a professional looking suite of corporate stationery. Click here to read more about McLoughlin Architecture’s Stationary. To see other examples of our stationary design click here.
McLoughlin Architecture’s new website design is clean, fresh and allows the beauty of the architectural projects to shine through. By designing a website that easy to navigate and uncluttered it encourages users to explore the site and browse through the varied examples of McLoughlin Architecture’s portfolio. Click here to read more about the McLoughlin Architecture website design. Alternatively you can view the live website here.
On average, a company will change their logo once every seven to ten years. This often involves restyling logos, changing colours, visual language and the photographic style. A company might want to rebrand because of a number of factors including:
A change of business strategy.
To keep up with design trends when a logo looks outdated.
To project a new image to customers.
To reposition themselves in the marketplace.
To refocus their brand strategy.
To relaunch their company.
To revitalise the brand personality.
To reconnect with their target market.
To make their promotional material, both online and print more consistent.
If you need a logo design or feel your company is in need of a fresh rebrand contact Anne on +353 59 9133633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual UCD Ad Astra awards were held recently. AKGraphics were asked to design a programme to commemorate the event. This printed programme design listed all of the new scholars and those continuing their studies. This programme was designed with a clear layout which had a strong balance of colour and white space.
The programme was well received with many people commenting on the overall design. Parents and scholars took a copy home to remember the special event. The principals of the secondary schools the scholars attended received framed photographs of their students to acknowledge their achievements.
If you have an upcoming event and require a programme / brochure / leaflet designed contact Anne on +353 59 9133633 or email email@example.com
With the re-design of Tullys Travels website, AKGraphics were asked to design a billboard as a means of promoting the new site. To promote this the people at Emirates sponsored 2 tickets and an overnight stay to one lucky person who booked a holiday online with Tullys Travel.
A colourful billboard design was created to catch the eye of commuters on their daily journeys. When designing for billboards it is important to grab the instant attention of people passing by. You might imagine you could not see your company advertised on a billboard but by contacting us here at AKGraphics in our offices in Carlow and Dublin we can guide you through the process.
As we have mentioned in our previous blog post, Saint Mary’s Church of Ireland National School moved to a new building and had a complete identity redesign. To celebrate the opening they commissioned AKGraphics to create a fun brochure to promote the opening day. The opening day brochure had to appeal to the same target audience as the logo design. The resulting brochure design featured a mix of custom infographics, illustration and photography. The illustrations were designed by AKGraphics to appeal to the children attending the opening while the photography featured the children enjoying their school day. The bespoke infographics also caught the attention of the children and having them reading at a different angle added a fun, interactive element to the school brochure design.
The brochure also features the visit of the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan T.D. to the new school building, who was pictured raising the school flag in the brochure. The response to the brochure design was overwhelmingly positive with parents, teachers and past pupils each taking copies of the booklet for extended family members to see. Not one copy of the brochure was remaining at the end of the day.
The Very Revd Tom Gordon, Dean of Leighlin, was so pleased with the design he had this to say.
“AKGraphics were terrific to work with. Their expertise and efficiency were matched only by their friendliness. The attention to detail was second to none and the end result superb. Our brochure and new logo for the Official Opening of our new school were striking in the standard of creativity and professionalism. We were absolutely delighted.”