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73a Hulme Hall Road,
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport,
Greater Manchester,
SK8 6JZ

A branding agency on a mission to rid the world of bad design and poor communication.


Rebranding agency

Out of the dark and into the light

Looking at rebranding? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve been rebranding companies of all kinds for years, then managing that brand so it doesn’t need another one. Let’s do this.

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Recent projects

Brand Guidelines for Cadence Partners

Rebranding is not just a new set of clothes. It’s re-aligning the company with where it wants to be. Making sure your vision is set, your mission is clear, and your values power absolutely everything you do. No more writing brand guidelines and keeping them hidden away somewhere, we’ll make sure you’re set up to celebrate them every single day, in everything you do. With a new and improved visual identity to go alongside that, you’ll be sure to outshine your competition.

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Our branding process


3 Phases

Tailored to you

Our branding process follows a unique “18 degree” journey. Bringing your brand out of the dark and into the light.

18°

Learning +
Planning

The start of Dawn is when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon. It’s difficult to see anything at this point. At this stage, we’ll meet with you to understand your business and open your eyes to the challenges that you face. This begins with the brand workshop. We’ll also gather all of your assets, complete a competitor analysis, and conduct internal and external surveys.

Using our understandings from the brand workshop, we simplify and agree your brand core. This document will be your holy grail, driving decision making for everything your business does, and determines how your brand looks and feels. This includes your purpose, vision, mission, values and points of difference, alongside identifying your audience, brand architecture, positioning, personality, and visual style.

12°

Shaping +
Creating

This stage is all about creating. As a creative agency, this is where we truly shine. You’ve had the concepts, the words and all of the detail behind the finished product, now it’s time to bring it to life. We take our learnings from the initial meeting or workshop, and get to work. We’ll basically take everything with your old logo on it and refresh it. Bring it all up to speed, and get you ready for launch.

06°

Launching +
Equipping

It’s launch time! Your new brand is ready to show the world. By that point, we might have built your new website, designed your new uniforms, social post templates, internal documents and more. It’s time to show everyone what you’ve been working on. Then, we’ll be right beside you to maintain your wonderful new brand for years to come. Anything you need designing or creating, let us know and we’ll get it right back to you.

The branding you need, for the business you want to be.


Meet your design team

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Dave O’Hearns

Managing Director

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Karen Harwood

Operations Director

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Oli Furze

Design Director

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Craig Farrall

Digital Director

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Bio Will, the new Digital Design Lead for Dawn, smiles whilst looking off-camera, with a pink and orange glow over his face from the projected colours, filling the background with pink and orange colour.

Will Tarpey

Digital Design Lead

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Wayne Peacock

Senior Developer

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Amy Gleave

Marketing Manager

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Henry Crompton

Designer

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Alice Milner

Designer

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Dave O’Hearns

Managing Director

Dave is our founder and managing director, and has worked within the creative industry for 25 years.

Starting as a graphic designer following his graduation from Newcastle University, Dave went on to start up his first creative agency in 2006. Following multiple successes with the likes of Bentley Motors, Adidas and Swiis Foster Care, he founded Dawn in 2014.

Aside from running the agency, Dave does a lot of actual running too.

Karen Harwood

Operations Director

Karen, the Operations Director at Dawn, is the ultimate multitasker. She’s all about paying invoices on time and keeping projects on track. She’s a force to be reckoned with when it comes to managing the team’s workflow and the overall capacity of the studio.

But, that’s not all – Karen is also the hero behind all our work socials and horizon days. And if you catch her running around the office, it’s probably because she’s training for her next 10k race – she’s another one of our resident runners.

Oli Furze

Design Director

Oli, our design director, leads the design team.

He has been at Dawn since… the Dawn, really. Specialising in branding projects, Oli will ensure your web design is aligned with your overall brand, and if it’s not, he’ll take you on a journey to make sure it is.

Oli believes web design should be simple. Over-complication won’t convert your customers. After all, people leave a poorly designed website within a few seconds.

Craig Farrall

Digital Director

Craig is our digital director, heading up the web team.

Craig specialises in Bespoke WordPress builds – this could be anything from a small brochure website, to an eCommerce website, to a custom plugin development. He crafts pixel perfect websites that are compliant, easily readable for other developers to work on and providing clients the full edit-ability that they require.

His favourite kind of web project to work on is something that contains a very technical bit of functionality such as a calculator or a quoting system. He says “I really enjoy having to problem solve a development issue to try and reach a solution”.

Will Tarpey

Digital Design Lead

Will is our Digital Design lead, and focusses on all things web design.

A couple of his greatest achievements in his career so far have been designing the logo for the sponsor of Bradford City FC, and seeing it on FIFA. He also designed the BBC knockout tournament tables for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, which was used by over 5 million people in a month.

He’s been designing websites for years, and is also a self-taught animator. In his spare time, Will loves hiking, travelling and drone photography. He can also solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 60 seconds!

Wayne Peacock

Senior Developer

Wayne has been a web developer at Dawn since 2017, having worked in a variety of sectors across B2B and B2C.

Before Dawn, he led a web team for one of the UK’s largest software providers within the travel industry.

Over the past 25 years, Wayne has been empowered to make a difference, creating successful responsive websites that are fast, easy-to-use, and built with best practice using modern front end development. Whether it’s a custom built website in WordPress or bespoke, the attention to detail is always at the forefront.

Amy Gleave

Marketing Manager

Amy is our Digital Marketing Manager.

Her day to day includes writing blogs for Dawn, developing and activating our marketing strategy, including planning social media, content, and PR activity.

Amy loves travelling, having lived in Australia for two years, and reading. Currently on her TBR list is Moby Dick, Meditations, and In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat.

Henry Crompton

Designer

This is Henry, one of our designers specialising in motion graphics.

Motion and animation is an important part of web design that many don’t consider. It gives a website that edge that puts you ahead of the next competitor. When nearly every brand touchpoint is through a screen of some kind, it makes sense to take advantage of the digital experience, and make it move.

Henry has created animations for Apadmi, Zen Internet, DMFA and more, helping our clients showcase what they do through the power of motion.

Outside of the 9-5, Henry loves cooking, hanging out with his niece, and travelling the world.

Alice Milner

Designer

Alice is one of our designers here at Dawn. She joined the team in 2022, previously having worked for Pretty Little Thing and The Hut Group.

When asked what she liked most about her role here, she said: “Being creative daily and my work being something I genuinely enjoy doing, it’s exciting seeing ideas come to life and being surrounded by creatives that love doing the same. Dawn is also very different to places I have previously worked so I am always learning new things so it is exciting to see what is next!”


Don't just take our word for it...


“We worked with Dawn to completely overhaul our company messaging, branding and website and we couldn’t be happier with the result! The people at Dawn led us through the process from start to finish and worked in a very collaborative way which made the project a real joy. We look forward to working with you on future projects.”

Andy Atkinson

Mutual Vision

“It’s been a pleasure working with Dawn from start to finish. They recently created our new brand and website, and since then, we’ve seen an increase in enquiries and had multiple compliments on our unique identity.”

David Vernon

CandidSky

“Dawn didn't just design our website, but dug deep to define who we are as a company and business and used that to create the website feel and style. We ended up with brand clarity and new logos - Uniform, signs, vans, reception, signatures etc. All of which feeds perfectly into marketing and the unexpected improved staff morale with a clear corporate identity that everyone felt part of.”

Ashley Bradburn

Partwell

“We wanted a complete web refresh with additional functionality with a planned live date within 6 weeks. I had just started working with Dawn (have worked with multiple agencies) and was sceptical at to whether they'd hit the deadline but they absolutely did. Was very impressed with the service, speed and delivery. Great job!”

Emma Parven

Zen Internet

“Where do I start? We joined Dawn on a recommendation from a very trusted friend and business coach, and we have not looked back, the professionalism and how they work is absolutely outstanding, the full team are exceptional. Our business revenue has exploded in the short time we have worked with dawn approx 9 months. We have not looked back and we can not recommend their service ls enough. We look forward to lots more success and lots more years in business.”

Charlotte Donoghue

Say It With Diamonds

“It’s been a great experience working with Dawn. They really took the time to understand us and delivered exactly what we wanted. Something professional but friendly and warm that brings over our #humanfirst values. A long term business relationship has been well and truly formed.”

Hayley Ekgren

Your Support Team

“I have used Dawn for a number of design projects recently. From creating our website to designing our business cards, the quality of work has always been to the high standard and deadlines have always been met. Would highly recommend!”

Anthony Massie

Herbert and Webster

“I just wanted to drop you all a note to say how delighted I am with the showreel!! It's absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for pulling it all together so quickly. The pitch also went really well and I'm sure the video will have played a part in that.”

Emma Casson

Apadmi

“Dawn Creative surpassed our expectations with their creativity and originality. They took the time to understand our company values, mission, and target audience, and developed a brand identity that truly resonates with our core beliefs. The innovative concepts, thoughtful designs, and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of the brand development process.”

Neil Richardson

Rick Shiels Media

“I’ve worked with Dave and the team at Dawn for coming up to five years on various projects (I run a video production agency). Over the years we have worked with a huge array of brand and marketing agencies but it wasn’t until I started working with Dawn that I truly realised what it meant and how big of an impact it could have on a company. There’s a holistic ethos at the agency that fully utilises every part of a brand. I would highly recommend booking a session, and seeing it for yourself. It could change the game for you.”

Jack Leigh

Eight Engines

“The feedback we've had [on the rebrand] has been incredible - the new look and feel together with the launch of our new improved range has dramatically increased revenue this year already!”

Jennifer Bailey

Calla Shoes

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