"Brand13 is led by Fashion Designer turned Graphic Designer, with over 15 years experience. Ready to work with creative entrepreneurs who are ready to elevate their businesses to the next level."
MEET THE DESIGNER
I’m Danielle, a thirty-something designer with over 15 years experience. I’ve always enjoyed the creative side of life and have been lucky enough to indulge in a fair few projects and make being creative my living. I mean, everyone owns 47 domain names they never use because they have a great idea at 4am, right?
The problem with having all these business ideas is that I would endlessly redesign my websites, redesign the logos and branding for each of my business ideas and never progress any further as that was the most enjoyable part for me. By setting up Brand13 I am able to fulfil my branding obsession by creating beautiful branding for your company. I enjoy nothing more than working with colourful creatives & energetic entrepreneurs who are ready to elevate their businesses to the next level.
Fashion DesignerIt all started whilst studying Fashion Design and Illustration at University. I was fortunate enough to land a job as an assistant fashion designer in a small boutique in Birmingham after a work experience placement. My day was spent sourcing and revamping vintage clothing with old trinkets and finds, which is probably to blame for my current hoard of all things crafty. It was here that I also designed and made a collection, which was sold in several Topshop stores across the UK. For someone who was yet to graduate it was a great opportunity and gave me an insight into making a profit from being creative.
After graduating in 2005 I approached The Princes Trust with a business plan. It was a “Dragons Den” style presentation that I sweated over for weeks. Luckily they weren’t dragon like at all and I walked away with a business loan and the support of a business mentor. It was this that helped me create my first company “dressedbydanni”, an alternative clothing company. I needed to budget my loan, so I took to google and educated myself in web development and built my own ecommerce website. I also designed, manufactured and marketed the clothing from my bedroom (managing to keep outgoings to a minimum). It was a great learning experience and I had a great customer rapport, which was definitely the key to my success (myspace was my mecca for alternative scene kids at that time, so business was booming). The company ran for 4 years, selling clothing to everyone from my next door neighbour to a transvestite in Hollywood.
Graphic DesignerIt was a natural progression to reinstate my love of drawing after doing the marketing and fashion sketches for dressedbydanni. I set up “doodlesbydanni” as a sister company, selling my hand drawn illustrations on everything from canvases to T-shirts and also offering freelance illustrator services. There were no outlay costs with this company as all my products were produced and shipped through 3rd party sites. This is a great way for anyone looking for small start up costs. I used, (and still use), sites such as “Redbubble” and “Society6”, but there are plenty more reputable sites out there to choose from. Having an online portfolio and doing freelance illustration and graphic design work secured me full time roles with some big named brands. I managed to work with Esbelt Brazilian Bodywear, Booze Buster and Oddbins creating various marketing campaigns, as well as creating editorial layouts for NEXT, Lingerie Buyer, Bridal Buyer and Simply Yours.
Illustrator & AuthorI am currently working on bringing my illustrations up to date and selling them as professional prints alongside a snapshot of my personal life, I set up The Unicorn Room. It provides a fun and colourful platform for all of my ideas and new ventures, including the Good Karma Project and most recently a children's book that I have written, illustrated and self-published. You can read more about Popcorn The Unicorn here.
MotherMy hardest job to date would have to be becoming a mother, as I’m sure many of you female entrepreneurs would agree. I have 2 boys and I'm enjoying watching them grow and seeing my eldest develop his own creative flare. Luckily his artistic skills overshadow the clumsiness he has also inherited from me, so fingers crossed his little brother has more balance.
As you can see I'm an ideas person, with a passion for design. In between moving from Birmingham, to Cornwall, to the Isle of Man and then back again, I'm creative and I love to start new ventures, so let me help get your new venture off on the right foot. I look forward to hearing from you.
"There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW!"
- MILTON GLASER
FROM CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS
I've worked with Danielle on numerous projects and have been impressed by much more than just her innovative design ideas. Quick to understand a brief and put a unique, on-brand twist to it, she is a consistently professional, dynamic and adventurous, which I feel has added beneficial qualities to all finished projects. I can't recommend her highly enough, on a professional or personal level, as she is a pleasure to deal with in both capacities.
Danielle is a rare breed of designer that can quickly grasp the very essence of a client’s business, with the vaguest of briefs. Responsive, proactive and exceptionally creative, she has a demonstrable natural flair for both web and editorial design functionalities, while remaining modest, open to idea development and evolution of concepts.
A professional, friendly and no hassle service! Danielle listened to our ideas and combined them with her own creative expertise to provide a clean, crisp and contemporary solution - wouldn't hesitate in recommending her.