Our experience of working with clients in a variety of sectors has enabled us to create a proven formula for design. We deliver effective solutions that engage and inform. We don't just focus on making things look pretty; the beauty in our work comes from making things understandable.
The TDL Formula
The vital first step in our formula is understanding your aims for the project. Communicating closely with you, to understand what you want to achieve, gives us a framework for the task, helps us stay focused on the brief and lets us – and you – measure the effectiveness of the final product.
Where possible, we work with a subject matter expert to inform our design solutions. This allows us to develop insight into the intricacies of a subject, before creating designs that can be understood by everyone, not just the author.
It’s not just about understanding the subject. We also make great efforts to get a clear insight into the end user, their motivations and requirements. For complex projects, we take research to another level by carrying out user behaviour studies and investigations.
3. Develop & test
The next stage is rapid generation of ideas and an initial concept, working closely with project stakeholders to check constantly that our designs are going in the right direction. Our designers bring their experience and knowledge into play, identifying the best formats and media for communicating the information or data.
We produce beautiful and practical designs that can be easily understood by the end-user, choosing formats and media that suit the topic. Equally important, our designs will meet all of the client’s requirements and answer the original brief.
5. Assess & learn
Our process does not stop when we send you the final design. We carry on learning from experience, starting with an honest assessment of how well the end product performs and how usable it is. User feedback is key to continuous improvement, and so is client feedback on the collaborative experience.
Awards & Talks
|2022||Talk||IIID: Conversations||The Hidden Graphics: Creating diagrams for large corporate bids|
|2022||Talk||University of Reading||Oliver Tomlinson: Life after Reading|
|2022||Talk||University of Royal Holloway||Data Visualisation|
|2021||Talk||University of Reading||Starting your own design agency|
|2020||Awards||IIID||Gold Award for Future Concepts|
|2020||Awards||IIID||Bronze Award for Corporate Design & Communications|
|2019||Talk||Loughborough University||Information Design in your Life|
|2018||Talk||Norwegian University of Science and Technology||An Introduction to Information Design|
|2017||Talk||APMP||Reader-Centric Diagram Design|
|2015||Talk||APMP||Information Design: A key material in Bids|
|2015||Talk||IIID Vision Plus 2015||Talking diagrams: how information design thinking can help win business|
|2014||Awards||IIID||Grand Prix for CARE Refugee Leaflet|
|2014||Awards||IIID||Gold Award for Social Affairs|
|2014||Awards||IIID||Silver Award for Corporate Design & Communications|
Born in 2011 and growing ever since
In the last few years, we’ve grown from one freelance designer to a two-site team. Our skills have grown too. While our roots and our passion are in information design, we bring elegance as well as intelligence across the spectrum of visual communications.