About us

About
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Get to know us

We are a small, friendly creative graphic design agency with hubs in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. On this page, you can find out all about us, our background and why we love what we do. Our lovely clients have also been kind enough to write us some testimonials so you can see what it is like working with us from their perspective.

Once you’ve had a read through our ‘About’ page, pop over to our ‘Work‘ page, where you can find examples from our portfolio and FAQs about working with us.

We’d love the opportunity to hear about your design needs.

“Over the past three years, I have commissioned Out of the Bleu to design car livery, branding and web banners etc for my company and the resulting work has been exceptional. Out of the bleu excel at understanding the brief and being able to produce the desired products in a timely and professional manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Out of the Bleu to any of my clients and friends.”

Anglian Home Surveyors

“Out of the Bleu are flexible, efficient, patient, creative, responsive and organised, what more could I want 🙂 “

RSPB

“I have selected Out of the Bleu a number of times to work on some design creations for me.  They have always done an amazing job, professional and very creative, above and beyond my expectations. I wouldn’t choose anyone else!”

Carmen Norman Photography

“I always look forward to receiving design proofs from Out of the Bleu. They always put a smile on my face, because Jayne and Michael specialise in exceeding expectations. Their professionalism, creativity and customer service are outstanding.”

Adam Marek, Author and Copywriter

“Jayne at Out of the bleu was recommended to me as I was struggling to find a designer that could fully understand my requirements. Having met with 2 other designers previously, I was beginning to feel that I was after something that potentially couldn’t be achieved. When I met with Jayne, I felt she really listened and fully understood my brief and sure enough, within a couple of days I was provided with a brochure that absolutely captured the essence of what I’d described. I felt Jayne had been able to interpret my requirements into something really beautiful. Jayne is lovely to work with, supportive of your ideas whilst adding her own creative influence to a beautiful effect. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Jayne.”

Lodge Farm B&B

“I’ve worked with Out of the Bleu for more than 10 years, spanning several different jobs at organisations in different industries. They are always creative, professional and thorough, whether designing a one-off flyer or a 28-page magazine.”

Charity Editor

“Working with Out of the Bleu on our varied print design projects in the past few years has been a delight. This year they have taken on several of our complicated design briefs and have consistently produced work of an excellent standard, carefully listening to how we want the finished product to look and always delivering on (or often well ahead) of schedule. They are reliable, punctual and responsive to new ideas, while understanding the changing needs and deadlines of university college projects. We highly recommend their services.”

St John’s College, the University of Cambridge

“I’ve worked with many designers, but Out of the Bleu are among the most professional, talented – and fun – people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The relationship between Editor and Designer is key for the success of any magazine, and within a matter of days, I felt like I’d been working with Jayne and Michael for years. They bring an enormous amount of creativity and expertise to projects, but are also able to deliver fast, effective solutions for a problem and follow a brief to the letter. Their patience during approval processes and the ability to thrive under pressure at the end of the production process was first class. Nothing was too much trouble. There’s no need to consider working with Out of the Bleu, just do it – you won’t be disappointed.”

RSPB

“We recently engaged the services of Jayne Odell at Out of the Bleu. After taking marketing advice we asked her to come up with a new image for our business. They totally ‘knocked our socks off’ by coming up with a strong bright and bold new company logo, and tagline. The new brand language was very quickly applied to some very punchy leaflets for our latest marketing campaign, as well as to our new van – a large bold wrap which has most definitely started ‘turning heads’. We are now very pleased with the end result – a unified brand image which ties all of our marketing and branding collateral together, something which, perhaps surprisingly to some, we did not have before. If you are an owner of a business which is in need of a brand refresh I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Out of the Bleu.”

April Homes

“Working with Out of the Bleu on numerous projects has always been a very smooth and enjoyable process from beginning to end. Exceeding our expectations with the end product and always delighted with the creative flair they have. This keeps us coming back time and time again. A very reliable and efficient agency to work with.”

Kidney Research UK

“I asked Out of the Bleu if they could assist with creating a simple but effective design for my business cards based on a logo I previously had produced. They understood my brief and kept it simple rather than over complicating the process. Jayne was clear in what she needed for me in terms of guidance from me and image files. She kept in contact to update me and got things sorted within tight deadlines. I liked the way Jayne gave me confidence in what she would produce, advised me on how to make my cards look even better and made me feel at ease with doing business with her company.”

Transforming Performance

“Out of the Bleu are a delight to work with, I’d definitely recommend them! Working with Out of the Bleu is always a pleasure, they are friendly, fast, extremely helpful and always produce an amazing end product that fulfils the brief perfectly.”

RSPB

“Jayne recently assisted my company with a rebrand. She showed excellent understanding of my brief and provided us with fresh and relevant branding to help us take our business forward. I’ve worked with Jayne on a number of projects and seen that she has a valuable understanding of all aspects of design, photography and print thus enabling us to have produced some very creative products together.”

The Printworks

“Out of the Bleu offer a friendly, efficient and a wonderfully creative service. We have used Jayne on many occasions to create our company brochure and we have received no end of compliments about the professional design. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jayne and will be using her again for our next brochure.”

J & R Developments

“I found Out of the Bleu to be creative, whilst being responsive to feedback. A successful design was reached quickly with minimum fuss.”

Bruce Stuart Architects

“Out of the Bleu have looked after my creative needs for about the last five years; right from when I was a one-woman-band setting up in business, to current when I have very different requirements for what is now a very busy Sports Therapy Practice. We need to reach out to our local community – professionally and with friendliness so that we are seen to be approachable and down to earth. Out of the Bleu totally get that requirement and respond to our brief with great ideas time and time again. We have used them for website design, point of sale and photography and the team are an absolute pleasure to work with. Simply the best!”

Rehab Hub

Thanks Jayne for being so helpful in the preparation of our (very special) book; you’re willingness to respond to our detailed requirements and provide rapid turnaround to meet out tight timeframes made all the difference to the process – and the finished product.

Central Bedfordshire Council

A few FAQs about us

We thought it might be useful to provide you with some answers to any questions you may have about us. But, if something isn’t covered here, then please give Jayne a call or drop her an email to find out more.

We are a small, friendly, graphic design agency. Jayne and Michael are the core members, and they will be the people you meet and talk with when you have a new project in mind. We also have a fantastic team of partners who offer copywriting, printing and photography, should you need their expertise, too.

Having run busy design studios in print companies for many years, we realised that what we love most about graphic design is working closely with people like you, the clients. We set up Out of the Bleu in 2001 to build close, long-term working relationships with people who are passionate about their business, charity product or service. And we’ve never looked back.

The idea to start the agency came quite suddenly, as if out of the blue, so it seemed like the perfect choice. But, ‘Out of the Blue’ was already taken, so Blue became Bleu. There is a humble lesson in our choice of name that we would advise any new start up… don’t choose a name that you constantly have to spell out!

We have two hubs: Jayne works from Suffolk and Michael in Cambridgeshire. On their days off you may find Jayne strolling along the Newmarket Gallops with her dog Pixie, or out with her camera fuelling her other passion – photography; and Michael will be sipping a cold pint while playing a game of pool or out on the golf course.

There are lots of great graphic design companies around, but what sets us apart is our people skills. We know how to listen. And we know how to ask the right questions to fully understand your requirements. We’ll work with you through the whole process, from the brief to the concepts to the finished artwork and beyond – our knowledge of printing processes means we can even advise on the final stage of the process too, so that you get a product that always exceeds your expectations.

We create communications that speak directly to your audience or customers and motivate them to act. We love what we do, and our clients do, too. You can read what they say about us in our testimonials above.

Happy clients and long-standing working relationships. We recently asked our clients for new testimonials and were over the moon with the warm feedback we received. Getting this kind of response from clients is why we started this agency.

Maintaining the values we’ve held true since our first year in business. We work hard to give our clients the best experience possible. We don’t just meet deadlines and stick to budgets, we deliver excellence at every stage and aspect of the project. We continue to develop our knowledge and expertise so that our clients get the best service possible.

You can find more FAQ’s on the ‘Our work’ page or feel free to contact us.

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