Magazines and Editorial
Magazines and editorial design projects form a large part of the work we do. We’ve been very fortunate over the years to work on some clean, slick and professional publications, as well as many zany, youth engaging and educational ones. We love the challenge of taking a bulk of copy, some pictures and a blank layout and turning them into sexy double-page spreads that are interesting to read and inspring to look at.
As well as magazine work, we also work on corporate brochures, journals, newsletters, leaflets, fliers, mailers and postcards. Marketing materials come in many shapes and sizes, and we have great experience of pretty much all of them.
“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.”
“Out of the Bleu are flexible, efficient, patient, creative, responsive and organised, what more could I want 🙂 “
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I found Out of the Bleu to be creative, whilst being responsive to feedback. A successful design was reached quickly with minimum fuss.”
“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!”
“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.“
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re not sure how to go about working with us, or how the process begins, we hope these key FAQs will provide some useful info. Call or email Jayne if you have any further questions and she will be very happy to help.
Absolutely. One of the key reasons why we started the company and have chosen to remain small and humble, is the value we place on a human approach to design and the people like yourself behind the design needs. If for some reason it’s not feasible to meet in person such as distance or it’s an urgent job that doesn’t have time for us to travel to you, then we can chat on the phone or via facetime/skype. But of course, there is nothing like meeting face to face so that’s our ideal scenario, as long as the kettle is on.
We work with a range of clients from small start-ups to larger commercial companies, charities, universities and local authorities. No business is too small or too large.
Not at all. We absolutely love working with local businesses because we appreciate that popping in for a cup of tea and a chat through the design can be beneficial. The personal touch is why we started Out of the Bleu in 2001. That said, we do have clients who are further afield and we are always only a call, email or facetime away.
Once we’ve understood the brief, we think realistically about the time it will take and provide you with a quote with clear details of what this includes. Our expertise means we are efficient with our time and you’ll get the value of knowledge and experience. Like anything you will probably find someone cheaper but it’s not in our interests as a small company to inflate our prices, because the key to our success is long term relationships, reputation and repeat business.
Yes. Very. Working with local authorities and charities means this is often the way new projects come to us.
This is project dependent but our knowledge and experience means you’ll get an efficient turn around. If it’s something that is going to be printed we work backwards from the deadlines for print, proofing, design etc so we can advise what dates we need to adhere to and when we need to get cracking.
Yes, this is the benefit of working with us. We have years of experience working closely with our clients and their projects and really do offer a hand holding/project management approach. Part of our job is making your life easier in terms of the design process. Jayne will always be your point of contact and you’ll never be in a situation where you get pushed from one person to another or even worse you receive a generic email.
Once the job is finished we aren’t a company that will email you your files and then sign off. We appreciate we are only part of the process but our experience means we can pre-empt the next steps and guide you accordingly.
We’ve had many a call on a Friday afternoon from a new customer with this scenario. It can be really stressful for you and we will think of a logical plan of action to meet your deadline. So yes of course we can help. Being a small company we are flexible and can meet the demands when they are there.
We are familiar with brand guidelines and established styles. We can even design the brand guidelines for you so that everything we and anyone else produces for you is consistent.
Certainly. Perhaps you have an in-house design team but you just need to sub contract a project out. Or perhaps you’re self-employed or a small business that just needs a brochure designing. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many people over a range of design needs over the years and look forward to working with you on yours.
Yes. We work very closely with an excellent copywriter, Adam Marek, who has a wealth of experience in copywriting for a variety of businesses and charities with a successful track record for return. Jayne is also an award winning recognized photographer and has worked with many of our clients for their photographic needs. Adam and Jayne will often visit you together so that they can both hear the brief first hand and make sure the words, images and design gel perfectly.
Yes. Some of our clients have their own printers they use so we can provide the work in the right format for them. We will ask this in the beginning so that if necessary we can liaise with the printer to ensure we set up your designs according to the printer’s requirements. Alternatively, we have great print partners which means we can handle the whole process in one go.
Absolutely. We work with a number of clients that need their work for various online use, building a website, social media, emailable pdf brochure etc. We can provide you with the necessary files for print or in an online/digital format that works for either yourself or a web developer.
No. We believe in not being a jack of all trades and choose to focus on what we know best. Our niche is our experience in design for print. Part of what we do does include producing publications, brochures and social media tiles etc in a format that works for either yourself to use or a web developer to build your website.
Once the project has been fully paid for the files are yours. We archive all our work and may use some for our own publicity for Out of the Bleu.