Design strategy & communication.
Welcome to Frank... an award-winning design consultancy specialising in brand identity, motion graphics and interactive design. We help our clients connect with their audiences by creating communications of quality distinction and cultural significance.
3rd Floor, 21 Talbot Street
Belfast, BT1 2LD, Northern Ireland
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We've decided to redesign the Frank website. So while work gets underway at the studio, we've stripped content back and added some new projects to this current site.
Check back to see the new site go live live later in 2009.
We’ve recently been appointed by US West Paces Hotel Group to work on a new brand identity and collateral package for Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy.
The property which opens in late 2009 will comprise a five star hotel, luxury villas, an 18 hole golf course, a holistic spa and cookery school.
Frank has just completed work on what promises to be major motion picture filmed entirely in Northern Ireland.
Ghost Machine is the latest production from generator Entertainment. Their biggest project to date, it follows the story of two technicians who discover their stolen military software has been possessed.
Frank designed the film’s titles and an extensive graphics package for software programme interface.
After extensive testing, the website for ‘Preab Suas’ has finally gone live. Designed for production company Waddell Media, the site represents a core element of BBC Northern Ireland’s first multi-platform commission.
The project involved the development of a brand identity the TV programme, titles and on-screen graphics, web design and extensive content optimised for mobile download.
We've just delivered an extensive package of graphics for the 2009 Fate Awards...
Frank created a comprehensive package of animated content for the big night including a dramatic two minute opening sequence and a set of 18 individual award category intros.
Damian was recently approached by Ulster bank to join an advisory panel for 'Small Business Can' - an initiative sponsored by the bank to provide insight and support to entrepreneurs across Ireland. The free online resource has been created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and includes a series of interactive tools and forums to enable SMEs to share information, knowledge, experience, contacts and ideas.
An advisory panel of four Northern Ireland entrepreneurs has been established to support the project locally. As well as Damian, the panel comprises Michael Caulfield, managing director of a leading local medical devices company; Steve McIlwrath, owner of Avalon Guitars; Karen Baxter who runs a successful chocolate company.
Frank director Damian Cranney, recently gave a talk at Invest NI's 'Design Made Clear' conference at Belfast's W5 complex. The event was attended by over 400 delegates - local business owners and design industry professionals.
Damian's talk focused on Frank's work for Invest NI client, Jackson Reece. The event also featured two keynote speakers... Wayne Hemmingway of 'Red or Dead' and Dan Germain, Head of Creative from Innocent Drinks.
Damian and Stephen recently delivered a talk to the University of Ulster's second year Visual Communication students.
Frank's directors reported from their individual experiences as well as recent project wins and developments at the Frank studio.
The presentation also included a variety of examples of Frank's multi-platform work and featured a series motion graphics case studies, breaking the development process down from concept design to production.
Frank recently completed work on the studio's first motion picture project. The film, set in present day Belfast stars Rupert Grint of Harry Potter and Irish actor Robert Sheehan.
We developed a graphic language based on the central theme of the film. We developed opening and end titles as well as a series of typographic texting sequences. Cherrybomb premiered at the Dublin Film Festival and will be shown as part of 2009's Belfast Film Festival.
Frank has just completed an extensive project for BBC Northern Ireland involving the roll-out of the broadcaster's new on-screen identity. Following a collaborative project with Red Bee Media, we delivered a 'programme opening tag', trail openers, in-house programme end-boards, an end-board for indie productions and a string of other on-screen elements.
We also delivered onscreen guidelines and are about to begin work on a brand manual for all off-screen materials.
The new identity is set to air in February.
We've just reached the end of another 'Design Week'. This year, the team at Frank teamed up with a small group of industry professionals to organise two events in Belfast as part of Design Week in association with Bombay Sapphire. The first event; 'Digital Futures' featured Nic Roope, Creative Director of Poke and Jane Fielder, Creative Director of Red Bee Media in London.
The second event as called 'Place-Making' and we were delighted to bring Peter Higgins of Land Design Studio to Belfast. Both events were sponsored by the Creative Entrepreneurs Club and Place-Making was sponsored by PLACE.
We look forward to building on this year's events and hosting next year's series - already in planning.
Creative Director at Frank, Stephen recently performed jury duty at the 2008 ICAD awards in Dublin. Stephen was asked by ICAD's council to sit on this year's jury panel and judge the 2009 interactive media section.
Stephen met with the captains of industry from the world's of advertising and design at the offices of advertising agency, Irish International in Sandymount Dublin. Judging took place over a weekend in late October and the awards ceremony takes place in late November.
It's been a busy year but we're delighted to have picked up a two more awards this Autumn. The first; a commendation at 2008's IDI National Design Awards for film & TV design. The project involved the design of an animated opening title sequence and brand identity for Preab Suas. The programme is a magazine-style series about Gaelic Football and was produced by Waddell Media.
We also picked up an award at the eminent 2008 Chartered Institute of Marketing Awards. Frank received a runner-up award for 'best performing young marketing company'. Along with our IIP recognition, it hasn't been a bad run in 2008...
Frank was recently featured in the press in relation to Arts & Business' Young professionals programme.
Stephen Shaw acts as a board member to Bruiser Theatre Company and Frank enjoys an ongoing collaborative relationship with the theatre group. Stephen's input and Frank's work for Bruiser has been used as a case study by Arts & Business for fostering similar collaborations in the cultural sector. The piece featured in the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News.
Congratulations have been extended to Frank Design and Communication on achieving Investors in People Recognition.
'The Investors in People process has enabled us to organise planning and operations to make a clear link between business objectives and performance. Our journey towards recognition has enabled us to inject momentum into our service offer and anchor quality around our values.
As a growing creative business in a highly competitive sector, Frank is proud to be recognised as an Investor in People--placing best practice at the heart of organisation and joining a small but esteemed list of companies across the UK and Northern Ireland.