CRV is a design consultancy founded by Josiah Craven, a Graphic Designer based in Manchester (UK), working with an array of local, national and international clients – from ambitious start-ups to global brands, studios, galleries, fashion labels, independents, individuals and institutions.
The studio believes in timeless design that will continue to serve our clients year after year, presenting progressive ideas to push our clients creatively, while ensuring they always end up with work that feels uniquely theirs and is to-brand. Previous clients include top international restaurants, Dragon’s Den winners, blue-chip heavyweights, disruptive VR tech companies and award-winning fitness studios – located around the world.
Over the years, the studio has built a select network of independent specialists such as photographers, copywriters, and programmers – giving us the flexibility to deliver projects large and small. From startup, to big-corp, we’ve got you covered.
Every last detail is looked after so our clients don’t have to, knowing their projects are in safe hands. We aim to exceed all expectations, making sure all our work is not just good but great, while striving to ensure every project comes in on time and importantly, on budget.
Get in touch with Josiah direct, from a chat to potential projects, specifications or future collaborations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects are always developed closely with clients at every stage of the process, from agreeing and exploring the brief, to the design and development process, sharing and discussing creative directions, to the careful crafting and fine tuning involved with the implementation of the chosen route. The studio’s services range from full brand identity development, to working closely with suppliers to oversee execution, and everything in between:
Helping tell brands’ stories from concept to completion, from logos to fresh style guidelines. New brands, strategy and refreshes – we have experience with it all.
– Brand Identity
– Brand Strategy
– Brand Communication
– Brand Activation
– Corporate Design
– Logo Design
– Social Media
– Style Guides
– Spatial Branding and Signage
– Visual Identity & System
Successfully executing your identity through materials, from marketing to moving image. We’re talking about substance, not just surface.
– Annual Reports
– Brand Spaces
– Graphic Design
– Trade Fairs
– Marketing Materials
– Moving Image
– Text and Content
As comfortable online as offline, creating digital designs as beautiful as they are functional with user experience at the core.
– App Design
– Augmented Reality
– Digital Design
– Platform Design
– Virtual Reality
– Web Design
– UX / UI
Recognising every client is unique, each project requires a different approach and that all briefs need to be tackled with an open mind. In order for us to do this we have developed a work process which enables us to collaborate closely with our clients, exploring their briefs and providing effective, creative and beautiful solutions.
Research & Discovery
Every project begins with detailed research to gather a deeper understanding of the client and the project. This research can lead to and include strategy and positioning workshops, name generation or site visits. Research is condensed and captured through moodboards which will act as point of focus during a meeting with the client. This process helps to confirm the research and raises any no go areas or parts of the project to further explore.
Building on the knowledge gained from the previous stage. Here, a range of creative concepts are developed that respond to the brief. These are developed in a number of rounds, with the view that one concept is taken forward to the next stage.
Design Development & Refinement
Taking client feedback into account, the work is developed and refined during this stage. Any commissioning or sourcing of imagery, type design, illustration or photography can be carried out at this stage along with any production enquiries. Work is shared and refined throughout this stage.
Artwork & Production
Here, the signed off elements are artworked and production (print, or digital) can be can overseen.
In addition to the above, we have a large number of suppliers and collaborators we regularly work with, meaning all elements of a project can can handled. Below shows just a selection collaborators the studio works with on a day-to-day basis.
PR & Marketing
“I’ve worked closely with Josiah on many projects and every time he hits the ball out of the park. The work and designs he produces are of the highest quality, and the speed in which he turns projects around has helped me with many a tight deadline. From overall branding to website design, brochure design to email marketing, every project with Josiah has propelled our business forward.” – Ben Lenighan. Head of Commercial Partnerships, Conferences & Partnerships, Protect Group.
“We have worked with Josiah and his team for over a year and have had a fantastic experience. A phenomenally talented designer with real insight into how brands work and awesome to work with generally. A trusted supplier & partner. Thanks Josiah.” – Lewis Parkinson. Operations Director, 1Rebel.
“Josiah was a total dream – he immediately understood exactly what we needed, was lovely and incredibly easy to communicate with and was patient throughout the endless last minute changes and additions I sent to him. He turned everything around extremely quickly, went out of his way to help us and created a beautiful set of posters and flyers for our production. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.” – Molly McGee. Producer, SOHO Theatre.
“Josiah provided excellent service and were able to accommodate some tight deadlines. He worked really well with us throughout the whole ideas, design and refinement process which gave us great confidence. The finished product was of a really high quality and delivered on time. Would definitely recommend.” – Tinika Khan. Head of Marketing & Operations. Des Restaurants Ltd.
“Josiah is a pleasure to work with. He is courteous, patient with questions, reliable, and a great communicator. He is very focused on the creative process and completed the projects on-time and on-budget. Not only did Josiah help with building the brand of WILD, he went out of his way to help with the marketing and promotional materials too – understanding some complicated ideas and producing some great work. Josiah truly cares about his clients and is very easy to work with. Even though the main bulk of the project is finished, I still feel supported by him in continuing to help build the business up – even more than a year later. Highly recommended.” – Gustavo Carillo. Marketing Manager, WILD Restaurant & Bar.
“Josiah was referred to me by a colleague, for whom he had previously developed a full brand and website. We hired Josiah to design and develop our new brand direction, through logo, identity, collateral and marketing materials. Josiah is very detail oriented and a great designer who understands the requirements of his clients and although we had a very complicated brief, he absolutely smashed it and his work has hands-down helped our business exponentially. Within a week he had several drafts of the brand direction and lots of designs ready to show. Following discussions, we finalised the details for the brand direction and Josiah had a final draft for the brand and marketing materials within a few weeks. I think Josiah and his team have done an excellent job in designing our brand, fitting exactly to-brief and exceeding all expectations. It was done in a timely fashion using a lot of his creative input which was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Josiah to anyone. ” – Becky Hood – Brand & Marketing Director, LIVE IT.
“From start to finish Josiah has been a pleasure to work with. Not only is Josiah tremendously amicable company, he is also a veritable grafter who is prepared to put in the hours, and is a real subject matter expert in his field. Josiah works until the task is achieved or goal reached, rather than when he feels like winding down or clocking off. His work ethic and subject matter expertise make him a profoundly good addition to any team, as well as a dependable individual. I would in total confidence recommended Josiah to anyone in need of graphic design, identity generation, and content creation, as well as anything that might possibly fall underneath the umbrella of design and art direction. Thank you Josiah, I look forward to working with you in future.” – Dan Lansley, Founder & Director of Fresh Aire Exhibition & Agency.
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