Toucan are an award winning creative agency. Formed in January 2000, we have grown to become a highly respected collection of people who help brands build loyalty, authenticity and reputation with their customers. We have big ideas, challenging our clients to be daring and different by helping them to build meaningful connections with their audiences.
• Brand strategy & consultation
• Visual identity development
• Graphic design
• Web and digital design & consultation
• Mobile integrated websites
• Social media strategy & tactics
• Digital marketing campaigns
• Content development
• User experience
In a competitive world, conventional thinking is not enough; we create unique, engaging brand experiences.
Walk into our studio. You’ll meet a dedicated team of designers, developers social media strategists and digital people. We’re happy collaborators, bringing our diverse, original perspectives to bear on every problem. We believe that a remarkable idea coupled with intelligent use of design and digital has the power to change the course of a product, project or business, which is what excites us every day.
Our ideas are bold and innovative. What do we share in common? Endless curiosity and a deep love for all things creative.
Art and design runs in my family so it was almost inevitable I would follow the same path, my passion for design instilled from an early age.
Many years on and with years of industry experience behind me I am a dedicated and enthusiastic designer, that takes pride in every project undertaken. I’m happiest in a studio environment where we can collaborate together to work towards an excellent final result. The great thing about design is that it is always moving forward, and I’m excited about what the future holds and the variety of work ahead.
I have been tinkering with computers and the web for almost as long as I can remember, my first website being a Dr Who fansite built on geocities (remember them!) The web is a fascinating place where something new is always happening, be it technology or design, nothing stands still, or at least if it does then for not much more than a quick cup of tea and a sit down. The things we are developing now wouldn't have been possible a few years ago which is immensely exciting.
I graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2009 with a degree in computing informatics, where in my final year I wrote a report called 'Does the mobile internet exist?' Apart from sounding incredibly pretentious I concluded that it didn't in as much as the information provided by the mobile internet is the same as the 'normal' internet just presented differently. This has led to an interest in 'responsive' design techniques and ways to present relevent, current information in a way which works no matter the device or screen.
I live on the edge of Dartmoor where I spend as much of my free time as I can. I am the musical director of Camelford Town Band as well as playing more or less any brass instrument or percussion with several bands and groups.
You can probably see that I am the most mature of all of the designers in the team but that is because I have had my own practice in Cornwall and London for over 40 years and in the last two have been working with Josh in leading brand and campus design direction at Plymouth University. We have in common the love of teaching and I am also an associate lecturer in graphic communications at the University. I have made my long-term home Cornwall and I have learnt what makes the county unique in terms of both business location and leisure.
I have been a design professional for over twenty years although my route into the industry wasn't particularly orthadox. I originally trained as a musician, having studied the trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I had a number of other occupations – barman, carpenter, factory worker, even a removal man! – before moving to Exeter to study for a degree in Typographic Design.
After I graduated I worked in a number of creative studios before undertaking a postgraduate teaching qualification and taking up a lecturing post in Graphic Communication at Plymouth University. I also taught at The Arts Institute, Bournemouth, helping to deliver courses at both FE & HE level.
I co-founded Toucan in January 2000 and have seen the business develop and grow over the following years. Despite these changes, my ethos and approach remains the same as it was when I started: In short, I believe that intelligent and creative graphic design is a powerful and valuable business tool. What's more, I encourage our clients to engage in the design and development process as this collaborative approach delivers lasting and effective results. My particular interests lie in branding, typography and increasingly, the human interface aspects of design for digital media and UX design.
I live with my wife and two sons in a small village just outside of Exeter, and when not at work I'm kept busy by my love of road running, painting, sketching and playing the trumpet with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra.
I trained in business management and law and worked in the legal departments of Powys and Dyfed County Councils before moving to Exeter in 1992 to work within the family law departments of south west based legal practices.
As Managing Director my role is to ensure that the wider strategic vision for Toucan is maintained, whilst dealing with the day-to-day aspects of running a small but successful SME. My interests outside of work mainly revolve around my family life - I have two children and two horses.
I am involved in the administrative aspects of the business and am currently studying on a day release basis for my accountancy qualifications. I'm a detail person - some would say I'm OCD - and particularly like working with figures and numbers.
I'm orginally from Poland and hold a Masters degree in Computer Science from Wroclaw University of Technology. I've been in the UK since April 2008 and started with Toucan in October 2009. Since that time I have significantly enhanced the Toucan's digital provision, developing a bespoke and sophisticated PHP framework and 'Youcan' the accompanying content management system.
I've been interested in art and design for as long as I can remember and am a keen artist and illustrator. However I diddn't take a conventional route into a career in the creative industries - I did a degree in biosciences, which I followed up with a MA in Communication design from Falmouth University.
We believe that graphic design has the power to add real value to business and that it can change a client's culture. We look beyond the design brief at the bigger picture, whilst ensuring that we attend to the tiniest of details. Our aim is to convert powerful ideas into meaningful experiences for our clients and their customers.
We help organisations leverage the potential of their brands to drive loyalty, value and return on investment. We take time to get to know our clients, identify key stakeholders and help to define market position. We advise companies to create, launch, reshape and revive brands, always with a focus on adding value by taking brands into new market sectors and channels.
We create exceptional online user experiences by matching strong website design, with a robust technical platform and a flexible content management system. Projects are properly scoped and specified to ensure that the front and back-end user experience is intuitive, rewarding and effective whether for the desktop or mobile device.
We'll help you find and seek out missing opportunities and meet those challenging business objectives. We see SEO marketing quite simply; its all about increasing website traffic, lead generation and conversion.
While every inbound marketing strategy is different we have come up with four great packages that deliver results. Each SEO marketing package will be customised to your needs once we understand more about your audience(s) and identify precisely your business goals. Then we work collaboratively with you to realise major improvements in your website performance.
From website analytics to ecommerce storefronts, our analytics support focuses on every detail. Social and mobile media, campaign management and analytic insights. We deliver best-in-class testing and optimisation.
We develop compelling online shopping experiences through a combination of target market identification, competitor analysis and creative design. We design the front-end user experience and the back-end functionality. We take time to ascertain the requirement and offer a range of solutions specifically designed to meet the individual business needs.
We create beautiful and useful apps that change the way people work and live. We work in partnership with our clients to define the mobile route that is most effective and adds real value. Our experience tells us that an ‘App’ doesn’t just mean Apple. We build, in conjunction with our partners, native apps for all mobile devices and all platforms. We cover: Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry.
We work in close collaboration with MyOxygen to deliver our mobile app service. They are a specialist mobile app-development company working with businesses and organisations to create applications that make a difference. This part of our business is seadily growing and evolving, our mantra is to keep at the forefront of mobile technology and creating beautiful and functional apps on all platforms.
So are we! Give us a call or come in and see us to talk creative!Let's Talk
We have known Josh and the team at Toucan for many years; they are always professional, take great interest in what we are trying to achieve and like us are passionate about their craft. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.View project