Category Archives: News

Boeme website

Boeme Website

Boeme’s new website has been developed in WordPress using Responsive Web Design. As well as a refreshed design, the new site includes an improved ecommerce system and Lookbook page. The fabric shop features a roll over image to display fabric variations, this enables browsers to view options without the need to click through. Products’ pages display ‘We Recommend’ and ‘Recently Viewed’ to improve the user experience and increase sales.


Kendal's Mint

Kendal’s Mint

If you’re attending The Lakes Comic Art Festival this weekend, you might come across one of these leaflets. To give visitors a taste of Kendal we’ve created a slab of Mint cake and unusual facts about the town. Shakespeare, Henry VIII, cobbled yards, England’s highest climbing wall and the town’s festivals are all featured on the leaflet. The project was commissioned by Kendal BID to promote the town to a wider audience and specifically the international visitors and media who attend The Lakes Comic Art Festival.


WDAD Advertising

WDAD Website

We worked with WDAD Advertising to develop their WordPress Theme website. The clean design and large hero image works well for WDAD, a London based recruitment advertising agency. The homepage features a stylish, branded video; this quality and attention to detail is continued throughout the site and extends to the branded Google map pointer on the contact page.


Elgin Hotel website

Elgin Hotel Website

We’ve redesigned and developed a responsive WordPress website for The Elgin Hotel in Blackpool. The Elgin is a modern, family-run hotel situated on Queen’s Promenade and has featured in Channel 4’s programme ‘Four in a bed’

The new design makes full use of the screen’s width to show off the hotel’s photography to its full potential. Improved functionality, includes a drop down menu, for easier navigation and a simplified contact form. The form is at the top of the sidebar and, since the launch of the site, there has a been a significant increase in the usage of the contact form. The booking system has been developed to make the process more streamlined and to encourage more visitors to book online.


South Lakes Cycle Challenge

Cycle Challenge

Designworks along with sustainable transport consultants Isobel Stoddart and Jo Cleary have been awarded the contract to run the South Lakes Workplace Cycle Challenge by South Lakeland District Council for 2014.

The 2012 event was an overwhelming success with 253 participants and 54,207 miles cycled

The Challenge is open to everyone and participants can record leisure as well as commuting miles. It’s not all about distance; there are prizes for number of trips, most recommends, oldest team, youngest team plus lots more.

You can register your team here.


Eden Local Plan

Eden Local Plan

The Eden Local Plan branding is receiving very positive feedback from Eden District Council. The Council’s brief was to make the Eden Local Plan more engaging and to encompass issues such as housing, transport infrastructure and jobs.

The Eden Local Plan covers Eden District for the years 2014 to 2032. The branding launched the Local Plan ahead of public consultations throughout the District. Public engagement is essential in order to ensure the council is making the right decisions for the future of the District.

The illustrative approach meant the branding could be Eden specific and highlight the Local Plan’s main focus. Eden’s bridges, lakes and castles are all featured in the illustration along with sandstone houses, factories and roads. The river Eden is part of the Council’s branding and is a focal point within the District. The river forms the letter ‘E’ for ‘Eden’ and this is at the centre of the artwork; depending on the usage, the ‘E’ can be used on its own, as a simple logo, or as part of the illustration.

Tax Rebate Services

Tax Rebate Website

Tax Rebate Services help small businesses and the self-employed with their accounting and tax issues. We designed and developed a bespoke, responsive WordPress website to improve the site’s user experience and increase conversion rates.

The design is refined and simplified to focus on the call to action, which is to either complete a tax form or contact Tax Rebate Services. Content is concise and additional information can be accessed through a click and reveal action. This action is also used within the tax forms so the forms are easier to follow and to complete.

Banks Group - corporate cycle ride

Cycle Event

The beautiful Northumberland countryside was the backdrop to our corporate cycle challenge. It was the second year that Designworks had been invited to the Virgin Money Cyclone by The Banks Group.

With over 30 riders taking part in The Banks Group’s team kit, it highlights the fact that cycling is increasingly popular form of meeting new people and networking.

The event also helped raise money for Debra. Miles Crossley, a Banks Group employee, explains the significance of the fundraising:

“Debra represents a cause really close to my heart involving supporting families and research into a cure for a condition which my son, Mason, suffers from called EB (epidermolysis bullosa). A rare skin condition which means he gets injured and blistered with the slightest knock. I am confident in Masons lifetime, Debra will help identify a cure for this life changing skin conditions. A couple links below to some articles directly on Mason which have made the press:

The Banks Group website

Newcastle Chronicle

Should you wish to donate, I have set up a just giving page

GBA Services - website

GBA Website

GBA Services provide Dedicated Transport Solutions with an integrated depot network throughout the UK and extensive European and Worldwide partners.

We’ve developed their new website in collaboration with Curious Road. The WordPress website is designed so there is no vertical scrolling on desktops and laptops. This is done through the horizontal scrolling navigation and the modified lightboxes. The site also displays well on mobile and tablet screens because it’s built using Responsive Web Design. 

Within the site there is additional functionality which features a 24/7 transport quotation service, freight tracking service and promotional videos.



Holiday Cottage Cumbria

Holiday Cottage Website

Holiday Cottages Cumbria’s website has been redeveloped, it’s now mobile friendly and major improvements have been made to the design, usability and SEO.

The design now features a large image slider containing photos of the cottages and Lakeland vistas. Six smaller images sit under the slider and link through to targeted search terms, such as ‘Romantic breaks’, ‘Luxury cottages’ and ‘Pet friendly cottages’. Above the website’s fold are links to ‘Check Availability’, ‘Late Availability’ and ‘Lakeland Photos’. These three pages are key to converting browsers to bookers and link directly to online bookings, seasonal special offers and beautiful images of the Lake District. 

In terms of SEO and usability, the site contains an interactive map of Cumbria and 50 must visit places in the Lake District. Both these pages enhance and increase the site’s content and are an important part of the client’s SEO strategy.

Here’s the client’s feedback: “I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with the work we have achieved together. As always the graphics and colour pallets used are excellent. I now think I have one of the best web sites I’ve seen anywhere. Thank you Designworks, once again!”

Morecambe Bay Toolkit

Morecambe Bay Toolkit

The Morecambe Bay Toolkit has been developed to help visitors discover the special character of Morecambe Bay. It provides businesses around the Bay with a greater understanding of the different elements that make up this special character, from its spectacular landscape and views, its geology, rich nature, deep heritage and varied traditions. The toolkit helps to celebrate the area’s uniqueness and provide information to develop visitors’ perceptions of Morecambe Bay as a destination.

We created the Morecambe Bay Sense of Place Toolkit and Day Out Itineraries for ten locations. The design uses a scrapbook style approach and complements the existing Morecambe Bay branding. Mapping is an important element and we illustrated maps for various key areas.

Elterwater Hostel - WordPress website

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel is a newly independent, former YHA hostel. It is perfectly situated in the picturesque village of Elterwater, at the heart of the Langdale Valley in the English Lake District.

Designworks worked closely with the hostel’s new owners to create the brand and website for Elterwater Hostel. The logo features the famous Langdale range and the waves represent the lake of Elter Water. The site is built in WordPress using Responsive Web Design so it resizes for mobile and tablet devices. Focal points within the page design are online booking, contact form and Trip Advisor feed. These focal points offer routes to the essential areas of the site: book, contact and review.

Designworks website

Designworks’ Website

We’ve refreshed our website design and development to make it more user-friendly and to improve the responsive experience. Social media and contact details are featured clearly at the top of the page. The navigation drop-down provides direct access to the pages’ content; the drop-down contains, intro text, portfolio thumbnails and a contact form. This provides browsers with access and an overview of the entire website and encourages a higher click-through rate.

The Responsive Web Design has been improved and now all images are displayed whether on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile. Mobile phone navigation has been simplified to make it easier to click through.

The contact form has been repositioned so it’s displayed in the side column on all pages. This has had a noticeable impact and we’ve experienced an increased usage of the contact form now that it is more accessible.


Cumbrias Living Heritage - WordPress website

Attraction Website

We worked with Cumbria’s Living Heritage and brought together thirty Cumbrian tourist attractions within one website. The WordPress website is aimed at dramatically boosting visitor numbers to great houses, gardens and cultural attractions in and around the Lake District.

The site uses our e-book software to create an online guide which is mobile and tablet friendly. This also applies to the website which has been built using Responsive Web Design so it’s accessible to those who are exploring the Lake District using their mobile devices.

eden guide

Eden Visitor Guide 2014

Designworks has produced the 2014 Visitor Guide for Eden, the Lake District.

The A4 guide provides information on food & drink, attractions, events, accommodation listing and travel planning. The editorial takes into account the demographic of the visitor and is split into five areas: ‘explore’, ‘culture and history’, ‘tranquil and relaxing’, ‘action packed adventures’, ‘eat, drink and discover’.

The guides have been well-received, especially by the team at Visit Eden: “They look really good, bright and refreshed and have received positive comments from our colleagues.”

lastminute Website

We worked with WDAD Communications to create a career’s website for The career’s site provides information, in a fun and informal way, for anyone seeking details on job opportunities and associated employment benefits at

The site adheres to’s branding guidelines and fits seamlessly with the corporate website. The CMS is WordPress and is built using Responsive Web Design so potential employees can access the site on their phone or tablet. Features, such as gamesQ&A, and video, enable to engage with their target market.


Go Lakes Guide

Designworks has worked with Go Lakes to design and produce the Traveller’s Guide for the south and central Lake District.

The Go Lakes guide is packed full of tips on where to stay, points of interest, where to find great local food, and itineraries that allow you to head off the beaten track and explore this glorious region in a more sustainable and enjoyable manner, by rail, bus, bike and boat. In doing so, you will help to keep the Lake District one of the most stunning places in the UK.


Screed Giant Website

Screed Giant has a new WordPress e-commerce website. Screed Giant supply the building trade with specialist materials that are not usually available from builders’ merchants or DIY stores.

The ecommerce system links with the company’s accounting software, QuickBooks. This integration saves the client time and provides a seamless link between online store and their financial accounts. Items are added to a QuickBooks’ hub and then automatically synched to the web store. When orders are created on the website they are synched back to QuickBooks. The system creates an invoice from the auto generated sales orders and print packing slips.

CAMRA Westmorland Advert

CAMRA Westmorland Beer and Cider Festival

Designworks is sponsoring this year’s CAMRA Westmorland Beer and Cider Festival. The event is in its 20th year and will be held at the Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th October 2013.

Entry is Free and all unused tokens can be refunded or donated to charity which this year is Sight Advice.

Gilbert Shelton's Tall Toad

Gilbert Shelton’s ‘Tall Toad’ ale

Designworks has artworked the bottle label for Gilbert Shelton’s ‘Tall Toad’ ale. Gilbert Shelton is an American cartoonist and his creations include The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat. The Freak Brothers are Phineas Freakears, Freewheelin’ Franklin and Fat Freddy Freekowtski – ‘Tall Toad’ is Fat Freddy’s beer of choice.

Tall Toad is a hoppy beer designed to quench the most voracious thirst. It is made by Hawkshead Brewery for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.


Tour of Britain, Stage 2 Sponsors

Sponsoring Stage 2 of the Tour of Britian

Designworks is proud to be supporting the Tour of Britain’s Stage 2 ‘Cumbria, the Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal’.

Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain starts on the morning of Monday 16 September, at 10.45am, in the 2,000 year old city of Carlisle. The route heads out towards the Western Lake District Coast, before returning inland. It traverses some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK, including the iconic Honister Pass, before finally wending its way to finish in the ancient market town of Kendal at approximately 3.30pm.

As part of our sponsorship, Designworks designed the Tour of Britain stage guide for ‘Cumbria, the Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal’.


Design a comic character for The Beano

Design a Comic Character for The Beano

Designworks will be judging a competition to design a Comic Character for The Beano.

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival and the North-West Evening Mail have teamed up with the Beano to offer you the chance to feature your comic character in a one-off mini comic strip!

We’ll help choose the ten most creative entries. Theses entries will be sent to the Editor-in-Chief of the Beano, Mike Striling, who will choose the winner.

To enter simply download and fill out the entry form.

Banks Group at the Virgin Cyclone

Virgin Money Cyclone with Banks Group

Designworks’ Director, Rory Black, cycled the Virgin Money Cyclone last Saturday as part of the Banks Group team. The Virgin Money Cyclone is part of The North East Cycling Festival which was created in 2007 to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes, get fitter and enjoy the countryside.

The Banks Group invited 18 riders along to take part in the 63 mile route. “It was a fantastic event,” said Rory “quiet roads and spectacular scenery. Cycling is a great way to socialise and provides an informal networking opportunity.”

Cycling is often referred to as the new golf. According to The Economist many believe cycling is better than golf for building lasting working relationships, or landing a new job, because it is less competitive and more about team work.

Designworks' Signage

Designworks’ signage

The new signage has been installed at Designworks. The design uses individual lettering and contains the logo, our services and website. Ormrod Signs produced and installed two sets of signage to go on both the Kent Street and New Road side of the building.

loveyogabum - Responsive WordPress Website

Loveyogabum responsive WordPress Website

Loveyogabum specializes in all things to do with yoga. They offer classes, events and specially selected retreats in stunning locations around the world.

We worked with Loveyogabum to develop their website and improve the design, functionality and SEO. Responsive Website Design means the site can be viewed properly on desktop, tablet and mobile. Amazing photography complements the new design.

Clutterbuck - decal

Clutterbuck Cycles identity

Clutterbuck Cycles is part of the growing small-scale bicycle builders in the UK. The company is run by Jonathan Clutterbuck. Jonathan builds steel frames and imports carbon fibre frames, these are then built and sold as complete bikes.

Designworks created the identity and decals for Clutterbuck Cycles. The client wanted to reflect the different eras in bicycle building and the use of steel and carbon fibre which are traditional and modern materials. We brought the eras of pre-war and 21st century together by using a rounded, contemporary font and the Clutterbuck family coat of arms.

Jennings River Ride

Cumbria Rivers Ride – Open for entries

We worked with the Cumbria Community Foundation to create a website for the Jennings Rivers Ride. The new site includes an on-line application form and payment facility.

The cycle challenge is held to raise money for the charitable work of the Cumbria Community Foundation who are at the heart of community life in Cumbria, making over £1m in grants a year to local charities and people in need. Entries are limited to 1,500 riders and entries are now OPEN! Go to the Jennings Rivers Ride site and sign up.

New office

We’ve moved to Kendal

We’re now based in Kendal. The new address and telephone number:

16 Kent Street,
Cumbria LA9 4AT
01539 723254.

Feel free to drop in and say ‘hello’.

14 Kent Street, Kendal

We’re moving…goodbye Staveley, hello Kendal

After spending over 19 years in Staveley, we’re moving to larger premises in Kendal. The new place is 14 Kent Street, which is in the centre of Kendal.

The property is over three floors so we’ll have more space to grow and it will provide an opportunity to take on more staff. It’s also in a prominent and accessible location, which are both key selling points.

We’ll be in the new office from 2nd April. If you’re passing then call in and say ‘hello’, we’ve even got a spot to park your bicycle.

Comic Art Festival - WordPress Website

Comic Art Festival Website

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 18-20 October 2013 in Kendal, Cumbria. The festival celebrates the best in comic art from superhero comics to non-fiction graphic novels.

We’re a founder supporter of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival and worked with the not-for-profit company in developing their WordPress website. The site uses Responsive Website Design so it’s easy to read and navigate with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling on all mobile devices.

The Association of British Cycle Coaches WordPress Website

The Association of British Cycle Coaches WordPress Website

Designworks has developed a WordPress website for a national organisation, the Association of British Cycling Coaches. The Association provide coaching and training programs in all aspects and areas of cycle training, including road and off-road.

The aim was to develop their website by streamlining and automating processes in order to save time for the organisation. Labour saving was achieved through automating the membership renewal process and enabling the Association to filter their database of members. Click here to read more about the project.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Designworks is one of the founder supporters for a new comic festival to be held in the Lake District. The festival celebrates the very best comic art from across the world, from cartoon strips to superhero comics and manga to non-fiction graphic novels.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 18-20 October 2013 in Kendal, Cumbria, so you can come and enjoy some great comic art combined with a visit to the Lake District.

The founder patrons of the new festival include Bryan and Mary Talbot who won the biography category in the Costa Book Awards earlier this month. They are joined by another internationally renowned comic artist Sean Phillips.

The launch of the new festival comes at a time when there is a growing buzz about comic art. Graphic novels have been taken increasingly seriously over the last twenty years.

More details about the new event will be available on The Lakes International Comic Art Festival website shortly. It is also possible to keep up to date with plans for the festival by following @comicartfest on Twitter or by liking the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Facebook page.

Cumbria Tourism - Best of Lakeland leaflet

Cumbria Tourism – Best of Lakeland leaflet


This is the second year we worked with Cumbria Tourism on their flagship attractions’ leaflet. The guide showcases the best attractions and visitor experiences that Cumbria, the Lake District has to offer. The 2012 guides were very well received and the 2013 version follows a similar layout and design.mmj

Predator Experience - Identity

Predator Experience Identity

Predator Experience has an illustrated identity for its innovative bird of prey falconry days. We used a photograph of Sapphira, Predator Experience’s White-tailed Sea Eagle, as a basis for the illustration. The illustration is detailed but it can be broken down into separate colours for spot colour printing on signage or for embroidery. The eagle complements the illustration of the wolf which is used for the Predator Park identity.

Lake District Holiday Cottages WordPress Website

Lake District Holiday Cottages WordPress Website

Lake District Holiday Cottages has a new website for their two holiday cottages in Staveley. The website uses a bespoke design that we created and developed in WordPress. The cottages are dog-friendly and offer a homely but stylish holiday stay. Both properties are appointed to an extremely high standard with sumptuous fabrics, high quality furniture and carefully chosen art. Lived in luxury is the stylistic approach that we aimed for when creating the site. As well as a stylish design, the functionality of the site incorporates social media feeds, image galleries, availability search and an online booking system.