Close
 

Mini Did What?

I'm really not picking on Mini (see our other Mini based rant), but for this US version, what's going on? The UK version has normal indicators set into the light cluster in a fairly normal manner. But with the US version, we'll as they use the tail light as an indicator, things get a little weird...

I'm not a massive fan of the half union jack tail-lamps, but I like it when people try to do different, if sometimes it doesn't always work out. And it's a talking point perhaps, and of course, makes it stand out in some way. But it rerally hasn't travelled well accross the ocean to the good old US of A.

Take a look at that picture, who when looking at that thought to themselves, that's great, that'll work out fine. That won't confuse anyone at all when you've sometimes got very little time to make decisions on the road. Then, design for design sake not only doesn't work, it can be simply dangerous. 

This is not the only issue these days, with non-standard gear selctors, switchgear and more, but... really! No one spotted this and thought, yeah, maybe not...?

Great design is a balance between the function of something, and it's asthetics. In this instance, function simply must be put ahead of form and asthetic thinking. 

 

 

 

 

1000 Projects!

We’re celebrating our 1000th significant project… Thank you to everyone who's helped make this happen.

Read More

Mini Did What?

I'm really not picking on Mini (see our other Mini based rant), but for this US version, what's going on?

Read More

Charity Ride - Update

It was a shame to not have a group ride, but we had great weather (unlike last year) and we saw others out there supporting the charity too...

Read More

Charity Ride

I’ve been meaning to do this themed rideout forever and finally I’ve pulled my finger out and sorted my registration for the event. 

Read More

Welsh Cream Tea

In between the ever present showers we've had for summer 2020 we did a very quick photoshoot for Fabulous Welshcakes. 

Read More

Case Study: Laguna Spa

Part of the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff, the Laguna Spa is a city centre spa with a customer centric approach to their clients.

Read More

Colours: Yellow

Once upon a time a very straight-talking individual decided he wanted all the interiors of his planes to be very ‘on-brand’.

Read More

Designers Hate...

Welcome to a new series where we pour out our somewhat obsessive overreaction to small-but-hugely-irritating design decisions.

Read More

Case Study: Acuity Law

Acuity Law is a dynamic law company, with a modern organisational structure and an agile, fluid team-centric model.

Read More

Natura Unreal

In this post I just simply wanted to share something that made me go 'wow!' check out these beautiful surrealistic pieces by Luisa Azevedo.

Read More

Digital Zombies

Are we too depenendant on our devices? Are we just 'digital zombies' constantly glued to our phones?

Read More

Visions...

When discussion with friends turns to books, when I let people know that I enjoy sci-fi novels, I get a certain look...

Read More

Designing With Purpose

One belief we’ve always held close to our heart at Caffeine is that design must not only look good, it absolutely must have purpose.

Read More

Look Big - Quick Look...

The beautiful illustration work by Jeff Östberg really caught my eye and make this a lovely book to flip through.

Read More

Brand Values

Can you remember the values your business settled on? Are they really a part of your daily life in work?

Read More

Animals of the North

A quick post to show off the lovely illustrations in the book, Wild Animals of the North.

Read More

Case Study: Firing Line

Firing Line are a regimental museum that pride themselves on engaging storytelling though their exhibits and artefacts.

Read More

Everyday Magic

A quick post for you today showing you some amazing photographs from the German photographer Lucas Zimmermann.

Read More

Case Study: Barnardo's

A third sector organisation that needs no introduction came to us frustrated at their existing external designer.

Read More

Our New Site

Typically, and this is probably true for many businesses, it took us ages to get our own new site launched. But launched it is...

Read More

Case Study: Forbes

We were approached to look at reinvigorating the brand as a whole, starting with the main element of the logo and then the supporting parts.

Read More

Case Study: FWC

Cardiff based Fabulous Welshcakes asked us to create their full brand and suuporting materials. They are our oldest client...

Read More

Attract Business

Utilise our skills and experience to help you stand out and attract business.

Read More

The Power of Colour

We are surrounded with colour. Every day our lives are enhanced by the colours of nature around us. 

Read More

Just My Type

I recently had the pleasure to come across a little gem of a book dedicated to the world of typefaces.

Read More

Delicate Paper Flowers

Pretty awesome paper flower creations.

Read More

VAT on Print Work

Did you know that VAT is zero on some print items, but not others?

Read More

The Designer Says

“I want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares.”

Read More

Information Is Beautiful

The Effectiveness of Infographics

Read More

Leica M Monochrome

Take a look at this thing of beauty and tell us you don't love the magic and romance of monochrome photography...

Read More

What Makes A Designer

What makes a designer a designer? And why can't anyone do it?...

Read More

Property Releases

Something to Watch Out for...

Read More

Social Media

So, you’ve decided to do it, or it’s been foisted upon you, or you feel you have to be involved with social media because everyone else is. Now what?

Read More

Details, Details, Details

It’s a painting right? Well it take’s a little while to accept it, but it’s actually a hyper-realistic painting by the artist Jason de Graaf.

Read More

Fab Free Font

Lovely retro font from Fontfabric

Read More

Elegant Ampersands

More a Graphic Than Type.

Read More

Why-Why-Why...?

Really? Why do designers think that I want to be seen in this?

Read More

Design vs Style

Design & Style. Is There a Difference?

Read More

Close

contact us

Contact Us & Let's Talk

We'd love to have the opportunity to work with you, so why not get in touch and see how we can bring something very special to your next project...

Contact Details
t: 029 2009 9550
The Studio
25 Millbrook Heights
Dinas Powys
CF64 4JJ