1 + 1 + you

We’re a deliberately small agency. There’s just Marles + Barclay. It’s a way that works well for our clients too. You’ll find that we are more than the sum of our parts. There’s something about our particular mix of skills and experience that means we’re bringing loads of the right stuff to the right people.

You’ll always know who you’re working with, and there’s no hierarchy. If you work with us we’re hands on throughout, immersed in your project from initial ideas to finished designs. We listen, talk, research and design, and there’s less likelihood of misunderstandings along the way. Because we’re serious about what we do, we bring care, attention and genuine commitment to every project. Perhaps that’s why many of our clients have been very committed to us for years

Our approach to design is fired by good ideas, rooted in experience and commercial sense, and executed with empathy and skill. We create everything from brand identity, naming and guidelines to how the brand works in print, online and in the world – from campaigns and promotional print to packaging and exhibitions, for start ups to established businesses.

Sometimes our customers know exactly what they want, other times it’s more a voyage of discovery. We’re happy either way. Here are three starting points:

  1. You’ve got a new product or service with one chance to make a great first impression. You want help creating a brand that will be irresistible to the right people Example+
  2. You’re outgrowing your brand. It’s not completely wrong, but it’s not telling the whole story anymore. You need someone to help the brand grow up while preserving its heritage Example+
  3. You need a ‘something’ to help you sell your product, but you don’t know what. Good ideas are as important as fantastic finished designs Example+

About Marles

Gill combines years of ‘proper’ Graphic Design experience with an understanding of print, a love of type and a (slightly OCD) attention to detail. This combined with some serious interior design skills means that nothing leaves the studio unless it looks absolutely amazingly right.

In her spare time she loves to throw pots and any opportunity to visit Spain, she's there!

Gill@marlesandbarclay.co.uk
M: +44 7803 143 237
@gillianmarles

About Barclay

Adrian has an amazing facility for coming up with ideas and being able to visualise them so that people get them. He’s a real ‘big picture thinker.’

This creative thinking and illustration skills are key to the process of bringing your product, brand or production to life. Adrian's great versatility and technical prowess is born of years of experience as an illustrator with an impressive list of clients across the globe.

In his spare time he's truly a MAMIL - cycling to Paris for charity, and around and about Bristol for pleasure.

Adrian@marlesandbarclay.co.uk
M: +44 7970 881 739
@adrianbarclay

Testimonials

We’re proud to have a whole heap of satisfied customers who have said some lovely stuff about us. This isn’t the place to be bashful - so here’s a little bit of the glowing feedback we’ve received:

“You're not just designers – you really understand sofas AND my business."

Scott Davidson, Sofa Magic

“I can confidently say that the increase in business from the new website paid for the investment in less than three months."

Ric Carby, Barnes Educationa Services

“We're delighted with the way Gill + Adrian worked with us to develop our new branding. The result has been very well received and has had a positive effect on the company’s quality of contracts received since.”

Rupert Perkins, John Perkins Construction

“Thank you for all your hard work on this. The design is fantastic. Also, I want you both to know that despite all the difficulties, everyone, I mean everyone, likes the brand. I am really really impressed.”

Jane Edmonds, Comms & PR Manager, Second Step

“The new look Sugarcraft Magazine has been very well received – everyone is delighted with the transformation. Your advice about  and your assistance and co-operation in streamlining the whole process has been a great help to us. I would like to thank you personally for helping to make this transition so smooth for everyone involved."

Judy Banks, National Chair, Sugarcraft

“Wow Adrian THANK YOU! I am in awe of your design and the way you have compiled an amazing guide... I am so excited to see children using them.

Mikey, Releasing Potential

“Our clients are overwhelmed by how you have been able to interpret their words and stories – a huge thank you!”

Annie Perez, St Mungos

our clients

past + present

Retail + Craft

  • Alistair Sawdays
  • Barefoot Bride
  • Bodmin Nursery
  • Brabantia
  • Chic & Wild
  • Clifton Wardrobes
  • Designer Doors
  • First Flight Balloon Trips
  • Friend & Falke
  • Greens Horticulture
  • Harveys Bristol
  • Honda
  • Hooper House Cafe
  • Kingsdown Vaults
  • Kleeneze
  • Newleaf Furniture
  • Louisa Taylor Ceramics
  • Makers' Eye
  • Milsom Place
  • Mostyn Gallery
  • Paramount Hotels
  • Pizza Provencale
  • Sabre Leasing
  • Sage inspired by Life
  • Screwfix
  • Sofa Magic
  • Thierry & Guy Wines
  • Trollbeads UK
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Culture

  • Bristol Cycling Campaign
  • Bristol Cyrenians
  • Barnes Educational
  • Bristol Festival of Literature
  • Bristol Grammar School
  • Bristol Mental Health
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Bristol University
  • Compass Health
  • Connexions West
  • Cotham School
  • Downend School
  • Ellie Glover
  • Fresh Arts
  • Friends of St Andrews Park
  • Golden Key
  • International Fesival of the Sea
  • Learning Partnership West
  • Learning and Skills Council
  • Lifetime Careers
  • Living Learning English
  • Mangotsfield School
  • Penny Brohn Cancer Care
  • PositiveStep
  • Priority Youth Housing
  • Releasing Potential
  • SecondStep
  • Spike Island Artspace
  • Tangent Books
  • Writhlingon School
  • Victoria Park Primary

Other

Government

  • Innovate UK
  • Technology Strategy Board
  • The Design Programme

Professional Services

  • Business Link
  • Carter Bayes
  • Focus on Design
  • Lawson Clarke PR
  • Limetree PR
  • Lucy Bristow Recruitment
  • Spaces 4 Learning Architects