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Design Cloud is a graphic design agency based in Manchester with a fresh approach. We have a highly-skilled design team, with a fast, reliable and simple process – All for an affordable flat rate monthly fee. Supercharge your graphic design output and say goodbye to hourly rates.

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A new breed of Graphic Design Agency in Manchester

We’re Design Cloud, a Manchester-based graphic design subscription service that provides bespoke, high-quality graphic design with a quick turnaround — all for an affordable, flat-rate monthly fee. 

We’re an unlimited subscription service, meaning you pay a simple monthly fee that gives you as many designs, revisions and top graphic designers as you need. Simply send us a design request and one of our professional, experienced and highly-skilled designers will bring it to life by the next working day.

Unlike the hassle, headaches and high costs that come with hiring an expensive graphic design agency or an unreliable freelancer, Design Cloud’s service is simple, seamless and stress-free. If you have an idea that you can describe to us, we’ll design it for you.

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What's included with a Design Cloud subscription?

What's included with a Design Cloud subscription?

Design Cloud offers three subscription plans for you to choose from, depending on your needs and budget: Design Cloud Standard, Design Cloud PRO and Design Cloud Teams. Each plan can be customised based on how long you want the service for. You can sign up for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months — it’s totally up to you. There are absolutely no hidden costs, meaning the price you pay is the price you pay.

Thanks to our discount system, the longer you sign up for, the more money you’ll save. If you commit to 12 months, you’ll save 15% on the price of your subscription. If you’re not ready to commit long-term straight away, you can subscribe month-to-month and still get the graphic design help you need for an affordable flat-rate fee.

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Do you offer the same as a traditional graphic design agency?

Do you offer the same as a traditional graphic design agency?

When it comes to graphic design, there isn’t much we can’t do. Our versatile, experienced and highly-skilled designers can create anything from digital content like infographics and landing pages to physical assets such as product packaging and corporate brochures.

While the scope of our service is broad, we specialise in taking care of your smaller, day-to-day design tasks like social media graphics, Google PPC (pay-per-click) ads and flyers and posters.

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Official Design Scope

Our design scope in broad and there’s not much we can’t work on – Here’s our design scope as a guide. If there’s something we’ve not listed below, get in touch and we’ll let you know if we can do it.

So long as you can explain or shows what you want, we can design it. Here are some more common design requests from our clients.

  • Sales sheets
  • Simple infographics
  • Sticker design
  • Resizing existing designs
  • Point of sale graphics
  • T-shirt graphics
  • Basic photo editing
  • Removing backgrounds
  • Exhibition graphics
  • Event flyers
  • Restaurant menus
  • Existing logo updates
  • Presentation graphics
  • Name cards
  • Spotify graphics
  • Youtube graphics
  • Memes
  • Vehicle graphics
  • Business stationary
  • Album cover art

Additional things you can create with a Design Cloud PRO subscription

Design Cloud PRO users receive same-day turnaround* on design requests and benefit from direct communication with their designer via Slack.

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  • Websites & landing pages
  • Logo design* (with a clear concept or direction provided)
  • Corporate brochures
  • Communicate with your designer directly via slack
  • Web & mobile app design
  • Presentations & slide decks
  • Advanced infographics
  • Average same day turn around on design requests*
What we don't do...

What we don't do...

While the list of things we can design is rather long (as you can see above!), our work is firmly rooted in graphic design. Unfortunately, that means we can’t help you with animated 3D video, CAD (computer-aided design, most commonly used in product design), SEO (search engine optimisation) or copywriting.

We’re also not a branding design agency. While we’re a friendly bunch who love to help, but we can’t sit down, have a coffee with you and come up with a visual identity for your business from scratch. We specialise in bringing to life your existing ideas. So if you already have a clear design concept (including specific fonts, colours or images) for your company but don’t have the time, skills or available personnel to make it happen, then great, that’s where we can help!

If you are looking for help with branding, video, animation, copywriting or any of the non-Design Cloud services mentioned above, we work with multiple award-winning agencies across all areas of digital and we’ll be happy to introduce you to them.

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Every Account Includes

No matter which subscription plan you choose, every account includes the following features:

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The Design Cloud Platform

Our sleek, easy-to-use portal is where you can create design briefs, manage your revisions and add (or remove) extra designers to your account.

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A professional UK-based graphic designer

Unlike some other graphic design subscription services, we don’t source designers from overseas where the time difference can make communication difficult and ideas can get lost in translation. All of our designers are in-house and based at our office in Spinningfields, Manchester meaning you get a smoother and more seamless experience.

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Unlimited requests

There’s no limit to the number of designs you can receive. Our designers will work through them individually in the order you submitted them, and as soon as one design is finished and approved, we’ll get to work on your next one right away.

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Unlimited Revisions

There’s no limit to the number of revisions you can make either. If you’re not happy with the first design we send you, simply submit another design request, tell us what you want adding or changing and we’ll aim to get your revised design back to you with the same quick turnaround.

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A scalable design service

If you require a large number of designs to be completed quickly, you can scale up your service by adding as many designers to your account as you please. You can just as easily scale back your design team when your demands die down. We like to call it our “pay as you grow model.”

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Our UK customer support team

As well as producing quality design work quickly, we take pride in providing an excellent service to all of our clients. No matter what subscription plan you’re on, our UK-based support team are here to handle any request you might have and help you every step of the way. We’re powered by real people, so you can expect a friendly, personable and helpful service.

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Our extensive knowledge base

We believe in providing more than just professional, personalised and promptly-delivered designs to our clients. For those looking to deepen their understanding of graphic design, our regularly-updated knowledge base offers in-depth guides and topical blog posts.

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Our partner programme

Signing up for a longer-term isn’t the only way you can save money on your design service. If you refer 10 people to Design Cloud, you’ll get your subscription absolutely free*. Contact our sales team to 

Who is Design Cloud for?

Who is Design Cloud for?

Design Cloud is for anyone who’s looking to level up their visual identity through clean, sharp and high-quality graphic design. We’ve worked with businesses of all sizes across different industries, including insurance, recruitment, finance, events, music, real estate, automotive, film and TV. Although our designers are all UK-based and our offices are located in Manchester, we work with clients all over the globe.

Design Cloud isn’t here to replace your existing design team, but to offer an efficient, reliable and cost-effective solution to your smaller, day-to-day graphic design needs — whether that’s unlocking a bottleneck problem, helping you to scale up your design output or bringing to life those design ideas that can profit your business.

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Perhaps you're a....

Marketing Agency

Who is currently outsourcing your design work to freelancers and are looking for a more consistent service with fixed pricing.

eCommerce Store

Who need to scale up their digital marketing and split test Facebook, Instagram or Google PPC ads in a cost-effective way.

Sales Team

Who needs clean, compelling and high-quality graphics to elevate their pitches and presentations and impress potential clients.

Record Label

Who needs eye-catching visuals (like album cover art and social media graphics) to help capture the ears of music fans.

Branding Agency

Who needs to free up your in-house designers from small design tasks so you can speed up productivity.

Car Dealership

Who want an affordable graphic design solution to help them with marketing material, editing photos of vehicles or creating graphics for their latest blog.

Recruitment Agency

Who doesn’t want to employ an in-house designer, but needs graphic design help with creating brochures, social media content or sales material.

Estate Agency

Who needs graphic design help to create razor-sharp sales materials, property brochures or e-flyers to help increase sales and lettings enquires.

Restaurant Owner

Who needs a reliable graphic design team to create unique social media content, update menus and special offer artwork without the hassle.

Why should you choose Design Cloud?

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Innovative Solution

Whatever your graphic design needs, Design Cloud offers plenty of unique benefits that you won’t get by working with an expensive graphic design agency, inexperienced in-house designer or unreliable freelancer. We’re not the only graphic design subscription service around, but with a team of solely UK-based designers and actual offices located in the creative powerhouse that is Manchester, we believe that we’re the best in the country at what we do.

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Quick turnaround times

Why spend weeks waiting for your designs to get finished when you can get them the very next day? Once you’ve submitted a design request, you’ll receive your completed design the next working day. If you have a Design Cloud PRO or Design Cloud Teams account, you can get it back the same day. We know just how rapidly things move in today’s digital age, which is why we’re committed to such quick turnarounds.

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Tailored to your needs

All of our designs are completely bespoke and created according to your brief. Because we’re not a branding agency, our designers rely on the direction you give them and then they use their skills and experience to bring your idea to life. Unlike other graphic design agencies, we’ll never take liberties and design something you didn’t ask for.

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Simple, streamlined and stress free

Hiring a decent graphic designer can be a risky, stressful and time-consuming process, and that’s just researching who’s out there. With Design Cloud, you can bank on high-quality designs delivered to you quickly by professional, reliable designers. Our simple, streamlined service eliminates unnecessary meetings and phone calls that eat into your time, so you can focus on running your business.

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Cost effective

Design Cloud is an affordable and cost-effective answer to your graphic design needs. We’re cheaper than hiring an expensive agency, and because we offer unlimited design requests and revisions, we’re good value for money. There are no extra charges or surprise costs, no matter how many requests you submit. Because your designs are produced by professionals, you don’t have to worry about commissioning costly redesigns down the line.

Why is graphic design so important for your business?

Graphic design is an indispensable tool that encompasses almost every aspect of your business, from its face down to the purchase funnel. Doing it right is key to the success of your business.

Graphic design dramatically enhances the first impression of your business

Graphic design dramatically enhances the first impression of your business

First impressions count. It’s trite, but true. A study from Princeton University found that it takes just 1/10th of a second for someone to form a judgement about a stranger from their face — and the same goes for your business. In a split second, your brand’s appearance can grab peoples’ attention, pull them in and potentially convert them into a customer… or it can turn them off, drive them away and cost you a sale.

Graphic design can help you to hone in on your desired demographic, expand your reach and boost your bottom line. Good design conveys quality, credibility, consistency, success and trustworthiness — all things that make people more likely to buy your product or use your service. Every business has a story to tell, and graphic design is an incredibly powerful way of communicating your brand values and expressing your personality, allowing you to attract the right audience.

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Effective graphic design builds trust, credibility & brand loyalty

Effective graphic design builds trust, credibility & brand loyalty

Graphic design is more than about just looking good, though; it can directly influence people’s behaviour. Different colours evoke specific emotions in people (red is synonymous with anger or passion, while blue is associated with calmness or coldness, for example). In fact, 92.6% of consumers say that colour dimension is the key factor affecting their purchase decision. Something as simple as the colour(s) of your logo can tap into the human psyche and turn casual observers into loyal customers.

In today’s digital age, graphic design is perhaps more important than ever. In most cases, people will first encounter your business online, perhaps through Google search, social media or your website directly. A recent study found that 94% of consumers’ first impression about a website is design-related, so it’s crucial that your virtual storefront looks appealing.

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Graphic Design improves customer engagement & experience

Graphic Design improves customer engagement & experience

Social media is an essential marketing channel where hundreds of millions of people “congregate” every single day, but it takes creative, compelling designs to be able to cut through the constant stream of content, conversations and controversy. Did you know that tweets with visual assets generate 150% more retweets, while Facebook posts with images get 230% more engagement?

When it comes to your own content, graphic design can make it more engaging, effective and user-friendly. Whether you’re trying to inform your customers about a new product or service or simply educate them about a relevant topic, the use of visual elements has been proven to significantly help people take in and store information. Valuable, visually-pleasing content improves the customer experience and builds brand loyalty.

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Why should you avoid bad graphic design?

Why should you avoid bad graphic design?

In the same way that great graphic design can elevate your business and expand your audience, bad graphic design can seriously hinder your company’s fortunes.

What do we mean when we talk about bad graphic design exactly? Bad graphic design can include specific things like an outdated logo, messy and uneven lines/shapes or low-resolution graphics that become blurry and pixelated when enlarged. It can also refer to broader issues like a logo that’s too bland or doesn’t fit your brand, a cluttered and poorly-functioning website or a lack of continuity and consistency across your company’s products (in other words, they don’t follow the same design guidelines).

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You can tell almost immediately when a business doesn’t use a professional graphic designer.

You can tell almost immediately when a business doesn’t use a professional graphic designer.

There are many businesses out there who choose not to invest in graphic design, perhaps because they think doing it themselves will save them money or they underestimate the importance of it. But you can tell almost immediately when a business doesn’t use a professional graphic designer. “Cheap,” “amateur” and “unattractive” are all words you might use to describe their visual identity.

If you skimp on your image, it gives people the impression that you skimp on other parts of your business, like your product, your customer service and how you handle customers’ personal data. It’s a sure-fire way to turn people off, especially new customers who are discovering you for the first time. When it comes to your website, almost 40% of users will stop engaging if they find the content or layout shabby and tatty.

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Handling graphic design yourself might actually cost you more money in the long run...

Handling graphic design yourself might actually cost you more money in the long run...

As for the financial aspect, handling graphic design yourself might actually cost you more money in the long run. Imagine launching a product (or worse yet, your brand) and realising you need a professional redesign just a few weeks later? Not only would updating your products, website and social media pages be a giant headache, but it would create confusion among your customers.

Plus, if you do it yourself, there are important technical things you have to consider. Are you using the right file formats? Are you working with the right dimensions and resolution? Do you have legal permission to use a certain image or font? If not, you’ll run into complications down the road.

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Why we’re based in Manchester

This is the place....to connect and create

This is the place....to connect and create

Aside from being a top city full of cracking people, Manchester is officially the tech capital of the North and is home to the fastest-growing creative industry anywhere in the UK outside of London. The city also gave birth to arguably the UK’s most famous graphic designer, Peter Saville, who created iconic album covers for Manchester bands like Joy Division and New Order in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as the current branding for the city’s Metrolink tram system.

Furthermore, Manchester boasts a rich cultural heritage full of creativity, innovation and revolution. The city helped to power the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, it’s where Mancunian Emmeline Pankhurst founded the British suffragette movement in 1903, and it’s at the University of Manchester where the world’s first electronic stored-program computer (aka the Manchester Baby) was built in 1948.

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...and Greater Manchester's greatness is keeping it great.

...and Greater Manchester's greatness is keeping it great.

And let’s not forget the many bands (like Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Simply Red), TV series (Coronation Street, Shameless and The Royle Family) and football teams (Manchester United and Manchester City) that Manchester has blessed the world with.

As a company that combines design, creativity, technology and good old fashioned hard work, there aren’t better places to call home than Manchester. ❤️

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