Graphic design firm celebrates nearly 20 years in business

By Anita Jaynes on 3 February, 2014

A Wiltshire graphic design firm is marking almost 20 years in business by celebrating with the customers who have helped make it a success and by launching a new website.

Ninepoint Design Consultants was founded by Justin Folker 19 years ago and has worked with clients across the South West as well as national organisations such as the School Food Trust, Royal Institute of British Architects, the NHS and the National Osteoporosis Society – with work for the latter unexpectedly given international exposure.

“Our logo design for the National Osteoporosis Society was seen around the world as it appeared behind Prince Charles and Camilla when they had their first public kiss,” explains Justin, who studied graphic design at Salisbury College of Art before working for two large South West design agencies.

He said Ninepoint had built up a loyal client base, thanks to the team’s ability to provide creative solutions on time and on budget, and the launch event on Thursday, 27 February, was a chance to celebrate these partnerships and build new ones.

He said: “We are in our 19th year but, with the launch of the new website it made sense to shout about both events at the same time.

“It is a chance to say thank you to existing clients as well as introduce Ninepoint to some potential new customers.”

The celebration will be held at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery, which has commissioned Ninepoint to produce publicity material for many of its exhibitions over the past two decades. The firm has also worked with artist Peter Brown, or “Pete the Street”, who will be exhibiting at the venue during the launch party.

The firm’s new website will allow the team to update it regularly with new projects and showcase a much larger portfolio of work for a range of clients.

Justin, who is 44 and lives in Trowbridge with his wife, Nicola and daughter, Nell, added: “In addition, clients can now be kept up to date within the blog section of the site where we can highlight new projects we are working on as well as providing other useful information and answers to questions we regularly receive from our clients.”

It’s a far cry from the firm’s early days when business and the general public were just beginning to embrace the world wide web and email, just one of the changes the team has seen over the past 19 years.

Justin said: “Technology has helped us improve efficiency. For example, work can be sent electronically now whereas when we started email was just coming into working life and a dash to the post office was often required at the end of each day to send out work.

“Although we have seen a huge change in the hardware and software packages we use, the fundamentals of design remain unchanged. It’s all about understanding the client’s needs and answering their problems through appropriate design solutions.

“The key qualities have been and remain creativity, reliability, consistency, an ability to get on with and understand people, the ability to listen and, above all, loving design and the thrill of running a business.”