Swim2Birds is a boutique creative agency for people who want quality, value and the chance to deal with human beings who care about the work they produce.
If you’d like to know more about us, this is a good place to start – you can see who we are and what services we offer, and have a look at some of our portfolio. There’s also contact details for when you want to get in touch. That pretty much covers it: life’s too short to waste waffling on websites. And anyway, we’ve got other work to do…
We offer writing, editing, design, print, web, project management and more. We help clients we respect, we produce things we’re proud of. If a job is related to words, pictures or communication then we can probably do it.
Between us we’ve racked up many years of industry experience, we’ve run departments, we’ve sat on boards. We have contacts everywhere we need them. Anything a traditional agency can do, we can do too.
Swim2Birds give you direct contact with very experienced people who’ve spent their careers producing creative material that really works. Our rates are competitive, and we’re an extremely safe pair of hands.
We work with all kinds of clients on all kinds of creative projects. From producing flagship international reports for WWF to creating a brand for our favourite local coffee shop, we love putting our minds to jobs we care about. There are some examples below – if you like what you see and think we might be able to help you too, why not give us a shout?
Whether you need original research and journalism, or you want us to take existing material and turn it into something better, we're versatile, creative and careful writers and editors. We're pretty fanatical when it comes to proofreading, too.
In any design job, creativity, discipline and technical skill are equally important. That's our starting point, whether we're producing websites for music teachers or annual reports for NGOs. If you need print work, we can source and manage that whole side of it too.
Branding matters, but abstract adjectives and meaningless buzzwords don't. We create strong, effective visual brands for all kinds of clients, with formal brand guidelines when needed – but we do it without the mysterious waffle that often surrounds the field...
Our single services are all rock solid – but we do like getting to work together on a complete project. You can't always draw a line between editorial and design – effective communication depends on the overall effect of both, and should be more than the sum of the parts. We love it when we get to pool our skills, and the final result is all the better when we do.
There are two of us at the core of Swim2Birds, and that’s the way we like it (small is beautiful) – although we bring other talented friends on board too when we need their specialist skills. You can stalk us on various social media if you mouse over our faces, if that’s your sort of thing.
As well as being a fine wordsmith and editor with a ferocious eye for detail, Evan uses his many years of board-level business experience to oversee our operations and keep our wheels turning behind the scenes.
Barney won the WHSmith Young Writers competition as a kid, and has never looked back... These days he's a respected writer for top NGOs and third sector bodies. We're pleased to have him heading up our content provision.
We’ve all been doing this a long time, and – despite a degree of cynicism – we do actually care deeply about our craft. We put a lot of thought and hard work into making sure that the material we produce is as effective as possible. Sometimes getting the right answer for our clients involves going back and asking a different question to start with – if we think there’s a better way of doing things, we’ll say so. In the end, there are some fundamental questions we ask about every piece of work: who is it aimed at, how do we engage them, and what do we want them to do next? Those three points sound obvious, but it can be easy to lose sight of them when you’ve been working on something for months and can’t see the wood for the trees – this is where our services are often particularly appreciated. Whatever we work on, we bring detachment, common sense, and a relentless focus on the purpose of the job. Every project is the answer to a question, and it’s always the best answer we can give.
It’s pretty straightforward. At Swim2Birds, we work with people we like who do things we believe in. We have many charity and NGO clients, and we’re proud that we contribute to their efforts – but we’re just as happy working with progressive corporates, interesting start-ups or anyone else whose wavelength we share and whose values we respect. We work on a white label basis for a few people, too – but we’re good at keeping professional secrets, and none of them appear below…