Branding, print design, web design and build all from one team in the same studio who sit around the same (large) table!

In essence we help clients to distil what it is they really do and want to offer and then help them to reach their audience with that message in an engaging manner. We have a strong aesthetic and a passion for graphic design and although the WHY? always comes first, the design is an integral part of finding solutions.

We work around a big poplar table in a studio space on King Street, in the beautiful and historic city of Norwich, Norfolk. We established the business in 2008 and have grown steadily ever since. We like to sit around a big table because we value our collaborative prowess! For example we don’t outsource the web build part of the process. Having a web developer as part of the team increases the dialogue we are able to have about projects and we are able to look over each others shoulders.

Doing what we really love doing by making thoughtful, compelling and effective work for traditional print and for the digital world, together in the one studio, has real benefits for our clients:

Close, seamless project management

We had a carpenter make us a table big enough for us all to sit around, so that we could work closely together. Nothing is lost in translation and we all know what is going on.

Consistency across print and the web

Because we work together so closely and because we might be working on a brochure and a website for the same client we simply know what is going on.

Creative thinking and technical know-how in harmony

Creative minds living and breathing cheek by jowel with technical brains that literally pulse in unison with the electrical current that lights the room.

The team

Nania Tait

Nania Tait

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Nania's colourful background includes running the studio for London designers Lamb & Shirley, setting up dot com offices in London and New York, project management at FTSE and running a deli! She has a degree in Art History and is a CIM qualified marketer. Aside from her creative input she looks after our clients, projects, and business development.

Kate Portman

Kate Portman

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A former editor and features writer, Kate has always been passionate about good communication. She now applies her journalistic skills to all things digital, emphasising content as the third essential ingredient - along with design and technical - of a great website. As the team's strategist, she's always asking 'why?' and thinking about usability to help us design and build great solutions.

Scott Poulson

Scott Poulson

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A graphic designer with a degree in Visual Communications – Scott spent a decade in London working for The Financial Times and Centaur Media. He then became Creative Director for a specialist brand consultancy in Norwich. In order to enable him to apply and explore his own marketing communications design values with his own clients he founded Special Design Studio.

Clive Portman

Clive Portman

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Clive's problem solving and analytical skills were honed while completing a PhD in plate tectonics, before transferring his thirst for knowledge to the digital world. He expertly builds websites with dynamic effects, great content management and e-commerce systems, as well as providing clients with helpful advice and training on all things technical without resorting to any 'geek speak.'

Creative partners

We work with a small number of photographers, artworkers etc. to ensure that we can bring the best skills to your projects, on time and on budget.

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