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A creative & strategic design agency

We design brands with razor-sharp strategy and finely crafted creative.
We develop & design websites that result in engaging experiences. We produce marketing with meaning, resulting in greater, enduring brand value.

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NHS Healthy Smiles

As part of the NHS Lincolnshire website, we have just completed illustrations for the section ‘Healthy Smiles’. The project to re-vamp the website has been ongoing through the past year, and the site is now full of bright, bold, eye-catching illustrations … Continued

HNP

We recently completed a web database project for Resource Efficient Scotland, the Scottish Government programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland. District heating is an energy efficient means of heating a community and can help tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions … Continued

Magna Carta Banner

Like everyone else in Lincoln, Distraction is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Held at Lincoln castle, the Magna Carta is an historical document that affects our society to this day. Known as one of the first charters to … Continued

Recent Projects

A selection of web and graphic design projects
over the last few months…

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About Us

In a nutshell, we’re a creative agency that specialises in strategy, brand, graphic design and web development. In a bigger nutshell…

Profile

Driven by a passion for creating compelling, considered design that engages audiences and drives results, Distraction are a multi-disciplinary creative & strategic design agency with offices in Central Lincoln and South Notts.

Founded in 2000 as ‘Design by Distraction’, the company has now matured and morphed into a bold, innovative and brand-centric agency – blending intelligent creative with insightful strategy whilst retaining the core values it was originally founded on over 16 years ago.

A warm, open and honest attitude has helped to nurture lasting client relationships with a host of local authorities, public sector organisations, private companies and global brands, developing progressive and engaging advertising and design work for clients including the National Trust, the NHS, Center Parcs, Rolls Royce and Siemens.

The growth of our client base has been reflected in the development of our immensely talented team of creatives, strategists, designers and developers who all share a defining ethos: To put the greater good of your brand at the heart of everything we do.

Principles & Approach

Our approach and overriding principles centre around creating honest and collaborative working relationships, together with a passion and drive to produce outstanding work. Here are the key principles we live by:

WE BELIEVE IN COLLABORATION
We seek insight, we question, we listen, we challenge – you know your business better than anyone.

HONESTY & TRUTH ARE INTEGRAL
Honesty with our clients breeds trust, which allows us to do what we do best. We always seek truth in the storytelling of your brand – no smoke and mirrors. We discover compelling truths about your brand and express them in insightful, engaging ways.

WE WORK FOR YOUR BRAND
Which means we work for its audience too (so sometimes we need to take their side).

WE SEEK THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
The most captivating ideas come from going off the beaten track.

THE EGO HASN’T LANDED
No ‘house’ style, no lack of rationale, no ego. We have principles we work to, but our decisions are seldom arbitrary. We go with what works best – often unpredictable, always considered.

WE EXPLORE
Sharp strategy relies on solid foundations. We research, we get involved, we get under the skin of your audience and find out what makes them tick.

DESIGN IS NOT DECORATION
It communicates, it solves a problem, it gives content form, it innovates. It works – for your brand and its audience.

GOOD TIMES
Despite being the longest thing you’ll ever do, we think life is too short. We want our work and our working days to be fun – sharp wit and an upbeat approach keep the work savvy and the process lively.

BRANDS LIVE
Branding isn’t about a consistent, rigid aesthetic or tone. Brands need to be adaptive, dynamic, coherent and meaningful. This underpins our approach and informs our ethos that the greater good of your brand is always at the heart of everything we do.

Studio Summary

Over the last year...

Our projects have been:

23% Print

25% Digital

13% Advertising

39% A bit of everything

26

Doughnuts and naughty treats consumed in the studio every week.

4

Number of times Tom has spilt a beverage all over her keyboard this year.

5

Average number of beers consumed by each Distractionite every Friday.

12

Parking fines collected by staff in the last 6 months.

7

Paper aeroplanes stuck on the beams in the studio so far this year.

1

The amount of white wine spritzers it takes our MD to get tipsy.

3

Trains missed by Distractionites per week. Hangovers definitely not to blame.


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Our Services

Razor-sharp strategy, finely crafted creative and
marketing with meaning. The greater good of your brand
is at the heart of everything we do.

Advertising & Marketing Campaigns

Branding & Identity

Graphic Design & Art Direction

Web & Digital Development

Print & Editorial

Event & Exhibition

Packaging & POS

A MORE EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF SOME OF THE DISCIPLINES AND SERVICES WE’VE ACQUIRED AND PROVIDED...

Advertising

Editorial

Packaging

App Development

Environmental Design

POS

Art Direction

Event Design

Print

Branding & Strategy

Exhibition Design

Responsive Design

Consultancy

Film/Moving Image

SEO

Concept Development

Graphic Design

Signage

Content Management Systems

Illustration

Social Media

Copywriting

Interpretration Design

Strategy & Planning

Design Systems

Logo Design

Support & Hosting

Digital & Interactive

Marketing Campaigns

UI & UX Design

Direct Mail

Naming & Positioning

Visual Identity

eCommerce

Outdoor

Website Design

Our People

Bright minds and dark humour make up our team of creatives, strategists, designers and developers. Come say hello…


Interested in getting your mug on here and becoming one of our people?

Careers

We’re always scouting for talent to find bright young (and not so young) things to join the team. If you’ve a fresh approach and like working with great clients, we’d love to hear from you.

web ninja
Web Developer Web Ninja required

We’re looking for an enthusiastic web developer with one year’s experience. Ideally you have knowledge of ecommerce platforms such as Magento… No agencies please.

Applications by:
01 January 2017

lone ranger
Freelance Graphic Designer Lone Ranger wanted

Our freelance roster is always looking to be bolstered. If you’re a lone gun for hire, easy to get on with and love getting stuck in, saddle up… No agencies please.

Applications by:
26 November 2015

junior
Entry-Level Web Developer Chic geek required

We have a chair ready and waiting for a friendly code lover who’s looking to learn. You’ll be happy making sweet websites and tea in equal measure… No agencies please.

Applications by:
17 February 2017

Our Clients

It takes two to tango. Great collaboration equals great work. Here’s some of the lovely clients we’ve worked with over the years…

WE'VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO WORK ACROSS A DIVERSE RANGE OF INDUSTRY SECTORS. HERE'S A SUMMARY:

Advertising

Finance

Music & Entertainment

Agriculture

Food & Drink

Non-Profits

Art

Government

Performing Arts

Charities

Healthcare

Publishing

Cities

Heritage

Retail

Construction

Hospitality

Science

Corporations

Leisure

Sport

Education

Magazines

Technology

Energy

Manufacture

Transport

Enviroment

Museums & Parks

Tourism

Fashion & Beauty


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Contact

Get in touch and let’s make something

great together…

Lincoln

T: 01522 700131
E: hello@distraction.co.uk

26 Westgate, Lincoln,
LN1 3BD

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Newark

T: 01636 600776
E: hello@distraction.co.uk

30 London Road, Newark,
Nottinghamshire, NG24 1TW

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Leeds Office Opening 2017

Leeds

T: 0113 200 123
E: hello@distraction.co.uk

123 Anywhere Road, Leeds
Yorkshire, LS1 1LS

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A Creative & Strategic Design Studio