Welcome. We are a design consultancy with more than twenty years' experience developing a range of visual communications for a variety of clients.

To every project we aim to bring insight, direction and great design to understand and expand our clients' vision and aspirations, help them find answers, and produce something creative and effective that they (and we) will love and be proud of.

Ultimately, we're here to help them do better business, whatever that may mean for each of them.

Our clients are varied and international.

They're businesses involved in a range of commercial activities.

They're publishers of books and magazines. They're charities and overseas aid organisations.

They're art dealers and galleries, architects and landscape designers, record companies, musicians and composers, theatre companies, business trainers, sports organisations, events organisers...

Our projects are often integrated brand identity, web and print design solutions combining strategy with creative delivery. But we're just as happy to design a one-off poster or a book jacket if that's what you need.

Our websites are all bespoke and our print design is crafted with attention to detail.

And, yes, our best work really does arise from a great working partnership with our clients. And coffee.

If you have a project you'd like to chat through with us, wed be delighted to hear from you.

© Kessell Direction & Design


Here's where you'll find announcements, inspirations, first sight of our latest work, sneaky peeks at work in progress, links from our Twitter profile and the occasional favourite from our archives.

Aidan Meller Fine Paintings, Oxford

This is our first design item for Aidan Meller Fine Paintings as they open their second Oxford gallery space. The inaugural exhibition focuses on the The Oxfordians, a group of contemporary artists whose work draws inspiration from Oxford's Rre-Raphaelite heritage. Our 14-page booklet features a half-page gatefold cover, hinting at the secretive and subversive nature of the group. The new Broad Street gallery, which opens in September 2013, will also feature original work by Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelite School.

Dum diddy dum dum...

In this 50th Anniversary Year of 007 in film (Bond himself is 60), we are delighted to be working with composer Monty Norman, the first man to hum the James Bond theme - he wrote it! While he works on his current projects and autobiography, we shall be working with him to develop a coherent brand identity and biographical website.

Caroline Legrand Design, London

Caroline Legrand is a Belgian born interior designer, now living and working in London. She describes her interiors as 'eclectic chic embodying sophistication, glamour and an element of whimsy'. We worked with her to develop her brand identity design and to create a restrained, stylish portfolio website that would allow her work to speak for itself. The site was designed and built firstly for the iPad as a web app. carolinelegranddesign.com
(Photography Michael Paul)

IF Trust - work in progress

The Oxfordshire-based Imagine Foundation approached us to create the brand identity for the IF Trust, a charitable funding agency facilitating the work of individuals and groups aiming to create something new and lasting for their communities. This is all we're allowed to show you for now - the project will include promotional printed material and a website. More later!

Hudson Architects

We are working with Norwich-based Hudson Architects to rebuild their website implementing new content management systems. The award-winning practice aims to develop the site as an internal resource as well as a portfolio for potential clients and the media.

Brand redesign for Dutch media guru

Former Dutch television news presenter and award winning newspaper journalist Tine van Houts asked us to work with her to rethink and redesign her brand identity and online presence. As London correspondent, Tine was known for many years in Holland as the face of Britain. Today she is a lecture and media advisor to prominent Dutch politicians and public figures as well as running high level media training programmes in the Netherlands and the UK. Our brand identity design is a simple idea expressing the concept of getting ones message across effectively and with clarity. Slightly quirky, yes, but with a professional, serious overtone - and memorable. The first phase of the website is designed to be a clear and uncluttered contrast to the other media training businesses on the web. tinevanhouts.com

Natural Solutions, Switzerland

A preview of work in progress... Natural Solutions are landscape architects and contractors based in Switzerland and working across Europe, the UK and The United States. They approached us to design a new brand identity (above) to position them more appropriately and effectively in their sector among the high level architects and designers who are their clients. The project is ongoing, the implementation involving print, a new web site in three languages, vehicle livery and uniforms. More soon!

Readers Digest Select Editions

We've recently added three new designs to the series we've been working on for Reader's Digest's Select Editions. Each volume features four new titles by popular authors, fronted by double-page 'cover' designs.

Julie Toll Landscape & Garden Design

We have recently had the pleasure of designing a new online presence for top landscape designer Julie Toll. Julie has been designing gardens in the UK and abroad since 1982, gaining international recognition by winning 7 gold and 2 silver medals at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. This first phase of the site is an introduction to her UK and overseas work, using the full browser window to display her stunning gardens (and not a Flash file in sight!). www.julietoll.co.uk