We’ve been tackling communications challenges of every size since 1970 and are proud of our creative solutions that deliver measurable results for our clients.

Whatever the objective – increased sales, improved recruitment or attracting investors – we help you to define how your organisation is seen by customers, employees and third parties, conveying confidence and articulating your organisational values.

Put quite simply, we help you to stand out from the crowd.

Our work has been recognised for its effectiveness with nine International Design Business Association Awards and 20 nominations. Our identity work for Heathrow Express was recognised with a Gold Transform Award for Best UK Rebrand.


Lavinia Culverhouse – Managing Director
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Lavinia joined Designhouse in 1994 and has been Managing Director since 1998. Previously she was Account Director with Doner Advertising, heading up the BP, Lyons Maid and UK charity lotteries accounts. Prior to that, she was at Abbot Mead Vickers/BBDO for 7 years working with Alfred Dunhill, Pepsi and Delta Airlines. Lavinia was appointed to the board of the Design Business Association in 1999 and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Peter Dobie – Executive Creative Director
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Peter graduated in Graphic Design at St Martins School of Art. After which he worked as a graphic designer with BBC Television, an Art Director at Polygram designing album covers and directing Pop Promos for the likes of Eric Clapton and The Who before swapping the music business for designing. Working in design and intranet technology since 1984 Peter has combined his design and animation skills with new technologies, animation and web design disciplines.

We structure our business simply

It is our planners’ role to structure the brief so that the designer is inspired and focused, while our account managers look after the interface between the Designhouse culture and our client’s.

All this supports our pursuit of the breakthrough creative ‘idea’ – a simple yet completely new insight that attracts and absorbs the customer to the point of loyalty.

Our approach frequently results in long-lasting relationships. We like to think that is because our clients value our contribution in delivering more effective design solutions.

We believe the key purpose of brand identity is fivefold:

1. To symbolise and focus the vision and values of the organisation

2. To achieve relevant, distinctive and memorable differentiation

3. To create positive awareness, recognition and reputation

4. To facilitate trusted relationships between the organisation and its key audiences, internal and external

5. To build brand equity, future asset value and bridges to new audiences

We believe that true identity comes from within. Branding should be the outward expression of the inward commitment. We see branding as communication, not decoration.