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The Staiths Cafe


Overlooking the iconic Staiths, The Staiths Café is a charming new venue based right next to the River Tyne. With the launch of the café fast approaching, they quickly needed a new logo that could be implemented easily and then extended over time. The result was a monogram inspired by the geometric forms within the Staiths themselves and applications included signage, uniforms and a host of incidental items.


Grateful Dead Guitars

Digital, Print

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2015 marked 50 years of the legendary band The Grateful Dead. We worked with Alvarez to market their beautiful limited edition guitars to celebrate the occasion. Marketing materials included a dedicated minisite, a competition webpage, print adverts and tailored posts across social media platforms. Guitars designed by Alvarez Guitars and Glad Creative.


Creative North

Branding, Development

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Creative North aims to be the new hub for creative and digital companies in the North of England. The logo is inspired by the Millennium Bridge, reflecting Creative North's mission to connect the industry of the region. Applications involved signage and stationery, as well as a bespoke website that maps the creative people, businesses, business centres and educational facilities of the North.


Who we are&What we do


Digital Director

A developer for over 15 years, Paul started out working on large government systems as an analyst/programmer, then moved onto freelancing for design agencies in the North East of England, including Glad Creative where Paul met Sam.


Creative Director

After graduating from Northumbria University Sam went on to work at a renowned design agency, winning national design awards and working with both local and international clients such as Tesco, Alvarez Guitars, and Amazon Web Services.


Creative Consultant

Brings over 30 years of designer and creative director experience from working with some of the best and most demanding corporate clients. He now adds an additional layer of brand and marketing strategy skills to the Paul&Sam mix.


We work closely with businesses to define who they are and where they’re going. Once a strong brand framework is in place, we can establish a cohesive visual identity. Services include naming, brand definition, logo design, visual communication and brand guidelines.

Print Design

With a solid background in print, we love designing creative printed materials to help your business engage with it’s audience. Our print services include brochures, reports, flyers, posters, stationery, packaging and signage.

Digital Design

We design and develop websites from the ground up, making sure every piece of content on every page is relevant to your brand. Services include bespoke website design, user friendly CMS systems, web applications and email marketing.

Who we've worked with&What they say about us

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Paul and Sam have been trusted partners in our product development efforts. Their creativity and attention to detail have resulted in product packaging and marketing collateral that give us a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Brian Wengreen, Mission Cables

If you want bespoke design and development solutions, you’d be mad to look anywhere other than Paul&Sam. I've had the pleasure of working with the guys for a few years now and not once have they ever let me down. They continuously better their own work and they’re just really good guys to work with.

Lauren Archer, Silverbean

The team at Paul&Sam have a really special approach to design and an eye for detail that every brand needs to stand out and be memorable. Working with them is a perfect mix of professional and fun, and it's always a satisfying - and often mind blowing - experience when they present new content.

Gregory Johnson, Alvarez Guitars

Not only have we been delighted with the high quality of work delivered on time and within budget but we now see Paul & Sam as a partner and a vital asset to our company. We cannot recommend the team enough and encourage any business to drop them a call when choosing an Agency to work with.

Rob Earnshaw, Creative North

Paul&Sam were great to work with from the outset. They produced concepts that were fresh, intelligent and cleverly highlighted the unique aspects of our business and its location.

Suzanne Hutton, Staiths Cafe