Department of Shapes & colours

We are an independent, freelance graphic design partnership. Providing professional, effective design and branding expertise for a wide variety of clients in the UK and around the world. Whether you require new designs for print,  designs for new media, a new logo or visual brand identity or simply someone to work on updates to your existing materials we can help. 

We’re highly trained, fully qualified designers, each with over 14 years professional experience in publishing, design agencies and in-house design teams. We have a diverse client base including music agencies, bio-tech firms, start-ups, charities and top universities.

Subject to availability we can help out other design teams when they are short staffed and require a freelance extra pair of hands. If you require temporary freelance design, either remote, or on site (within commutable distance of PE19) please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


what we do

Graphic design | Artworking | Typography | Layout | Brochures | Programmes | Leaflets | Flyers | Mailers | Posters | Annual Reports | Visual branding | Logos | Diagrams | Infographics | Large format and vehicle graphics | Exhibition/Display Graphics | Templates | Presentations | Typesetting | Website design | Advertising | Newsletters | E-Newsletters | Animated web adverts | Diagrams | Book design | Form design | Prospectus design | Stationery | Invitations | Certificates | Promotional materials | and many more!


how we work

We think of ourselves as a helpful, friendly and responsive member of your team; equally happy to do the little tasks as the big projects. We understand that your visual brand needs to effectively communicate your core values on every piece of material; we will efficiently produce new on-brand designs based on a good understanding of your products, services and audiences.

If you aren’t sure what you need don’t worry, we love working on new concepts for projects, we can recommend the approach to design and production based on audience/subject matter/desired outcomes. Though, if your marketing team has very specific ideas about layout and formats we are happy to oblige and work from brief. If you don’t yet have a brand, or your brand is in need of an update we can work with you on branding projects, from full scale rebrands to logo tweaks.

Please contact us to discuss your project brief, budget and schedule. For most projects we simply charge for time worked (we will estimate time at outset), or we can agree an overall project fee or page rate. We do a limited number of discounted projects for good causes, local groups and charities each year.


who we are

Deborah White

Deborah is the Departments lead creative. She is a Cambridge School of Art alumni, graduating in 2002 with First Class (hons) degree in Graphic Design. She was a founding member of Cambridge Agenda magazine, designing the magazine from the ground up. She’s worked for local design agencies before joining Cambridge English Language Assessment’s in house design team in 2004. In 2012 Deb left Cambridge English to concentrate on running the Department, working around the demands of a young family.


Gary White

Gary is the Departments founder. He is a Cambridge School of Art alumni, who graduated in 2002 with a First Class (Hons) degree in Graphic Design. He began his design career at EMAP Automotive working on Motorcycle News. His work has won awards and has been featured in Creative Review. He now works at Cambridge University Press, where he is Head of Design and Brand. He is currently a silent partner in the Department.

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