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, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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What they say

We work with some terrific clients and are grateful to all of them for their very kind comments...

I just wanted to write to say how pleased we all are with our new visual identity and website. You have really captured what Blaygrove Ellis is all about and reflected the Market we want to represent. We have lots of very positive feedback from our clients and I am certain it helped to secure some recent new work.

Our eyes have been opened - at last, a design company that gets what we want to achieve and delivers it - our expectations have been exceeded. We're delighted with every part of the process we've been through with James and his team in creating our brand identity and web site. Swift work, and intelligent approach and empathy make them a great company to work with.

Kessell Design helped us re-brand our theatre company to give us a much cleaner and more professional look. They were immensely patient, especially in designing the logo, and the stylish website has earned us lots of very favourable comments. We now probably have a more impressive website than most theatre companies on ten times our budget.

It’s a tremendous website. It looks good, sounds good and I love the simple navigation – in short, a class act. Just right for Koru Theatre. Well done to all involved.

James has been working with us for a number of years now. He always listens carefully to our requirements and responds imaginatively in his designs. The very effective creation and implimentation of our identity and marketing material was carried out professionally and efficiently but in a personal manner, capturing and communicating the tone and ethos of our business perfectly.

Since the redesign and launch of our new website, interest in the Sculpture garden has increased which, in turn, has led to increased business. And the response to the new design has been overwhelming – comments on the quality and originality of our website continue to flood in.

James Kessell's company worked with us to develop a new brand identity for Paternoster Books to unite the imprint in both the UK and the USA - a difficult brief which they executed expertly. They have gone on to implement the brand, designing book covers that, again and again, are both innovative and striking. The diverse commissions they receive from us have required the use of wide-ranging styles and fertile imagination, yet they always rise to the challenge and excel expectations. I have no hesitation in recommending their work.

Kessell Design are thoroughly professional, reliable and easy to work with. James's standards are extremely high and he takes a pro-active and hands-on approach to every project, whilst staying relaxed and good natured which is something I really appreciate!

James Kessell has a fantastic design sense, with an economical and focussed style. His inspired way with images and how to get the best out of them has been particularly important. We found in him an intelligent and responsive individual, able to receive a whole mess of information and rationalise it into a coherent form. James showed a genuine concern to get the best out of our existing material and has patiently dealt with all the (sometimes conflicting!) detail involved in creating a beautiful and fully functioning website for our business. His ideas and dedication have been key to the continuing success of our company. We would highly recommend Kessell Design to anyone looking to create or revitalise a website for their enterprise – in a word – brilliant!

Kessell Design did an outstanding job on my website producing a minimal clean feel to the site. They were able to advise on just the right information needed to give a clear picture of my services and did an excellent job in working with the images I provided for the design. Superb!

I’ve loved the combination of cleanness of style and vivid use of colour Kessell Design have brought to the cover designs they’ve produced for our periodical. I’ve wanted to frame some of the designs and put them on the wall!