Today is World Environment Day, which got us thinking about how we try and make our Studio as green as possible – in colour and sustainability! It is really important to us that we are always doing our best to reduce our environmental footprint as much as we can.

Digital design is becoming more and more popular which has obvious benefits to the environment. As more businesses are choosing to communicate their messages predominately via online platforms such as social media, their own website and email communications, less printing is required.

But the reality is that print based design is still a popular and effective way for businesses to communicate their brand – business cards, packaging, and flyers are just an example. So, when we are producing print materials, we always opt to use local print companies, who are environmentally aware. This means they do their best to reduce waste and carbon emissions, recycle their by-products and use vegetable-based inks and recycled paper. We also talk to our client about ways to print greener – for example, using thinner card with a lower GSM or a smaller sized business card if possible.

We are also always on the lookout for ways to improve our environmental footprint within the Greenhouse. Here are some of the ways we approach being GREEN:

  • Being an almost entirely paperless office. Almost all of our communications and administration are done electronically, meaning our print requirements are very low. This is important to us as paper product manufacturing contributes significantly to deforestation and man-made climate change. If we absolutely need to print something in-house, we use always recycled paper.
  • Recycling our waste wherever possible.
  • Harnessing the sun’s natural light. We are lucky to have a studio that is filled with natural light, so we rarely need to use the studio lights. However when we do, our energy saving LEDs keep our power use to a minimum.
  • Switching off electrical equipment when we leave for the day.
  • Using environment friendly cleaning products to keep the Studio spick and span!
  • Keeping the air clean. We are the Greenhouse by name and nature – the studio is filled with plants! We love bringing nature into the office to give it a calming vibe and improve the air quality.

Happy World Environment Day! Think GREEN!

In short, web design focuses on the aesthetic portion of the website including the usability. Web developers then take the design and make a functioning website from it.

When it comes to explaining the difference between web design and web development, we like to use the analogy of it being like an architect and a builder. You wouldn’t build a house or a building without a decent set of blueprints so equally you shouldn’t build a website without a design and layout in place.

Web design is where we come in! We work closely with our clients to create a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing design which they can then take to their own web developers (builders) or use our trusted and experienced development team, to bring the design to life. Either way we work closely with the developers every step of the way, ensuring the final, functional website produced is exactly as we imagined it.

So what is web design exactly?

Web design is a careful thought out process of collecting ideas and presenting them in such a way that ensures the website is visually compelling and easy to use. The overall look and feel of your website is what we help to create. This is important as your site is a key part of your branding and the design needs to consider and be reflective of your existing brand materials. User experience is also a key part of our considerations when developing the design of a site, as a confusing, hard to navigate site can drive people away and hurt your brand. A website is such an important marketing tool which allows you to give a good first impression to potential new customers and establishes credibility. So, let us help you create a quality website that you and your clients will love!

How can we help you?

We understand that planning a web design can be daunting and overwhelming so we work with you to make sure your ideas and beliefs are incorporated as much as possible. There are many elements to consider with web design, some of which are listed below:

  • Layout - We will create a balanced layout that ensures all information is displayed in an easy to read and visual pleasing way.
  • Site navigation – we will make sure the website is user friendly and easy to find information efficiently.
  • Colour palate - Using information that you give us, teamed with our knowledge of what will look aesthetically pleasing, we will create a eye catching colour palate to suit your brand.
  • Fonts used – Some fonts are not always recognised by every web browser and other fonts can be hard to read. We will help select fonts that suit your design and work well across all platforms.
  • Graphics used – This includes logos, photos, icons, animations etc.  We can work with what you already have or offer advice if required. Again these needs to be visually pleasing and tied in well with the colours and fonts chosen.
  • Interaction – Make it easy for your clients to communicate with you.

So if you need a web designer to help create your new website or refresh an old one – get in touch for a chat today!

Happy International Woman's Day 2019! We thought we would use this day to reflect on women who have inspired each of us and also talk a bit about who we are and how we have got to where we are today.


Ash - Creative Director

Our fearless leader! Ash is a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, in Scotland, with over 15 years graphic design experience in both Australia and the UK. Ash founded Greenhouse Studios in 2014 and hasn't looked back since. 

Which women have most inspired you and why?
In real life? My mum (of course). She is strong, clever, funny and feisty and she taught me there is NOTHING I cannot do when I put my mind to it and work hard enough. She's also always encouraged me to follow my own path and live a life less ordinary.

In fiction? Little Orphan Annie. Haha! She was one feisty chick, who loved her dog and protected her friends. What's not to like? :)

How did you get to where you are today?
A bit of luck and a lot of hard work. But mainly by being surrounded and supported by good people; my friends, my family...and my clients! But of course I have to give a special shout out to my husband Dave. I think it's really important, especially on International Women's Day, to give the good guys their due. The guys who aren't afraid of strong women but who support and respect us and who proudly stand with us in the fight for equality. Dave is all that and more and I wouldn't be where I am today without him. 

What accomplishment/s are you most proud of?
That's an easy one...the day I was offered a place at the Glasgow School of Art. It was a real pinch-me moment. Like winning the lottery. Having been told by so many people not to get my hopes up, that very few people are accepted on their first application (if at all), and that I should look into alternative options in case I didn't get in...I'd definitely started to doubt myself. So to be accepted was a real endorsement of my creative ability and reinforced that self-belief that my mother had taught me.

So that...and the day I started Greenhouse Studios, of course!

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks...most of them are just as worried as you. Stand tall, speak up and stick to your guns!


GreenhouseIWD2Ronel - Graphic Designer

Our newest member of the team! Ronel joined the Greenhouse at the beginning of 2019 and has already become a great asset to the studio. Ronel is an amazing talent with over 15 years graphic design experience in both Australia and South Africa. 

Which women have most inspired you and why?
I have been extremely lucky to grow up with a lot of strong, independent and resilient women in my immediate family. From them I have learnt that strength and confidence does not have to be at the expense of kindness, fairness or your femininity. That dignity, integrity and honesty is the cornerstone of being a strong and resilient woman.

Professionally I've had the privileged to be mentored by a formidable female role model and creative director. She had to navigate a very male dominated advertising environment and climate in the early 80's and 90's but with perseverance, conviction and strength built an impressive creative career that has seen her working as a creative leader in both London and New York and later owning her own successful advertising agency where I had the privilege of working as creative director myself. She took me under her wing and from her I have learnt a great deal both professionally, personally and creatively.

How did you get to where you are today?
With consistent and dedicated hard work and a strong, unshakeable belief in myself. Not wavering from my core beliefs and values no matter the situation or circumstances. Knowing that everything is possible with a good dose determination and ambition. That my feminine intuition is my greatest asset. That I should embrace and celebrate it rather suppress or make excuses for it.

What accomplishment/s are you most proud of?
Raising a confident, kind but resilient and emotionally intelligent daughter.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do not be so hard on yourself. Being you is enough. Nothing more, nothing less.



Hannah - Studio Administrator 

Hannah keeps the office running smoothly! As well as handling the day to day to day administration, she updates our social media and maintains our online presence. 

Which women have most inspired you and why?

My mum is my biggest inspiration - she is strong, kind, caring and just all round awesome! And since becoming a mum myself, I can appreciate her in a totally new way also. The two little ladies in my life - my two daughters - have also inspired me by making me see the world through their eyes which has changed my perception of things. They inspire me to laugh more, appreciate more and work out what my priorities are.

How did you get to where you are today?

Surrounding myself with awesome family and friends.

What accomplishment/s are you most proud of?

It might sound cliche but there is no bigger accomplishment for me than my daughters.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't sweat the small stuff and believe in yourself more.

Page 1 of 3