When & Why We Do Work For Free

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At Design By Day we like to give something to the community when we can.

We are a small team with a strong ethos, and motivated by so much more than money; our love of design, passion for technology, eagerness to keep learning and a desire to help those who help others and those worthy causes that would otherwise be unable to afford our services.

Here’s a run down of the type of work we like to get involved in. If you have a project that you think fits, please get in touch. If we have the availability and the project is right, we’d be happy to help out.

 1. Homeless organisations, charities and local work

Living and working in Manchester, Homelessness is very close to our hearts and an issue we cannot help but see every day in the city centre. This is something we are very passionate about at DBD and feel with have a lot more to give, especially at grass roots level.


Last year, one of the Team DBD, Rob Lomas curated a hugely successful exhibition in the Stephenson Square-facing window of Fred Aldous celebrating the life of Prince through the work of 30 designers and artists from Manchester & beyond, including Prince’s Creative Director himself. The prints sold out and Rob raised an amazing £3,000 for Back on Track.


Nourish Bar

nourish bar

Sanna Manir, Freedom Project Coordinator at Mustard Tree, got in touch with us about a personal project she was cooking up to help raise money for the homeless in Manchester. Sanna came up with the great idea of creating a health bar which would not only help raise money from sales but could be given out to homeless people on the streets as well.

We helped Sanna by designing the logo and packaging of the bar. Right now the ingredients are currently being perfected!

The Gift of Giving

the gift of giving

The Gift of Giving is a project that ensures that homeless people are given a gift at Christmas. We had the privilege of designing their logo for Xmas 2016.

2. Environmental Groups

An area we haven’t really dipped our toes in, but would certainly love to!

Salford Bee Collective

Salford Bee Collective logo

A long while ago, when Design By Day was based in Islington Mill in Salford, we met the Salford Bee Collective. The Salford Bee collective is a locally produced food Co-operative based in Salford. A group of like minded individuals who provide community groups and members of the public with access to beekeeping and it’s products.

Back in 2012 we proudly designed their logo and a label for a batch of honey which quickly sold out at the Christmas at the Mill event held at islington Mill. We were also invited to go Bee Keeping with them!

3. Health & Well Being

Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a non-life threatening condition, but can be hugely life changing for many women (and some men). It is extremely common, but sadly most people have never heard of it until it affects their life.

APOPs was founded by Sherrie Palm, an inspirational lady who having suffered from POP herself and undergoing successful surgery – made it her life’s mission to raise awareness, offer advice, put newly diagnosed women in contact, and to educate clinicians.

Sherrie herself calls it the ‘silent epidemic’ as it’s one of those things that people like to talk about, including those suffering from POP.

We contacted Sherrie to see if there was anything we could do to help her cause – and as it turns out our timing was spot on! Sherrie was working the 3rd edition of her book, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, The Silent Epiemic, and asked us if we could create professional medical diagrams, 2 of which are displayed here, to replace the hand drawn ones used in the 2nd edition.

Life in the Zone

Life In The Zone web design

Three of Team DBD learned meditation with the UK arm of Transendental Meditation. To give something back we offered our branding, web design & development services to our instructor to take the technique to sports professionals to improve performance.

Although not in operation under the same name any longer, Life In The Zone offers athletes a unique service; the chance to gain focus and ultimately perform better through learning and practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM).

We hope to be working with our instructor again in the very near future.

RMCH – International Nurses Day

Our friends over at Watt asked us to design a flyer for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital fund raining event for International Nurses Day 2017, having made a handsome donation to the event before the day itself! How could we refuse! 🙂

If you have a project that you think fits, please get in touch. If we have the availability and the project is right, we’d be happy to help out.

Help me out!


Angela Roche


Studio / Team


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