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Our values

You bring the project, we’ll bring our values.
And a mean cup of tea or coffee.
Our values

This is where the magic happens – discussing your idea then coming up with a whole bunch of ideas and whittling them down to find the nugget that could really work.

We want – nay, need – to know all about you.
Ok, maybe not your shoe size... just what you do, who you do it for, why you do it and how.

They* say people buy from people and it’s so true – our clients like us, we like them and together we get the job done.
No fuss, no jargon, just straightforward communication + brilliant creativity.
*Dunno who 'they' are but they are right!

What we do

We make businesses look good, in print and online.

We listen and get to understand your organisation, values and aspirations. With you, we’ll work out what you need in your marketing toolkit, to aid your aspirations. It could be a brand refresh, a website that actually works and everything else in between.

For stuff we don’t do in-house (like photography and video) we know really clever people that do. We’re all for collaboration, so you can be as involved as you like and we’ll manage the project from concept to delivery.



More than just a logo!

mission + vision
logo design + guidelines
tone of voice
identity systems



All the good-looking stuff:




Your online shopfront:

planning + strategy
PHP + ecommerce



Making your toolkit work:

research + plan
online + offline strategy
communication calendar
review + revise

What our clients say...

Our folio

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EMMS website

This long-established charity needed their website redesigned and developed to encourage more online donations and convey the breadth of work they do internationally.


The Sick Kids
Friends Foundation

We were commissioned to redesign and produce the member magazine. 'Friends' is in a neat new format, with a fresh, consistent and appealing style.


Thomson Gray website

To go with their new brand, we created an informative website, with news, service information and case studies.


Scotland Malawi Partnership

A challenging project to redesign and develop this resourceful website for members in both countries.


Axiom Project Services Ltd

This growing construction consultancy appointed us to rebrand their business in line with their expanded service offering.


FSB beer

FSB Scotland's promotional beer for events. 39steps came up with the names and label designs – well tasty!


Scottish SPCA

We continue to enjoy a long standing partnership with the forward-thinking marketing team at Scotland's animal charity, designing direct mail, publications and various.


Thomson Gray branding

This dynamic construction consultancy needed a rebrand and a consistent feel to their marketing material. We've designed brochures, leaflets, adverts and even a taxi!


William Purves website

Engaging and informative website for Scotland's largest independent funeral directors. The website gives visitors useful information on all aspects of funeral arranging.


Harrisons branding

The Borders premier car dealership looked to us to give them a fresh feel for this long-established business.


Who we are

We’re a wee team with big ideas and oodles of experience from across the creative industry.

Our clients tell us they like us, what we do for them, how we do it and the impact design has on their business. Which is just as well, as that’s what gets us up in the morning! We’d love to be part of your story and for now, here’s a bit about us:


Julie Diver


A designer by trade, Julie set up 39steps in 2003 and continues to be the main gaffer when it comes to meeting new clients. She is mildly obsessed with shoes, Scandi noir, her two small boys and red wine. Not in that order, of course.


Steven Thomson


Steven started in publishing and freelanced before heading up the creative team of a training company. As well as an illustrator, Steven is a major car geek, and is a tragically accurate resource on all things motor-related. If you’ve a spare 911 kicking about, let him know (a real one, not a Lego one. Or a Matchbox one).


John Maxwell


John has been designing for private and public sector clients for over a decade. When he is not chained to his Mac, John is a keen photographer and can be found aimlessly wandering around with his camera. John is also learning to fly and enjoys travel, wherever and whenever he can.


Liam Haig


Liam has been designer and developing for 12 years, working on games and commercial web projects for SMEs to government organisations and multinational companies. In his spare time, he can be found visiting cafés and bistros around European capital cities, sipping coffee and sampling various types of cake. He has been known to bake a rather scrumptious szarlotka.


Laurence Diver


Laurence has been fascinated by all things webby since he was 10. ‘How did they do that, then?’ has motivated him to learn how to build all kinds of sites. With masters in technology law, he's an aspiring Linux geek, likes Open Source, instrumental music, reading the paper and strong tea. He's also a concrete5 Community Leader and Core Contributor, meaning he's contributed to and developed a deep knowledge of the CMS.



Junior web designer

You are an enthusiastic, innovative lover of tech, keen to learn and want to work in a buzzy studio on interesting projects with great people… aren’t ya?!

Latest news

39steps helps Sick Kids Friends Foundation step up their marketing for 2016

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation has appointed 39steps as their design and marketing partner on a retained basis. Following on from a well-received redesign of their member magazine last autumn, Edinburgh-based charity, the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) has appointed 39steps Ltd to take care of their ongoing design and marketing requirements for the year.

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By Design funding

So, is upgrading your brand identity, design and/or website on your 2016 list of resolutions? If it is, check out how Scottish Enterprises' By Design grant, could help.

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…And yes, there ARE 39 steps up to our office! But that’s sheer coincidence…

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