sparky creative agency with engaging ideas
It’s our business to make your business look The Business.
Which, in turn, helps you get more business!
But it's not all about the appearance
Brands that pack a punch, websites that work and all that’s in between – we’ll create the right toolkit for you that makes a positive impact on your bottom line.
Your brand identity is an outward expression of values.
Values? We all have them but often they aren't well honed.
A marketing journey always starts with values. What are yours?
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!
39steps is a creative agency. We come up with clever ideas to engage the right folk with your brand.
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.
Let us help you with your content. Whether it’s writing engaging copy or sourcing emotive photographs, great looking infographics or professional video showreels, we love coming up with great ideas that engage your audience.
We’re all for collaboration, so you can be as involved as you like and we’ll manage the project from concept to delivery.
research + plan
online + offline strategy
review + revise
mission + vision
logo design + guidelines
tone of voice
planning + strategy
PHP + ecommerce
Communications Officer, EMMS
We went live with our new site in late novermber 2014, and compared with the same period last year, we’ve seen an increase of 212% in the number of donations and an increase of 326% in the value of those donations. Delighted!
Chairman, William Purves Group
Julie and the team are great to work with and we are absolutely delighted with our brand. we are pleased the team captured the essence of what William Purves is about with what was a challenging brief and look forward to working with 39steps in the future!
Media and Communications Officer, Scotland Malawi Partnership
It’s been great working with 39steps to create our new website. The team really understood our values and branding and built a website that truly represents our organisation and members. Within the first few months of launching the new website, our membership rose by 12% and we’ve had lots of wonderful feedback from members on the design and ease of use of the website. We couldn’t be more thrilled with it!
PR and Marketing Officer, CHAS
39steps quickly understood what we wanted to achieve with our Christmas appeal. We are thrilled with the concept and design and the initial response to the direct mail pack has been excellent. It has been a joy to work with them. They have been very responsive throughout and delivered a high quality service and products to tight deadlines.
Brand and Marketing Manager, S. Luca
Immensely pleased with our shiny new website. 39steps certainly went that extra step to put in place something that truly showcases our business in all its glory.
This long-established charity needed their website redesigned and developed to encourage more online donations and convey the breadth of work they do internationally.
FSB Scotland's promotional beer for events. 39steps came up with the names and label designs – well tasty!
Rebrand and design for this much-loved institution!
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.
Seasonal campaign for CHAS, to raise vital funds for Robin House. We created the campaign idea and all the material, including DM pack, social icons, taxi sides and subway posters.
This dynamic growing construction consultancy required a rebrand, consistent marketing material and a website refresh. We've designed brochures, leaflets, adverts and even a taxi!
Website restructure, design and build for one of Edinburgh's most forward-thinking accountancy practices.
Engaging and informative website for Scotland's largest independent funeral directors. The website gives visitors useful information on all aspects of funeral arranging.
No sunny day trip in Edinburgh is complete without a tasty scoop chosen from 52 flavours of Luca's ice cream! Our shiny overhaul of their site showcases their fabulous product range.
Edinburgh's premier business coach gets in on the action with a rebrand and website.
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:
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 also runs Edinburgh-based charity Kids Love Clothes which helps struggling families across the Lothians. Aside from work, she's mildly obsessed with shoes, Scandi noir, her two small boys and red wine. Not in that order, of course...
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).
Liam has been a designer and developer for over 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 has been fascinated by all things webby since he was 10. With a 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.
Eri is a seasoned multidisciplinary designer, and has worked extensively over the past 20 years in her native Japan, Australia, Ireland and the UK, for both commercial and corporate clients. On her days off, she loves drawing (award-winning!) illustrations and walking her cute pug Gyoza around the Meadows area.
Gyoza is a 2-year-old girl pug. Her name (which means dumpling in Japanese) describes her perfectly as she is stuffed full of squidgy, cuddly cuteness. Gyoza’s main job is sleeping beside the team when we're working hard and providing guests with an enthusiatic welcome. When she's bored of sleeping, Gyoza eats anything on the floor...
Nicky's been a project and programme manager for 15+ years, working across the Education, IT and Charity sectors. She loves a post-it note and covets desirable stationery items. She's also the Scottish coordinator for the charity CICS, offering support to profoundly deaf children and their families. When not organising things, Nicky likes to spend time with her family, drink coffee and wine, is addicted to Netflix box sets (recommendations welcome) and cooks a mean curry.
Jackie was born and bred in Aberdeen and has been working there as a designer for the last 6 years. She started her career working on magazine layouts and has moved on to all things webby. Jackie loves to travel but after exploring the world, decided to settle in Edinburgh and join our team. Aside from travelling she is happiest visiting art exhibitions or binging on boxsets.
Originally trained as an astrophysicist, Garry found his true calling in the world of digital design. He spends most of his days measuring the distances between buttons on websites and meticulously tweaking the kerning on client logos. His collection of unusual cardigans is equalled only by his vast knowledge of LEGO bricks and pieces. On the weekends, Garry enjoys sky diving, water skiing, and abseiling.