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Welcome to the Toast blog.

As we’re a bunch of creative-types, we have an opinon on pretty much everything.

Our blog is a collection of posts and articles about all things design, marketing, strategy and web. We keep our agency blog updated regularily with fresh content, ideas, and answers to common design and marketing questions.

As a UK-based design agency, Toast can help you with all things creative across branding, print and digital, so if you’ve got a project coming up, we’d love to hear about it.



Fundraising brochure design

Fundraising brochure design

Toast redesigned the layout and typography of this fundraising brochure whilst keeping a unique size of the brochure. More room was made available for images and an infographic was created to illustrate the key facts.

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The benefits of sketching

Sketching is a vital part of the design process with lots of benefits. The design process that we follow here at Toast design agency is one that we have developed over the last 20 years, allowing us to achieve the best possible result for each project that we work on. Our process is fluid and flexible […]

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What's your brand story

What’s your brand story?

A compelling brand story is now seen as an essential element for all brands, both large and small. First of all, what is a brand story? It’s not a narrative that you read out in a presentation, and it’s not the copy written about your brand on your website or the text in your product […]

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Brand Workshop

Branding workshop for startups, that pay dividends.

Three reasons why you should invest in a Branding workshop and get your strategy right from the very beginning. In the last few years, we have seen an explosion in the number of startups in a whole range of sectors from food and drink through to brand new niche consultancies. This increase has meant that […]

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Artisan Kitchen branding and packaging

Artisan Kitchen branding and packaging

Branding and Packaging Design for a foodie startup. The Artisan Kitchen produce Award-winning Preserves, Jams and Marmalades in the heart of Gloucester. The requirement was to develop the existing logo, create a brand styling for labels and packaging. Toast developed the existing logo so it was more legible and stronger on the label. We created […]

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Creative design agency

14 ways a creative design agency can add value to your business

Do you need the help of a creative design agency? If you’ve been handling all of your marketing, design and web presence in-house so far, it can seem like a huge jump to be joining forces with another company. If you (or your financial department) still need to be persuaded to get a new creative […]

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Working with a design consultancy

Design consultancy – the benefits of working with a larger agency

When your design ambitions outgrow freelancer capabilities, it’s time to bring in some extra creative clout to push your business forward; you need the benefits of working with a design consultancy.

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The Restaurant Man with Russell Norman

Toast and The Restaurant Man

Back in October 2013, Toast were approached by Twenty Twenty Television who were filming a new BBC programme with restaurateur Russell Norman, the man behind Polpo, who we’re big fans of. The show that they were filming follows Russell helping and advising six different couples in realising their dream of setting up a restaurant, and […]

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13 Tips to help Choose Between Graphic Design Agencies

13 Tips to Help Choose Between Graphic Design Agencies

Choosing the right graphic design agency is an important first step in creating an ongoing and profitable relationship.

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What is Hubspot

Hubspot integrates all your inbound marketing activities on one platform Hubspot is a powerful Inbound marketing tool that helps you to attract, convert, close and delights your customers. Talk to Toast Design a leading UK Hubspot Partner. Toast are a UK Hubspot partner – but we don’t just implement HubSpot for clients! We use HubSpot […]

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Re-engage your brand

Using a brand workshop to review and re-engage your brand

It has been said that working on your brand “as you go” is like trying to change the tyres on your car while you’re still driving it! Well, it might not be that bad but it certainly isn’t the best way of using a brand workshop to review and reinvent your brand or update your […]

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Clever use of Infographics in Annual Report Design

As the audience for Annual Reports broadens the use of Infographics is now more popular than ever as a way of presenting information in a quick, clear and informative format.  The clever use of Infographics in annual reports is an ever-growing trend, as the audiences for annual reports grow. The need to make complex and data […]

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Moving WordPress to a new theme

We quite often get asked to quote for moving WordPress to a new theme. Depending on how complicated your site build is, this can be an easy or complicated task! So you’ve been working on your website for 12 months, adding new content, optimising pages and promoting via social media. The site looks great, but […]

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WooCommerce websites that we have recently launched

Let us bring your WooCommerce website to life Here at Toast we build responsive WordPress and WooCommerce websites and have been doing so for the last 4 or 5 years. Using the flexibility that the powerful WordPress CMS offers, our experienced team of WordPress developers can deliver high-quality, bespoke e-commerce solutions for any business. We’re […]

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Apprentice

New Apprentice

We’ve recently taken on a new apprentice in the digital team. After a long search, we’ve just found our new team member! As well as offering work experience to local students, we decided to offer an apprenticeship for one simple reason; there’s no degree course out there at the moment that will get a student ready […]

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Oxfordshire Design Agency for Marketing Professionals

Marketing professionals have enough stresses and pressures on them without their design agency causing more. Toast is a full-service Oxfordshire design agency and we truly appreciate the various demands put on hard working marketing teams and we’ve evolved our offering to reflect this. We understand that busy marketers do not want (or have the time […]

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No more death by Powerpoint

So your Powerpoint presentation looks boring and amateurish, which is having a negative effect on your audience. End this misery by letting Toast design you a Powerpoint template that you can use, is on brand and elevates your marketing collateral design. There are some simple steps (and here comes the list) that we follow to help make the experience of your […]

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Making your website responsive

Making your website responsive will have a beneficial effect on how hard it works for you. If you use Google Analytics on your site, you’ll have probably seen an increase in the amount of mobile traffic coming to your site. If you’re a B2B business, visits from prospective customers don’t always arrive 9-5. Prospective new […]

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Toast is Twenty - BOO YA

Toast celebrates 20 years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Toast design. Back in 1996, we cooked up the idea of setting up a design agency straight out of University. So in 1997, with no cash, no clients, no office and a weird company name, we decided to go for it – we figured we were skint anyhow, […]

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Happy Website

Website annual service

To keep your website in tip-top condition you need to make sure it’s up-to-date and fully optimised. To make sure your website performs at its best in 2017, we recommend an annual service in January. Safety & security Our ‘WordPress service’ will update your site to the most recent version of WordPress and update all […]

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Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Banbury

Based in the centre of Banbury, Oxfordshire, we work with B2B companies to improve their digital marketing. Your website and digital marketing should be an ongoing process; it’s not something that you can ‘set and forget’. Marketing in the digital realm needs to be reviewed often and continually tweaked to increase performance and conversations. Before […]

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creative inbound marketing

How do I improve my marketing?

How do I improve my marketing? If you are asking this question then you are ahead of the game of those that think that their marketing can’t be improved. Convention suggests this is where we should sell in Toast but instead we will answer your question. To do this we keep things simple and focus on the most important (we don’t apologise if these seem obvious) questions, which are…

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Logo & Brand Design for Startup Businesses

Creating an effective logo and brand identity for a startup business is vital to it’s success.

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Creative ideas for promotional giveaways

If you go to any conference or trade show then you are more than likely to walk out with at least one branded carrier bag filled to the brim with promotional items. The different types of items available can be staggering, and to be honest a little bewildering – just because you can put your […]

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Website optimisation

Marketing Agency

We’re a full-service marketing agency. If you’re looking to place all of your creative marketing requirements in one place, we’d love to talk to you. Toast are a large design and marketing agency based in Oxfordshire. We work with SMEs across the UK to plan, design and produce everything you need in your marketing toolkit. […]

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Brand-Audit

How do I audit my marketing?

Most marketing teams have a whole range of marketing materials; some of it new but most of it will be historic. In some cases pieces will have been created purely to address a short term tactical need but doesn’t necessarily support the overall brand strategy. Different creative teams may have created some with different expectations on brand or corporate styling. However you have got there, there is a feeling of needing to get to grips with what you have but where do you start? Can you be objective?

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WordPress website design and build from Toast

WordPress for small businesses

WordPress for small businesses makes good sense.  While the platform is perfectly at home as a CMS for many enterprise-level businesses, it’s also a perfect starting point for any small business site – it provides a rock-solid platform, allows you to manage your own content and can be scaled up as your online marketing grows. Below […]

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Different formats for brochures

Different formats for brochures

Using different formats for brochures can really make them stand out. Just because it’s a brochure, it doesn’t mean that it has to be A4. We’ve designed 100s of brochures – below are a few of the non-standard brochure designs we’ve produced.

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Branding designers

Hachacha Curry Branding and Packaging made by Toast

Bursting on to the Asian food scene soon, Hachacha brings an innovative answer to cooking a traditional Indian dish – in half the time. With tasty branding and packaging created at Toast.

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Integrate online and offline marketing

If you are looking to Integrate online and offline marketing, you’re it’s best to choose a full-service agency that does everything in-house. Using one agency for digital, another for print and a different one for branding can be tricky at the best of times, but if you are trying to integrate your marketing, we think it’s […]

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