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Marles + Barclay

Branding, Design, Illustration

Branding for retail, craft and culture

We create everything from brand identity, naming and guidelines to how the brand works in print, online and in the world – from campaigns and promotional print to packaging and exhibitions, for start-ups to established businesses.

Our approach to design is fired by good ideas, rooted in experience and commercial sense, and executed with empathy and skill.

We’re a deliberately small agency. There’s just Marles + Barclay. It’s a way that works well for our clients too.

Although we are way more than the sum of our parts. There’s something about our particular mix of skills and experience that means we’re bringing loads of the right stuff to the right people.

You’ll always know who you’re working with, and there’s no hierarchy. If you work with us we’re totally hands on throughout, immersed in your project from initial ideas to finished designs. We talk, listen, research and design. Because we’re small and we work directly with you there’s less likelihood of misunderstandings along the way. Because we’re serious about what we do, and bring care, attention and genuine commitment to every project. Perhaps that’s why many of our clients have been very committed to us for years.

Key People

Adrian Barclay Creative Partner

Adrian has an amazing facility for coming up with ideas and being able to visualise them so that people get them. He’s a real ‘big picture thinker.’ This creative thinking and illustration skills are key to the process of bringing your product/brand/production to life. Adrian's great versatility and technical prowess is born of years of experience as an illustrator with an impressive list of clients across the globe.   In his spare time he's truly a MAMIL - cycling to Paris for charity, and around and about Bristol for pleasure

Gillian Marles Creative Partner

Gill combines years of ‘proper’ Graphic Design experience with an understanding of print, a love of type and a (slightly OCD) attention to detail. This combined with some serious interior design skills means that nothing leaves the studio unless it looks absolutely amazingly right. In her spare time she loves to throw pots and any opportunity to visit Spain, she's there!

Key Skills

  • branding
  • design
  • illustration
  • point of sale
  • interiors
  • packaging
  • exhibition design


Unit 63, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road



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