Umbrella is taking a well earned break.

It’s been an exhausting year of Zoom calls, lockdowns, childcare juggling, and pitching, and we’re all a bit...frazzled. We don’t want to be frazzled anymore. We are using the Spring months to disconnect from zoom, close our laptops, get outside, and hang out with our families and friends - properly. Unfrazzling ourselves. If you have a brief you’d like us to work on, we’d still love to hear from you. We are taking on a few projects here and there to keep our minds active. Please email the relevant person below:



Design: tim@umbrellastudios.co.uk
Brand strategy: tash@umbrellastudios.co.uk
Creative production: tansy@umbrellastudios.co.uk


Otherwise, see you in the summer - rested, healthier, happier.

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An agency that works for you

Umbrella is a branding and creative studio built on independent talent. We are building relationships with thousands of independent experts across the globe, to create bespoke teams for all our clients. It means we bring in the briefs, manage all the admin, and oversee the project - so you can spend more time doing things you love and less time on the things you don’t.

How it works

  • Collaborate as a team

    When you’re part of an umbrella team, you are core to the delivery of the project and a hugely important asset to our client. The clients will get to know you. The team will rely on you. And we will, hopefully, grow very fond of you. We’ll never air drop you into the middle of a project, give you menial tasks to deliver, and not remember your name!

  • Feel the support of an agency

    We know you can spend more time looking for work and project managing it than doing the work. So it’s our job to pull the perfect team together, oversee concepts and manage everything through to delivery. All with the aplomb of a traditional agency.

  • Enjoy your freedom

    We don’t ask for any commitment to join - just need your details. As soon as there’s a perfect brief for you, we’ll get in touch. We treat you like the adults you are. Work from whenever and wherever you are. As long as you deliver great work, on time and show up to checkins and meetings as needed, you could be on a boat in the Seychelles for all we care (which was actually the case for one lucky sod).

  • Work on different briefs

    We like to pick freelancers because of what they bring to the table, not just their background. We’ve had architects work on Whiskey, and Print makers work on coffee. It means you might work on clients outside your usual remit and hopefully bring unique ideas to the table.

  • Bring in extra cash

    If you’ve got hold of a brief that needs more resource or an agency delivery - we can take it on and manage the process from sign off, through to production. In return, we give you a 3-5% commission, and you can choose how involved you want to be in delivering it (for your normal day rate). We also offer a £50 thank you if you recommend a freelancer for a project and we go on to contract them.

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    We’re not interested in building an agency full of bored and overworked employees. We want to build an agency that keeps people freelancing for as long as possible so that we can harness all that creative joy into great results for our clients. We employ a bare bones (but crucial) support team to keep us operating. All our project teams are sourced from our network of people like you. Create profile Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch Join The Gang Tell someone Share this page with your freelance mates Share

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    We don’t think working for an agency means you need to be chained to an office desk 9-5, and nothing has proven that more appropriately that than the events of 2020. Work can be flexible. Work can be anywhere. But when we set up umbrella we also recognised that people like having somewhere to work from, and other creative people to talk to. We set up Umbrella Studios as an antidote to fancy and expensive co-working spaces. A friendly, cheap and informal place our freelancers can hang, rent a desk when they want to, and be part of a bigger agency atmosphere whenever they like.

    Our work

    We work with everyone from post investment startups, to SME’s and global brands and deliver a full creative service from brand strategy to packaging, imagery production, campaigns and everything in between. With the right team, anything is possible.

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    Oppo Brothers

    Having launched the UK category of low cal ice cream, Oppo wanted to readdress their brand in context with newer competitors. We helped them work out their position in the market and how to modernise their brand without throwing it all away. While the packs evolved to feel fresher, their broader comms was given more personality with colour and copy.

    + Expand project

    Nice

    We were tasked with turning wine in a can into a generation defining brand. Flipping the client’s initial strategy on its head, we moved them from an ironic and cliched world, to a much braver one that aligned with our women’s values - feisty, no-nonsense and up for a laugh. The punchy name, tone of voice, pack design & brand extensions are already making waves.

    + Expand project

    Lucky Saint

    Lucky Saints broke industry standards to develop a low alcohol lager that had all the taste of exceptional beer, without any of the compromise Their product was exemplary of a sophisticated, modern brand but it fell down in TOV and wider brand communication. Umbrella came on board to help turn a beautiful product into a beautiful brand, giving them a brave new proposition, personality and imagery, that would attract and retain a cult following as new brands enter the market.

    + Expand project

    Sony Music

    Sony approached Umbrella to develop a new online resource portal for their in-house Audience Development Team - the final branding needed to work alongside Sony’s existing design team, 4th Floor Creative.

    The online portal is currently in design development and will be rolled out across Sony Worldwide in 2021.

    + Expand project

    Grounded

    We were approached by Grounded to help develop their overall strategy, positioning. TOV and branding. Design was stripped back, natural but bold to help stand out against the garish and ‘male focussed’ competitors in an already crowded market.

    + Expand project

    Daisy & Dom

    Doisy & Dam started life as a vegan company creating dark chocolate products out of London’s Food Exchange. With an ambition to radically pivot their brand strategy to take on the big players in the confectionery market, D&D came to Umbrella for a packaging overhaul that would tackle their brand, sub-brands and pack hierarchy in a brave new way.

    + Expand project

    Manilife

    Manilife make the world’s best peanut butter. The problem was they weren’t shouting about it. Their packaging hierarchy and flavour distinction was at times confusing, and they needed help to create a bold, accessible and easy to navigate brand world. Our colour blocking system, proud new tagline, and simplified messaging hierarchy gave Manilife the standout it needed to get their message out.

    + Expand project

    Cawston

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    A team only you could love

    We are a branding and creative studio that brings together the world’s best talent, to solve your challenges. Instead of in-house and junior staff we work with leading planners, strategists, researchers, writers, creatives, and producers. Instead of costly offices we run our own co-working studio that our freelancers rent. You’ll pay for brilliant thinking, not for ping pong tables and pot plants.

    Built for the future

    Even the one no one saw coming… We are unshackled from the typical infrastructure and overheads that traditional agencies are bound by. We’ve been working collaboratively with thousands of freelances both remotely and in our co-working studio since 2016. We are leading the way in providing a flexible, nimble and scalable approach to working – one that will be the blueprint for agencies in years to come.

    Our Mantra

    • We beleive in creative freedom

    • It’s better for the soul

      When we have the freedom to work how we want to, with the time we need, and in places we love, we are happier and less stressed.

    • It’s better for ideas

      When we have the freedom to work with different minds in different places all over the world, it’s more inspiring for creative thinking.

    • It’s better for business

      When we work with truly inspired and eclectic minds, it gets better results for our clients

      Our work

      We work with everyone from post investment startups, to SME’s and global brands and deliver a full creative service from brand strategy to packaging, imagery production, campaigns and everything in between. With the right team, anything is possible.

      + Expand project

      Oppo Brothers

      Having launched the UK category of low cal ice cream, Oppo wanted to readdress their brand in context with newer competitors. We helped them work out their position in the market and how to modernise their brand without throwing it all away. While the packs evolved to feel fresher, their broader comms was given more personality with colour and copy.

      + Expand project

      Nice

      We were tasked with turning wine in a can into a generation defining brand. Flipping the client’s initial strategy on its head, we moved them from an ironic and cliched world, to a much braver one that aligned with our women’s values - feisty, no-nonsense and up for a laugh. The punchy name, tone of voice, pack design & brand extensions are already making waves.

      + Expand project

      Lucky Saint

      Lucky Saints broke industry standards to develop a low alcohol lager that had all the taste of exceptional beer, without any of the compromise Their product was exemplary of a sophisticated, modern brand but it fell down in TOV and wider brand communication. Umbrella came on board to help turn a beautiful product into a beautiful brand, giving them a brave new proposition, personality and imagery, that would attract and retain a cult following as new brands enter the market.

      + Expand project

      Sony Music

      Sony approached Umbrella to develop a new online resource portal for their in-house Audience Development Team - the final branding needed to work alongside Sony’s existing design team, 4th Floor Creative.

      The online portal is currently in design development and will be rolled out across Sony Worldwide in 2021.

      + Expand project

      Grounded

      We were approached by Grounded to help develop their overall strategy, positioning. TOV and branding. Design was stripped back, natural but bold to help stand out against the garish and ‘male focussed’ competitors in an already crowded market.

      + Expand project

      Daisy & Dom

      Doisy & Dam started life as a vegan company creating dark chocolate products out of London’s Food Exchange. With an ambition to radically pivot their brand strategy to take on the big players in the confectionery market, D&D came to Umbrella for a packaging overhaul that would tackle their brand, sub-brands and pack hierarchy in a brave new way.

      + Expand project

      Manilife

      Manilife make the world’s best peanut butter. The problem was they weren’t shouting about it. Their packaging hierarchy and flavour distinction was at times confusing, and they needed help to create a bold, accessible and easy to navigate brand world. Our colour blocking system, proud new tagline, and simplified messaging hierarchy gave Manilife the standout it needed to get their message out.

      + Expand project

      Cawston

      Hello, we're Umbrella, a creative agency that builds the perfect team for every brief.

      Hello, we're Umbrella, a creative agency that builds the perfect team for every brief.

      + Expand project

      Oppo Brothers

      Having launched the UK category of low cal ice cream, Oppo wanted to readdress their brand in context with newer competitors. We helped them work out their position in the market and how to modernise their brand without throwing it all away. While the packs evolved to feel fresher, their broader comms was given more personality with colour and copy.

      + Expand project

      Nice

      We were tasked with turning wine in a can into a generation defining brand. Flipping the client’s initial strategy on its head, we moved them from an ironic and cliched world, to a much braver one that aligned with our women’s values - feisty, no-nonsense and up for a laugh. The punchy name, tone of voice, pack design & brand extensions are already making waves.

      + Expand project

      Lucky Saint

      Lucky Saints broke industry standards to develop a low alcohol lager that had all the taste of exceptional beer, without any of the compromise Their product was exemplary of a sophisticated, modern brand but it fell down in TOV and wider brand communication. Umbrella came on board to help turn a beautiful product into a beautiful brand, giving them a brave new proposition, personality and imagery, that would attract and retain a cult following as new brands enter the market.

      + Expand project

      Sony Music

      Sony approached Umbrella to develop a new online resource portal for their in-house Audience Development Team - the final branding needed to work alongside Sony’s existing design team, 4th Floor Creative.

      The online portal is currently in design development and will be rolled out across Sony Worldwide in 2021.

      + Expand project

      Grounded

      We were approached by Grounded to help develop their overall strategy, positioning. TOV and branding. Design was stripped back, natural but bold to help stand out against the garish and ‘male focussed’ competitors in an already crowded market.

      + Expand project

      Daisy & Dom

      Doisy & Dam started life as a vegan company creating dark chocolate products out of London’s Food Exchange. With an ambition to radically pivot their brand strategy to take on the big players in the confectionery market, D&D came to Umbrella for a packaging overhaul that would tackle their brand, sub-brands and pack hierarchy in a brave new way.

      + Expand project

      Manilife

      Manilife make the world’s best peanut butter. The problem was they weren’t shouting about it. Their packaging hierarchy and flavour distinction was at times confusing, and they needed help to create a bold, accessible and easy to navigate brand world. Our colour blocking system, proud new tagline, and simplified messaging hierarchy gave Manilife the standout it needed to get their message out.

      + Expand project

      Cawston

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