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Approachable, friendly and compassionate, we create meaningful user experiences and develop beautiful, impactful brand identities.

make things happen

Edinburgh + Macclesfield



We design, create and make.

make things happen have 30 years of combined experience in graphic and experiential design, print production and content development. 


We use our knowledge, skills and love for design to create really fun THINGS from immersive exhibitions and hands-on educational interactives to expressive, engaging brand identities and sensitive copywriting that tells your story. 

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creating with care

We care about each and every project. We take on work that excites us, that is doing good, that is making a difference however big or small. 

designing with purpose

We like to get to know you and for you to get to know us. We work with you, consulting throughout the course of a project to produce work that reflects your vision.

making with meaning

Sounding good so far? Take a closer look at who we are or head over to our services page to see what we can do for you.

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meet the team

meet the team
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Philippa Hurst

Content Curator

Philippa has worked for design studios and publishing houses across the UK and South Africa.
She specialises in researching, producing and editing content
as well as leading on creative direction for digital engagement with a strong focus on accessibility.

Outside of design, Philippa is

a Humanist Celebrant and

most weekends you'll find her performing wild and wonderful weddings in the Peak District.

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Suzanne Gilbert

Art Director 

Suzanne has over 10 years' experience as a graphic designer. She is passionate about creating beautiful accessible graphics that are sympathetic to their environment and always with the end user in mind.

When not getting excited over the latest Photoshop update, Suzanne likes to cook up a storm in the kitchen for friends, homemade pizzas a speciality! Get your order in!

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Bebhinn Burke

Exhibition Architect

Bebhinn is a qualified architect with 10 years’ experience in experiential design and project management. She cares about supporting design that is sensitive to its context and believes great design comes from collaboration and coordination. 

In her free time, Bebhinn enjoys rolling up her sleeves to get screen printing, sea swimming and seeking out forgotten brutalist buildings.

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  • Research + content development

  • Interpretation planning 

  • Community consultation

  • Accessibility audit

Graphic Design 

  • Brand design, visual identity + ongoing support 

  • Large format graphics  

  • Design for digital media

  • Illustration 

3D Design 

  • Exhibition design 

  • Project management

  • Interactive exhibits

  • Spatial planning + design specification 

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