NOW BOOKING AUG-OCT 2023 • LIMITED AVAILABILITY
what’s it all about?
The stuff of dreams? Well, meet your wish-granting fairy godmother of design.
Our signature “Design Powerhouse Sessions” are our day-rate (or half-day) model for all a-la-carte, digital and print design projects. These sessions are a fully dedicated, head-down, super efficient way to power through your list of design jobs and elevate your brand with ease and smoothness, thanks to our exceptional branding services.
...And because they are designed for ultimate efficiency, we can even do a mini-brand or starter website in a day!
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So many of you amazing business owners are short on time and need fast turnaround. These sessions are supercharged with efficiency and use smooth, streamlined systems. They are a notifications-off, power design day and we go through your projects in the absolute fastest way that I know how.
We eliminate the oh-so-draining back and forth of emails, refinements, and approvals, that can take weeks for even the smallest project. This takes a toll on both you and I. (And can suck the life from a project!) These sessions drop the drain and replace it with creative momentum.
You receive my full design brain and all of my focus for the span of the session. I’m not checking emails, working on side projects or getting notifications. No multitasking means that you get all of me and as a result, better flow, creativity and ultimately, better design. My focus is yours alone!
You've got a lot on your plate! Running a successful business means there are a LOT of projects on the go. Let me take that weight off your shoulders! What if that big ol’ list of design projects could be ticked off in a day. Doesn’t that make you smile with relief already?
I am Owner and Creative Director of Studio 8, a bespoke graphic design studio run by passion, an artisan approach to design and lots of strong coffee.
I established Studio 8 in 2003 on the principle that purposeful, impactful, and creative design, including our exceptional branding services, has the power to make a business thrive.
For the past two decades, I've helped empower hundreds of businesses by creating soulful, strategic branding and websites to elevate them to the next level of possibility. With our branding services, we delve deep into the essence of your business, crafting a unique visual identity that captures your values and resonates with your target audience.
You are in the most expert and capable hands possible with your Powerhouse Day. Let’s make your designs shine!
MORE ABOUT SARA & STUDIO 8
- Our signature Brand Discovery worksheets to help design your brand with solid strategy.
- Full logo/branding package with every file format needed for future use
- Brand style guide
- Our signature Brand Resource guide (checklists, resources, video tutorials and more to launch and keep your brand running with ease & consistency.
- A copy of our Website Content Creation Guide worksheets to help you nail perfect website copy and images.
- Connection of your domain name and security certificate.
- Personal Zoom tutorial (and video recording) to show you how to easily manage and edit your own site.
- Full transfer of all site contents
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Three cheers for smooth and efficient!
We use a process that is simple (even fun!) to organize and streamline our work together, including our exceptional branding services. Our shared Studio Hub Trello board will keep everything in one place before and during our Powerhouse Session. It will hold links to ALL our bits and pieces - contract, invoices, to-dos, communication, images, content, final pieces, forms... everything! It makes our work smooth and flowing. Trello is simple and I'll include a video to walk you through. Our Trello Studio Hub is the thing that brings beautiful ease and efficiency to our session, ensuring that every aspect of your branding receives the attention it deserves. No sifting through chains of emails or wondering where that file is...Massive yay for organisation!
I love the way Sara structures her sessions. It was such an easy process, from uploading everything to her system, communicating with her and approving the files. It is great to get your files all in the same day and have them off to the printer that day. In the past with designers it was so much back and forth - this was instant which was great!
Everything I asked for was accomplished in the branding services session. Sara has been fantastic to work with. I really love her system and it worked so well for us to get everything quickly. She listened to what we wanted, it was easy to communicate through the Trello Hub and the end design looked great. I love the professionalism she brings to all her designs; it portrays the image we are after. We will definitely do this again! "
Sheridan Rollard, SHINE SKIN & BODY
I was blown away by how much was accomplished with the Powerhouse session. Sara knows exactly what is needed from and for the client. She's set up a clear and streamlined process where it can all be gathered and drawn together. We got exactly what we wanted and more. I loved that the Powerhouse session made us commit to a short time frame. In the busy project I was working on, this was exactly what I needed. The branding design and marketing collateral by Sara took my initial thoughts and turned them into something that packed the punch we were looking for. I loved working with Sara - her passion for design and giving her all to achieve her clients vision is inspiring. I would absolutely recommend a Powerhouse session with Studio 8."
Tracy Skinner, Grampians Gatherings (ACT Natimuk)
Danielle Lahane, YOGA IN NATURE
The Powerhouse session with Sara was affordable, comprehensive but easy, quick and surprisingly fun. Sara has this ability to really listen to what I was asking for, and bring it to life. A lot was achieved in a very short time and with very little effort on my behalf. I could not be happier with the results. This has been a really enjoyable experience. It was really exciting to see all that was discussed with Sara prior to the day come together easily and quickly...from my end anyway :). The information provided before the session was comprehensive but easy to follow and if I was not sure on anything, this was covered in the pre-session catch up with Sara. The Trello board was great as when I thought of ideas, photos etc I could just add them easily and correspond easily with Sara as everything was all in the one place. Thank you!"
First, find an available day below. (Please choose a session where you will be available throughout the day for communication and feedback.)
The form below lets me know a bit about you and your projects. If needed, we’ll schedule a call to determine if a Powerhouse day is right for you.
I’ll send an invoice for your 50% deposit and an agreement form. Once these are returned, you are officially booked! Get excited!
The day before, we’ll schedule a call to touch base and ensure we are on the same page before the big day ahead.
You know that the expertise of a qualified, experienced and strategic designer will be well worth the investment. You resonate with my work and get excited about working with me to create unique, soulful, purposeful, beautiful design.
You have a strong idea of what you need and are confident that you will have your content and images ready so that we can make the most of our day together. You are happy to use our systems to make the session super smooth and efficient.
You have so many visions and projects swirling around in your head with little time to do them. You love the thought of getting them all off your plate in one fell swoop. You know that investing this way will earn you back loads of valuable hours so you can focus on what you do best!
These days require that you submit all of your content and images for the project one week before the session. This gives me time to do my pre-session work to ensure the day goes like clockwork.
Of course you will be getting amazing design. However, let’s be frank, fast isn’t for everyone. If you need an expertly crafted brand or website, strategically and thoughtfully designed to empower your business for connection and growth, please enquire about a custom service here>.
Also, see our FAQs below.
If you aren't entirely sure what you need and are still tossing ideas around, it means the day won't run smoothly and you won’t get the most from your investment. If you need consultancy first, let's chat!
It is important to note that these branding sessions are based on time, not deliverables. While I am very speedy as a highly experienced designer, I am still a mere mortal. If you have umpteen jobs, please consider that you may need multiple days.
All sessions are run remotely to give us both the greatest ability to concentrate on the work for the day.
+3 hours pre/post session
+2 hours pre/post session
Bookings require a 50% deposit to lock in your day. Remaining 50% is due before design handover.
Please choose a day where you will be available online for feedback throughout the day, maximizing the benefits of your investment in our branding services. It's important to select a day that is not filled with meetings or distractions, allowing us to focus entirely on your project.
The nature of these sessions is efficiency, but they are limited and booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please try to book your session 4 weeks in advance if possible.
Please book below, whether needing a full or half day.
Simply choose your date, select 9:00, then click "submit", then fill in your details.
This may give you an opportunity to think of some other projects, even if they were ideas that you were planning to tackle yourself. You’ve got my creative brain for the day (or half-day). You can use it for anything - an assessment of your website or branding, a brochure design, another variation of your logo, forms and stationery, whatever you decide.
Absolutely. Powerhouse sessions are run remotely so that I can fully concentrate without distraction. Most of our communication will be via phone or our Hub. We can use Zoom to screenshare at any point through the day if needed.
Please note that these sessions are run in AEST Australian time, so if you are enquiring about working from another country, ensure this timezone will work for you to be available. (Typically we start at 9:00am AEST). Our invoicing system works well in every country.
A half-day is my minimum rate. Unfortunately, projects that take less than that are not financially viable for my business model. If you are in need of a simple batch of business cards (for example) and absolutely nothing else, you may be best to take your branding assets to another designer or print shop to have them done there. (Also check out question #2 above!)
I certainly don’t expect you to know how much time it takes to design your list or priorities - there are a hundred variables! If you are unsure whether you may need a half-day, full day or multiple days to ensure you get everything you need finished, please send me an email before you book. We can chat and I will let you know a recommendation.
Before our session, I get you to list all of your jobs in order of priority. During the session, I will start from the top of the list. As there are a huge number of factors in the timeframe of each project, I can’t guarantee deliverables. I can, however, estimate approximate times quite well so will let you know how much of a session it is likely to take. (See Question 4 above as well).
Powerhouse Sessions require a 50% deposit to book and you can pay online once you schedule your day on this page. The other 50% will be due after your session, before your designs are delivered.
Payment can be done via credit card through our secure online payment system (Stripe) or direct deposit to our account.
It is absolutely possible to design a mini-brand in a day! Your mini-brand will include the essentials to get you started. This is ideal for people who need to launch quickly and efficiently.
You will receive my signature Brand Discovery worksheets ahead of time, which help me (but also you!) gain insight on your business and customers. I will design a logo (text-based), two logomarks (logo variations), a suite of logo files, a colour palette and your brand fonts/type hierarchy. You’ll also receive a 1-2 page Brand Style Guide for your branding assets, my Graphic/Logo Usage Guide and an awesome Resource Guide to help you launch. (These, as well as your branding package, are designed and delivered the day following your session).
We've designed some phenomenal brands in a day. However, let’s be frank, it isn’t for everyone. You will be getting amazing brand assets unique to you with a quick turnaround. But you are trading speed for the customisation and strategic design that would go into a larger branding project. My standard custom branding design services are typically a 3-5 week turnaround and average $3500-$6000. If you are looking for an expertly crafted brand, strategically and thoughtfully designed to empower your business for connection and growth, please enquire for the full branding service! If you have a business or sub-brand that needs to be launched quickly, this could be just the right fit. (Note that the mini-brand is a customised text-based logo and does not typically include illustrations or graphics).
It is certainly possible to design a small website in a day! Your 3-4 page site will include a basic home page, about page, services page and an optional fillable contact form page (all totally on-brand!). I build out both the desktop and mobile versions. This is ideal for people who need to launch quickly and efficiently.
We do all of the design in a day, though the actual process is between 3 days and 1 week to launch. Your Powerhouse website includes image and setup work the day before and launch work, development, testing, domain connection and Zoom training the day after.
We've designed phenomenal sites in a day. However, let’s be frank, it isn’t for everyone. You will be getting an website unique to you with a quick turnaround. But you are trading speed for the customisation and strategic design that would go into a larger site build. Additionally, sites which include more pages, blogs, sales pages, e-commerce or additional pages are not possible to design in a day.
My standard custom web design services are typically a 3-5-week turnaround and average $5000-$7000. If you are looking for a custom-built website optimised for growth and conversion, please enquire here! If you have a simple site and need it launched quickly, this could be just the right fit (note: we can always add more later!)
Your site will be designed in the amazing Showit platform (my favourite!). Your Showit web hosting subscription and domain name purchase is separate and I’ll work with you to set this up before the day. Once the site is built, I will transfer it to you and run you through a training to show you how easy it is to edit and manage yourself!
Please let me know if you'd like to see some of the sites we've done in a day.
No, I work from my studio and you are free to work through the day from your home or workplace. We are in touch through the day via phone, text, Trello messages or if needed, a quick Zoom screen share. Just ensure you choose a day that allows you to be available for quick feedback (not a day of meetings and appointments). If you are close by and would rather work together on the day, just let me know.
Yes, you will need to be available online throughout the day. This is a collaborative day and the success of the day hinges greatly on prompt feedback as I design. Please choose a day free of other commitments or meetings to get the most from your day. This will ensure there are no holdups and will give you the most out of your investment.
Branding services and other marketing efforts go hand in hand. Branding provides the foundation and framework for all marketing activities. A strong brand identity ensures consistency across different marketing channels, enabling effective communication and recognition. Branding services help establish brand positioning and messaging, which can then be integrated into various marketing campaigns, digital strategies, social media efforts, and advertising initiatives, amplifying their impact and creating a cohesive brand experience for customers. Powerhouse days are perfect for consultancy to see if you are on track with your branding and marketing.
With respect and gratitude, I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we create, work, meet and live and pay respect to their elders, past, present and emerging.