5 small design studios with the clout of a huge agency

Many of the world's best-known design and branding agencies boast more than a hundred staff, spread around the globe. Look at Pentagram, Landor, Wolff Olins, JKR, Design Bridge, Pearlfisher or the recently-formed Superunion – household-name agencies, granted custody of household-name brands.

Plenty more highly reputable design agencies operate in the sweet-spot between around 20 and 50 staff – the likes of Made Thought, DesignStudio, DixonBaxi, Taxi Studio and Moving Brands all fall into this category.

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Nick Carson
Content strategist and copywriter

Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.