Case Study

Robertson Bell


A well known not-for-profit and government agency recruiter Robertson Bell realised that whilst they were seen as leaders and professionals within their community and client base, outside of this circle, their brand identity was not successfully engaging new business.

Robertson Bell approached 1721 Studio, after being recommended to us within the recruitment community with the urgent requirement to raise the standard of their brand first and website second.


After an initial scoping and alignment meeting, we introduced Robertson Bell to our Brand Discovery process where we undertook an ‘audience need’ first approach. The output was a strong recognisable brand identity, not overstated and with a people to people narrative.

Skill set

  • Branding
  • Website design
  • Digital marketing
  • Social media kit
  • Internal documentation
  • Cover sheets
  • Pitch documents

Eye contact

Casually professional, this was the objective of the key brand imagery with people looking out into the audience, without intensity, but engaging through eye contact, relaxed and smiling. This black and white imagery then juxtaposed well against the striking Robertson Bell hot pink.

We chose a beautiful typeface to form the headline statements and developed a logotype that was classic, but modern when shown only as the ‘RB’ lockup.

Engaging Social

With the development of simple ‘RB’ lockup, Robertson Bell now for the first time had a clean online identity. Setting up their refreshed profiles and establishing a house style for their posts, the goal being, to put Robertson Bell in a stronger position to maintain their online, social facing visual identity.

With all of the elements combined, imagery, colour set and typography, this brand stands tall, its voice being overwhelmingly friendly, sustaining enough corporate indicators aligning them correctly with their audience.


With this new brand identity it was a very smooth transition to digital delivery of the website design. Striking hero imagery and the careful use of the colour set has build them an easy to use and engage website.

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  • "We have worked with 1721 Studio for over four years now and in that time they have helped us to build a new brand, rebrand, build another brand, design a website, design another website, the list goes on! We're a recruitment agency and it's clear that 1721 really understand what we need in the "Recruiter's Toolkit."

    Darren Simmons

    Executives in Sport Group

  • "The 1721 team have worked with me on a number of brands and websites over the years. They are an excellent group of talented individuals. I gladly recommend them to any business looking for someone they can trust to deliver great creative services."

    Adam Glyde


  • "In the public sector, time and budget are always a challenge. We know we can always rely on 1721 Studio to produce the best quality work and pull out all the stops to meet our deadlines. They're creatives you can trust who instinctively understand your audience and goals."

    Dave Molyneaux

    Hampshire Fire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service

  • "Neil and Ken worked with me on both our Re-brand and designing our new website. From start to finish I found the service from 1721 to be second to none. Both Neil and Ken were exceptionally helpful, communicated effectively and worked to our tight deadlines. Their concepts and designs were more than we had hoped for and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. If you are looking for some talented creative minds and all round nice chaps to work with 1721 should be top of your list."

    Yasmin Aslam

    Robertson Bell

  • "We were recommended Neil as we looked to undertake a complete brand and website redesign. We couldn't be happier with the results and the process. Neil and his team understood the brief clearly and their approach was open and flexible. As with any project of this nature there were bumps along the way, and Neil couldn't have been more accommodating to assist and make changes. Thanks Neil!"

    Andrew Maeer


  • "I hired 1721 during 2019 when I was Chief Executive of Dstl, the Science & technology research arm of Ministry of Defence, to modernise our brand in line with delivering against a new strategy and capturing the essence our purpose and values. 1721 were a joy to work with, taking time to understand who we are and what we wanted to transmit through our brand. They developed 3 alternatives and worked with my leadership team to develop and fine tune into the end result, a full brand toolkit which is now fully deployed and evident across all print and social media channels of the organisation. The project was a huge success, helping to attract new talent to a growing organisation and helping to revitalise Dstl’s reputation across MOD, wider Government and beyond. I would recommend 1721 without hesitation. They take time to understand the client, patiently work to develop alternatives and nothing was too much for them as we “tweaked” the concepts multiple times towards the end result. We appreciated their professionalism, expertise, challenge, insights and creativity; clients will enjoy the process of working with and be delighted with the results."

    Gary Aitkenhead

    Former Chief Executive, Dstl

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