Our story begins on a crisp autumn day in 2002 when our chief protaganists - Joanne Hair and Andrew Newth - launched Duotone Design & Communication with a hefty mobile phone, half a dozen contacts and a large dose of enthusiasm.
With a shared passion for design, art and music, we had identified a crucial gap in the market, one that was crying out for an integrated communications approach without excessive agency overheads. Since that day Duo Design has been privileged to work with many inspiring business owners and organisations seeking a considered and thoughtful approach to their brand identity, marketing campaign and digital strategy.
Our clients are primarily based in the greater Waikato-Auckland regions with some further afield in places like Central Otago, London and Belfast. We credit our success to longstanding clients and our can-do collaborative approach. With many organisations we work in a way that is an extension to their team – providing the advantages of an in-house digital specialist or communications expert on call as required.
Beautifully thoughtful and strategically creative, Duo Design's strength lies in our ability to distil your brilliant business idea into a bold, confident brand with a clear captivating message. We can help your business achieve greater engagement and growth, please get in touch to find out how.
Web, Branding, Online Strategy
Andrew is an accomplished website designer and musician with qualifications in multi-media. Over the past two decades he has project managed, designed and developed hundreds of websites, along with a myriad of digital solutions for clients.
Andrew is responsible for turning your digital dream into fully functioning reality. His focus is primarily online, creating e-commerce solutions, implementing content management systems, email newsletters (ie. Mailchimp) and responsive websites for our clients. Andrew balances strong technical skills, creative flair and strategic thinking to every web development project Duo Design undertake. His communication style encompasses our treasured design values of clarity, ease and simplicity.
Strategic Communication & Graphic Design
Co-founder Joanne Hair studied Applied Design and an Architecture Intermediate before completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and literature. An avid art collector and architecture lover, she has more than two decades experience working in advertising, design and government communications.
Joanne's mix of creative and commercial thinking has seen her carve out a sought after niche as a visual communication specialist with expertise in brand identity and strategy. She is a published writer of media articles, company profiles, brochures, exhibition essays and company websites. Joanne is currently an external examiner for Master of Design candidates and occasionally delivers guest lectures on Visual Culture.