About Us

At Design Bug we create design solutions and branding tools that get businesses
seen and heard above the babble.

We come from humble beginnings, starting life in a home office and growing to include four university-qualified designers as well as a network of specialists for web development, printing, photography and copywriting.

We’re excited about telling your story through design, and we do this by getting to know what you’re trying to achieve and what your business needs to get there. We love the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations so we can get to know your business from all angles. This enriches the creative process and ensures we can develop solutions that align with your vision.

Our mission is to leave the studio each day knowing that we’ve done everything to help our clients and that we’ve all had a great time working towards your goals.

About Us

At Design Bug we create design solutions and branding tools that get businesses
seen and heard above the babble.

We come from humble beginnings, starting life in a home office and growing to include four university-qualified designers as well as a network of specialists for web development, printing, photography and copywriting.

We’re excited about telling your story through design, and we do this by getting to know what you’re trying to achieve and what your business needs to get there. We love the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations so we can get to know your business from all angles. This enriches the creative process and ensures we can develop solutions that align with your vision.

Our mission is to leave the studio each day knowing that we’ve done everything to help our clients and that we’ve all had a great time working towards your goals.

Our Back Story

We’re a graphic design studio based in Newcastle, run by sister-act Kristy Coady and Rebecca Russell.
This duo had always dreamed of starting a business together, but it wasn’t until Kristy was left with a permanent back injury from a car accident that things started taking shape.

The idea for Design Bug came to Kristy while lying completely still in an MRI machine and has evolved from there. Their mother’s first car was a VW beetle and they’d always wanted one of their own, and so the inspiration for Design Bug was created out of a mutual love for design and cute automobiles.

The operation quickly became too much for the home office and Kristy and Rebecca relocated to a studio in the heart of Newcastle. Now with two more designers on the team and their very own VW Beetle, the Design Bug family is growing.

Our Back Story

We’re a graphic design studio based in Newcastle, run by sister-act Kristy Coady and Rebecca Russell.
This duo had always dreamed of starting a business together, but it wasn’t until Kristy was left with a permanent back injury from a car accident that things started taking shape.

The idea for Design Bug came to Kristy while lying completely still in an MRI machine and has evolved from there. Their mother’s first car was a VW beetle and they’d always wanted one of their own, and so the inspiration for Design Bug was created out of a mutual love for design and cute automobiles.

The operation quickly became too much for the home office and Kristy and Rebecca relocated to a studio in the heart of Newcastle. Now with two more designers on the team and their very own VW Beetle, the Design Bug family is growing.

Our Back Story

We’re a graphic design studio based in Newcastle, run by sister-act Kristy Coady and Rebecca Russell.

This duo had always dreamed of starting a business together, but it wasn’t until Kristy was left with a permanent back injury from a car accident that things started taking shape.

The idea for Design Bug came to Kristy while lying completely still in an MRI machine and has evolved from there. Their mother’s first car was a VW beetle and they’d always wanted one of their own, and so the inspiration for Design Bug was created out of a mutual love for design and cute automobiles.

The operation quickly became too much for the home office and Kristy and Rebecca relocated to a studio in the heart of Newcastle. Now with two more designers on the team and their very own VW Beetle, the Design Bug family is growing.

Our Back Story

We’re a graphic design studio based in Newcastle, run by sister-act Kristy Coady and Rebecca Russell. This duo had always dreamed of starting a business together, but it wasn’t until Kristy was left with a permanent back injury from a car accident that things started taking shape.

The idea for Design Bug came to Kristy while lying completely still in an MRI machine and has evolved from there. Their mother’s first car was a VW beetle and they’d always wanted one of their own, and so the inspiration for Design Bug was created out of a mutual love for design and cute automobiles.

The operation quickly became too much for the home office and Kristy and Rebecca relocated to a studio in the heart of Newcastle. Now with two more designers on the team and their very own VW Beetle, the Design Bug family is growing.

Behind the Scenes

Meet the girls who make your ideas come to life.

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Laura Unicomb
Junior Designer & Administration

Laura is the newest addition to the Design Bug family, graduating from Newcastle University this year with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design.

While fine-tuning her design skills, she’ll be making sure that the Design Bug office continues to be a well-oiled machine!
Kristy Coady
Owner & Designer

Back from maternity leave, Kristy is enjoying a return to part time work and being able to reconnect with her passion for print design.
Rebecca Russell
Owner & Designer

Over-seeing all projects, Bec is your go-to-girl for all things print and web based. She loves seeing how a brand can be transformed and kept consistent across all mediums. You’ll find Bec working all hours of the day and night to make sure each deadline is met!
Jasmine Flamenco
Senior Graphic Designer

A lover of web design, Jasmine brings a fresh approach to digital projects. With a strong background in branding and print design, she acknowledges that both design and function have their place on the web.