Our Journey So Far


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It has only been a matter of weeks and myself and Damian have been busy working on our way forward. It seems there is so much to do and learn in this business it never stops. You turn one corner, and there is a whole world ahead of you that needs to be explored.

We have gone from having a creative idea, to registering the company name (how good does that feel !!!). Then we went on and have become an official legally registered company. Welcome to the world of DnD Design, and our journey so far.

How Did We Start?

Once we had decided where we were going, and how we were going to go about it, we needed to make a start. The easiest place to start making designs is on Redbubble.

Redbubble Page

Damian is an incredible artist and was having fun drawing cartoon dinosaur characters as in the “evolution of man“. We also played around with some of his older drawings used in his books which included the fabulous “Raider” Design. Around the same time Damian designed the “Carpe Diem, Seize The Day” logo that has worked really well on some of our accessories and clothes

Once we had gained confidence in the designing aspect, we approached the subject of a company logo. Living in Gibraltar, we agreed it had to encompass the fantastic place we live in so the outline of our rock was decided upon. We feel this looks fantastic and truly adds the spirit of Gibraltar to our designs.

Our Next Decision

So we had a beginning and a logo. There are only so many designs you can make with a logo and we wanted to branch out in other directions. We found our logo was really popular so we decided to try to improve our market sales. Just as we had practised setting up our shop on Redbubble, we joined Printful that also generates merchandise for companies. We approached Amazon and applied for Amazon Merch. Within two weeks we had an answer that we had been accepted and now we have some of our designs up there on Amazon. Check them out here : Amazon: DnD Design.

DnD DesignDnD Design

Of course, we were not only on Redbubble but now all over the world on Amazon. To say we have been ecstatic is an understatement.

Our original idea included designing a smart logo that can be worn on a smart shirt and also a more casual design. Our DnD fits the bill for smart casual so we just needed a follow up.

Carrying on with the topic of Gibraltar, it was decided we would make a logo that had something to do with being outdoors. Living next to the Med and pretty much surrounded by water it was only appropriate to involve The Rock and The Sea. David who is also an official Gibraltar Tour Guide thought that having the height of The Rock would be appropriate. As we are both outdoor fanatics 426 Adventure was born. Damian came up with the artwork and it is now seen on our outdoor adventure gear.

426 Adventure426 Adventure

From the onset we have wanted to go in a number of directions. So far we are in the process of following up on these designs.

  • The DnD Logo for smart casual wear
  • 426 for the outdoor casual look

We now look to our future plans.

What’s Next for Us ?

We want to carry on with our already established brands but start a further journey in two other directions.

Our 426 Brand is already popular as a casual garment. We aim to add further garments purely for the gym and training. This of course will mean extra expenditure and a whole new concept. We have earmarked a local business and hope to go into production talks in the near future.

We are also both big beach lovers and feel the local beach apparel designs are in need of updating. We aim to design a brand for the local market and for worldwide surf apparel. We have already branded Tarifa Windsurf and Kite Surf garments on Amazon and aim to extend this to our own brand along with a story line.

Tarifa Kitesurf

This is extremely exciting as Damian has already designed the characters this will revolve around and will be called “The Adventures of Float Sam”. This is still in the very early stages, but something we are very keen to pursue as it hasn’t been done before.

Here is Float Sam and his friends. Keep an eye on our page for updates and new exciting products.

Float SamFloat Sam and Gang

 

 

Conclusion

Well I’m sure that if you have read this to the end you can tell we have been very busy. Apart from the next steps highlighted, we have social media to contend with and advertising media to sort out. This is not going to be something that is done and dusted overnight. We are on a very long journey. We hope you will join us on this trip and hopefully support us along the way. Let us make DnD Design, 426 Adventure and The Adventures of Float Sam a success, and something we can be proud of.

Please feel free to leave any comments below and hope to see you out and about showing off our gear.

David and Damian

18 comments on “Our Journey So Far

    Tracy Agius

    • February 25, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    You have wonderful ideas and designs, and I believe you have the talent and passion to succeed. I have just ordered a racerback vest as I love the design on the back. Good luck with your future endeavours. I shall be following your progress.

      David

      • February 26, 2021 at 7:55 am

      Thank you Tracy your comments are really appreciated. I’m so pleased you like the Racerback, it’s becoming very popular. Keep your eyes peeled as we have more training gear on the way.
      All the best
      David

    Nuttanee

    • February 26, 2021 at 12:40 am

    That is life isn’t it. A new day is always a new learning and you just have to take it one day at a time. Damian definitely is an amazing designer. I am happy for both of you. The adventure of the float Sam is adorable. This reminds me so much of the 90s with the Roxy and Surfer Girl line. Cannot wait to check out your line on Amazon. 

      David

      • February 26, 2021 at 7:51 am

      Hi there and thanks for your kind words. Float Sam is going to be great fun to produce and I’m really pleased you like him. I hope you have a great day 🙂

      David

    Michelle Woolsey

    • February 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Can’t wait to look at you gym wear and casual wear. Great design using the rock and I hope this new adventure takes off.

      David

      • February 27, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      Thank You Michelle. We really love the design and there will be lots more training and casual wear coming soon. Please feel free to subscribe on the home page as you will receive updates as soon as they are posted.
      Thanks again
      David

    Paul Kennedy

    • February 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    This new venture looks fantastic Dave, the products are spot on. Good luck!

      David

      • February 27, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Paul, we are really pleased you like our gear. There will be plenty more products coming along soon so stay tuned for our latest gear.
      All the best
      Dave

    Joyce Easton

    • February 27, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Nice to know about you and your aspiration to build an ideal design company! And it’s awesome to know that you’ve gone a long way already. Now with the company registration you did, it’s a step forward in your business and an open the door to many opportunities in the design world. I can’t wait to see you build a design for the local market and move your own brand to the next level. Thanks for the creative post!

    Joyce

      David

      • February 28, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Joyce, I’m so pleased you like my Post. It is amazing how fast things progress once you go “live”. I’m sure you will like our future brands once they are released. A good way to ensure you get notification is by subscribing to our site. The sign up page is on our front page. Lot’s of hard work ahead but I’m sure it will be worth it.

      All the Best

      David 

    Rich Gilbert

    • February 28, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Wow! The designs are great. Learning about your journey into the design and sell world is very encouraging. I am kind of excited about discovering redbubble. I have seens sites like that before, but the options for artists to display their designs on so many products is pretty cool.  After submitting my comment, I am going to get an illustrator friend of mine to set-up a shop there at redbubble. I’m sending a link to your website so he can see what you have done to get started. Best of Luck on your journeys. Sell. Sell. Sell.

      David

      • February 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      Hey there and thanks for your comments. Best of luck with your designs on Redbubble. It really is an easy platform to use. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as we have.

    Kokontala

    • March 1, 2021 at 5:40 am

    Good day, I’m pleased to have read this interesting piece of writing. I’m thrilled to know how you all started and how far you are, it’s really motivating, and shows passion and hard-work. Well, it’s my first time to come across your designs, but I think they are just amazing. Keep up the good work, this is a very helpful information. I wish you the best of luck going forward.

      David

      • March 1, 2021 at 7:02 am

      Good morning and thank you for visiting our site. I’m really pleased you like our designs and if our journey can inspire others to do the same then that’s even better. Have a great day and all the best.

      David 

    Susie

    • March 1, 2021 at 6:18 am

    Good luck guys

      David

      • March 1, 2021 at 7:12 am

      Thank You Susie, Much appreciated.
      David

    Misael H

    • March 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    It is very nice to hear about your journey and how you started things out. I must admit that I find myself very enthused with your website overall because you provide very valuable and useful information. I had to come here and see how you guys do things and what you’re all about. I appreciate this elaboration and the explanation and your experiences. 

      David

      • March 1, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Misael, I’m really pleased you have found our post useful, and that it has been a good guide for you. If you ever feel the need to ask any questions for clarification, please feel free to drop me a line anytime. 

      All the best

      David

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