We are a leading branding, graphic design & website design agency based in Highbridge, Somerset, that is all about collaboration.

Caring for our clients since 2009

We have been working hard since 2009 to create mutually rewarding and long-lasting relationships by ensuring our clients get the time and attention they need. By listening and engaging, we understand every client is different.

We let nothing stand in our way

We help businesses reach new audiences and outperform their competition. We do this by listening, researching and identifying who they are, so that we can pinpoint what makes them different. We thoroughly believe that if your business does well, we do well too.

Our team dedicates itself to creating beautifully executed graphic design, and powerful and aesthetic WordPress website design, enabling your business to grow.

The studio is led by Melanie Downing and made up of handpicked creatives and web developers to provide our clients with a full range of in-house design services. Our team has a passion for creating perfection no matter how small or large your project. Whether you have a ten minute job or a project requiring a range of skills, we are here to help.

We believe building strong brands and applying this brand throughout your marketing materials, whether in print or online, should be the beginning of an exciting journey for all our clients. If you already have a logo and brand, talk to us about our graphic design, website or signage services. We are inspired and motivated by seeing a clients face light up with pride when they view their new artwork for the first time.

The Worker Bees

Our Sweetest Clients

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West Country Parks Logo
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Melanie Downing

Mel is an ideas-led, multi-skilled graphic designer and website designer. She graduated from The City of Bristol College in 2003 and has worked within the industry ever since. Mel has put her heart and soul into building The Design Hive and is truly passionate about the business, the industry and our clients. Mel has a vast range of experience within the industry and achieves excellent results by listening and understanding the needs of the client and finds inspiration by sketching ideas down on paper before developing all artwork digitally.

Mel’s Background:

After graduating, Mel went on to work with some incredible companies, gaining a diverse range of graphic design, website design and print design skills.

  • 2003 – 2005: Graphic Designer, Publishing for Ministry of Defence
  • 2005 – 2007: Technician & Associate Lecturer in Art & Design for Bridgwater College
  • 2005 to Date: The Design Hive was formed
  • 2007 – 2009: Part-time Senior Graphic Designer & Project Manager for Arien Signs
  • 2007 – 2009: Part-time Senior Graphic Design for MKG Studio & Kampress Print
  • 2009 to Date: Full-time at The Design Hive
Faye Coombes - Senior Graphic Designer, Highbridge, Somerset

Office Manager


Faye is responsible for keeping Design Hive running smoothly from carrying out a wide range of administrative and marketing duties to project management. Faye has impeccable organisational skills to help keep clients informed and the design team up to date. 

Faye has been working in administration and office management since 2001. In her own time, she has taken up various leadership and management qualifications and has a keen desire to continue learning to grow in her role as office manager.


Graphic Designer


Jun has been an Art Director and a Creative Lead since 2010 and has already worked with multiple brands. 

With his diversified skill set, he’s able to work on any task from print and digital graphic design, photography and videography, website design, motion graphics, 3D design and animation.


Senior Website Developer


Marc is a great problem solver and works well under pressure. He has a background in web design/development and graphic design along with some music and video production. However, his passion is the development of small to larger complex websites. He graduated from The Atrium University Cardiff in 2011 and has since worked for an array of clients around the world, from small businesses to large corporates.

Marc is passionate about media as a whole, enjoys learning new skills and keeping up with current trends. He will never shy away from a challenge and enjoys the technical aspects of design, how it’s portrayed, how it’s developed and how it’s delivered. He has an eye for detail and is passionate to deliver something special for the client. He is a great asset to the Design Hive team.


Social Media Manager


Mariel handles all our Social Media platforms. She takes pride in her creativity and has much passion for producing social media content.

Having been in the digital marketing space for over six years, Mariel has worked as a graphic designer, marketing manager, social media and content manager for various brands in different industries, such as food and beverage, real estate, construction, and travel, retail, and architecture. She has helped businesses implement PR strategies, handle social media accounts, and make promotional collaterals. 

Mariel started her career in the publishing industry and went on to build her social media career.

She loves practicing Yoga and is in love with traveling.

Samuel Website Developer Somerset

Website Developer


Sam is a highly-motivated Web Developer with 5 years experience in development and website maintenance. Sam has worked with numerous frameworks and has a passion for branding and design, which is why he is such a valued member of the Design Hive team. He enjoys working as a frontend developer due to the creative side of website development.

When not working, Sam enjoys spending time with his friends, going travelling and relaxing for good mental health.


Content Strategist


Abby has been writing content for websites since 2010 and has completed over 300 websites since. Phew!

She writes innovative website friendly content for all our clients that require a little help getting their website going in the right direction. 

She is a great asset to our team!