Your Brand | Your Website | Your Space
Whether you are a big business with staff or you are a start-up working from home, you deserve to have a professional at hand to make sure you have both the right tools and the right partners to be successful in your business.
Covering all facets of Graphic Design & Print, Website Design & Hosting, Social Media Design and Management, as well as Interior Design & Colour Consulting, James & Dare Creative can fulfil all your needs independently. From the initial design of your brand, stationery and website, right through to your promotional advertising as well as the interior design of your office or store.
By not just working for you, but with you, we are able to share a vision for your business and be reaching for the same goal. Staying abreast of cutting edge graphic and interior design, style movements and typographical fashion means we can be creating work that will stand the test of time and trends.
Our team is passionate about design and branding. Creating timeless designs that are both functional and beautiful is the very essence of James & Dare Creative.
Graphic Design & Print | Website Design & Hosting | Social Media Design & Management
Interior Design | Colour Consultation
James & Dare Creative
Rooms 1 & 3 | 25 Prince Street, Grafton NSW 2460 | (02) 6642 5173
The Boss & The Protege
The Boss | Biography
Justin resides in Grafton, in the beautiful Clarence Valley of New South Wales, running the J&DC studio in Grafton's iconic Prince Street. Justin holds the position of President within the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and is very active in a number of committees around the Clarence Valley.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Justin began designing at a very early age, mainly small time business cards for friends and family business. Justin launched his first official business (Deptford Designs) when he was 19, and had many small successes, the business morphed and changed through-out the years to encompass more and more facets, with all monies earnt going straight back into the business.
Justin also worked with Grafton Print and Ron Howard Printing in Grafton and Casino NSW, revitalising the design team and modernising the design processes within the companies before launching his own studio, Justin James Design & Print.
The Protege | Biography
Amy Edwards, born and raised in the historic city of Grafton NSW. Amy attended both Primary and Secondary schools in South Grafton and showed great interest in design and drawing from a young age. Amy designed the logo for her school’s year 10 uniform in 2015, and placed second in Grafton’s Go Art Exhibition for drawing in 2016.
Amy completed the HSC in 2017 with excellent results, achieving the second highest ATAR at South Grafton High School with a rank of one or two in all subjects. Amy was then accepted into a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology, but soon rediscovered her passion for design and decided to pursue a creative career.
In 2018 Amy began studying an online Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration through the International School of Colour and Design. Amy is now studying Interior Design independently while studying Design Fundamentals through a Design Assistant position with James & Dare Creative.
Amy is now the Co-Editor of Grafton's premier local publication "The Local Clarence Magazine' now in its second year. Since starting with J&DC Amy has quickly and effectively taken on projects ranging from branding to website design and has quickly become an integral part of the J&DC team.
The story so far | A short film
Justin James Design & Print | A history
The business we now know as James & Dare Creative (or J&DC) actually began its history over 15 years ago under the name Deptford Designs. Back then Deptford Designs was a very small home based business working out of a shed on a property called 'Tinsky' in rural Mornington Peninsula. Over the years the business changed to include Photography and had a 5 year stint under the name Dare Photographix, expanding to shoot weddings in Melbourne and the Gold Coast with four contract photographers.
In 2005 Justin was asked to begin Book Cover Design for one of the USA's leading fiction epublishing houses, Loose ID. Word quickly spread and he was taken up by another 5 houses, and has since completed over 400 Book Covers.
In 2010, after an email from Bestselling Author Geoffrey Knight, Justin embarked on the biggest project in his decade long career; the re-release of Geoffrey Knight's bestselling novel 'The Cross Of Sins'. This set in motion a chain of events that neither Justin nor Geoff had ever thought possible; Justin became a publisher in his own right, building a bestselling author stable of more than 20 authors from across the globe. Splitting into 6 Publishing Imprints and building a contract staff of 5. Named Empire Press after his business Dare Empire, Empire Press was soaring, with a stellar reputation. After 2 years, and the unfortunate (for business) rise in the Australian Dollar, Justin sold the majority of the publishing arms of the company to Storm Moon Press and Turquoise Morning Press, both of the USA.
Upon arriving in Grafton, Justin worked with Grafton Print and Ron Howard Printing in Grafton and Casino NSW, revitalising the design team and modernising the design processes within the companies before launching his own studio, Justin James Design & Print.
Late in 2016 Justin began studying to obtain his Diploma in Interior Design with the Interior Design Institute, which he completed with impressive results in late 2017. In early 2018 Justin attended a Masterclass in Colour Consultation at the exclusive Coco Republic Design School with the amazing Sharon Gage in Sydney.
July 2018 marked the transformation from Justin James Design & Print to James & Dare Creative (J&DC). No longer just offering Design and Print, but Interior Design, Colour Consultation, 3D Imagery Concepts and Social Media Management.
James & Dare Creative | A Portfolio
Over the last 5 years we've been lucky enough to work with some of the most well known business men and woman in Grafton. We have worked alongside these masters of their fields to update, refresh and sometimes create whole new business brands of which just a fraction are showcased below.
Watch this space as we update more and more of our amazing clients..
Grafton Business Design Seminars | Learn in Style
Grafton Business Design Seminars are a new way for you to learn about your business from a design and marketing point of view. Together with a dozen other local business men and women, enjoy some wine and canapés as you learn all about different areas of design, marketing, branding and colour empathy.
These Graftoncentric mini-masterclasses are not only educational, they are social, informative and will give you real life examples to take on and use within your business.
Each seminar has a hands on exercise and finishes with a dedicated Q&A for all those questions you've always wanted to ask. New seminar topic to be released soon. Sign up to our news to stay informed.
The Local Magazine | Grafton's own
The Local Clarence Magazine is an eclectic mix of articles and stories written and enjoyed by locals in the Clarence Valley. This year we are shaking up the Mag, new serials, new looks, same great price (FREE!) available through-out Grafton! Click the issues below to read online.
Social Media Management | Take the pain out of socialising
We fully understand the time and energy lost to social media marketing. When you don't have the tools or the skills to execute great content it can sometimes be redundant (or even detrimental) to your business image.
At James & Dare Creative we have put together a number of Management Plans to help you out for differing time periods, whether to start you off, give you a break or simply to have backbeat while you post at your leisure.
Don't want a whole plan?! | Just one great advert?
We fully understand that sometimes you don't have a lot to say, or a lot you 'need' to say, but just need to shine some light on a particular service or product. Sometimes you may just need to remind your customers you are still here.
We can create eye-catching artwork and copy for a Facebook advert that you can simply run if and when you wish to through your social media account.
Simply tell us what you need the advert to do:
Get Website Traffic
Get Page Likes
Sell a Product/Service
and we will do the rest, we can even set up the campaign in your account so its ready for you to press play!