We're driven by honesty, curiosity, 
hard work...and cake!

Bagelfish Design was formed in 2005 by two creative friends bored with the hum drum of 9 to 5 office life. Our approach, over a decade later, is still driven by honesty, open-mindedness, curiosity, a love of all things creative and ultimately down right hard work.

At Bagelfish we aim to build lasting relationships and friendships. By respecting the wishes and ideas of our clients, spending time and sharing ambitions we stay passionate, positive and enthusiastic.


We hope that you always feel welcome and assured that we will do our best to deliver an inspired creative solution. Pop in for a cuppa and we’ll tell you what makes us click.



We offer an inspired solution...

We are two designers...

Annette Stirling and Nicola McDonald, we are the Directors, lead designers, artworkers and tea makers...size is not everything! Both educated at degree level, with a creative flair. We may be small but we’re perfectly formed and can always offer a hands on approach.


With more combined industry experience than we’d care to admit to, we have worked in both public and private sectors...phew! We are two friends who have worked successfully together for over a decade. With different disciplines that work in harmony we will always guarantee a fantastic result.

We are a small company but we think big...

We offer experience and an undiluted creative core. Our low overheads mean we can deliver a professional service for a price the bigger agencies just can’t match. Being a small yet dedicated outfit, we only know how to do things properly. Obviously, we’re bound to say this, we’re very experienced in time-critical events, we’re creative and we’re totally up for it!

The exciting stuff

Advertising campaigns, annual reports, magazines, brochures, direct mail, exhibition graphics, websites, branding, art direction, typography, illustration, packaging, train/ bus/taxi liveries, large format printing...and empire building!


The boring stuff

Adobe Creative Suite, Word, Powerpoint and Excel.


Benefits to your brand
We don’t want to be pushy but we are awesome! With a proven track record in brand identity (Edinburgh International Film Festival, Exeter College, West Lothian Council and Edinburgh College) we are sure we can streamline your brand, raise awareness and generally bring it to life.

Benefits to you
We are a caring company, we listen, we will work hard for you and we will always be about to answer your questions, provide a cuppa and share your thoughts (cake optional.)

Because we’re a highly creative team with a great track record, we’re inspired and influenced by all sorts of other creative work. We’re straight-talking, hard working, enthusiastic and good fun. We’re totally familiar with last-minute changes, tight deadlines and sometimes even total event changes, due to cancellations.  Nothing really phases us any more.


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The nitty gritty

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018

Edinburgh International Film Festival

EIFF have been our longest standing client and have been coming back to us annually since 2007. Always a challenge but a welcome one!

2007 - present


Exeter College Annual Review

Exeter College

Exeter College are one of our fav clients. Trusting us enough to give us the freedom to produce vibrant and modern brochures.


Always a pleasure to work with!

2016 - present



Imaginate - Edinburgh International Children's Festival

Edinburgh International Children's Festival

Imaginate gave us the exciting and challenging opportunity to create their 2017 brochure designs.  


1 Deantown Drive


East Lothian

EH21 8NT




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Kathleen Hopkins

Marketing Assistant, Communications,

Exeter College

Bagelfish are an absolute joy to work with, their design work is fresh and innovative and they are always punctual even when we are unable to be! We have found them to be very approachable and would highly recommend the team.

Adele Conn

Events Manager, Edinburgh Art College

I loved working with Bagelfish on a variety of projects. They manage to make the whole process fun, creative and extremely easy. The results are always outstanding and they grasp the ideas in my head and turns them into reality! Amazing!

Janet Mundy

Fundraiser (Trusts and Foundations)
at Move On

Bagelfish have worked with us on several occasions, most notably carrying out all the graphic design work for a board game, and also selecting and liaising with suppliers. They are highly creative and dedicated, and a pleasure to work with.