What we do.

Brand Development and Design

We are a Hawke’s Bay design and brand agency with a strategic bent. What does that even mean? Well, we do everything you’d expect us to do like brand development, logo creation, website design and development, print production (you know brochures, business cards, packaging – that sort of thing) and in general, specialise in making you, your brand and it’s collateral look awesome. BUT we make sure this is done in conjunction with a vision, a goal and a set of values. That is after all what a brand is. It’s a culture. It’s all of those little touch points, those little things that add up to “I get it” for your clients.

Brand Strategy and Business Consulting

Where does real change come from? How does sustained growth become part of the norm? Values – say what now? Culture, like what does it mean to work here and how do we act – what is that? How do we get some of this? Like anything, it comes through focus. All of the time. For real. We specialise in creating a business strategy for your business through a clear definition of your company vison, its values – and the actions to get you to where you want to be. Action is what after all results in progress. It inspires us. Achieving success, whatever that looks like for and your brand is why we do what we do. We love this.

In short? We specialise in brand strategy and design.
Through our strategic planning and coaching we will make your business
– better by design.

What we believe in

We love your problems – that gets us to great solutions.
We love ideas. We love them actioned more.
Doing what we say we will.
We believe in can-do.
Practicing positivity.
We believe in the power of creativity.

That sounds like people we can work with
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What our clients say

Who are we

James Macdonald
Founder, Owner & Director

James started his Agency life in Auckland at Saatchi & Saatchi working on accounts such as Telecom – yep that long ago, it was still called Telecom – Tui, Yeah Right. No really – and assisting on pitches as the young keen man making coffee running between departments and generally being a sponge. Not just of the spilt coffee… James has had a career in agencies ranging from the big agency to boutique before starting 39 Degrees Brand Strategy & Design. James specialises in quickly understanding peoples businesses and then helping in the process to define their vision, their goals and their values – and then turn it into action.

Nathan Hall
Creative Director

Nathan is the ‘make it look good guy’ at 39 Degrees. Having spent a career spanning longer than he would like to admit in flash places like Devon and London, UK and now right back here in Hawkes Bay. Nathan has a wealth of experience in creating beautiful work and has a multi-faceted skill base including websites, logo and brand development, print work such as brochures and business cards as well as packaging and photography. Nathan lives for design and is passionate about creating enduring work.


Get in touch.

+64 27 447 4042