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A bit about us.

We are not really ones for 'all-consuming passions', 'blue sky thinking', or 'mission statements'. We are not that keen on 'reinventing the possible', 'unlocking the power of your brand', and we will definitely be leaving 'data-driven paradigm shifts' to other people.

And don't worry, we are not going to tell you our story, share our vision or bring you on a journey - unless it's to the pub of course - and you're paying!

We just want to use this about section to tell you a bit about ourselves so you can decide if we are the kind of organisation you would like to work with.

What we are, is a public health-related creative agency, a collective of designers, writers, public health practitioners and social marketing whizz kids, based in Liverpool, who persuade, cajole, prod, tease and nudge people into making positive behaviours changes with creative, imaginative and thought-provoking health-related social marketing campaigns and resources.

Some of us have been creating campaigns and resources since the early '80s when we worked on one of the earliest AIDs awareness materials, and ecstasy harm reduction resources.

We have an excellent reputation for designing and creating effective and pragmatic resources around the use of drugs. During the '90s we were commissioned to create many of the HIT drug and alcohol leaflets. We have taken that knowledge and experience and developed a growing range of our own modern drug and alcohol resources, which you can order directly from the Substance shop.

We now work on a range of projects, ranging from animations about adverse childhood experiences, websites for Public Health Wales to support their Time to Move initiatives, through to branding, logo design and marketing materials for a secondhand smoke campaign on behalf of the Liverpool-based Health Equalities Group.

Have a look around our site; the social marketing section showcases our latest projects, the blog section contains a mixture of news, views and content around communications and marketing, and of course, there is the Substance shop where you can order substance use related resources.

If you have any questions or if you think we are the right fit for your organisation and would like to have a chat about a project you are working on, you can call us on 0151 345 5490 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can commission the Substance graphic design studio to design a bespoke resource or public health campaign for your organisation.


This webinar will look at how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other potential causes of trauma can affect an individual's relationship with alcohol and other drugs.

It is relevant for staff and volunteers with specific roles to support substance users as well as youth workers, mental health, criminal justice, housing, homelessness, social care and other workers.

We supply resources to:
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