Creating and nurturing beautiful brands

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SOKA Studio was formed in 2015 by award-winning Lincolnshire based graphic designer Sophie Karaer. 

With over a decade of design industry experience, we take away the unnecessary posing and mystery that can shroud design and website development. We create deliciously effective logos, brands and websites in a reassuringly clear and straightforward way that you and your customers will love.

We help you express what you’re all about through your brand – so that your customers get a flavour of your brilliance before they even meet you.

And when they do interact with you, they have such an effortless, enjoyable and engaging experience on your website that they’ll come back again and again.

Our happy clients are based all over the UK and cover a whole range of industries, from legal services to catering and from marketing to alternative energy. So wherever you are or whatever you do, let us help you show the world just how great you are.

Design

Screen-based design
Print-based design
Apparel design
Illustration
Art direction
Print

Development

Beautiful websites
Mobile friendly
Search engine optimised
Secure
Fast load times
Simple content management

Brand Creation

Logo design
Logo refresh
Brand guidelines
Brand packages
Corporate stationery
Keynote & Powerpoint

Brand Nurture

Website maintenance
Advertising
Screen & print promotion
Social posts
Email newsletters
Annual reports

The Team

Sophie is a gifted graphic designer who proves that great design makes for great business.  She’s an expert in creating fresh, powerful and thoughtful brand identities that customers find irresistible. Her style design is contemporary and clean – perfect for modern businesses.

A secret swot, she graduated with a First Class Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. She was awarded with Merit by the International Society of Typographic Designers for her work on 100Bama, a typographic interpretation of Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office.

Matthew is a rare find – a technical wizard who actually talks in plain English!  His clients love the fact that he can explain even the most complicated concepts in a clear way so they can make the right decisions.  He also has a sharp commercial mind, so he makes sure that the websites he builds help you to do better business (instead of hindering you).

He’s been writing code for computers since before the web was invented and brings a decade of professional experience to your project. He has gained qualifications from Google, won awards from Microsoft and is in the top 5% of developers on StackOverflow, the coding industry-standard, global forum for knowledge sharing.

Alfie joined the SOKA team in 2018 as a graphic designer. He has over five years of experience working for industry-leading design agencies across the UK. He has worked on everything from local marketing materials right through to international ad campaigns. Alfie is passionate about clean, clever, and conceptual design. His skills lie in typography, layout, and branding, but he loves variety. He finds the initial stages of a project the most exciting.

Offices

SOKA is based in Lincoln, UK but as creative freelancers, we love to work from different locations. Sophie and Alfie can mostly be found working from their home offices or from various coffee shops dotted around the city.

Matthew has taken this location independence one step further. He’s currently putting the world into world wide web development. In mid-2017 he packed his laptop and set off to become a digital nomad. He has been successfully developing brands like yours, on the road, from all around Europe and Asia.

Our workplace agility means we are happy to work wherever there’s Wi-Fi. If you’re thinking your project might need closer communication with either of us, let’s discuss working in your office for periods of time.

Clients

Here are just some of our fabulous clients. Scroll down to see why they think you will enjoy working with us!

“There was good, jargon-free communication throughout the project. SOKA succeeded in launching our website on time, to a relatively short deadline.”

Matthew Glover Thrive Show

“I approached Sophie to design a logo for my business. I didn't know what look or feel I wanted to go with apart from the colour. Sophie took her time to understand my business and came up with a Logo that is fantastic. Very knowledgable in her field and extremely creative. It has been a pleasure working with her and I shall definitely be working with her on future projects.”

Dionne Ruddock Academy of Success

“I’m happy to say that the logo SOKA produced exceeded all of our expectations! Sophie was fantastic to talk to and very professional throughout the project!”

Steve Myers Leverton Farms

“SOKA is easy to work with, great at quick turn arounds and cost effective. Always delivers us what we need, on time and on budget. Always an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Emma Browne LOD

“SOKA are an absolute dream to work with; they take the time to really understand your brief which ensures that the end result is always spot on.”

Sally Blake LegalEdge

“Sophie's ability to listen and understand what I want to achieve was shown in her designs. I am over the moon with the final logo and I am confident it will set the standard for the company I am in the process of building”

Ian Maynard Cystic Fibrosis Crew

“SOKA did a beautiful job of creating a logo that reflects who I am and what I am passionate about. Sophie was incredibly easy to work with from our initial meeting to the final deliverable and incorporated all of my feedback. She came up with a very creative logo and icon that is both sophisticated and light and versatile. I really loved working with her!”

Ruth Dettman Executive and Corporate Coach

“During our five months of working together SOKA have been efficient, adaptable, energetic and a pleasure to work with.”

Catherine Merrick Merrick & Day

“We are continuing to work with SOKA for all our branding and marketing requirements and would definitely recommend that anyone looking for a graphic designer to get in touch with them.”

Matt Padley Stirlin

“Sophie is an excellent graphic designer with a sharp eye for detail and a rapid understanding of brand values. SOKA deliver their projects to deadline – or even ahead of deadline – and are a great pleasure to work with.”

Helen Disney Unblocked Events

“When someone asks “who designed your website?” I have no hesitation in recommending SOKA.”

Simon Money servicemyboiler.net

“SOKA understood our brief yet still managed to add their own creative input to our projects. Everything has been done quickly and to a really high standard.”

Rebecca Allard Metail

“SOKA nailed the brief perfectly first time, delivering a fresh, contemporary feel perfect for my client base.”

Kim Arnold Marketing & Brand Consultant

“We have had nothing but brilliant design and service from SOKA. Sophie has helped us shape our brand, and put our best foot forward with signage and custom clothing. I would recommend them to anyone!”

Krsiten Ingraham-Morgan LNCrossFit

“We started off with a small requirement but a pivotal part of our future business and that was to design our company logo. From there we have worked with SOKA team and grown with them.. We always turn to SOKA for our design requirements from company van livery, presentation templates and now we are awaiting our freshly designed website to launch. We are pleased with all the work that has been done and look forward to continuing our journey with them.”

Wayne Mills-Kidals Fuse2 Communications