Abovegroup is an independent design consultancy specialising in brands, environments and objects.
Our belief is in the power of design and its ability to transform organisations, communities and the world.
Based in Trinidad & Tobago, we build brands for individuals, companies, experiences and products.
Our clients range from startups to giants and everything between. We bring order and beauty to their communications, leading to efficiency and growth.
It’s what makes the view better from Above.
Taking it from the top, that's what we do, grouped into four key areas of speciality.
If you're looking for something that isn't listed, get in touch. We've been waiting for you to come along.
Our company was built on the value of the brand, and we understand this like no one else. From energy giants, to financial services, education, technology, hospitality, consumer goods, manufacturing and real estate we have built powerful brands from the ground up and have the results to back it up.
You have an established brand – perhaps one that we’ve helped you build – and want to get it out into the wild. We can work with you to create experiences for your audience to interact with, better understand, and ultimately choose your product or service. Whether this is in a supermarket, via an app, at an exhibition or in a wayfinding system, we know how to expand your brand’s presence with clarity and precision.
Branding, design and marketing for persons and ideas. We work with individuals, political parties and causes, environmental groups, NGOs and non-profit organisations to broaden their appeal; help their audiences better understand who they are and what they stand for; and attract funding and community buy-in.
Our expertise in product design stems from our long experience in branded environments, packaging and boutique furniture design. This, coupled with our desire to see regionally manufactured products excel at design intent as well as manufacturing, brought us to launch Product Design as a distinct offering. From labelling and packaging to industrial design of consumer products, we create utility without compromising on beauty.
More importantly, we love our work. It gets us out of bed in the morning and working late into the night.
We believe that access to good design is a fundamental right of individuals, organisations and societies. We understand the power of design in influencing how societies exist and operate, and want to exercise it for the greater good.
Good design is by nature democratic: by making experiences easily understandable, navigable and ownable, people are included and empowered. We want to be part of making this happen.
We approach each project with the intention of creating something very special. That isn’t easy – and it means that we often will not take on more than a few projects at any given time. We think that’s better though than promising you the world and then disappearing once we receive a cheque!
Our belief is in supporting the communities in which we exist, which is why throughout our history we have held free events and talks (such as our highly successful Show & Tell); a broad internship programme, many of the graduates of which have gone on to become leaders in their fields; a range of CSR projects, way above the norm for an organisation of our size; and a long history of pairing emerging artists and musicians with established brands, helping both achieve their goals.
Founded in 2001, Abovegroup has grown rapidly to become one of the most respected design agencies in the region. Initially offering graphic design, digital development and photography, our portfolio and team expanded to include the disciplines of branding, marketing and environmental design.
In 2011, we began a two year collaboration with the regional Ogilvy & Mather office under the name Abovegroup Ogilvy. This venture broadened our experience and skill set to include traditional advertising, branded entertainment, PR and event management services while working with a range of Fortune 500 consumer goods companies.
In mid-2013, Abovegroup returned to its design & branding roots, keeping its core team of specialists and focusing our services, while refining our methodologies to produce high-quality design work in significantly reduced timelines and at accessible price points.
Alex joined Abovegroup as a Partner in 2005 bringing a wide range of clients and over a decade of experience in visual communications. In several short years, he helped build the Abovegroup brand through timely and consistent delivery of projects. Becoming famous as ‘the fixer’ on many multi-tiered, multi-partied, complex branding projects, he now brings together a balance of research, creative and practical problem solving to the daily operations of the firm and new business.
Gareth founded Above, the precursor to Abovegroup, in 2001 and has since been working extensively in the fields of branding, graphic design and communications strategy. A prolific hat-wearer, Gareth’s contribution to Abovegroup includes developing company strategy, new ventures and partnerships; developing and presenting creative and business strategies to clients; creative direction and graphic design; and verbal branding, naming and writing.
He’s a big believer in engaging and building communities, having started Show & Tell, Abovegroup’s monthly series of talks, and now hosts Picture House, a backyard classic cinema series. He is also working on getting Trinidad and Tobago’s first design festival off the ground (2015 launch) and serves on the board of Plastikeep (Trinidad & Tobago’s largest plastic waste/recycling project).
Welcoming Meiling + Aisling Clothing Home for the launch of Collection 2015 #ScottStreet #Nov19 #collection2015... http://t.co/YseY8zkDbg5 days ago
90s style + Martin Parr (who we were lucky to have as a Show & Tell speaker) = Monday awesomeness.... http://t.co/SD6SYWbD227 days ago
If you are interested in a career or internship at Abovegroup, please bear in mind that we are a deliberately small studio, and don’t often hire. Similarly, our internship programme fills up in advance, so plan ahead! That said, we are always interested in seeing new work and making new connections, so feel free to write to us at email@example.com with a brief introduction and a link to your work.
It’s no trick to make a lot of money, if all you want to do is make a lot of money.
Design has to work, art does not.
A grapefruit is a lemon that had a chance and took advantage of it.
Don’t stop believin’.
You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.