The journal

We’ll be updating our journal regularly, with everything from insight and tutorials to musings and anecdotes. 

Date: 10/05/24

At a time where everyone seems to be making up new words for the sake of it, suggesting that charities should use simple language might sound almost... rebellious.

More stories

Demystifying digital: Accessibility on the web

Date: 8/04/2024

Accessibility has become a bit of a buzz-word. This blog aims to break some of the mystery down and hopefully give you a clearer picture of what is accessibility on the web....

Demystifying design: CMYK or RGB? Understanding colour modes

Date: 1/04/2024

In the world of impactful branding, websites, and campaigns, colour plays a pivotal role in conveying emotions and messages. When collaborating with a design agency for your charity or organisation, having a grasp of colour modes can be very handy....

Your website is your home, give it a spring clean

Date: 4/03/2024

As the transition from winter to spring begins, most of us feel inclined to give the house a good clean to reset ourselves and our homes. When it comes to your website it's entitled to its own spring clean too....

Demystifying design: Fonts, typefaces and the anatomy of type

Date: 26/02/2024

The role of typography in design and branding cannot be overstated. As a Graphic Designer, I’ve always been intrigued by the details that define the visual language of fonts, but I’m also very aware of how baffling it can be....

Plain talk: keep it simple, stupid.

Date: 12/02/2024

At a time where everyone seems to be making up new words for the sake of it, suggesting that charities should use simple language might sound almost... rebellious....

Building Your Dream Site: Pagebuilders vs. Code - Which Path Will You Take?

Date: 5/02/2024

The digital landscape is booming, and businesses of all sizes need a website to thrive. But when it comes to building your online presence, the age-old question arises: pagebuilders or code? Platforms like Webflow, Elementor, Framer, and Squarespace offer drag-and-drop...

Boolean Coding Week 2024: Going back to basics

Date: 29/01/2024

Digital bear Morgan got involved in the Boolean Coding week; to brush up her skills and have some fun with friends by introducing them to the world of HTML, CSS and Javascript....

Defending Comic Sans: a design underdog and 90s classic

Date: 22/01/2024

In the vast world of typography, one font often finds itself at the centre of controversy and ridicule – Comic Sans. Widely criticised for its perceived lack of sophistication, Comic Sans has become the underdog of fonts, enduring endless jokes...

The BIG charity website problem - information overload!

Date: 15/01/2024

Most charities do loads of great stuff, have loads of brilliant information and want to tell everyone and anyone they can about it – as they should – it’s their reason for existing....

Bear Beginnings: My First 6 Weeks at The Northern Bear

Date: 18/12/2023

Hey there, Dan here, with the scoop on my first six weeks as a Project Manager at The Northern Bear. Buckle up, because it's been a rollercoaster ride of creativity, client love, and a touch of bear puns (just a...

Gaming for good: The Game Awards 2023 and the rise in impact and accessibility

Date: 10/12/2023

Last week on the 7th of December 2023 was The Game Awards. Whilst there was lot of cool awards and premieres, here's our run down of the rise of impact and accessibility in the digital space....

The Power of Play

Date: 2/12/2023

Why play is just as important to adults as it is to children. So give yourself permission and find time for fun!...

User experience (UX) design: the secret sauce of any web project

Date: 20/10/2023

Everyone talks about UX design, but do you really know what it is? And why is it so important for web projects? In a nutshell, UX design is all about creating a website that is easy to use and enjoyable...

Our starter guide for website accessibility

Date: 17/10/2023

Getting started with accessibility might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Just by giving this blog a read is already a great step in the right direction....

Webflow Conf 2023 - Summary

Date: 10/10/2023

Create better websites, more quickly and efficiently, with advanced design features, localisation tools, improved collaboration capabilities, and the next generation of Webflow Apps....

10 proven tips and tricks for your charity website

Date: 18/09/2023

As a charity organisation, it’s crucial to have an effective website that engages visitors and promotes your cause. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make improvements. Here are 10 tips to enhance your charity website without breaking...

Gaming for good: How charity livestreams can transform community giving

Date: 23/08/2023

Discover the untapped potential of charity livestreams for community giving and learn how to harness the power of gaming communities to support your cause....

How can your charity make its social media content more accessible?

Date: 24/07/2023

It was ‘World Emoji Day’ recently, and we came across a fantastic post from the RNIB on Instagram that really got us thinking about our use of emojis and how they impact accessibility on social media for screen reader users....

A creative adventure at the Birmingham Design Festival

Date: 4/07/2023

I recently attended the Birmingham Design Festival, a creative adventure that left me buzzing with fresh ideas and inspiration. The festival spanned two days, the first filled with workshops and the second took the form of a conference held at...

The Importance of User Experience in Non-Profit Web Design

Date: 24/04/2023

A well-designed website can make all the difference for a non-profit organisation. Discover the importance of user experience in non-profit web design and how it can impact your mission....

Digital fundraising tools and techniques for charities

Date: 21/04/2023

First things first, this is NOT just about your website. Your website has a key role to play, but digital giving can be done at an in-person event, via an advert, through social media, on your website but in all...

London Marathon: Empowering Charities One Step at a time

Date: 18/04/2023

The London Marathon is not only one of the world's most iconic road races, but it also serves as a significant fundraising event for charities, with participants raising millions of pounds each year for various causes....

How we create great ideas for charities

Date: 27/03/2023

Where do good ideas come from? We explain a little more about the process of creating great ideas for charities and not-for-profits....

A short and sweet blog for International Women's Day

Date: 7/03/2023

Just a quick blog about International Women's Day. Nothing fancy, just acknowledging the bad but celebrating the good....

Why accessible charity design is NOT for everyone 

Date: 6/03/2023

What is accessible design and how does it differ from inclusive design? And why is it important to ensure that your charity has a website and brand that is both?...

Why a great website is a key tool in your charity fundraising arsenal

Date: 4/03/2023

I think the importance of digital is now widely accepted across the charity sector, but there are still many charities that are not utilising their most important digital platform effectively, and some are completely neglecting it. I am, of course,...

Stay in the lines: brand guidelines are FAB

Date: 16/01/2023

If you want to make the most of your marketing with creative design that keeps a clear and recognisable identity, then you need good brand guidelines....

A kind of magic for charity brands

Date: 3/01/2023

As you can probably tell from our new website, at Northern Bear we do like a bit of illustration. So I quizzed Chief Creative Bear Emily Shaw on why she loves it so much, and what it can do for...

Growing up gracefully

Date: 16/12/2022

Rebranding is a healthy, even necessary, part of the evolution of a charity’s identity and personality – and charities are seeing it boost awareness and fundraising....

The charity sector has a pay problem

Date: 8/12/2022

The negative perception of charities investing funds in getting and keeping the best people has caused a critical issue in the sector....

Day in the life: Digital Bear

Date: 30/11/2022

Want to know what it’s like in the day of the life of a Digital bear? Wondering what our Digi crew does when they squirrel away behind the scenes? Find out here!...

Pottery lesson: Why branding matters to charities

Date: 19/10/2022

From the Bronze Age marketplace of ancient Greece to 21st century third sector marketing, the power of branding has always been about integrity and trust...

Colour Me… Brand

Date: 7/10/2022

Careful colour choices are crucial to bring your brand’s personality to life...

Branding made clear

Date: 30/09/2022

More than just a logo: a clear, attractive brand can help your organisation punch above its weight and make your marketing budget stretch further...

Demystifying digital: Accessibility on the web

Date: 8/04/2024

Accessibility has become a bit of a buzz-word. This blog aims to break some of the mystery down and hopefully give you a clearer picture of what is accessibility on the web....

Demystifying design: CMYK or RGB? Understanding colour modes

Date: 1/04/2024

In the world of impactful branding, websites, and campaigns, colour plays a pivotal role in conveying emotions and messages. When collaborating with a design agency for your charity or organisation, having a grasp of colour modes can be very handy....

Your website is your home, give it a spring clean

Date: 4/03/2024

As the transition from winter to spring begins, most of us feel inclined to give the house a good clean to reset ourselves and our homes. When it comes to your website it's entitled to its own spring clean too....

Demystifying design: Fonts, typefaces and the anatomy of type

Date: 26/02/2024

The role of typography in design and branding cannot be overstated. As a Graphic Designer, I’ve always been intrigued by the details that define the visual language of fonts, but I’m also very aware of how baffling it can be....

Plain talk: keep it simple, stupid.

Date: 12/02/2024

At a time where everyone seems to be making up new words for the sake of it, suggesting that charities should use simple language might sound almost... rebellious....

Building Your Dream Site: Pagebuilders vs. Code - Which Path Will You Take?

Date: 5/02/2024

The digital landscape is booming, and businesses of all sizes need a website to thrive. But when it comes to building your online presence, the age-old question arises: pagebuilders or code? Platforms like Webflow, Elementor, Framer, and Squarespace offer drag-and-drop...

Boolean Coding Week 2024: Going back to basics

Date: 29/01/2024

Digital bear Morgan got involved in the Boolean Coding week; to brush up her skills and have some fun with friends by introducing them to the world of HTML, CSS and Javascript....

Defending Comic Sans: a design underdog and 90s classic

Date: 22/01/2024

In the vast world of typography, one font often finds itself at the centre of controversy and ridicule – Comic Sans. Widely criticised for its perceived lack of sophistication, Comic Sans has become the underdog of fonts, enduring endless jokes...

The BIG charity website problem - information overload!

Date: 15/01/2024

Most charities do loads of great stuff, have loads of brilliant information and want to tell everyone and anyone they can about it – as they should – it’s their reason for existing....

Bear Beginnings: My First 6 Weeks at The Northern Bear

Date: 18/12/2023

Hey there, Dan here, with the scoop on my first six weeks as a Project Manager at The Northern Bear. Buckle up, because it's been a rollercoaster ride of creativity, client love, and a touch of bear puns (just a...

Gaming for good: The Game Awards 2023 and the rise in impact and accessibility

Date: 10/12/2023

Last week on the 7th of December 2023 was The Game Awards. Whilst there was lot of cool awards and premieres, here's our run down of the rise of impact and accessibility in the digital space....

The Power of Play

Date: 2/12/2023

Why play is just as important to adults as it is to children. So give yourself permission and find time for fun!...

User experience (UX) design: the secret sauce of any web project

Date: 20/10/2023

Everyone talks about UX design, but do you really know what it is? And why is it so important for web projects? In a nutshell, UX design is all about creating a website that is easy to use and enjoyable...

Our starter guide for website accessibility

Date: 17/10/2023

Getting started with accessibility might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Just by giving this blog a read is already a great step in the right direction....

Webflow Conf 2023 - Summary

Date: 10/10/2023

Create better websites, more quickly and efficiently, with advanced design features, localisation tools, improved collaboration capabilities, and the next generation of Webflow Apps....

10 proven tips and tricks for your charity website

Date: 18/09/2023

As a charity organisation, it’s crucial to have an effective website that engages visitors and promotes your cause. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make improvements. Here are 10 tips to enhance your charity website without breaking...

Gaming for good: How charity livestreams can transform community giving

Date: 23/08/2023

Discover the untapped potential of charity livestreams for community giving and learn how to harness the power of gaming communities to support your cause....

How can your charity make its social media content more accessible?

Date: 24/07/2023

It was ‘World Emoji Day’ recently, and we came across a fantastic post from the RNIB on Instagram that really got us thinking about our use of emojis and how they impact accessibility on social media for screen reader users....

A creative adventure at the Birmingham Design Festival

Date: 4/07/2023

I recently attended the Birmingham Design Festival, a creative adventure that left me buzzing with fresh ideas and inspiration. The festival spanned two days, the first filled with workshops and the second took the form of a conference held at...

The Importance of User Experience in Non-Profit Web Design

Date: 24/04/2023

A well-designed website can make all the difference for a non-profit organisation. Discover the importance of user experience in non-profit web design and how it can impact your mission....

Digital fundraising tools and techniques for charities

Date: 21/04/2023

First things first, this is NOT just about your website. Your website has a key role to play, but digital giving can be done at an in-person event, via an advert, through social media, on your website but in all...

London Marathon: Empowering Charities One Step at a time

Date: 18/04/2023

The London Marathon is not only one of the world's most iconic road races, but it also serves as a significant fundraising event for charities, with participants raising millions of pounds each year for various causes....

How we create great ideas for charities

Date: 27/03/2023

Where do good ideas come from? We explain a little more about the process of creating great ideas for charities and not-for-profits....

A short and sweet blog for International Women's Day

Date: 7/03/2023

Just a quick blog about International Women's Day. Nothing fancy, just acknowledging the bad but celebrating the good....

Why accessible charity design is NOT for everyone 

Date: 6/03/2023

What is accessible design and how does it differ from inclusive design? And why is it important to ensure that your charity has a website and brand that is both?...

Why a great website is a key tool in your charity fundraising arsenal

Date: 4/03/2023

I think the importance of digital is now widely accepted across the charity sector, but there are still many charities that are not utilising their most important digital platform effectively, and some are completely neglecting it. I am, of course,...

Stay in the lines: brand guidelines are FAB

Date: 16/01/2023

If you want to make the most of your marketing with creative design that keeps a clear and recognisable identity, then you need good brand guidelines....

A kind of magic for charity brands

Date: 3/01/2023

As you can probably tell from our new website, at Northern Bear we do like a bit of illustration. So I quizzed Chief Creative Bear Emily Shaw on why she loves it so much, and what it can do for...

Growing up gracefully

Date: 16/12/2022

Rebranding is a healthy, even necessary, part of the evolution of a charity’s identity and personality – and charities are seeing it boost awareness and fundraising....

The charity sector has a pay problem

Date: 8/12/2022

The negative perception of charities investing funds in getting and keeping the best people has caused a critical issue in the sector....

Day in the life: Digital Bear

Date: 30/11/2022

Want to know what it’s like in the day of the life of a Digital bear? Wondering what our Digi crew does when they squirrel away behind the scenes? Find out here!...

Pottery lesson: Why branding matters to charities

Date: 19/10/2022

From the Bronze Age marketplace of ancient Greece to 21st century third sector marketing, the power of branding has always been about integrity and trust...

Colour Me… Brand

Date: 7/10/2022

Careful colour choices are crucial to bring your brand’s personality to life...

Branding made clear

Date: 30/09/2022

More than just a logo: a clear, attractive brand can help your organisation punch above its weight and make your marketing budget stretch further...

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