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Double Thumbs Up in Awol Studios

So quite a few things have been going on over the last couple of months, but most of all we have been moving in to our new studio in Manchester, Hurray!

We are now part of Awol Studios in Hope Mill which is in the Ancoats area of Manchester.  We are still settling in, but we are enjoying finally having our own space.

Check out the studios here:

Christmas is also on its way so we are getting ready for that and we have lots of new products to get out there as soon as we can.

Standby for more regular updates from us at Double Thumbs Up Towers!

Double Thumbs Up Studio at Awol

Double Thumbs Up Studio at Awol

Hello Strangers!

Oh , Hi….Its been a wee while hasn’t it? We have been super busy bees and a little bit neglectful of the blog. Sorry!!

We have been working on a few new projects, including some fancy exhibitions work and a lot of product development. Keep your eyes open for a brill new range of clocks.

In other exciting news, Barry has left his day job and is now a full-time double thumbs upper.


Is it too early for a drink?


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Our week in pictures, 27.9.2015

It has been a bit of a busy week this week. Have a look at what we’ve been up to…


We went to meet some fellow Northwest Not on the High Street partners on Friday.  It was the Macmillan coffee morning.  Kirsty made meringues…Kirsty dropped meringues! Great event though thanks to for hosting.



We had quite a busy week with orders.  Our Children’s prints have been popular.

green galaxy plain cactus illustration notebook

We added a few new products to our Not on the High Street storefront. You can find the galaxy notebook here and the cactus print one here.

heart pin badges in production

We got ahead of the valentines game by preparing our love token lapel badges.

view through camera viewfinder

Finally, we got around to updating some photographs of old favourites like our moon gazing hare notebook. About time too!

Hope you have had a fun week!

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Our week in pictures, 20.9.2015

Here is a wee glance at what we have been up to this week…

Star Wars Christmas CardSending out a few of these Star Wars inspired Christmas Cards to some very organised customers!

Lasercut mirror stars

Laser cutting some beautiful mirrored perspex stars for some new product prototypes at Fred Aldous.

Galaxy patterned notebooks

Taking Delivery of these awesome galaxy print notebooks (+12 more designs!).

Colourful buildings at the Custard FactoryHanging out at the wonderful Custard Factory in Birmingham for Not on the High Street event, Make, Do and Meet.

Free ChocolateScoffing free chocolate and playing with our cool  laser engraved pens from the Make, do & meet goody bag…

Coffee, cake and planningCoffee, cake and forward planning at Takk Manchester.

What have you been up to this week?

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Designing exclusive products inspired by museum collections

Barry here!

We recently worked on a project with Greater Manchester Museums Group (GMMG) to design and make some gift products for their online shop.  We thought you might like to have a look at some of the stuff we made.

GMMG Greetings Card Fantashtic

All of the products are based on objects from the collections of museums with GMMG and we had behind the scenes access while doing our research.

GMMG Garland

The products range from greetings cards and jewellery to garlands and gift wrap.

GMMG Wrapping Paper Egypt

You can see the full range of products on sale from us and other North West makers in the GMMG shop here.

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Oh, Hi There!

Welcome along to our first blog post. After months of procrastinating we are officially putting ourselves out there. We have even taken a photograph of ourselves…

Kirsty and Barry

That’s me (Kirsty) on the left and Barry on the right. Together we run Double Thumbs Up! We started Double Thumbs Up! in 2013 with no real plan other than to start making some cool stuff that maybe we could sell but most importantly gave us a creative outlet.

Today we make all sorts of things that we sell in our Not On the High Street Shop, from earrings to children’s prints. We also work to commission producing surface patterns and 3D designs for all sorts of clients from Museums to Games companies.

You can follow our projects, travels, work in progress and find out our favourite things here.

In the meantime, here is a bit about us:

I am Kirsty. I walk a thin line between twee loveliness and shouty Scottish person.

Coffee: Caramel Latte. Extra large.
Favourite things ever: Creative swearing, lifting really heavy stuff, drawing animals in hats, daydreaming and new notebooks
Arch nemeses: Egg Mayonnaise Sandwiches, Fancy Dress, Ice-breaking activities, the Post Office Queue.

I am Barry. I like solving problems and general technical shizzle. My superpower is my ability to bring a project together at absolutely the last second.

Coffee: Latte. Extra large (ideally in a two-handled mug)
Favourite things ever: Aggressive music, Pound Shop bargains, buying tools and cables, Marmite, Beans (I really like Beans) and doodling
Arch nemeses: Admin, Mayonnaise, Northern Rail, Writing about myself

Have a look around our shop and let us know what you think.

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