Creative work that makes creativity work…

Summix has been creating places to live, work & play in the UK and Ireland since 2006. They have seen for themselves the importance of listening and being genuinely collaborative, which has made them one of the UK and Ireland’s leading master developers and regeneration specialists.

The vibrant communities they create are shaped and molded by opinions and conversations with all stakeholders – from existing and future residents, to Local Authorities and Government. Their greatest satisfaction is from the feedback they get: when people tell them they love living in the places they create.

Summix is proud to have delivered thousands of new homes, student accommodation, employment and community centers in true mixed-use developments, to revitalize and unlock new parts of growing cities and towns.

They turned to SomeOne to create an entirely new strategic, visual, written and verbal brand system that better communicated the firms core approach and beliefs.

The UK has some of the strictest building planning rules in the world. These rules are designed to ensure that all new buildings are safe, sustainable, and in keeping with the local environment — all completely correct and understandable measures. However there is one added component that means very few plans become reality. Opinions.

Ever heard of a NIMBY? It stands for ‘Not In My Back Yard’ — and it’s a label given to people who object to developments that they feel — often completely justifiably — will negatively affect their homes and lives. They hold considerable power and can be the deciding factor when it comes to giving new ideas the permission to proceed.

Most developers try all sorts of approaches to avoid engaging with the very people who are likely to be most affected by the intended work needed to create new homes. Noise, road closures, changing landscapes and new neighbours all raise entirely reasonable concerns — but a blinkered approach to development rarely results in a successful outcome.

It was fascinating to see that in the placemaking sector, credible brands of scale are few and far between — all seem to have an understandable but unhealthy love of showing glass and concrete structures at every opportunity. They’ve seemingly forgotten that people first buy into other people — not empty buildings. No wonder the UK is more familiar with stories of thwarted plans for progress than witnessing steadily improving places for people to successfully work, play and live in. Summix uncovered the best way to build a better Britain a while back, now’s the time to bring it to the nation.

Simon ManchippFounder, SomeOne.


Summix is one of the new breed of UK firms that takes a radically different approach to enabling new property ideas to take hold. Rather than involving people at the very last minute in hope that they will not have the time to make any chance to halt proceedings, Summix opens conversations at the earliest opportunity.

As a brand that practices Deep Listening to overcome high complexity, it seemed fitting to develop an App that uses sound to fuel the visual brand identity that helps manage the firms reputation

Beth BainesAccount Director, SomeOne.


After a series of workshops, sector analysis and company wide interviews we uncovered a radical truth in the firm. They do one thing far better than any competitor. They really listen.

Summix believes in the power of ‘deep listening.’ This practice of listening more attentively carries many benefits

Improves relationships: When we listen deeply to others, we show them that we care about what they have to say. This helps to build trust.

Increases creativity: Deep listening helps both parties to be more open to new ideas and experiences. It helps tap into intuition and creativity.

Reduces stress and anxiety: By really listening to todays views — immersing in the moment — people gain wider perspectives and often let go of irrational longer term worries. People experience a greater sense of peace and calm. Deep listening is a helpful tool for managing stress and anxiety.

Improves overall well-being: Deep listening helps people feel more connected to others, and the wider community. It can also help people appreciate the beauty of ambitious ideas.

There’s often a feeling that a visual identity is being handed over — but it is not entirely owned by those that use it. Here the system removes the need to wastefully reinvent the wheel daily, but encourages the personal touch of the author. Its made for a new brand identity that has been extremely warmly received.

Rich RhodesECD, SomeOne.

With the core idea of ‘Listening today, creating tomorrow’ established — we set out to develop a visual identity that opened up a conversation about the most underrated skill in placemaking.

We looked at how people said the brand name — some put the emphasis on the ‘Sum’ — some liked to draw out the ‘ix’ — others went fast… it led us to see what would happen if you recorded many people saying Summix… how would the sound waves show up graphically? It turned out, they all looked very different — and it was this individualism that chimed with our desire to amplify how summit celebrated every persons opinion.

We took the sound waves and used them to generate a new bespoke series of brand assets via a new bespoke App we built. The App allows any speech to be converted into a pre-defined graphic theme. The peaks and troughs of speech are clearly seen in the pattern — and these then can merge with graphic depictions of the existing, and proposed architecture of the plan.

Most Placemaker brands veer between construction technicalities and seductive sales. Summix looks to show up as a brand ready to listen to all parties at all stages of a project. Taking a more iterative approach to the creative work needed before plans become concrete, steel, brick, glass and plaster — means the brand needs to be able adapt and change frequently. A local council looks for different things to a local pensioner. So a branding system was devised to enable rapid remixing of cohesive brand elements.

Placemaker brands are woefully behind the curve when it comes to depicting their brand on digital channels. We relished working with Summix to make an animated brand that is built to move with the times.

Luca Portik Designer, SomeOne.


With each interchangeable part designed to connect. Every part of the visual kit has been considered work as one. The word mark carries signature smoothed junctions which can then be seen on strokes of the audio brand theme. A new distinctive colour system strategically set the brand apart from others in the sector. Photography more focused on people than places looks to lift the brand away from the norm — preconceptions of architectural obsession are avoided by introducing a tone of voice that discusses ideas, rather than dictates views.

There is a tendency when looking at the brands concerned with building new places to see a bit of a god complex creeping in. I loved the fact that Summix sets up shop in a far more humble and approachable way. They ask smart questions and listen intelligently — I was keen to create a visual identity that talked up to audiences and helped them see they were talking to the good guys

Fi CaseyLead Design Director, SomeOne.