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Planning Unit is a leading London-based creative design studio founded in 2011 by Jeff Knowles and Nick Hard. Our core principles are: branding, graphic design, digital and environmental space. Whether working for a global brand or local start-ups, we focus on discovering and expressing the unique voice and vision of our clients.


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Selected Clients

Jeff Knowles, Co-founder

Jeff Knowles

Creative leader with 15 years industry experience.

Jeff co-founded Planning Unit in 2011 to champion creative solutions, craft design and work with clients that inspire him as much as he inspires them. Turning clients into leaders, not simply helping them fit in.

Jeff regularly contributes as a commentator to press and judge for award panels. He also lectures to both the design community and universities. His portfolio includes work for the likes of BBC, Michael Mann, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Bonfire Snowboarding, Dom Pérignon, Salomon, D&AD and Twin magazine.

Contact Jeff
+44(0)7765 888 751
Jeffs Linked In


Nick Hard, Co-founder

Nick Hard

Problem solving and creation for 14 years with the industry.

After working for some of the leading London design studios, Nick co-founded Planning Unit striving to create integrated solutions and solving complicated business problems. The plan remains to deliver work above and beyond the expectations of the clients.

Nick has worked alongside some of the best brands. He’s produced work for BBC, PlayStation Europe, Knoll, Somerset House, D&AD and Salomon to name a few. When he’s not busy crafting creative greatness, he makes a point to contribute to design press, gives lectures at universities and speaks at various design community events.

Contact Nick
+44(0)7980 601 046
Nicks Linked In

Original Planning Unit award winning work for Bo Peep, 1965


Planning Unit is a reincarnation of co-founder Nick Hard’s grandfather’s design studio of the same name from the 1960’s. The original Planning Unit was a industry leader, encapsulating 3 core principles, being building, graphic & industrial design. A revolutionary concept for its time. Here are the original studios words (encouragingly not far from our current philosophy and collaborating principles).

‘Planning Unit enjoys a fast growing reputation for high quality design which derives from a persistently radical approach to problem solving. Planning Unit designers, whether architects, graphic designers or product designers regard themselves as one integrated team.’

Planning Unit Re:Est 2011