By Dr Jermaine Bamfo
DFT studios are a duo of illustrators, designers, printmakers and signage makers. They are known for their high quality designs and garment customisation.
With a range of services, DFT has served their community for over 4 years and continue to deliver exceptional work. They centre on creating solutions for clients and aim to produce the best possible product.
DFT also has philanthropic side. From organising workshops to providing aid to budding, young entrepreneurs, the duo seeks to inspire positive change within their community.
GUBA interviews DFT studios to get to know more about their work
Congratulations on your nomination for the Business Start Up of the Year Award! How do you feel about it?
Thank You! To be honest we are very, very surprised to be nominated. It’s a great feeling – we’re humbled and delighted that our work is getting noticed.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do
We are Tafari Grant & Nii-Armah, a London-Based Graphic Designing duo who amongst many things create garments, T-Shirts, textile/fabric screen printers. We also do commercial interior decor & shop front signage.
Why would you say you deserve to win?
We deserve to win because the work we put in isn’t just for our own personal gain, but for the growth and development of our clients. As well as working with more established customers, we are helping young entrepreneurs start their own businesses, teaching them about profit, losses, branding and all-round professionalism. We believe in passing on our knowledge and regularly taking on interns, teaching them the practicalities of working in a studio, exposing them to the technical aspects of print and design, and inviting them to sit in on client meetings to learn the business side of account management and closing deals. From day one, DFT has been about legacy. As we grow as a startup, it’s a beautiful thing to have contributed to other businesses becoming better at what they do too.
What motivates you and your work?
When we started DFT we wanted to make a difference. We believe that we should be doing something useful for other people, as any good company should aim to do. With each product we make and every service we provide we’re constantly asking ourselves how we can make an impact in our community. We are also motivated by upholding the high standard of quality with the products we provide so our clients can go on to sell their items with confidence. A large number of our clientele comes to us through recommendation. It is brilliant that our work is meeting the needs and expectations of our customer base and we’re dedicated to maintaining that standard. We’re also proud to manufacture here in the UK by hand; the fact we do this ourselves on location means we have immediate quality control, and we prioritise using the best equipment at our disposal to achieve optimum results. We have recently moved to a better studio space that enables us to take our output to a new level. It’s a very inspiring time at DFT and we’re aiming to become bigger and better at our craft.
What are your thoughts on the GUBA Awards?
The GUBA Awards is an essential platform for the recognition of Ghanaian achievement in the UK. We’ve been watching their work over the years and are impressed by the consistent hard work of the GUBA team to keep flying the flag for Ghanaian excellence in a number of fields and categories. It is also inspiring that as a non-profit organisation donating all proceeds to charity, GUBA is also making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. We greatly respect this productive and influential platform and feel really honoured to be a part of this year’s proceedings. Thank you GUBA!
Are you involved in any other projects?
Our main focus is refining what we do at DFT. We are upscaling our operations and introducing some new services in the coming year. Please keep up with us on Instagram to see what we’re up to, and catch some sneak-peak footage of our work behind the scenes. We have been sending/donating our old equipment to Ghana, so we can help build a textile school in Accra, Ghana called the Naa Dei Institute.
DFT has been nominated for the Business Start-Up of the Year award. To cast your vote, visit http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/voting/business-startup/