photography by We Are Life Travel

Beautiful, bespoke website design


What We Do

We can turn our creative hands to very much everything you could want, so from a set of business cards through to a full blown e-commerce website, bet we can deliver. Creating your brand is beyond just designing logos. It is about capturing the very essence of who you are. Your attitude, tone, message and values, all culminating in the targeted exposure your business needs. That's what we do at We Are Life.

We have a knack for producing gorgeous websites, which are unique to you. But, we’re not just about websites. Business cards, brochures, banners. Price lists, posters, packaging. Flyers, book jackets, invitations. You tell us what you'd like and before you know it, you'll have it. And, we'll make sure that your print design isn't run-of-the-mill. It'll be individual. Just like you.

PLEASE NOTE: We’re a really small team (but with big ideas for our clients). We don’t have receptionists and interns and a team of designers and account managers handling calls, enquiries and projects. We project manage everything from the initial enquiry to sign off. Just us. From start to finish. And in this way, we get to know you, you get to know us and hopefully a long-relationship will be formed. If you contact us and we don’t get back straight away, please bear with us, as we’ll probably be working on client projects. Hopefully, you’ll be the kind of client who’ll understand this…


JUST TO REITERATE: We project manage everything from the initial enquiry to sign off – so if you contact us and we don’t get back straight away, please bear with us. We do check emails regularly but we try and focus on design projects during the day, and answer emails afterwards. This means we can keep on top of client work. However, if you do need us urgently, you can give us a call on 0161 445 7759 or email

Background image - Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

Our Work

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Who We Are

Helen Corr

Helen Corr

Organiser, co-ordinator and the glue to it all. Keeps the We Are Life team in line. Lover of all things Italian and avid pen collector, Helen once was neighbours with the piano man in the pub scene from Get Carter. She also is perhaps one of the most prolific tweeters on the planet.

Pete Ruane

Pete Ruane

An exiled Evertonian, Pete forgets his football woes by designing our deliciously lickable websites, collecting kindling and learning Italian. A lover of his growing collection of wood-burning stoves, Larry David's no.1 fan and currently obsessed by his new MATES bicycle, Pete also has tenuous family connections to Mick Lyons and Giant Haystacks.

Scott Smith

Fan of all things Florida, Scott can be often be found with his family catching up with Mickey & Goofy, cruising the Everglades or soaking up the sun, always with an eye on your SEO. We’re fans of Scott’s subtle approach to website optimisation – rather than working autonomously, just sticking “key words” all over your website, he’ll work with you – and us – to ensure results, as well as design integrity.

Jonny Draper

When he's not dreaming about what could have been, had he picked up the lead role in "Les Miserables" in The West End, Jonny is shooting weddings. A lover of photographing anything people related, this award winning photographer is our go-to-snapper when our clients are in need of images to bring their websites to life. He's also quite fond of the healing properties of Jagermeister…

Jo Manning

Super-efficient Jo, mum to Lucy, Ava & Chloe, heads up our We Are Life PA operation. From filing your emails, to organising your travel itinerary, to attending your Christmas party, Jo's your "go to" girl. Plus she has passed the Life test and can now score 100% when tested on "Sons of Anarchy".

What our clients say, in more detail...

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"When I decided to look into website design I was a little overwhelmed and unsure of what my next steps were. That was until I met with you both. I instantly knew from meeting with you that I was in the best hands possible. You have encouraged and supported me to believe in what I do even more and most importantly given me the platform to shout about my lovely business. I never had any doubt that I would get goosebumps when my website was complete. It's such a lovely feeling when I say to my brides 'Have you had a look at my website?' knowing their response will be 'Oh yes, it's beautiful'. I have so much respect for you both." - Gemma Kelsall, Bluebells & Daisies
"A HUGE heartfelt thanks to both Helen and Pete for all of their hard work in helping me re design, re brand, create brand new websites, tweet about me and generally be the lovely folk that they are! I have had SO many lovely, positive and enthusiastic comments about the websites, design and business cards for this and my other business (Relaxing Reflexology) and I am absolutely delighted! I would have no hesitation whatsoever is recommending both them and their work. Best wishes Zoe" - Zoe Aspin, Vintage Afternoon Teas & Relaxing Reflexology
"We feel in very safe hands with We Are Life. They're not just web designers, they're a creative, personal business themselves, which is what we actually liken ourselves to. They understand more than just building websites, they know what it's like to run a business, the things that are important to us and nothing is ever too much trouble. The level of service and customer experience they deliver is second to none and they are nothing but a pleasure to work with." - Emma & Jonny Draper, Love Bridal Boutique
"There are two stand out qualities in the team at We Are Life. Firstly, their artistic talent sings from the pages of your new website, because of their commitment to producing totally bespoke websites that are as individual as the companies they work with. An added bonus is that they are a friendly bunch and it can all be done over a cup of tea. We love our new website and getting it done has been the highlight of our year." - Anna & Emil, Owners, Azzurro Italian Restaurant
"I tracked Pete and Helen down whilst searching the internet for inspiration for my new website. I was searching for web designers that not only knew how to get as many couples to my website as possible, but also to have the creative flair to put across the individuality of our unique business. I haven’t looked back. I now constantly get amazing comments from my couples about how they love the website, as well as letting me know how easy it is to use. As if this isn’t enough, Pete and Helen are amazing to work with…they’re always quick to respond, and totally dedicated to making sure my website design is perfect in every way. I wouldn’t have the slightest hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is in the market for a new or improved website…since changing our website we’re now constantly fully booked for 2 years in advance! What more can I say!" - Paula Hudson, The Barn at South Milton
"I’ve known Helen and Pete for around 10 years. They have actually created three websites and numerous marketing campaigns for me over the years. I can honestly say they are two of the most patient people I have ever met. I am, shall we say, not the most technical person in the world! They not only gently helped me get passed all of that but in their creative process, they actually cared enough to really feel what my business was about and also what my customers are, too. Personally, I think that’s kind of important. They keep everything fresh with new ideas - they are travellers and adventurous and this in turn keeps them fresh as well, so that they always have something new to bring to the table." - Carole Hilton-Stone, Holistic Massage Therapist
"Helen and Pete helped us with the designing of our website, branding, and everything else as we were completely clueless before we came to them! We were recommended to use them by a local business and we're so pleased we took their advice. They are friendly and approachable and we are thrilled with the end result. We are also going to get them to redesign another website we have. 10/10." - Dean Wild, S4JK
"Northern Krav Maga has had a long association with Helen and Pete ... when [first] considering improvements to our existing website. We met with Pete and Helen and Pete took the time to sit and listen to our needs and understand the business. Since the successful creation of our current website, they have been our ‘go to’ people for our web and marketing needs. Pete has helped out in the production and management of the website, but also produced banners, flyers, business cards and even helped bring our ideas for a major rebrand to life through logo design ... At a personal level, we’ve always found them both friendly and approachable and willing to provide genuine ‘value added’ input rather than just reshape and repackage ideas that we (the client) already had. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them; the biggest accolade we can offer is that we continue to use them for all our promotional, marketing and website needs." - Jamie Birtles, Northern Krav Maga
"I first met Helen a few years ago and immediately liked her! I knew that if I was to pay for a web designer to update my business website I needed to know the person and feel they would ‘get my business’ and the client group that I work with. It was therefore a no-brainer that I would choose We Are Life Design. Right from the start I was in the driving seat, I decided on how much I had to spend on the website, the look and content and at every stage I could review, tweak and sometimes start-again! But what I loved was that Helen & Pete offered advice on a new colour scheme, updated logo and suggested professional photography - these were aspects I never expected to get, so the finished result is the content I wanted plus the sleek look I could never have achieved on my own. I would have no hesitation in recommending We Are Life to any business and Pete and Helen have continue to offer support going forward. Plus I feel I’ve joined a great local community of We Are Life clients." - Claire Currie, For Baby and Me
"In 2015 I reached "Company re-brand" on my to-do list. I was looking for a new identity, new website, signage and stationery, to bring more of a uniform look to my business. To make something work across these different areas was beyond me on my own. I did research into who local businesses had sourced to help them, and all roads led back to We Are Life. After an initial meeting with Pete and Helen I knew I had made the correct choice. It was a rewarding experience for me, they listened and suggested in just the right amounts, brought the element of design and creativity I was after. I am delighted with the results and would recommend them to anyone. Best wishes for your continued success." - James Wheeldon, Wheeldon Opticians
"We have worked with Pete and Helen at We Are Life Design for a number of years now. They designed our original website for the deli and when we decided it was time to refresh the website, we had no hesitation in going straight back to them. Our deli has developed and evolved over the years and we wanted a more cool, contemporary website and this is exactly what was delivered. We also commissioned We Are Life to design and build a separate website for our catering company – this was a lot more involved, but Pete and Helen ensured that communication was clear and concise and regular, so we always felt involved and in the loop and part of the process. We now have two websites which complement each other and give our company overall a feeling of cohesion. Although Pete & Helen are no longer just around the corner, communication is still very easy and as regular as we need it to be. They are very proactive and swift in responding to any requests we have for changes/updates and also keep us posted with relevant news and information via regular emails which they send to all clients. We feel in safe hands with We Are Life and would not hesitate in recommending them for your design needs." - Ben Hayes, Thyme Out Food Co.