Die cut print adds a perfect finish to Shine 2017

Die cut print adds a perfect finish to Shine 2017

High summer in our calendar always means the completion of a project we are particularly fond of – the winners book of the Shine School Media Awards.

It’s our fourth year working on Shine and each time we try and bring a fresh perspective to it – and this year I was really keen to try die cut print… which, as you can see, did indeed happen.

However, I am getting ahead of myself. This endeavour is a true team effort. We give our time to Shine, effectively sponsoring the awards scheme, as do our brilliant collaborators – Denmaur Independent Papers and Pureprint. Once again, they were on board,  so we went for it – and I am really pleased with the end result.

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Political logo design: Policy Connect’s ‘Policy Snap’

Political logo design: Policy Connect’s ‘Policy Snap’

It’s always really exciting to get involved in the work of our long-time client Policy Connect – but particularly when it comes to election season.

We’ve been through this cycle three times with them over the years – and this time was the most unexpected. In fact the spontaneous nature of this election here in the UK inspired a new approach to coverage – a ‘Policy Snap’.

While we are very familiar with branding projects of all kinds of political logo design, this was a new challenge for us – and I’m really rather pleased with the outcome.

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New interiors web design: Church & Rose

New interiors web design: Church & Rose

Some of the best projects come about after a slow burn-type build up. So it was with Chuch & Rose, who first approached us to talk about a new look interiors web design for the consultancy back at the very start of 2017. I absolutely adore working on web design for interiors specialists so was immediately intrigued at the project. However the timing wasn’t quite right for them – so we waited a little. I confess that patience is not always one of my strong suits, but in this case it was rewarded and happily the phone rang a few months later with an instruction to begin work.

The lovely thing about Church & Rose’s work – at least from an outsider’s perspective – is that it is centered around comfort. I look at their interiors and immediately feel like I could relax in any of these homes. Quite a skill.

The other facet I am struck by is that, amid a set of British countryside homes on their portfolio, there is this very fresh, modern perspective.

This approach occasionally makes its presence felt in their more traditional ‘country home’-type projects too, something I find fascinating.

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New print design: the RSA Future Work Centre

New print design: the RSA Future Work Centre

We have a really exciting new print design project that I’ve just published on our portfolio – new work for the Royal Society of Arts: the launch of the RSA Future Work Centre.

Last week I was lucky enough to attend RSA Director Matthew Taylor’s annual lecture in the centre of London. The theme was ‘Good Work For All’ and prepares the ground for the major review of working practices that will be published in June. This has been commissioned by the Government and was even mentioned in the Spring budget by the Chancellor earlier this year.

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New luxury hotel design work for Rosewood London

New luxury hotel design work for Rosewood London

Over the past three months we’ve been working alongside the communications team at Rosewood London, the luxury hotel in the heart of London’s Holborn.

Our work has focussed on the design of a menu system for their elegant cocktail bar and ‘club room’, Scarfes Bar. This week the first part of this work has appeared within and outside the Bar and I’ve been along to photograph the menus in situ.

It’s been a while since we had new luxury hotel design work on our portfolio and it’s a real pleasure to see this project completed.

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A guide to keeping your website updated

A guide to keeping your website updated

In general there are two approaches to keeping your website updated: the first is general housekeeping to keep it looking fresh, the other tends to be a more radical appraisal of redesign or relaunch.

However I thought it might be interesting, as well as these two, to look at a couple of more nuanced approaches to maintaining a website. After all, despite the ever-changing options of programming technology – not to mention how design approaches change – websites are invariably online in their original form for several years at a time.

Designing, building and uploading content to a site from scratch also tend to be massive jobs from a staffing and project management perspective. So the ground-up reboot is not to be undertaken lightly.

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