Bike To Work Cover

Bike To Work Cover

Well thankfully it’s human nature to disagree with that comment! (I say thankfully because we’d be out of a job!)

Carlton Reid has offered his book cover up for some feedback. This is a great idea which I admire, and a great way to gather some opinions before print (there’s not an awful lot you can do afterwards!). You can’t please all of the people all of the time, and I don’t envy Carlton’s job of sifting through the various comments! Bit worried he’ll end up with Frankenstein’s monster but from his replies so far, I think he has a fantastic attitude towards the task in hand.

Anyway, I like to try and illustrate my points, 1000 words etc, so here’s my 2 pennies worth! Tell us what you think! Or better still, tell Carlton!!


Make every contact count

September 29, 2008

When the great guys at Tredz asked us to sort them out with some new receipt holders, we were very happy! We enjoy working on all things Tredz because the jobs always display a healthy balance of form and function and the brand is always consistently applied across all formats – making every contact count, whether that’s a vehicle, website, card or receipt holder! Check out the exterior of one of their stores below.

We get a chance to use dynamic styles in a quirky but corporate way. And they’re very nice people. Check out their site and blog if you get a chance (and if you’re into bikes… check them out even if you don’t get a chance!!!)

Are we cut-out for this?

September 26, 2008

I love Fridays. ‘Facebook Friday’ 🙂 I like Fridays more than Sundays. I think that’s because on Sunday you know you have to work the next day. But on Friday, you can look forward to Saturday – my favourite day… Not that I don’t enjoy going to work! I love colouring-in for a living!!!

This job was fun to work on… Our customer, Luke, was a star. His classic Alfa Romeo Spider needed a home and Luke wanted a flyer that was a little more special than your average leaflet to let people in the neighbourhood know. We used a ‘cut-out’ option on the showcards to shape the flyer.  We’ve obviously removed his phone number for the blog (But if you do have a garage available, by all means contact us, and we’ll pass on your details!!)


September 25, 2008

Hey new students… welcome to Swansea!

Over the last 2 weeks, Swansea Metropolitan Uni and Swansea University welcomed thousands of new students to our shores. We’ve been very busy in preparation! We’ve produced Welcome guides for Student Digz, Student Safety Wallplanners for Safer Swansea, various stuff for Swansea Student Union and even some student discount cards for Dominoes Pizza!

A few of the things feature Spot UV, which is our new toy – but more about that later! Check it out, let us know what you think!

Student Digz Welcome Guide

Student Digz Welcome Guide

Student Digz inner page spread

Student Digz inner page spread

We worked with Mark from Student Digz (Swansea’s premier lettings agency) to put together a welcome guide for new students taking out a tenancy. The guide featured some safety tips (provided with help from Safer Swansea) alongside crucial tenancy information, things to see and do in Swansea and some other fun bits and pieces. We used a spot UV to varnish the logo in a repeating pattern… which looks pretty funky especially against the dark background. Drop us a line if you’d like a copy posted out!

Student Safety Wallplanner

Student Safety Wallplanner

Safer Swansea had the clever idea of producing wallplanners featuring safety information. These were then distributed to students during Freshers Week. We chose to design the calendar and safety pages in an interactive way with a collage style that we thought would not only look good on the wall, but be fun to design!

Safer Sex Night Condom Packet/Flyer

Safer Sex Night Condom Packet/Flyer

Swansea Student Union have 5000 condoms to give out free and we produced these flyers/packets to hold them in! Good use of the Spot UV to highlight a trendy little floral wallpaper pattern.

Sin Savers Flyer

Sin Savers Flyer

Sin Savers’ colourful flyers feature a pair of specs (with the varnish catching the reflection in the lenses!). The glasses can be removed if you wish… we perforated the shape to help you out! You don’t have to remove the glasses, it’s just for fun. But it is pretty tempting!!

Over and out. Back with more before the weekend so keep in touch!

We have launched our new buying guide (drop us a line to request a FREE one… or click on the image to download one!) and it’s fair to say that our Swansea store gets a few mentions!

Lindsay had a few photos taken and now she’s popping up all over the place! A few of our designs are also featured. Can you spot them? Free £5 print voucher for the first person to email with the 3 correct answers!


September 8, 2008

OK, OK, it’s not new work. In fact, it’s almost it’s first birthday (hip, hip!..). But we felt the guide should be included first as it was an Annual Design Awards 2008 Winner!

Safe was produced for the Safer Swansea Partnership. The partnership is currently celebrating a 24% reduction in overall crime. This was the first issue of ‘Safe’ and the concept behind the style of delivery was to present the info in a fun and easy-to-digest way. The booklet was used to promote personal safety and safer drinking messages to 18-30 year olds in the lead up to Christmas.

ADA judges said “The booklet uses a range of design styles that work well together and appeal to the target audience.” We’d like to thank them for saying such nice things.

under starters orders

September 6, 2008

And they’re off!

It’s taken a while to get here. You see, one of the biggest problems designer’s face is designing for themselves. It’s hard enough to decide on the concept in the first place. Then trickier, because you never seem happy with the outcome. Maybe it’s the pressure? If you design logo’s for a living, then surely YOUR logo should be the best you’ve ever created? In reality, this is often the furthest from the truth. Same with websites… and blogs I guess…

Then one day a wise man came to us and complained. He asked why none of our work was displayed online. Told us it was a big mistake. Said we needed to sort it. When we explained we couldn’t find the time to design a site we are happy with, he simply told us
“You’re missing the point.”
And he was right.

So we’ve borrowed someone else’s platform to launch our rockets from. Let’s get some work up so we can show you how good we are at colouring in. Welcome on board.