James & Nicholas build on success with new company website construction
We have been pleased to work with renowned multi-disciplinary consultancy practice James & Nicholas LLP for many years. This included the very first company website for the architectural design and civil and structural engineers, based in Port Talbot, back in 2005. When the company decided that a website refresh was in order we were more than happy to help.
The new website has been designed to have a bang-up-to-date look and feel, highlighting James and Nicholas’s pedigree and latest achievements. All of this is built around a user-friendly Content Management System which allows the client to update the website text and images themselves at any time and maintain control over this most vital communications and marketing tool. The website is also designed to be adaptive so that it looks good on any viewing device.
Forging ahead with a new look for “The Steeler” newsletter design
This month we were delighted to start working with our newest client – Celsa Manufacturing UK – on a newsletter design. Designworld have been contracted to design and produce “The Steeler” the Company’s regular newsletter for staff at their Cardiff site.
It was great to meet with the dynamic team at Celsa and to develop cover and page design concepts in record time and then to be able to help them turn out the January issue in time to meet their deadlines! We look forward to working on subsequent issues in the months to come…
The Annual Report that is not just for Christmas!
Torfaen Women’s Aid wanted an Annual Report that their stakeholders would keep to hand all year around. So rather than the usual booklet format, we worked on a desktop calendar which could serve as Annual Report, publicity material and useful desktop resource all in one! The finished item featured all of the usual statutory information plus a review of the organisation’s services and list of staff achievements, all in a handy A5 tent-card format that looks good on any desk.
It also features some truly inspirational quotes from service users which brings home what a vital service TWA offers. We were genuinely pleased to be able to help with this unique and useful item.
Not a traditional office Christmas party for Designworld…
Eschewing the traditional office shenanigans, our Christmas “party” this year was a trip to London to catch Designworld favourites Manic Street Preachers in Camden’s Roundhouse. Performing their seminal “Holy Bible” album in full might not be everybody’s idea of a joyous festive treat, but it was well worth the effort to see a band at the top of their game and revisiting their dark past with some gusto.
The traditional turkey and trimmings might have been replaced by some Diner specials washed down with Camden Lager, but there was also just time to explored the slightly more traditional festive delights of Covent Garden – giant Christmas baubles pictured below!
Bilingual booklet design? Dim problem
In addition to any requirements under the various statutory Acts and Measures, many of our Wales-based clients also now choose to use Welsh language and bilingual design in their publications voluntarily as it is recognised that using Welsh shows respect towards a distinct Welsh culture and identity. Also, from a business point of view, they can see what a difference it can make by attracting new customers and increasing loyalty, in addition to extending the target market and improving their brand, image and values.
Bilingual publications give the opportunity to state clearly what an organisation does in both languages but can also offer assurances to staff and customers in terms of the Welsh language services that are offered and can be expected. At Designworld, we have a lot of experience dealing with bilngual design and print. Whether it’s advising on the best way to lay out a document, the simultaneous production of two versions of the same document or arranging for translation, we have the know-how and can help.
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“All the same – but all different, please” – New BSHAA booklet design
The British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists have a wide range of information booklets for Members, relevant businesses and the general public. These have developed ad hoc over the years so it was decided that the booklet design needed to be brought together into a “family” and updated to reflect the Society’s new corporate style. Designworld worked on the designs for the whole range of booklets and adapted the existing corporate style, typefaces and colours (also originally developed by us) so that they worked across the full set of booklets.
The Society stressed that the booklets had to be easily identifiable whilst all keeping the same corporate style and format. We expanded BSHAA’s existing colour palette so that a different colour could be used on the cover to identify each booklet. The booklets were designed, printed and delivered in time for the Society’s AGM and were very well received.
New website design launched at Cardiff People First AGM
We were very pleased to be invited to Cardiff People First’s AGM at the Wales Millennium Centre to help launch their new website design cardiffpeoplefirst.org.uk.
We have been working with CPF’s News Group on the website for the last few months and – following a fantastic introduction from CPF Chairman Simon – it was fantastic to get up and talk the audience through the design and features of the new website and see it on the big screen!
The site was very well received and we hope that everyone involved will enjoy using the new website and find it a useful resource.
Cardiff People First is a self advocacy organisation run by and for people with a learning disability in Cardiff. They stand up for their rights and campaign to change attitudes, get better services and enjoy more opportunities. They fight for equality, understanding, respect and acceptance. You can find their new website at www.cardiffpeoplefirst.org.uk
Big Greetings for the BIG event booklet design
All the best to our client British Interactive Group for their BIG Event which starts in Oxford today and we trust that the printed booklet design and roll-up banner stands we produced for the two day skills-sharing event for people involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths will go down well.
It looks like a really interesting and exciting couple of days ahead for all those involved. #bigevent14
Tenuous World Cup wall art links
We like this World Cup mixtape wall art celebrating the start of the Group of 16 stage of the 2014 World Cup. Some of the links are a little tenuous (to say the least) and it’s lucky there is They Might Be Giants’ Alphabet of Nations to help out. While World in Motion is conspicuous by its absence, it’s always good to have an excuse to dig out Drowning in Berlin – that early 80s lost classic from The Mobiles.
The list in full (and Countries represented where it’s not too obvious): Going to Brazil – Motorhead; Ruin – Cat Power (Chile); Space Monkey – Placebo (Colombia); Up on the Catwalk – Simple Minds (Uruguay); 5am in Amsterdam – Michelle Shocked; South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) – Frank Sinatra; Spanish Bombs – The Clash (mentions Costa Rica, even though it’s the wrong one); Common People – Pulp (“she came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge”); Young Parisians – Adam and the Ants; Hello Bonjour – Spearhead (Nigeria); Drowning in Berlin – The Mobiles; Alphabet of Nations – They Might Be Giants (Algeria); Miss Argentina – Iggy Pop; Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple (Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline, Switzerland); Down Under – Men at Work (“buying bread from a man in Brussels”); Surfin’ USA – Jesus and Mary Chain.
You can create your own mixtape print like this or choose from a wide variety of other personalised typographic prints at wallspice.co.uk.