Archive for July, 2008

Insects…on the mend

Posted: July 31st, 2008 in Work

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We’ve just done our second set of first day covers and presentation packs for Royal Mail special stamps. They’re really lovely jobs to work on, always interesting subjects. This one was about UK species of insects in recovery, these mini environmentalists are fighting back. Here’s a Moneygram en ligne stat for you…there are estimated 200-300 million insects for every human!

If you’re feeling a bit philatelic you can buy the packs via the Royal Mail shop.

Our first job for them was the pack for the ‘Beside the seaside’ set of stamps. We commissioned Simon Calder to write about the joys of the British seaside and rummaged through our families photo albums for shots from the last century (Kat managed to find one from 1916).

QIA Creative and Media resources

Posted: July 31st, 2008 in Work


After starting about 18 months ago we’ve now completed our work for QIA as part of the Teaching and Learning change programme. We were part of a consortia put together by our friends at DESQ to develop innovative teaching and learning resources aimed at inspiring teachers and tutors delivering creative and media courses across England.

We developed the off-line resources that included ideas for teaching, games and CPD materials for the tutors themselves. Shaw and Shaw went across the country and photographed classrooms and teaching environments for us. Our work set the tone for all the other subject areas and its now being rolled out to support the e-learning aspect of the project.

This was one of those projects that proved really good collaborative working can produce great results.

We’ve seen the future and it’s in Sheffield

Posted: July 31st, 2008 in News, Work

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Everyone thinks manufacturing is dead in this country, not true. In Sheffield and the region the manufacturing output is actually increasing.

We were asked by Sheffield City Council to design a report into the importance of modern manufacturing to Sheffield and the City Region. It’s amazing what happens on your doorstep, real good news stories of companies bucking the trend and producing world-changing products…it makes you proud to be in Sheffield.

Curtains up on the new Sheffield Theatres homepage

Posted: July 16th, 2008 in Work

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We gave the Sheffield Theatres website a makeover this week by redesigning their home page.





A refresh of the design was long overdue but with the famous Crucible Theatre closed for refurbishment until late 2009 (don’t worry – it reopens briefly for the snooker next year!) there were other reasons for the change – the Theatres needed to reinforce the message that there are still lots of great productions on at The Lyceum as well as reporting on the progress of the building work.

The refurbishment of The Crucible – a Grade II listed building – is an exciting £15 million project for Sheffield funded by Arts Council England, European Regional Development Fund, Yorkshire Forward and Sheffield City Council.

the next stage identity

the next stage identity

We were involved in the change management project, creating the identity for the next stage – a communications approach for managing the public perceptions during the disruption and closure at the theatres.

You can get involved by sponsoring a seat or adopting a light in the auditorium.

It’s Moneygram agent great to have had the chance to revisit a website that we first designed over 5 years ago!

We’d like you to keep in touch

Posted: July 16th, 2008 in Wins

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After a last minute pitch, lots hard work and extreme enthusiasm, Iris won the TEVA account to develop a brand for one of their new flagship services. We were up against a number of other agencies and it seems our talent and wit obviously shone through!

Now that the dust has settled and the brand has been successfully developed for the new TEVA “Dispense in Practice” service we’ve started to create a number of interesting things.

We’re working on a direct mail campaign targeting all the differing levels of customers who use this kind of service, rewarding people with incentives, giveaways and help with training. We will also be rolling out across all communications including price lists, advertising and online training modules.

We take a trip down memory lane with the Little Chef ‘Bring Back’ campaign

Posted: July 16th, 2008 in Work

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The new retro-look microsite we’ve created for Little Chef is the online element of their ‘Bring Back’ campaign, part of their 50th birthday celebrations this year.

Bring Back website

Bring Back website

The Little Chef team headed out on a UK tour this summer and brought pancakes, lollipops and retro T-shirts to the streets of 11 cities. During the tour they recorded memories from the public about the restaurants and anything else they fancied bringing back! You can check out the videos and photos on our Bring Back website.

We also helped Little Chef to spruce up the tour van, created the campaign identity, event branding and an anniversary logo.

Later this year watch out for the launch of a new menu concept by Heston Blumenthal (featured in a Channel 4 documentary).

Why not have a go at the game or let Little Chef know what you would bring back?