Archive for August, 2008

Dreaming of coming up Roses

Posted: August 26th, 2008 in Work

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We’ve just heard that one of our DM pieces has been nominated for a Roses award. Our ‘Call centre in a box’ concept was part of a complete brand identity and strategy for the shiny new telemarketing agency, Voice (we even came up with the name for them). The DM piece contained a fold out call centre office complete with plastic office furniture, together with a leaflet explaining the telemarketing services provided by Voice. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for an award here….and our toes… and our legs…. and our eyes. 

Iris puts on 37 stone 6 pounds

Posted: August 26th, 2008 in News, People


There may be a gym in the Cornish Place development where our offices are located (well, that’s the rumour anyway), but we’ve put on some considerable weight recently. And, contrary to what you might expect, we’re actually rather chuffed about it.

In recent weeks we’ve added quite a few inches to our collective waistline with the arrival of three new recruits:


Ben Hall 13 stone 2 pounds

Account handling heavyweight, Ben Hall has now joined Iris as Senior Account Director. He brings a wealth of experience in design and digital applications with him. Ben previously worked at Story in London, where he handled accounts as diverse as Silvercross and E*Trade. Before that, he worked across the pond at The Wonderfactory in New York. Ben’s primary role will be to head up our growing client services team and he’ll be working directly on Yorkshire Forward, Cogent, The University of Hertfordshire and Royal Mail.

Steve Doyle 13 stone 4 pounds

We’ve also recruited our very first Head of Copy, Steve Doyle. Steve previously worked for Dig For Fire in Sheffield where he was Creative Group Head and senior writer on some pretty hefty accounts including HSBC, The Co-operative Bank, Tesco, Travis Perkins, Engage Mutual Assurance and Budget Insurance.

Andy Young 11 stone

Finally, we’re also very pleased to announce that following a placement, Andy Young has joined us as a designer. Andy is a graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and although this will be his first ‘proper’ job as a designer he certainly punches above his weight in design terms.

Lo Mas Viejo Y Lo Grande

Posted: August 1st, 2008 in People


..or ‘The Oldest and the Greatest’ to you and me!

The Creative Director at Iris, David Wood, went and got all creative on us and along with photographer Simon Phipps and friend John Simpson at SEA is working on producing an amazing book about the relationship between the oldest football club and the greatest football club in the world. This is of course Sheffield FC & Real Madrid, the only two clubs in the world to be honoured with a FIFA order of merit!

More importantly this gives him the chance to swan off to Madrid every now and then to do ‘research’. Interestingly one time he was there he bumped into an old friend, David Beckham (he’s the one in the middle). I looked all over Beckhams site and couldn’t find this picture?!

Anyway it looks amazing and should be on the shelves soon, so watch this space.

We’ve been selected for team Yorkshire

Posted: August 1st, 2008 in Wins

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Yorkshire is really changing shape, we can see that from our office window here in Sheffield, a city which has recently been described as one of the UK’s most “resurgent” cities.

We were absolutely delighted when we were appointed to Yorkshire Forward’s roster for marketing services. Yorkshire Forward is our regions development agency – their job is to create an environment in which businesses succeed, jobs are created, and our economy and wealth are improved.

Huge credit is due to our creative team, whose brilliance helped us to secure our place on the roster.

There is a general perception of being from Yorkshire, have a look at the movie to see what we mean, we can take a joke but we’ll be trying to put the record straight with our work for Yorkshire Forward.