March round up

We ‘heart’ Twitter

Whilst seeing our friends at Twitter last month we made a couple of suggestions and before we knew it we were updating the core values posters we did for them when they first moved, refreshing them with their all new colour palette.

More challenging was the update to typographically craft a new poster with all the names of the current team – there’s no auto programme like the word cloud creators for this – this is good old typographic grafting.
Click here to see more of our work for Twitter

Op’tom’istic for Paris Marathon

Our MD’s son Tom is running the Paris marathon with a few friends on 9th April. Pretty amazing given that he had a serious cycling accident last July while training for the Copenhagen Ironman, and is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury. However, a combination of steely determination and his optimistic outlook means that it should hopefully be do-able! Simon, Gill, his brother Sam and some friends will be there to cheer him on.

He and his friends are running to raise money for the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance, who scooped him up and helped to save his life. As an emergency service that is not funded by the government they rely on public donations to keep helping those in need. You can sponsor the team here and any donation, no matter how small, would be fantastic.
We’ll let you know how he gets on in next months enews.

A brief encounter

Our MD Simon met with Steve Kelly CEO of Sage on Article 50 day for a coffee and quick catch up and was caught off guard with an unplanned Brexit interview.

You can see the brief encounter at waterloo station here. Sage were at the busy station to promote their UK Sage Summit event being held on the 5th and 6th of April at ExCel. The event is aimed at entrepreneurs and business builders with a host of inspirational speakers, all day networking and tips for everyone from buzzing start-ups to the seasoned business owners. We’ll be there!

Inspirational Copenhagen

As part of a design inspired wish list and a love of all things Scandi our creative director recently visited Copenhagen. While not being a great advocate of the cold, he very quickly warmed to the attractions of the design museum with its eclectic collections, chair exhibits (the Danish love a good chair) and poster collections.

There were some great examples of repurposing buildings and previously industrial sites in Copenhagen. An old manufacturing site on the waterfront renamed ‘paper island’ now specialises in world cuisine. An old area near the station historically known as the ‘meat packing area’, or to locals where you could get ‘butchers & hookers’, has now been converted to an edgy, youthful, energetic bar and restaurant area with great modern food in buzzy, retro environments like Pate Pate.

The star of the whole visit though has to be the art museum, Louisiana, a 20 minute train journey, near the Swedish border on the coast. A wonderful mix of art gallery meets grand designs meets Bond villain hideaway. Most guide books recommend a visit and you can see why. A great location right on the coast with the building and exhibition space cut into the land and in some instances beneath it. The site is a brilliantly conceived space of interior and exterior surprises where art and sculpture occupy both. Even if you’re not into art it’s worth going for the sea views, architecture, fantastic restaurant and gardens.

A bit of a warning however, if you go in winter take a Parker and thick gloves with you and perfect the skill of taking exterior photographs in 30 mile per hour winds.

Remember 1916 – we’re not that old!

If you’re into history there are just a couple of weeks left of the World War 1 exhibition that’s being held down at Whitgift School in South Croydon and it’s now free entry. Follow the fascinating personal testimony of those on both sides of the War and uncover a fresh perspective on the battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme; and well-known characters such as Lord Kitchener and Manfred von Richthofen, later known as the infamous ‘Red Baron’.

In contrast, Remembering 1916 also reveals a sequence of previously untold stories of individuals, on both the Western and Home fronts; ordinary people with extraordinary lives. These lives, events and themes of 1916 are illustrated by more than 600 original artefacts, many of which have never been on public display before. Our favourites were the old posters. Opening Hours:10am – 5pm, 7 days a week (last entry 4:00pm).

Find out more here

Tried it! Made it! Cooked it! Ate it!

Our MD Simon is whizzing through his #ttptryit! challenges with gusto… His latest was to try Pizza making at local bread making establishment ‘Bread Ahead’ in Borough Market. He wasn’t slow to fill us in on his achievements the next day: ‘Grissini to wow your friends, dough balls to make Pizza Express jealous and a Pizza base and toppings to bring out the hidden Italian in anyone.

You’ve got to be prepared to get your hands messy, your skills tested and your taste buds challenged (especially with the chilli they got him to add) but a great evening and food included – if you don’t make too many mistakes during preparation!’. The proof was in the pictures and everything looked tasty. Just a shame he didn’t think to bring any in for us!

It’s not too late to take part and share your challenges with us…
Check out our try it page here