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May
02

Le Bridge

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On July 5th, Le Tour de France makes it’s ‘Grand Départ’ here in Yorkshire. More importantly, on Sunday 6th July, the second stage of the event running from York to Sheffield makes it way through the Calder Valley, in particular Hebden Bridge.

I’d like to estimate how many spectators will be lining the streets or watching it on tv but I can’t – all I know is that it will be a lot. I’ve heard from multiple sources that Le Tour de France is the largest free sporting spectator event in the world. Throw in the fact that the last two winners of the yellow jersey are Brits and its easy to see why local communities are getting excited about the commercial prospect of Le Tour rolling through their village.

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Welcome to Hebden Bridge tourist guide

A couple of colleagues and myself here at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall decided to take on the responsibility of creating a TdF ‘brand’ for Hebden Bridge. The initial concept was to create a series of stickers, banners and posters that local businesses could display on their premises with the intention of making customers/visitors not only aware that TdF was coming to Hebden Bridge, but that Hebden is excited about TdF and is going to fully embrace the race when it arrives. We want people in and around Hebden to feel enthusiastic about the TdF and come to back Hebden Bridge to watch the race.

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Business Survival Guide

There are very strict rules about who and how you can use the official TdF branding so we felt Hebden deserved its own identity. Already, lots of local organisations and businesses have started putting on events and promotions coinciding with TdF and we wanted a unifying brand for Hebden that could tie all these events together and eradicate any fragmentation.

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Selection of downloadable website buttons

Our proposal was to give window stickers, posters, banners, coasters and flags away to local businesses for free (people are more likely to engage with a cause if they don’t have to pay). Unfortunately, after a lot of hard work by my colleagues here at the Town Hall and myself, we were unable to raise sufficient funding to roll everything out in time for the all important bank holiday weekends of April and May – the perfect opportunity to make visitors to Hebden aware of the TdF. Therefore, apart from an appearance in the recently released ‘Welcome to Hebden Bridge’ tourist guide, Le Bridge is a digital only campaign. A website has been set up where local organisations and individuals can download digital collateral for their own use as well as printable PDFs of the poster templates.

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lebridge.co.uk website

Oct
31

Alice in Wonderland

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Recently completed the design and illustration work on a range of marketing material for Role With It Productions’ upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland. The promotional pieces include: tickets, program, flyers, posters, vinyl banners and social media graphics. Keep your eyes open for the vinyl banners in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden.

The main focus of the artwork is on the Birchcliffe Centre – a magnificent old building that overlooks Hebden Bridge and is the actual venue for the production. We decided to make the Birchcliffe Centre the “Wonderland” in the hope that when the children (and adults of course) approach the building, it will feel like they are actually following Alice into Wonderland itself. Role With It Productions plan to decorate the outside of the Birchcliffe Centre and extend the Wonderland experience beyond the theatre space inside. This production of Alice is set in an industrial Hebden during the Victorian period and will have a very ‘steampunk’ feel.

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Here is Dig Yorkshire’s blurb:

Role With It Productions present a sparkling new twist on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice In Wonderland, adapted for the stage by Hebden Bridge writer Sian Murray. This magical family delight will be produced by the professional creative team behind ‘Nutcracker’ last year and will feature a junior cast from the Helen Wilman School of Dance. Follow Alice up the hill to the beautiful fairy lit Birchcliffe Centre and join us for the perfect treat this festive season.

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Role With It’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland will be showing in Hebden Bridge at the Birchcliffe Centre from the 14th – 28th December. Tickets are available from Innovation Gift Shop and online at Skiddle.com. £8 for adults and £6 for children.

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Sep
27

Made in Halifax

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Recently completed the design work on the latest Creative Calderdale event invite.

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The main speaker at the next event is BAFTA winning screenwriter, Sally Wainwright.

Here’s Creative Calderdale’s blurp about the event:

Creative Calderdale is delighted to announce that BAFTA winning screenwriter, Sally Wainwright will be joining us for a discussion about Calderdale, our creative heritage and the inspiration behind some of her best known works such as ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘At Home with the Braithwaites’.

Sally’s connection to the Borough goes back to childhood and she will be joined by Last Tango producer, Karen Willis, to explain what inspires them about writing and working here in the heart of Calderdale. As this invite goes to press, the second series of Last Tango In Halifax is being filmed here in Calderdale, with further filming due to start in October on yet another Sally Wainwright-penned production featuring our iconic towns and valleys. The Creative Calderdale event will be an excellent opportunity for those working in the screen industries to get involved in what is likely to be yet another award winning drama from Sally Wainwright and production company, Red.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 24th October 2013. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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Jul
12

Built From Nothing

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Recently completed the design work on the latest Creative Calderdale event invite.

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The main speaker at the next event is Will Alsop OBE, award-winning architect.

Here’s Creative Calderdale’s blurp about the event:

Award-winning architect, Will Alsop will join Creative Calderdale to talk about his career, his inspiration and his creative vision for satellite towns like Halifax.

Throughout his career, Will has specialised in large-scale master plans and regeneration projects for boroughs and districts in Rotterdam, Berlin, Manchester, Middlesbrough, and Barnsley – for which he won the 2003 Architects’ Journal Award for Architecture. Yet, it is iconic and irreverent designs such as the Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers, New York and the Sharp Centre for Design for the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto that have established him as a visionary in the field of architecture.

Alongside his architecture practice, Alsop’s paintings and sketches have been exhibited in dedicated exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Milton Keynes GalleryCube Gallery in Manchester, and the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, among other venues.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 15th August 2013. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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Jun
19

Memorable Years

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Personal project I have been meaning to do for years… pardon the pun.

I think it’s pretty obvious what the two years signify don’t you think?

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Jun
19

Taking it to the Max

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In June 2012, I was asked by UAP Limited to take their existing Max6mum Security branding and look at developing a range of box designs for their products. Due to large volume of products in the range, I focused on producing a very simple yet versatile design that could be easily applied to any size or shape of box. The predominately black design with bright yellow slash is not only bold and eye-catching, it also empowers the Max6mum Security brand and has given UAP a strong platform to build upon with future products added to the range.

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Rolling on to September, I received one of those client emails that only comes along once in a while. UAP asked if I was up for designing a superhero type character to use alongside the Max6mum Security product range.

Design a superhero character? Pretty much the ideal brief.

The first stage of the design process was presenting the various ways the superhero character could appear. Would he or she be a cartoon character, a comic book character or 3D rendered character. Initial designs and styles were presented to UAP and a Pixar/Mr Incredible 3D rendered type character was chosen.

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Superhero development work

The next stage was to design and present character options and nail down the final appearance – body type, face, hair and outfit. After some careful tweaking and final adjustments, exactly two months after UAP had enquired about a character being developed, we had a design UAP were happy with and ‘Max’ was born…

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Max – Max6mum Security brand ambassador

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In UAP’s initial email enquiry, they made a reference to the character being used at “trade shows, on packaging, trade and consumer magazine advertising and possibly radio and TV”. Therefore, as part of my final character presentation to UAP, I threw together a few example mockups of how an image of Max could be used on a point of sale mechanism, as a sticker and in magazine advert – basing these designs on design work I had produced for the Max6mum Security packaging. These mockups were really just an exploration of how Max could be potentially used but as the project progressed, these initial mockups became the design foundations for all the Max work that has been produced since. Testament to the visual strength of the Max6mum Security packaging and the core brand elements.

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4 page product brochure

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Trade magazine ‘split’ advert

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Max and one of his A2 posters

Only last month, Max made his first proper appearance here in the UK at the FIT Show at Telford International Centre. Between November 2012 and April 2103, I have been busy designing all the UAP Limited exhibition stands for the FIT Show as well as all the marketing material for the new Max6mum Security launch featuring Max. This has included: brochures, magazine adverts, posters, leaflets, popup stands, point of sale, stickers and masks.

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In-store door hangers, notepads, stickers and cut-out masks

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Counter-top leaflet dispenser and leaflets