From January 2004 until December 2007, I freelanced at Thompson Brand Partners in Leeds. When I say freelance, it was more ‘permalance’ – I was there pretty much solidly for four years!
TBP are celebrating their 30th birthday this year – many congratulations by the way – and to celebrate their birthday, they recently held an exhibition in Leeds city centre.
30 current and ex-employees were asked to produce a personal piece of work for the exhibition and I was chuffed that Ian Thompson asked me to contribute.
Being a personal piece, I felt it was only appropriate to do something Kreative Bomb related.
Say hello to one of the Kreative Bomb Brothers — a series of characters I have developed for use on my website/marketing collateral.
He’s a bit out of shot because unfortunately, the photographer isn’t very good.
Photo taken by Lynn Murphy
To view the other 29 images that completed the exhibition, please visit here.
Have you ever looked at your font list and thought… “There are some really cool band names here”? Or is that just me?
For a while now I have fancied doing a parody festival poster comprising bogus bands that are named after typefaces.
I was recently working on a project which required me to go through my work archive folders and pull together a definitive collection of all the logos I have produced – either for clients or myself. Imagine my surprise when I discovered my Kreative Bomb logo’s creation date was 19th August (2004) – just few days away!!
I felt that this deserved a mention on here. Even though I’d been self-employed for a couple of years prior to starting Kreative Bomb, a 10th anniversary is a notable milestone in any business’s history. Its certainly something I’m very proud of.
Looking back at my original logo, I’m extremly pleased that it’s been subjected to only a few minor tweaks in it’s history – a slight amend to the colours and tweak to the ‘Star O’. Certainly not the comprehensive overhaul that some logos endure.
A major part of the initial “Kreative Bomb Brand Awareness Campaign” was the branded Smart car I blasted around.
Kreative Bomb Smart Car – September 2004 to December 2008
So what is my assessment of the first 10 years? For the first eight years, my work time was divided between freelancing in-house for clients and working from my home studio. In August 2008 I moved the KB operation away from home and in to an office at Hebden Bridge Town Hall – an indication that business has been increasing and a new level has been reached. Clients have come and gone but a select nucleus have stuck with me along the journey – with new ones joining the party on a regular basis. I’ve had some great clients and I’ve had some right nightmares. I’d like to say I’m getting experienced at spotting the ‘bad apples’ but unfortunately you still get the odd one or two that can creep in under the radar. I won’t say yes to any old work – I’m not afraid to turn work away if the brief doesn’t excite me. We all have standards, right?
Kreative Bomb studio – August 2014
Going forward, I’m more than happy to stay based in Hebden Bridge. The Town Hall has a great collaborative vibe and I’m very honoured to regard some of my fellow tenants as clients. I can only imagine that the quality of work I produce will continue to improve along with the quality of client (fingers crossed). Ultimately, I want to free up more time to work on personal projects. Working for clients is all well and good but to grow as a designer you need to broaden your vision, add more to your arsenal and enjoy what you do – something that can only come from experimentation, learning and self-discovery.
That being said, here’s to another 10 years of meeting new clients, chasing payments, honing new skills and producing work that I’m proud of.
North of Watford have been in business since 1984 and they were looking for a fresh, new look going in to their 30th year. Primary requirements were a new logo, business stationery and website makeover. The one thing North of Watford were keen to retain from their previous identity was the colour palette – cyan and black.
There is a certain degree of symmetry to the word ‘NOW’ which helped influence the creation of the NoW logo mark and the North of Watford logotypes.
It is very rare that a company’s acronym is actually a word, and in North of Watford’s case, ‘NOW’ is such a dynamic and forceful word in it’s own right. It seemed only right that this should be explored, expanded on and introduced in to their identity.
Below is a fun piece created for the North of Watford 30th birthday party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently completed the design work on the latest Creative Calderdale event invite.
The main speaker at the next event is Horace Panter, bass player with The Specials.
Here’s Creative Calderdale’s blurp about the event:
Creative Calderdale in partnership with Lime Jam PR is delighted to announce Horace Panter as the speaker for their July Creative Vision’s event.
Also known as Sir Horace the Gentleman, Horace Panter’s career with British ska band, The Specials has seen him tour the world and release seven studio albums as well as writing a book about his hedonistic times playing bass in one of the most iconic British bands of the 20th Century. Still touring to this day, Panter is also a well respected artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally to rave reviews. This event promises to be a rare opportunity to gather an ?insight into Panter’s life in The Specials, his creative practices and what keeps him inspired today.
The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 24th July 2014. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.
This bank holiday weekend, Hebden Bridge Town Hall will be hosting it’s first official Beer & Cider Festival.
Here is the Town Hall’s mouthwatering blurb about the festival…
Tantalise the tastebuds with hand crafted beers and the finest artisan cider and perry.
We know the best beers come from our local breweries using Pennine water to create a draft layered with character and flavour. We’ve invited Little Valley Brewery, Bridestones and Slightly Foxed to serve their selection of unique beers for your enjoyment.
For cider lovers there is a tremendous variety of hand crafted farmhouse cider and perry selected by the Real Cider Company.
The festival is running Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May, doors open at noon.
The Hebden Bridge Partnership is the ‘town team’, concerned with initiatives to make the town a better place to live, work, shop and enjoy its leisure facilities.
The Partnership recently identified that Hebden Bridge does not have its own publicity leaflet that promotes what’s on in Hebden or talk about its main attractions. Therefore, in collaboration with Hebden Royd Town Council, funding was made available to get an initial run of 20,000 12 page leaflets produced in time for the Easter/Bank Holiday season. These leaflets are to be distributed across Yorkshire, Lancashire and through Hebden Bridge’s own Tourist Information Centre.
The leaflet starts off with a brief introduction to Hebden Bridge and it’s history. The second ‘spread’ lists a selection of the top attractions and things to do while in the town. The final spread on the inside of the leaflet features a detailed map of the town. On the reverse side of the leaflet, a spread is dedicated to listing the major events happening in and around Hebden Bridge in 2014 accompanied by photographs from previous year’s events and festivals. Le Bridge is a feature page promoting the Tour de France and its arrival in the town on the 6th July. A single page covers eating, drinking and shopping in Hebden while the back page provides information on travel and accommodation.
Regarding the design of the leaflet, The Partnership were very keen to use the ‘official’ Hebden Bridge font on the cover to keep it consistent with other local-interest literature produced around the town. What really brings this leaflet to life is the photography used throughout. We were very fortunate that local photographers provided these images for free and all deserve a special mention – without them this leaflet would not have possible.
Front cover photography by Aidan Zealley
Main photography by Rory Prior
Additional photographs provided by BluPlanetPhotography , Nick Sheilds, David Taylor and Jonathan Robertson
Map produced by cartographer Simon Platt
Leaflet printed by Lambert Printers
Ever since mobile phones first became popular, there has been a real problem with motorists using their phone while driving. In the early days, it was making and receiving phone calls. Then it was sending and receiving text messages. Now, with more sophisticated ‘smart phones’ on the market and always-on connectivity to social media apps and games, our mobile phones have a seemingly endless way of attracting our attention while we should be concentrating on the road.