January Favourites

It's been a whirlwind of a month getting back into the swing of things after Christmas. Looking back we did a lot in January… 

One of the first projects back after Christmas was to finish off the banner designs we were working on for Franco Florenzi. Franco Florenzi produce and retail ‘Elegant time pieces that stands out from the crowd’ and have been featured in popular magazines including Glamour, Vogue and GQ. We were asked to produce a campaign to display at the Worcester Warriors Sixways Rugby Stadium which they are a sponsor of.  

We created a banner design to be printed on huge 3 metre+ foamex boards for display at the Stadium. The starting point was to incorporate both the watches and Rugby so that it would appeal to the audience at the Stadium. We will be doing a separate blog post soon, once we’ve got some photos of the billboards up at the stadium and I’ll go into more about the design process in that blog post, but for now this is one of the final designs. Next time you see a game played at the Sixways Stadium on TV see if you can spot our billboards in the background.


Euro Snowboards Photoshoot...

I often spend the weekends in the Studio while local photographers hire our photography equipment and the last Sunday in January was no different! We took the opportunity when a good friend of ours Sian Conway was in to call up one of our clients, Euro Snowboards (Check out the rebrand we did for Euro Snowboards in our portfolio) to bring some products in to get some new product shots for upcoming campaigns. I left Sian to take some straight forward product shots of the boards but afterwards we thought we would get a little more creative and take some ‘instagramable’ photos too. I had a vision of how I wanted the shots to and I might have taken over the creative direction a little, precariously leaning snowboards up against beer crates and stacking them on top of each other in ways which shouldn’t be possible. Spotting the boards as if they were babies so that Sian could quickly photograph them while my hands were out of shot, then straight back in to protect the boards like they were my own children

Here’s a few of the behind the scenes shots from the photoshoot, follow @eurosnowboards on Instagram for some of the final photos coming soon!


A few other favourites throughout January...

I took a trip to Worthing, near Brighton this month, it’s always a culture shock to be so close to the sea compared to my Midlands home. I’ve been many times and every single time I go, whatever the time of year, it rains! So when we had a dry, yet freezing Saturday afternoon, I took the opportunity to get a few photos. I swear one day I will visit Worthing and enjoy a sunny walk along the pier! 

I sometimes hate the fact that my Birthday is in January, everyone is on a Christmas come down, nursing their bank balances and starting their diets but on a positive note it does help me to avoid  the January blues. I was very lucky this year to get some amazing presents from my friends and family and I had to feature one of my gifts from this year. I think I have worn it every day since my birthday, and that’s a coat from Debenhams - I have been compared to Zoolander several times but I can live with that, it’s powerful.

I have to take a moment now to apologise to anyone who has hung out with me this month because I was probably glued to my phone the entire time. I am so addicted to the Adobe Post - a free app which allows you to ‘Create stunning social graphics. You pick a photo, add text, apply some design filters to instantly create beautiful designs’. The last app I was addicted to was Afterlight, any moment I would have spare I’d be editing away at photos. Adobe Post just took my social media images it to the next level. Once my photos have been through the process on Afterlight (Check out our review of Afterlight) I add them to Adobe Post. I’m not one for wasting hours and hours on game apps but this is productive so that’s okay, right? My other half might disagree! I have spent hours creating images in Adobe Post this month and a lot of them don’t even make it onto my Instagram feed, but it’s so fun playing around with different designs. I’ll be writing an app review soon so I won’t go into too much detail about the process, but check out our Instagram @headdeskdesign to see some examples.

It wouldn't be a January favourites without a mention of Making a Murderer, if you haven't heard of it then you must have been living under a rock in January because everyone has been taking about it. It is a Netflix exclusive 10 part documentary filmed over 10 years about the criminal trial of Steven Avery ‘who served 18 years in prison for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, before being exonerated in 2003. In 2005 he was arrested in connection with the murder of Teresa Halbach, a local photographer, and convicted in 2007’. If you haven’t seen this already and haven’t got Netflix, I highly recommend signing up for Netflix’s free trail to watch it. Like everyone who I’ve recommended it to, I finished it in 2 days! Followed by hours of trawling through the Internet reading theories. I just hope within my lifetime some more evidence comes to light and we find out what really happened because I’m honestly still going to be wracking my brain trying to work it out when I’m 80

On a lighter note, I had a really fun day in Birmingham this month celebrating a friends birthday. I spent 3 years living in Coventry when I was at University and I really miss the city some days, so spending the day in Birmingham eating amazing food at the Cosy Club and drinking cocktails at the Lost and Found was a highlight of my month. They both have some of the most desirable interiors I’ve seen lately, and I came away with so many ideas for the studio. If you’re ever in the area, it’s well worth popping in just to check out the interiors. 

I have to leave this blog on a foodie note, after a long day working with Harris Lamb this month we ended the day at No 35 The Provenance on Foregate Street in Worcester. A hard 12 hour day came to an end on a high with some incredible food and a beautiful Raspberry Creme Brûlée.



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