It’s a new year, a new decade! Christmas feels like a distant memory but whilst we are well into January 2020 now we thought we should still share some of our highlights of 2019 as it was pretty busy!
Starting with some work bits..
One of the more unusual projects from last year was a set of safety illustrations for electrical rail specialists, Fuse Rail. We took what are normally considered boring and forgotten documents, and turned them into a vibrant and interesting set of literature. This was done using bold colours, clean custom illustrations and a little humour giving them a new approach to rail safety.
Wildwood Trust is a conservation park based in East Kent and home to a number of British species including foxes, lynx and even bears! The project was a complete redesign and development of their websites and allowed us to create an experience where visitors could find out how to visit, make a donation or buy an experience easily. Large imagery and clear signposting was key to making sure the brief was met. Of course we couldn’t finish the project without a visit and guided tour around the park seeing the animals for ourselves.
We have a couple of footy mad designers here who jumped at the chance to work on designing a new crest for grass roots football club FC Battersea. The club is based in South London and has ties to Championship side Fulham FC. Their new badge is based on the distinctive profile of the famous powerstation and references elements from the Battersea Coat of Arms. The colours, a nod to Cruyff’s famous 1974 Netherlands side. The crest now sits proudly on the kits of this newly created team.
We also won a few awards too…
It was our logos and branding that reaped the most awards for us in 2019. Logos created for Brigade Bar and Kitchen, FC Battersea and Cotswold Club Equestrian were published in volume 11 of LogoLounge and also picked up awards in the Hermes Creative Awards.
But that wasn’t all we won. In 2019 The Hideout entered The Drum Chip Shop Awards. A creative award where anything and everything is allowed and where ‘pure, unadulterated creative’ is celebrated! Our advert for the Night Tube picked up a Chip in the transport category, and our Creative Director personally picked up another two Chips in the Leisure and Corporate Identity categories for work created for The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and Swan Vesta respectively.
Some team highlights
Sarah returned back to work after the birth of baby Jaxon. Keith had a big work anniversary celebrating his 15th year at the Hideout and Claire turned 30!
Si turned official band photographer for The Vapors, the UK band famous for their hit song ‘Turning Japanese’. He ventured up and down the country snapping photos at local gigs in Margate, to the coast of North Wales in picturesque Portmeirion.
On your marks, get set.. bake!
The team and a few old faces got their bake on and stepped into the famous tent at The Big London Bake! Like the show we had 90 minutes to bake and our efforts were judged after! Making baked donuts are harder than you think!
And to finish the year off, the team made their way to London and to hear the phrase… ‘Will you start the fans please’. Two teams made their way into the Crystal Maze and battled through tests of mental, physical, skill and mystery to see who could pick up the most crystals and gold tokens in the famous crystal dome. While it was Keith’s team who picked up the most crystals with a grand total of 10, it was actually John’s team who took the final win picking up the most gold tokens in the crystal dome!
2020 has already kicked off with a bang; we’re working hard on a brand new college website, branding a new restaurant and continuing to support our lovely clients. Watch this space for more news and updates.