The April low-down

April has seen a few bits of meaty work go live, some adventures out and about, and more nominations, this time in the Kent Digital Awards and the Chip Shop Awards. Find out about these snippets of news and more in this month’s round up.

Kent Digital Awards 2017 Finalist

Kent Digital Awards Nominations

We received some amazing news this month. We’ve been nominated not once, not twice, but seven times across six different categories for this year’s awards. It’s our first time entering and we’re really excited! The Kent Digital Awards are a yearly celebration of the huge pool of design and development ability in the county.

Nominations include our own website in the blog category, as well as websites for some of our clients which include, Maidstone Museum, Love it Here Holidays, Loud Monkey, Fosse Bank School and The Funeral Planning Authority.

Congratulations to all the other finalists. The winners are announced at a dinner on the 1st June. Wish us luck!

Chip Shop Awards Nominations

Chip Shop Awards Nominations

Some more nomination news. John has been nominated twice in this year’s Chip Shop Awards. The awards are run by The Drum with the aim of ‘recognising creativity without limits’ and they do really mean ‘without limits’. Some of the entries will have you laughing or thinking ‘that’s a bit close to the mark’. It’s a chance for designers, copywriters and anyone in the creative industry to create an advert where ‘a brilliant idea’ is the only brief.

Both entries are in the category of ‘Best work for a brand you have not a hope in hell of winning’ and were originally born from ideas created for One Minute Briefs but have been worked up for the Chip Shops. You can see his entries below. We find out if John’s a winner on the 7th June at their famously informal ceremony in London! Good luck!

New projects go live!

Two big projects the studio has been working on went live in April. A labelling project for Protein Dynamix, and a rebrand for 5 Stone Buildings.

In April a labelling project we had been working on for Protein Dynamix has gone live! Dynamo is a pre workout that gets you hyped and ready for a hard gym session. We were tasked with creating a new label for this potent product. There’s lots of lovely finishes on this metallic label, with matt and gloss sections to pick out some of the details, as well as a raised texture on the metal chequer plate pattern in the background!

New labelling for Protein Dynamix (Dynamo)
Business Meeting

5 Stone Buildings, a leading Chancery law chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn, in the centre of London. They have enjoyed a long-established reputation at the top of the Chancery bar, but whilst they are proud of their history, they are looking to provide a modern and efficient service in what is seen as a traditional and ‘old’ industry.

We were tasked with creating a new brand from the ground up, this included a new logo, website, new on and offline materials, video and a new suite of photography.

Keep an eye out for both case studies, which will be live real soon!

Kent Creative Awards finalists on the Kent Creative Show on Channel Radio

We’re back on the air

As a finalist of the Kent Creative Awards, we were asked to be a guest on the Kent Creative Show on Channel Radio. The weekly show is about arts and culture in Kent and brings together a group of guests to discuss their work in the creative sector.

Alongside John and myself was presenter Nathalie Banaigs, and other guests William Parr and Darryn de la Soul from Kensei Taiko. A Japanese Drum group based in the county who taught us about, drums, Japanese history and the way of the Samurai Sword. It’s always interesting to talk to people from other creative sectors and learning something new.

The radio show will be broadcast in June, so keep an eye out on the Kent Creative Website.

Meet Frauke & her pet Umbreon

Frauke in the spotlight

Earlier in the year Frauke took first place in wave #2 of Logo Wave with her logo created for Loud Monkey. She was recently interviewed by the guys there and spoke about her process to create a logo, where she gets her inspiration and how she came to be a designer. You can read her interview on the Logo Wave website.

…and the rest

The team took a well-deserved night out and experienced The Bierkeller in Maidstone. There were beer steins a plenty and booming sounds from the in-house oompah band. If you’re after a Bavarian drinking experience in the middle of Kent, then we recommend it.

In other news, did you manage to catch our Five things the studio are currently in love with #03 blog? We talk Monzo, Abstract: The Art of Design, Quantum Break, Counter Print Supplies and 2048.

Cheers at The Bierkeller in Maidstone