Creating Media work - Long Barn Rose Range
We have been running social media campaigns for our client Long Barn for a while, but have recently had the pleasure of taking over their graphic design as well.
Long Barn are fantastic business near Winchester in Hampshire. At the heart of Long Barn is a well-established lavender farm, however the business has grown into so much more than that. From the lavender they create beautiful cosmetic products and delicious food, which they sell at their centre alongside quality plants and gifts. There is also a café on-site, and the Creating Media team have spent many taxing days of work soaking...
Creating Media work - The Lychgate Guesthouse
One of our recent websites to go live was for local guesthouse, The Lychgate. We love working with local clients, and The Lychgate is based just down the road in Caldicot. They have a cosy guesthouse with well-appointed rooms, in a great location just opposite the entrance to the castle.
Janice, the owner of The Lychgate, loved the previous websites we have created for other guesthouses and holiday cottages, such as Pentre Tai Farm and Corner House Mathry. Just like those other two examples, we also designed a hand-drawn logo and provided a photography shoot as part of the web design package.
Google's Mobilegeddon - the 10 things you need to know
You might have heard a lot recently about changes to Google which affect how they rank sites which are not mobile-friendly. Many people are calling these recent updates ‘mobilegeddon’ and claiming that anyone without a mobile site is about to lose any traffic they may be receiving from Google search – sounds pretty scary right? Actually, there is a lot of scaremongering happening, and the affect to most people is probably much smaller than you might think.
Here are 10 points to help you understand the recent Google changes.
What is responsive web design?
Responsive web design is fast becoming the new standard...
Creating Media client work - Lodge Farm Kitchen website
One of Creating Media’s latest websites to go live is Lodge Farm Kitchen. Take a look at this brilliant new high-quality ready meal site designed through our sister company Umami!
The process started, as ever, by discussing what was important to the client. Lodge Farm Kitchen has had fantastic growth since they started in 2009, and have recently moved into a brand new purpose built factory and had an updated logo and packaging redesign to fit their new market position. They were in need of a new website to match this fresh new image, and aimed at targeting trade customers rather than direct to the...
Creating Media client work - Speciality Desserts
Our sister company Umami were thrilled before Christmas to produce the new website for Speciality Desserts – a dessert manufacturer serving the foodservice sector. Take a look at www.specialitydesserts.co.uk
We started the process, as always, by liaising with Ann Tysoe (Head of Sales) and other key team members at Speciality Desserts to establish what was important to achieve with the new site. Speciality Desserts had not refreshed their old website for a while, and felt it was decidedly not foodie feeling. It was also built in flash, meaning the site was accesible from a wide range of modern devices (including all apple iPhones, iPads...
Ways to stay creative!
We ADORE this infographic about how to stay creative. We love the illustrative style and great typography of the image, as well as the fabulous advice.
Creativity is a strange beast that we deal with every day in our world, and we find that when things become a little stale a change of scenery can really help – some of the most productive team brainstorms we have held have been off-site at places like St Pierre or Sawyers Bar & Grill (our lovely clients!). Putting some music on can also help stretch the creative muscles, and get fresh ideas flowing.
Take a look...
The Bay Horse Speaks website wins an industry award!
We’re thrilled that one of our favourite clients, The Bay Horse Speaks, have recently come second in the International website awards for her industry, the EAHAE Website Award 2014. The award is voted for by members of the EAHAE, based on several aspects including intuitive appearance.
We’re thrilled to have created an award-winning website for one of our clients (especially as the awards were truly worldwide – the other winners were from Russia and Canada!) – read all about the full process of the website design here.
Creating Media work - Usk Show 2014
Here at Creating Media we love building great ongoing relationships with our clients. This year we have been thrilled to be working with Usk Show again. Last year we designed their new logo and website, and this year we have built on that by designing the whole range of printed materials ready for this years show.
We managed to upgrade their print to full-colour double sided throughout, and add a decent smattering of design flair to keep everything on-brand, for just a few pound more than they have paid in previous years for simple black-only one-sided print. Faye, the Usk Show secretary,...
Creating Media work - Estuary Oils
At Creating Media, we have recently been working with Andrew Mould at Estuary Oils to help with the launch of his company, in all aspects of branding, marketing, web, design and print.
The process started some time ago, with a logo design. The design took inspiration from the bold and simple logos of well-known oil companies like Chevron, Shell and Texaco, with their widespread use of primary colours and bold shapes – easily recognisable from a distance.
We then moved on to website concepts, using the bold colours, lots of great images and easily visible contact details. Take a look at the...
Creating Media's Top 5 Sins of Stock Photography
Ah stock photography. Some people see it as a useful tool, others as a necessary evil, and still others as something to avoid altogether. Here at Creating Media, we do prefer to use clients own photography where possible (or even take photos for our clients ourselves!) but sometimes a bit of stock photography is actually better to use – but use with caution!
There are some amazing examples out there, but for every great stock image you can guarantee a dozen horrible clichés… these are some of our top stock photography no-nos!
You have an abstract concept that you just don’t know...
Creating Media work - Four Stars Tack Shop
Recently we helped a client launch an online business, by creating the logo, business cards and e-commerce website for the Four Stars Tack Shop.
We designed the logo based on a photo of one of the business partners, Julie, riding her horse. Our illustrator experimented with a few different styles for the horse, as well different placements and styles for the stars we wanted to include.
Once we had settled on the final logo we designed and printed the business cards, as well as getting a holding page up to a tight deadline as the Four Stars team were going to a...
Under the Hood of a Great Design Agency
Everyone knows that the Creating Media team love the company Mini… But what exactly goes on in the engine room of a great design agency?
Creating Media Work - 7's HR & Training
We are really happy to announce that today sees the new brand re-launch of 7’s HR & Training!
We have been thrilled to work with Stephanie of 7’s HR on the design of the new brand, and have been involved heavily since the early stages of the rebrand. We have also introduced her to another one of our clients which has already resulted in paid work for her – we love making connections and building local business! We were initially going to design the logo, but one of Stephanie’s clients are also a graphic design agency who had offered to create...
Keep lots more secrets over at Pinterest boards
We are BIG fans of Pinterest in the Creating Media office, and we regularly use the secret board feature for researching clients, leads and inspiration. That’s why we were absolutely thrilled to find out the Pinterest will now offer unlimited secret boards (there used to be a maximum of three – so we were forever deleting and recreating boards)
We came up with our top 5 tips for using the secret boards on Pinterest:
1. Market research. We very often use secret Pinterest boards as part of our research process for new clients and leads – you can share the link if you want...
5 top blogging tips - how, when and what to write!
We are constantly asked by clients how to blog successfully. Well – how better to share our blogging tips than by blogging about them?
1. Think about who you want to attract, and what they might enjoy reading.
Although we are a design company, and obviously blog about our own work and office news, we also blog about things that we enjoy or have an opinion on. For example we also comment on techy products, local issues and business news. Be careful blogging purely about your business – aside from getting stale you also don’t want to start giving too much publicity to potential competitors or...
Creating Media Work - The Bay Horse Speaks is live!
We blogged in November about the beginning of the Bay Horse Speaks design suite – and we are thrilled to say that the project is now complete and the website has gone live!
As mentioned in the last blog, the project started with a logo based on Emma’s own horse, Hermi. We then moved on to the stationery suite, including business cards and letterheads. We presented Emma with a few different options, then went to print with her favourites.
The next stage was a banner for her to use at networking events and business shows – this was particularly important as Emma runs her...
New Year round up - A good 2013, a great 2014!
2013 has been a fantastic year for Creating Media, with lots of new clients and connections to create lovely new work for! Our sister company Umami was also nominated for an Excellence in Marketing Monmouthshire Business Award, though lost out to worthy competitors Hicks Logistics – there’s always this year though!
Our favourite projects are always the ones where we take a new startup, or an established company in need of a refresh, and work from the ground up to create a new brand. This can cover logo design, website design, and printed marketing materials such as business cards, signage, banner stands, stationery, flyers and...
Brilliant Business Show from Sterling Integrity in Cardiff next Friday!
At the Creating Media office we are getting really excited about the Sterling Integrity show on 6thDecember in Cardiff.
Sterling Integrity run a range of shows across South Wales and the South West, and next year are spreading up towards the Midlands. In the run-up to their packed and exciting 2014 show season we have collaborated with them on their design work for a small logo refresh and design of their brochures, business cards and show programmes.
We started by brainstorming a new strapline for their logo with Neil and Tracey, and came up with a toss-up between ‘Brilliant Business Shows’ and ‘Business Shows the Work’...
Creating Media Work - Purple Shoots
Creating Media are just in the process of finalising a very exciting project for Purple Shoots – a new start-up. Purple Shoots have an angel investor, and are loaning out small amounts of the money to start-up businesses across South Wales, as well as offering business mentoring to really get the businesses on their feet.
It was such a great idea, and Karen, the brains behind the business, and Bob Shepherd, her business partner, were so fantastic to work with and passionate about the project that we really couldn’t wait to get cracking!
We began, as usual, with the logo design, establishing the visual direction for...
Creating Media Work - Breweld
Creating Media have been working on the new website for Breweld. Breweld are wonderful local business – highly specialised welders for the food and drink industry, particularly creating brewhouse set-ups and bottling plants.
We took the idea of the welding sparks to make the background of the site, and then used what is known as a ‘fixed’ background, allowing the content to scroll while the background image stays still. We used a classy white-on-black theme, which works really well with the sleek images of shiny metalwork and welding.
During the course of the project, the client got very busy with new contracts, and...
Creating Media Work - The Bay Horse Speaks Logo & Banner Stand
Creating Media are currently in the process of designing a new visual brand for The Bay Horse Speaks, a business offering horse-led development courses for teams and individuals.
We created the logo by drawing Emma’s own horse, Hermione, who is a bay-coloured horse (hence the business name). For brand colours we used the ‘bay horse’ shade of brown, and British Racing Green, as it is a complementary colour that instantly represents speed and teamwork.
We then went on to design a banner stand for The Bay Horse Speaks – take a look below at the design next to the client’s picture of it erected...
Marketing Genius - Studio Venues Branded Goodies
Creating Media have recently done some slightly different work for a long-term contact of ours – Studio Venues.
The Studio are a great independent conference and event venue right in the heart of Birmingham. Inspired by our sister company Umami’s blog on ‘new old-fashioned marketing’ they decided to send gifts out to potential clients.
To show off their fantastic catering they decided to send loaf cakes in branded tins and branded cotton shopper bags stuffed with goodies. This provided a branded, useful keepsake as well as a shareable treat for some instant gratification.
Both products have a strapline across the middle, and a logo with contact...
Apples, Sustainability and local business on Radio 4!
Today we heard that a fantastic local farm & farm shop, Hanley Farm Shop, have been featured on Radio 4’s Farming Today programme. They are talking all about the organic label, and whether it does more harm than good. Listen to it on Radio 4’s iPlayer . It’s great to hear a local company get a national spotlight – especially one that is linked so closely with many things we’re passionate about at Creating Media, like great food, local issues and sustainability.
Hanley Farm Shop is a fantastic local shop, selling beautiful products from a converted barn on Tidenham Chase (a great road with stunning...
Creating Media work - Quadratec
Creating Media have recently created an new website for Quadratec – a local engineering specialist.
Quadratec design and develop solutions for a broad range of companies – everything from aerodynamics to robotics and stress testing for high-speed and high-pressure machine parts.
Quadratec are very local to the Creating Media office, being base just of the other side of Portskewett on Severn View Industrial Estate in Caldicot. We love working with great local clients like this.
We started the site some months ago, and it quickly grew from our initial conversations. The site now features drop-down menus, a custom contact form and a library of downloadable...
Creating Media Work - Chantler Teas
Creating Media have recently created the new logo and packaging design for the fantastic Chantler Teas in Abergavenny.
Chantler Teas and Creating Media were recommended to work together by Business Wales, when they felt that their quickly growing business was in need of a professional facelift to match its new market space and allow them to grow further.
We began the process by going for a meeting (complete with a cup of lovely loose leaf tea) where we dicussed want Elizabeth and Barry at Chantler Teas wanted from the logo – something that would appeal to their wide range of drinkers but steer clear of...
Creating Media at the Monmouthshire Business Awards
Friday evening saw the Creating Media team scrubbing up for an evening of glitz and glamour at the Monmouthshire Business Awards finals. Plenty of our friends and clients were finalists, and we were finalists ourselves with our sister company Umami in the category of Excellence in Marketing, against two of the biggest local Monmouthshire companies, Mabey Bridge and Hicks Logistics. No pressure.
We entered St Pierre to a reception of sparkling wine and canapés, always a nice way to start an evening, and plenty of fantastic local businesspeople to mingle with and chat to. We were then ushered into the dining room, decked out in...
Creating Media Work - Classic Ironworks
Creating Media have been working on the website for Classic Ironworks for the last few months, and are very happy to announce that today the site has gone live at www.classicironworks.co.uk.
Classic Ironworks are a fantastic specialised engineering company from Somerset, and have carried out work on staircases, verandas and balconies across Bristol, Bath and the South West.
The website has a brushed metal style background, representing the metalwork carried out by the skilled team, and an eye-catching blue and orange colour theme. The blue was already present in the Classic Ironworks logo, and the orange was added as a contrasting highlight for the...
Creating Media design work - Julie Kelly HR
At Creating Media we love getting to know a new client and creating a suite of design for their business. We recently had the pleasure of working with Julie Kelly, a HR specialist who needed a new professional edge to her branding to match her growing client base.
We started by creating the logo – we worked with concepts including jigsaw puzzle pieces and cogs to symbolise the HR element that Julie could bring to businesses, but we eventually settled on a neutral, yet professional, ‘lozenge’ style logo that Julie can use for a range of services of she expands – simply by editing a...
Usk Show Stand
So after a week we have finally recovered from Usk Show – Who came to visit our lovely Creating Mediastand? For anyone who missed it, take a look at the photo and tell us what you think!
Creating Media in the South Wales Argus
Following on from our recent appearances in the Chepstow Voice and sister company Umami’s appearance in Chepstow Beacon, Creating Media are hitting the headlines again. We are featured in todays South Wales Argus – so go out and grab your copy! Now who has a contact at one of the national papers? We need to get into a newspaper that is bigger again!
Unveiling the brand new face for Creating Media!
Today is a very exciting day for us here in the Creating Media office, as we are officially launching our brand new website and visual brand!
We regularly carry out the ‘brand refresh’ treatment for our clients, but it has been long overdue on our own business! The Mini, a huge part of the old brand, had become tired and tatty, so we had removed the distinctive vinyl covering. Our website had grown and grown with time, until it was a bit of a confusing beast to navigate. In general we were badly in need of a dose of our own medicine!
Umami are Monmouthshire Business Award Finalists!
We are EXTREMELY excited, as last night we found out that our sister brand Umami have been shortlisted for the Monmouthshire Business Award in Excellence in Marketing! We’re so excited to get through to the final of this well-respected award – dubbed the ‘Oscars of Welsh business’.
Umami has been shortlisted for the marketing work we’ve been beavering away at, including our innovative high-quality targeted mailshot, and active social media approach. The next stage includes filming a short interview at a local landmark, then final judging before the winners are announced at a glitzy event at the St Pierre on October 11th – We’re already...
New Creating Media Mini preview
We’ll be posting little snippets of the design for the new Creating Media Mini across our social media for the next 2 days, all in preparation for the grand unveiling of the new signwriting!
We’ll be running a competition on twitter when the new signwriting is unveiled – snap a picture of the newly branded mini with #creatingmediamini or @creatingmedia to be in with a chance of winning a lovely treat (we were debating in the office – think it’s probably going to be a lovely bottle of fizz!)
So here’s your first snippet – make sure you check our G+, LinkedIn and brand new shiny Facebook...
Creating Media and Usk Show in Chepstow Voice Magazine
At Creating Media we seem to be gathering press at the moment! We recently spotted a mention in the local Chepstow Voice magazine (August issue), about the design work we did for Usk Show. Take a look at our mention in the article, and read the whole magazine online for lots of local news.
Why marketing is always important - even for Mini
For anyone who didn’t see the video on Friday – our very own Michelle was displayed on a cutting-edge Mini ‘Art Beat’, a Countryman covered in 48000 LEDs to show videos and animations onto the streets of London. The Mini Art Beat project is a very cool concept – the Mini is streamed live around the clock on the web, and anyone can upload an image or video to be displayed alongside their message.
It made us wonder why Mini have gone to all this expense and trouble – this sort of campaign would be perfect for building a viral buzz...
Step-by-step guide to what you need for a website
So you’re considering changing your website and need to know what you need to do next? While us web designers can take care of the creative visuals, design elements and complicated code to make sure you have a great website, there are certain things that we need you to take care of such as copywriting and domain access. They are often simple things that just get forgotten about, but very often end up slowing down projects.
Below is a simple step-by-step guide to work through, which will make the project go as fast as possible.
Ensure your logo is fit for purpose.
Monmouth Comprehensive School Website
Monmouth Comprehensive School approached Creating Media along with several other local companies, to choose a new designer to create a new expansive website for the school. They chose to replace their existing monnoodle website, as they felt it was too plain and outdated.
Thier key goals for the new website was that it could be controlled by them, by an easy to use Content Management System (CMS) that would require little training for the team to pick up. Creating Media also wanted to make the site aesthetically pleasing by the inclusion of a slider that is based on the school aims.
The site has various...
Usk Show, Monmouthshire Rebrand and Website
We are really excited to announce our latest website going live – for the local Farmer’s Club annual event Usk Show.
We were chosen out of 4 local designers who pitched to the committee to completely rebrand the Usk Show – like many agricultural shows they were very behind the times in terms of branding and online presence.
We created a gorgeous logo for them incorporating the show marquee, a tree and little figures to represent the various aspects of the show – a family day out as well as competition for sheep, cattle and horses. The theme also contains some lovely colourful...
Creating Media are exhibiting at the Sterling Integrity Show in Cardiff
We are thrilled to announce that the Creating Media team will be exhibiting in December at the Sterling Integrity exhibition later this year. The exhibition that takes place on the 6th December at the Legacy Hotel in Cardiff.
Tracey and Neil Davies from Sterling Integrity are highly experienced in running exhibitions across the South Wales and South West, with 12 events running through 2013. The final event in Wales is the December show.
The Creating Media team will be carefully planning the event to ensure maximum return on investment by creating leads, contacts and brand awareness.
To find out more about the Sterling Integrity Shows...
Steve Abel - branding, illustration, website project
Creating Media met Steve Abel when he was the Managing Director of P4d, the highly successful parcel delivery company based in Oxfordshire. We met at a 4Networking event in Chepstow in the Summer of 2012.
Fast forward four months and I received a call at the office from Steve Abel, his words were “I have asked on the 4Networking forum who I should work with for my personal branding and the only person that did NOT respond was you – I see that as a sign!”.
I am thrilled to say that Steve and Creating Media have worked together to position Steve...
At The Sharp End - by David Norrington. Raising money for Cancer Research UK
Sometimes you hear about a project and realise that you have no option but to roll up your sleeves and get involved.
The vision for At The Sharp End – in aid of Cancer Research UK was created by David Norrington.
I met David, Onion Custard Publishing, through 4Networking over 12 months ago. In that time I have got to know David pretty well and when he announced that he was putting together a book made of contributions from entrepreneurs and business owners I knew that this was my opportunity to become a published author. David was looking for contributions of just 1500 ish words...
To Google Drive or Dropbox? That is the question...
Google Drive moves in on Dropbox.
At Creating Media we have long been fans of the awesome Dropbox. As a team it allows us to share files, images, briefs and designs online without clogging up our already very busy and large email boxes. When you are creating logos and brands the files are very high resolution so sending them out to clients across South Wales and far beyond, plus between the team it means that they take up a lot of space. Dropbox means that we can all view the file up there “in the cloud”.
For client work we can then take this a step further and set up shared Dropbox folders...
Ten Top Tips for choosing the company name and website domain you really want.
So there you are – all excited about getting started with your great new business idea and right now is the time to start thinking about website domain names and trading names.
I regularly get asked the protocol on choosing domain names. Back in the day when the world wide web was new, unchartered waters you could snap up domains very easily. These days you need to either be very lucky or slightly creative in your thinking.
Hot Tip 1 – Check that your domain is REALLY available not just dormant, it will save a lot of heartache and work. Just typing the...
New online Health and Safety solution logo design - HSC Partnership
Creating Media has been working with Trish Fulford and the team at HSC Partnership, based in Gloucestershire, to update the brand identity and visual style of their business.
Creating Media were commissioned to re-design the logo and create and print 600gsm deluxe quality business cards for the team. In addition we created a story board style flyer for the team to use when they meet with potential clients. A thousand flyers were printed on 300gsm card and are used at networking events and meetings across Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, South Wales and the rest of the UK to explain the services.
As part of the project Creating...
Logo and website design for Club Social Junction
Barry Watson from Chepstow based Club Social Junction commissioned the Creating Media team to firstly provide a logo brand identity to represent the new social media platform and then to design the main website home page. The visual for the Club Social Junction was created using 3D rendering design to create the visual of a library, university, clubhouse and community. The brief from Barry Watson was very detailed and clearly he had a vision that the Creating Media then expanded and turned into web suitable graphics.
The logo design needed to provide a strong visual identity that could be used as an icon alone on social...
Eco collaboration project in Monmouthshire
A localised, green collaboration project near Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
Portskewett based recycling top soil/aggregates company with a green design company with a green environmental landscaping company…
Creating Media first became aware of Crownhill Topsoils from our client EcoVigour who we designed and printed a 4pp brochure for last year (recycled paper of course!). Creating Media linked James from James Davies Landcare with ecovigour last year and they already work on some projects together.
Crownhill are a successful company with clients across Chepstow, Newport, Monmouth and surrounding areas but with no website and dated branding. We discussed the situation and traded skills and services. Simon’s team were...
4Networking client - I Am The Car Finder
Roger Green is the first person that I met through business networking over two years ago. Based on the meet, like, know and trust values of 4 Networking I am so pleased that two years later Creating Media have been asked to create the brand visuals for Roger’s new business – I Am The Car Finder.
Roger Green, based in Bristol, works with clients to source used cars across the UK and the move from Wraxall Motors to I am The Car Finder was a huge decision. Creating Media were very involved in the naming of the new business and the huge debate that ensued.
New website for Properts - Chepstow and Magor based local estate agents, solicitors and notaries
Properts Solicitors, Estate Agents and Notaries are an established Monmouthshire business with offices in Chepstow and Magor. Creating Media met Properts through local business networking, including 4 Networking in Chepstow and the Chepstow Chamber of Commerce.
Creating Media were commissioned to build a new website for Properts that improved their profile in the area through a modern interface for viewing properties for sale and rent plus clearly demonstrating their expertise as Solicitors and Notaries.
At the meeting the team at Properts clearly wanted to have the very best website in Monmouthshire and beyond with clear and simple website navigation, a flexible search facility,...
Bee Clear Windows Nottingham
Creating Media are delighted to announce that the website for Bee Clear Windows based in Nottingham, Leicester, Burton on Trent and Derby, has now gone live.
The team at Creating Media were commissioned to design the creative and brand identity for this important business. The client wanted a logo design that was visually strong and would work across various medias including the website, vehicle graphics, printed materials and signage.
Bee Clear windows specialise in understanding their individual clients’ requirements. The team of technicians (not sales people!) can then recommend the best solution from a choice of many options including replacement glass, UPVC, aluminium and wooden...
Local company Genesis Vehicle Solutions go live with Creating Media
South Wales based vehicle company Genesis Vehicle Solutions have recently commissioned Creating Media to create their new logo, brand, marketing materials and website.
Peter Gabriel, Managing Director of Genesis Vehicle Solutions has offices in Abergavenny, Pontypool and Chepstow and pride themselves on service levels which can be reflected in their testimonials.
In a fiercly competitive market space Peter was certain that a strong visual identity was imperative to stand out in the crowd. The brand identity represents the three elements of the Genesis business model – Sales / Lease / Hire and Any Make, Any Model, Any Way! Peter is thrilled with the work from Creating...
Monmouth Buy Local logo design goes live!
Creating Media are delighted to be involved with the Monmouth Buy Local campaign. The campaign which represents all shops and businesses in Monmouth has been created to remind people in Monmouth and the surrounding villages that Buy Local supports small business. The campaign was launched at Shire Hall Monmouth and co-incided with the return of the market to the Shire Hall courtyard.
Jacky and Andy Knapp from the Best of Monmouth were in attendance promoting the initiative and received a lot of interest from local shoppers and retailers.
Creating Media were commissioned by the Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce to design a visual identity...
Creating Media get involved with Transition Chepstow
Haddon Sullivan, Managing Director, has become actively involved in Transition Chepstow.
The aim of Transition Chepstow is to help Chepstow and the surrounding villages to fight climate change and thrive by becoming more sustainable, less reliant on oil and a more sociable place to live. The initiative is part of a rapidly growing network of ‘Transition’ communities across the UK, who are planning and designing ways to use less energy and resources to make their towns more resilient to the impact of climate change and more pleasurable places to live. Transition Chepstow strives to be inclusive, imaginative, practical and fun. Collectively, we can enable...
September Networking - Back to school?
Back to school – September 2011
With a back to school feeling in the air, it is time to dust off the design portfolio and get back to networking. We always get a great reaction when we show the Creating Media branding and logo visuals for our clients.
As a huge fan of 4 Networking in South East Wales I will be attending meetings at Newport, Monmouth, Cwmbran and Chepstow where I will be guaranteed a warm welcome, some new faces, some old / familiar faces. 4 Networking is 50% business and 50% social – it works!
In the 18 months I have...
Creating Media add portfolio to behance network
Please use the following link – we will add some new design work every week so this will grow and grow
Funding available for Creating Media services
The Welsh Assembly Government has funding for businesses across Wales. This includes areas such as Newport, Cardiff and Monmouthshire that have previously been excluded from grants. These grants can be sought for up to 40-50% contribution towards websites, marketing materials and branding. Creating Media have contacts that can help you access this funding free of charge. Please contact us for further info.
New website for Garden Designer
Creating Media are very proud to launch the new website for Cheryl Cummings, Garden Designer. The website includes a portfolio featuring stunning images of design projects. The site includes the new logo design. Please visit www.gardendesignerwales.co.uk
Cardiff University Prospectus 2010
Creating Media have designed and printed the Cardiff University Open for Business 2010 prospectus. The 24 page brochure incorporates an innovative pull out wall planner to provide details on the courses. For a copy of the brochure please contact us.
E mail marketing campaign
Creating Media are reviving their e mail marketing campaign to share best practice and tips on web design, graphic design and social media through 2010. If you would like to know more contact us.
Secure Wales goes live
The new website, designed by Creating Media, for www.securewales.co.uk, has now gone live. Bringing together a group of complementary companies to provide a one stop shop for all your business security needs.
New Green Client
Creating Media are pleased to have worked with Andrew Leighton to create the new logo and branding package for Eco-Rating Service Ltd. Andrew provides eco consultancy for the construction industry.
Creating Media are pleased to be working in partnership with Secure Wales, providing a logo package and website for their new venture.
New website launched
Creating Media are delighted to announce the launch of the new website for Chepstow based HJ Weir. As a new local client we welcome them on board for creative, local, affordable design.
The importance of websites and ecommerce in a recession
One in six small firms consider trading purely online
A sixth of small firms are considering giving up their premises and operating purely online as a cost-saving measure to survive the recession, according to online payments firm PayPal.
Research by PayPal also revealed that 40 per cent of small firms that have introduced an online shop in the last ten months said it had helped increase their turnover by up to a third. A further 56 per cent said simply having a website had increased their turnover in the same period.
Creating Media have just renewed their annual membership to Ethical Junction. www.ethical-junction.org
New signage for Office Space, Chepstow
Creating Media have just erected a HUGE new sign for eco client Office Space based in Chepstow
Come Tweet with us
Creating Media are embracing social networking.
Come Tweet with us at http://twitter.com/creatingmedia
Creating Media showed their support for CALM (Campaign against the Levels Motorway) with free photography, featured on their recent newsletter. Check out their site at
Newport Business Tourism
Creating Media and Newport Business Tourism have just launched an important website www.southeastwales.org.uk for the South East Wales Region. Monmouthshire County Council, Torfaen County Council & Newport County Council are all stakeholders within the project.
Earth Hour : Make a difference
Please sign up for this momentous event, the recession is biting but the climate is still changing. We can all make a positive difference.
From the WWF site: At 8.30pm on 28 March 2009, we’re hoping that a billion people in and around over a thousand cities all over the world will make WWFs Earth Hour the biggest mass participation event ever.
Think of the fun you can have without any electricity!
Important Accolade for Creating Media
Creatingmedia are pleased to announce that we are one of only a hand full of companies to be recommended and approved by Business In Focus in South Wales. Please see our press release attached or follow the link to http://tinyurl.com/5572zu (page 9).
Press Release for Business in Focus
Eco friendly mini
Creatingmedia are pleased to announce that we are now using the latest eco friendly mini which has CO2 emissions of only 109g/km.
Please follow this link to see it.
After having reduced our emissions overall we also offset the remainder via the leechpool wildlife project that we sponsor.
Office Space Rentals
One of our new clients www.officespacerentals.co.uk now sponsors the mini which can be frequently seen at various networking venues in Bristol, Newport and the Wye Valley.
New, eco-friendly client
CreatingMedia is proud to announce it has won the contract for a new Eco-Friendly Architect designed Business Centre. It has recently gained a ‘B’ rating in the Governments Energy Performance Certificate scheme http://campaigns.direct.gov.uk/epc/
It is the first eco-friendly serviced office centre this side of “the bridge” and as such should be heralded as a major step forward. A new website, photography and various printed communications (on recycled paper) are being finalised.
Creating Media joins Green Achiever Scheme
Creating Media is pleased to announce that it is accredited with the Green Achiever Award. Within this scheme we have carefully calculated our carbon emissions, put in place a strategy to reduce them further and finalised our carbon off-setting plans.
Green Press Release
Creating Media is proud to announce its local sponsorship of Leechpool Wildlife. Who are working closely with the County Farms Committee and the Gwent Wildlife Trusts Gwent Grassland Initiative.
We have introduced a new brand and are currently developing and hosting a new website for Leechpool Wildlife so please watch this space. The new site will help promote their great conservation work but also helps offset our carbon emissions at Creating Media.