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University of Dundee Library & Learning Centre Annual Report
At 3pm on Monday 14th of November I received a call from the Library & Learning Centre
at the University of Dundee - they wanted me to help them prepare the artwork for their annual report and they needed it for a meeting at 10am the very next day...
Needless to say I had rather a late night preparing the report. The artwork was signed off
at midnight by Library Director Dr Richard Parsons and library staff were able to print the document ahead of their meeting with University heads of departments the following day.
November was also an exciting month for my client Fairways; congratulations to Liz Jackson and her team on their nomination for the Perth Chamber of Commerce Star awards. Fairways also exhibited at a business convention in Glasgow for which The Malting House provided folders and information sheets giving them the professional edge over their competitors! We had to 'stop the press' just before production so that we could also add their newly awarded Investors in People accreditation!
Promoting enterprise amongst young people in Fife
During October I collaborated with Dr Wendy Inglis Humprey from Otocos to create a package of design and promotional material to support the launch of The Enterprise Game in Fife schools. The game which is backed by Fife Economy Partnership and the Culture of Enterprise scheme will help students develop their entrepreneurial skills whilst learning to run their own 'businesses'.
The design material included a leaflet, two folders, four pull-up banners, a 3x3 network exhibition unit as well as supporting materials for teachers to use alongside the game.
This included two PowerPoint presentations at Primary and Secondary level, lesson plans and several worksheets.
The official launch will take place early in November at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline and is backed by many local businesses who also feature throughout the game.
Association of Scottish Businesswomen Annual Awards Dinner and Masterclass
September got off to a great start with the ASB Annual Awards Dinner and Masterclass at the Macdonalds Highland Resort in Aviemore. As a member of Women Ahead in Dundee,
I went to support our three nominated finalists; Alison Henderson from My Pinkie Promise, Jennifer Inglis from Pure Beauty and Anne Riddel from Claremont Office Interiors.
The Malting House was pleased to support the ASB Awards Dinner and Masterclass by providing promotional and booking materials alongside the Awards Dinner Programme
and Delegates List for the Masterclass.
(Photograph: Sharon Hopkinson and Alison Henderson from My Pinkie Promise, Wendy Maltman, and Jennifer Inglis from Pure Beauty)
Shaftesbury Hotel branding and leaflet
It's been a real pleasure to work with Heather and Martin from the beautiful Shaftesbury Hotel over the last couple of months. After presenting several options to them for their new branding we decided on an approach which we felt best reflected the history and decor of the old Jute Baron's mansion.
The motif on the logo is an interpretation of the ‘Dundee Lilly’ from the City's Coat of Arms and the styling reflects the original Victorian features and fittings that sit alongside Heather’s stunning interior design.
Having finalised the logo designs we produced stationery and a simple promotional leaflet featuring some of Martins lovely photographs of the hotel.
Magazines and newsletters
I'm continuing to work with the development agency Signpost International twice yearly on the design of their magazine Changing Lives. The magazine highlights the projects they are involved in throughout the Philippines, Uganda and India. As well as their overseas commitments, Signpost also have a number of projects which benefit the local community bringing vital regeneration to the area. You can find out more about Signpost International and their work on their website: www.signpost-international.org
I've also been working alongside charity Hope in Perth to refresh their branding. This was rolled out across a range of marketing material including posters, leaflets, business cards and their newsletter which is mailed to their supporters throughout Perth. I have also just completed a newsletter for their sister agency Alternatives based in Dundee. www.careconfidential.com
May and June 2011
I've been working on several branding projects over the last couple of months. Among them a design for the Murroes Flower Festival. The flower-shaped logo was inspired by Murroes church stained glass windows with the typography reflecting the flair of organiser, florist Margaret Cook.
I also completed a re-design of all the marketing collateral for Choices, a crisis pregnancy centre, based in Dunferline. They wanted their material to be clean and unfussy. The circular logo reflects the feeling of confusion someone might have on finding themselves with an unexpected pregnancy yet the simplicity of the design gives a feeling of calm.
Clinical Skills Managed Education Network
This month saw the culmination of the work I have carried out for CSMEN. The NHS sponsored project began in 2008 as I developed the branding for the Network and continued with the development of the collateral for the two year pilot of the mobile unit.
I completed a 64 page evaluation document which summarises the design and planning, implementation, results and recommendations of the unit. The unit has been used throughout Scotland, particularly in remote and rural communities and the islands, to give medical staff essential training.
As part of the work for CSMEN, I also produced a promotional DVD for the mobile unit with local film production business Man, Alive Studios. The filming took us all over Scotland as we captured footage in many rural communities.
Project Manager, Jeanette Stevenson, has since left her role at CSMEN to become Head of Education and Training at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and I would like to take this opportunity to wish her every success in her new position.
Working in collaboration with Stephen Gorton from Fraktul Thinking, I have been developing
a new brand for Otocos, a science based business owned by Dr Wendy Inglis Humphrey.
Wendy has grown Otocos, which stands for “on time, on cost, on spec”, to cover vast areas including project management, data mapping, research, innovation and organising science events. She wanted her new brand to reflect the many aspects of her work coming together to form useful solutions for her clients - “making sense of complexity”.
Having tried several designs using circular shapes we settled on this ring treatment which gives a sense of completion. The triangular elements reflect the three ‘dimensions’ of her business model.
I have been working with Wendy to help her ‘roll-out’ the new brand in her business stationery and client documents.