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I got my Orange Crush

9th Jun 2014

Team39 took delivery of the newest addition to the crew – a screaming ORANGE couch for our new meeting room. Expertly reupholstered by Wm Irvines in Angle Park Terrace (thanks Derek!)

Steven taking a few moments out

Steven, pretending to read a sector-specific magazine to avoid having to hang up any pictures

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EMMS to overhaul site with Team39

4th Jun 2014

Yay! 39steps has been appointed to redesign and build the website for Edinburgh-based charity EMMS, following a 6-way tender. The site will be built on the upcoming open source platform concrete5, incorporate a fresh new design and updated donation function, amongst some other bells and whistles. Team39 are looking forward to working with the guys at EMMS on the project over the summer.

Be part of Scotland’s newest drinks venture!

25th Feb 2014

Our lovely client, Claire Rennie of berry scrumptious! is launching Scotland’s only lemonade over the next few months and she needs YOUR help! Summerhouse Drinks will be touring around Scotland in a custom-built summerhouse, showcasing the fabulous flavours Claire and her team are creating on her farm, with 100% natural ingredients. Check out her short video here and be part if this exciting journey.


Summerhouse Drinks are raising funds via crowdfunding to build their innovative summerhouse van.

Summerhouse Drinks are raising funds via crowdfunding to build their innovative summerhouse van.

39steps celebrates its tenth year

7th Nov 2013
39steps tenth birthday party - mid flow.

39steps tenth birthday party – mid flow

Yes, can you believe it, 39steps has been going for 10 years! It seems like only yesterday when Jules informed me she was going to start her own graphic design studio. As usual, she knew she couldn’t rely on support from me –  ”Are you mad!, We’ve just got a mortgage!” Ever the doom-monger, I didn’t give Julie the credit and encouragement she deserved, but true-to-form, she went ahead and did it anyway, and within months she had already proven me wrong.

In those early days, she spent a lot of her time networking and pretty soon became a well-kent face around the ‘burgh and beyond. I never imagined that her business would eventually be our family’s sole income provider and she my boss. But in 2007, the year we got married, I quit my job and joined 39steps.


The crowd hangs on Julie’s every word as she performs her thank you speech.

It hasn’t always been easy and I’m not sure if I’d recommend working with your wife/partner, but at times it’s brilliant and we’ve never lost the passion for what we do. The business has changed massively over the 10 years. Different people have come and gone, we’ve moved location, become web design experts and been through several CRM systems in our quest to be Scotland’s best graphic and web design studio. I’m not sure if we’ve made that goal yet, but we certainly felt that what we have achieved was worth celebrating!

Tasty! Anyone for the chippy after?

Tasty! Anyone for the chippy after?

We had a great wee party, with a select few people that have helped us along the way. The venue was the Modern Art Gallery Cafe. We had The Edinburgh Samba School band providing a dramatic beat as people arrived, unsure whether to walk or dance their way to the Champagne at the sign-in desk.

The Edinburgh Samba School band – including our Laurence – bottom row, second from left.

It was great to see so many friends from throughout the last 10 years, all laughing and mingling together. I don’t think the evening could have gone much better. Well, perhaps just a little less red wine – hic!

Thanks to all those who came along and cheers to everyone who’s supported 39steps over the last decade. ‪Slàinte mhath‬!


39steps (John, Steven, Emma, Laurence and Julie) enjoying some further refreshments post party.

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New Look for Children’s Charity, SPIFOX

5th Nov 2013

39steps was approached by Scottish Children’s Charity, SPIFOX, to create a new Identity, coinciding with its 30th Anniversary in 2013. SPIFOX (Scottish Property Industry’s Festival of Xmas) is recognised and supported by individuals and organisations within the Scottish Property Industry, it’s main aim being to raise money for Scottish Children’s Charities, through events hosted not only at Xmas but throughout the year. The charity was looking to develop a simple logo that reflected, not only, the professionalism of the property industry, but also the fun aspect of being involved with the charity, it’s events and of course the Children who benefit from it’s efforts. With the use of both colour and texture, the new logo gradually evolves from smooth and corporate, through to friendly and colourful  - a successful combination of both professionalism and fun, we think!

’39Steps have supported SPIFOX since 2002. In that time they have provided good humoured and unflappable support in the production of the charity’s annual Christmas Concert programme, developing it from a home spun, black and white offering to the four colour, bound, professional document that it is today – something that is much admired by the many 100s of individuals who attend this annual Yuletide event. It followed therefore that, when contemplating an update to the identity, the trustees would turn to 39Steps for their creativity, institutional knowledge and cost effective implementation. The team grasped the brief and produced an updated and modern identity that clearly reflects the values and proposition of the Charity. The new logo highlights the professionalism of the property industry coupled with childlike influences bearing witness to those for whom SPIFOX works. It is often difficult to work with ‘committees’ but the team at 39Steps were exemplary in their efforts to juggle the views of many and create a new logo that will not only take SPIFOX into the future but one too that is truly representative of the charity and all that we do.’

Penny Hearn, SPIFOX Trustee



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