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.
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!
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.
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 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
Another fab new client for Team39 – luxury farm complex, Blairmore Farm in Crieff, require a brand, website and marketing literature. Plans are afoot for a series of high-spec quality self-catering accommodation in a unique setting and we’re delighted to be part of this project, right from the beginning. For those looking for a cosy and comfortable Christmas hideout, a 4-bed cottage is already complete on site and available from the autumn. For more details, contact Ailsa Clark.
We are delighted to have been appointed by Fife-based funeral directors Crosbie Matthew to revamp their brand, website and subsequent brochureware. Established in 1939, Crosbie Matthew moved into larger premises and increased local market share, and now it’s time for evolution. Furthering our niche in the funeral sector (yes, funeral firms also need to promote themselves!), we’re really look forward to working with such a nice bunch of people.
ClimateXChange is Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. It provides independent advice, research and analysis, via 16 of Scotland’s leading academic institutions, in order to support Scottish Government policies on adapting to the changing climate and a low carbon society. ClimateXChange asked 39steps to design and build a new website which would act as an online repository for this research, showcasing both ongoing and published projects and providing a tool for policy makers and others to easily access specific types of research relating to the various sectors within climate change policy. It was important that the site was built in a simple to use CMS, allowing ClimateXChange to easily collate, tag and update research on a regular basis.
A great deal of emphasis was placed on the initial research stage of this project, with 39steps hosting a Requirements Gathering Workshop in order to achieve agreement amongst stakeholders of the exact specifications for the new website and a sitemap which would constitute the backbone of the whole project. The resulting site, built in 39steps’ favoured CMS, Concrete5, uses both a search facility and a clever filtering system enabling users to easily drill down to the specific information they require. A simple clean design with the emphasis on strong imagery and complimentary colours, has created a site which is both visually engaging, easily navigated and simple to update, ticking all the boxes for both the end user and our client!
‘The brief was to create a website that makes it easy for our many customers to search our portfolio of climate change policy evidence projects. 39steps’ process of stakeholder workshops managed to balance all the views and needs of our network. The resulting website has great functionality and looks good. Easy to use content management also means we have dramatically cut the time it takes to keep the website up to date.’
Andy Kerr, Director of Policy, ClimateXChange