Crieff-based Blairmore Farm & Estate commissioned 39steps to create an evocative brand identity for this lovely farm retreat. Blairmore now has 2 Clydesdales, a rare breed of Highland coos, copious chickens and plans for more furry friends! Taking a cue from the coos (see what we did there?!), the identity uses stylised horns and a classic typeface to capture the rural, yet quality feel of Blairmore. Next up – website and literature! ‘West Cottage’ is already available visitors – contact Ailsa Clark to book your wintry weekend and check out their Facebook page for fun at the farm!
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!
Emma’s kids can’t get enough of these scrummy pumpkin muffins - unfortunately none have made it to the steps studio for tasting. 24 down and still a ton of pumpkin puree, courtesy of halloween … anyone for pumpkin soup?!
Laurence recently had a weekend away with The Edinburgh Samba School at Wiston Lodge in South Lanarkshire (cue many stories starting “this one time, at band camp…”). Much merriment was had and, despite what you might think, standing in a freezing cold hall with ~40 drummers making an insane level of noise is actually a pretty good way to shake off a hangover (combined with a couple of litres of Irn Bru, of course).
Laurence recommends the Lenovo Yoga 13.
Oscars, Brits, Mobos and Baftas, the glittering, glamorous world of lip gloss and celebrity goss. Often inspiring and depressing in equal measure, these backslapping pantomime’s are very much the template for the modern day business award ceremony. And, why not? Don’t we plebs (can I use this word in jest?) deserve our moment of glory, the adulation of our peers and concealed resentment of our fellow nominees? We all work damned hard these days and it’s heartening to see people being recognised for the results they’ve achieved.
Julie and I were honoured to be invited along to the CIPR Scotland PRide Awards 2013 dinner, by Scottish SPCA. We’ve been designing and laying out their members magazine, “With a little help from our friends” for 5 years now and it was nominated in the Best External Publication category. This wasn’t the only award Scottish SPCA were up for. They were also nominated in three other categories, but it was the magazine which we had helped with and we’re pretty proud of the way it looks and the success it has achieved in raising awareness and engaging with Scottish SPCA member’s.
The venue was very glamourously decked out and seriously impressive and the grub was top notch. Things started going well when our table won the quiz and after sharing out our champers Julie then won a drinking course in the raffle! Eventually the awards came and our magazine scooped a silver!
Scottish SPCA went on to get another 2 silver awards in the Best Use of Social Media and Not-for-profit Campaign categories. Well done guys!
We couldn’t believe it when another client was nominated in the Social Impact category of Social Enterprise UK’s Social Investment Awards 2013. Social Investment Scotland’s Social Impact Report was designed by us and we are very pleased that their hard work has been recognised. Hope they win!