SIS’s 2013 Social Impact Report

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013



39steps were approached again this year to create Social Investment Scotlands’ Social Impact Report. As with last year this was to report research data and to be designed in a style which was clear and simple to understand. This was accomplished by the use of bright, bold infographics while working within the established SIS brand guidelines. The Report was launched by John Swinney MSP at an event held in Summerhall, Edinburgh.


Our 2013 Social Impact Report was SIS’s first attempt at illustrating what is quite dense information in an infographic style and 39Steps creatively and tirelessly helped us along on our journey and kept to our tight timeline for production. Our report was launched at our AGM in September and the feedback has been one of unanimous praise from all our stakeholders. 39Steps made the process one of collaboration and nothing was too much trouble. So thank you all and roll on next years report!
Debbie Zima. Chief Operations Officer, Social Investment Scotland.

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Ikea or Death

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013


Are you into hard death metal music or just like to spend your weekends wondering around Ikea? This game’ll test your knowledge.

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John’s news

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013


John has been keeping a low profile of late. With the nights drawing in and the temperature plummeting, his time out biking is dwindling fast. This came to a head the other weekend when he was biking in the borders. After three hours of freezing, windy conditions, getting soaked to the skin and surviving a spectacular crash on the way down, it was the final straw! He’s resolved to find a more relaxing activity for the Winter!

On the up side he did manage to escape for a long weekend to Paris. Three days of sightseeing, visiting galleries and sampling the fine Parisian cuisine was just what the Doctor ordered. Oh, and he got engaged to the long suffering Nicole. Best wishes from Team39!

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Blairmore: where luxury meets the good life

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013


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!

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39steps celebrates its tenth year

Thursday, Nov. 7th 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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