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!
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.