London agency & SMITH have relaunched their site with a whole host of new branding projects.
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John Lewis have a long tradition of producing heartwarming Christmas commercials and this year was no different, with the story of a Christmas loving hare and his big, sleepy bear friend (who normally hibernates through the holidays) at the centre of this seasons story.
You’ve no doubt already seen the £1 million production, however the painstaking planning and meticulous attention to detail involved in such a project could be easily overlooked. That’s why we love the release of this little ‘making of’ gem by Blinkink, showing the hard work of creators Yves Geleyn & Elliot Dear, who used a combination of traditional 2D hand-drawn animation, stop-frame and 3D model sets to create the final commercial.
The five day course, starting on Monday 28 October, 2013, has been formulated with graphic designers in mind and aims to demystify the web development process, teaching those looking to ‘up-skill’ how to create their own tailored websites.
With Manchester now boasting a vibrant tech scene, this will be the first time Steer, currently rated as one of the best places to learn how to code in the UK, has hosted a course outside of London.
Requests for digital work are on the increase and being able to code is now an essential skill for any independent designer or agency looking to take complete ownership over a project.
Steer CEO and Co-founder, Amelia Humfress, commented:
“Great technology education is essential to those looking to boost their offering to potential clients. If you are unable to provide a full digital service, you run the risk of losing out on business, so learning how to code is an excellent way for savvy designers to grow their revenue.
“The course is also relevant to those who often work with developers, especially project managers for in-house or agency advertising and marketing teams. A wider understanding of coding and web development can aid client communication, which in turn, can help with budgets and issues such as the over-running of projects.
“We decided to bring our first ever course outside of London to Manchester because of the amount of potential in the area, especially in graphic design. As well as being incredibly welcoming to start-ups, the city also has a special connection to our company, as it is home to my Co-founder, Rik Lomas, who is originally from Ashtonunder-Lyne.
“Teaching more people to code will help support the continuing growth of Manchester’s business community.”
TechHub Manchester’s Co-founder, Doug Ward, believes there has never been a better time to learn to code, adding: “If you’re thinking about increasing your business offering, now is the time to future-proof your skills.
“Manchester will one day become a top five European start-up destination and we’re really happy that Steer has brought this exciting course to the North West.”
The course will run from 28 October to 1 November 2013 and will cost £1,500 (including VAT).
London agency Stereo have launched their new site, packed full of two years worth of previously unseen work.
Glasgow agency Tangent have launched their new site, featuring a selection of solid new work.
Hailing from Bogota, Colombia, Diana Beltran Herrera displays an almost mind-bogglingly meticulous attention to detail in her ornithological paper engineering.
Regular visitors may remember our review of Steer’s Front End Developer course, where complete coding novice’s were taught the fundamentals during an intensive one week course. If you missed it first time round, check it out here. Otherwise, just know the course was very good.
The quality of the course is the reason we’re again happy to tell you about two new courses the Steer team are running this month:
If you’re interested in either of these courses, book through the links in the titles above for a 10% reduction in the course fee.
Recently – while considering a long overdue round of portfolio tinkering – I spent hours in search of the best, responsive, grid-based WordPress themes. There are literally thousands, and although some were very good, most felt like a compromise in flexibility or aesthetics.
Emil himself describes it as “premium shit really” and on first inspection, we’re inclined to agree. Find out more about Hi-Response and why Emil hopes this represents “fresh take on WordPress publishing” here.
Twitter: @hiresponse & @emilolsson
Our friends Daniel Freytag and Greig Anderson have launched their new studio site, FreytagAnderson. Based in Glasgow, Scotland the studio produce beautifully considered branding work for a range of domestic and international clients. The site alone is lovely, well worth checking out.
Friend of FFF, Matt W. Moore has updated his site with a whole host of stunning new work featuring his signature style of bold, angular “Vectorfunk”. Equally at home on Beer bottles, ski wear, urban sculptures, trainers, wall murals or ray-bans Matt’s art seemingly injects an energy to whatever it touches.
The Mighty Pencil, run Ben O’Brien, Laura Barnard, Abi Daker and Steven Bonner, is an independent not-for-profit organisation that works together with a select group of professional illustrators, including Aaron Miller, Tom Hovey and Sam Gilbey.
They are not an agency. All of their illustrators work independently, coming together as a collective under The Mighty Pencil banner to produce self-published pieces, such as an annual book of their work. If you’re interested in requesting one of their books, get in touch here.
Interactive designer and founder of the excellent Typetoken, Mike Sullivan (aka Mister) has launched his slick new site, featuring a whole host of tight, considered work for a client list as long as Shaq’s arm.
Some of you may remember last month’s Steer feature, where we introduced the London-based team of developers and designers, who aimed to teach people to code. From scratch. In one week.
It was Steer’s one week commitment that most intrigued us, so we sent FFF’er Jack Daly – a complete coding novice – to check out the course and report back.
Find out how he got on…
After a 3.30AM rise to make the Glasgow to London sleepless train I had been a little worried that a lack of Z’s might leave me a off the pace for the day ahead – those fears were only compounded when the train ground to a standstill for an hour, meaning I wouldn’t make the 10am class start.
I needn’t have worried.
Even turning up a full hour after the class began, the Steer team made sure I didn’t miss out. Rik went through the various lessons at a pace everyone could keep up with, and even though i’d missed the start Tim was straight on hand with one-on-one tuition to cover everything i’d previously missed. By lunch I was fully up to speed.
On the first day – and throughout the week – everyone was well fed and watered, with a variety of fresh fruit, pastries and nibbles available, before a lunch of salad’s, wraps and sandwiches. There was also a steady flow of tea and coffee.
The first morning was spent going through the basics of HTML or “the bones of the internet”. We learnt how to structure basic content, into head and body, while bringing hierarchy to our typography with headers, paragraphs and a variety of listing code, before introducing links, images and video content. Finally dealing with meta tags to ensure our sites links would be best represented in Google, Facebook and Twitter. Read more
Historically there’s been a clear divide between designers and developers, with the handover of static photoshop pages sometimes their only interaction. However, times are changing. With ever increasing platforms to design for and more possibilities for interacting with digital technology, there’s never been a better time for true collaboration.
That’s where Steer come in.
Having launched in Clerkenwell, London, Steer aim to “teach the world to code”. With an expert, multi-disciplined teaching team, Steer will be running a series of intensive, one week courses in front end and back end web development, from early April. The front end development course in particular is of interest, as it aims to teach complete novices to code in one week.
We spoke to Steer co-founder Rik Lomas to find out more about the project.
Q. There are a number of courses teaching people to code, but we haven’t seen any others which claim to teach novices in one week. This almost sounds too good to be true, what gives you such confidence?
A. Our courses are intensive, we pack a lot into 5 days to make sure participants get their money’s worth. All you need is a smart mind and a willingness to try. Coding is one of the most creative skills you can learn, you can make anything – from silly animations using cat GIFs to companies the size of Facebook. Children aged 9 are learning to code with initiatives like Code Club (http://www.codeclub.org.uk), so if they can do it, anyone can. Once you break the first few walls down, it’s amazing how quickly people pick it up, especially people who’ve already got en eye for design. It’s a natural progression.
Q. The Front End Developer course is likely to be popular with traditional graphic designers who have a background in print, what are the main benefits you’d expect them to take away from this?
A. By the end of the course, designers would be able to create the sites that they design. Learning to code will help them better understand the medium and context that they’re working in, and can only make them more valuable. It’s a bit of a no-brainer.
There was a great article called Designing With Code by Jeremy Bell from Teehan+Lax who said that “if great design is not only aesthetics but also how it works, then it’s time to make development part of the creative process”. This is something that we totally agree with. The best designers are the ones that truly understand the medium.
Q. There are online coding courses with good reputations, what are the benefits of learning at Steer HQ?
Learning online has one fundamental problem – what happens when you get stuck? Most people I’ve spoken to who have tried to learn online have hit a wall and stopped. Learning with a teacher fixes this, and, crucially, a big part of what we do at Steer is teaching them how to get over getting stuck.
A. When learning online, you have to plough in a fixed direction, but we want our students to ask as many questions as possible. Often they’ll have a specific goal in mind – a business or a specific process they want to fully understand – and we can help them get there. Online courses will never be able to do that.
Q. You’re currently based in Clerkenwell, are there any plans to branch out to other UK cities?
Not yet, London is currently our home but the whole team is from around the UK. I’m from Manchester and I know there’s a great design community up there. Calum’s from Glasgow and there’s some awesome designers there too. It’s something that we’re planning to do but in the meantime, we’re looking for affordable deals to let people stay over in London for the courses.
We’ve partnered with Steer to offer FFF readers 10% off their courses – to take advantage of the offer use this link.
A small but considered section work from the appropriately named, Well Made.