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The Rainbowworks Vintage Bike project is complete. She’s polished and all set for her first outing around the Peak District for the Eroica Brittania festival ride this weekend.

Our vintage bike has been lovingly pieced together over the last few months in preparation for a celebration of British vintage at the Eroica Brittania festival ride, around the English peak district.The bike is a 1980 Rayleigh Zenith with Reynolds 501 frame.

 
Check back to see how we get on!

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One of our primary schools recently jumped up to Ofsted Outstanding for the first time and we’re proud our website design played it’s part.

Corpus Christi RC Primary School Website Mockup

Corpus Christi RC Primary School, in Oldham, has just jumped up to Ofsted Outstanding, after a recent inspection in December.

As reported in the Oldham Chronicle, it is not only the first time the school has achieved the top Ofsted level, but they are also the first school in the borough to be awarded ‘Outstanding’, following changes to the inspection process introduced in September 2015. You can find out more about the result and what it means to the school, in the headteacher’s post inspection narrative, on the school’s website.

We’ve worked with Corpus for several years, having designed and maintained the school’s website, along with several other projects including logo design, prospectus and class badges, so we’re very proud to have played our part in the result.

The importance of a primary school website

A primary school website plays an ever increasing role and is now frequently the first port of call for Ofsted, at the start of the inspection process.

A lot of effort goes into ensuring that our school websites meet and maintain the latest Ofsted and DfE statutory requirements and guidelines and hence, were pleased to hear the website was regarded very highly by the inspection team. Chris Hanson, the school’s headteacher offered the following:

“The inspection team were really impressed with the website and said it proved how broad and balanced our curriculum is.”

 

Development of our primary school website platform is ongoing, to ensure we maintain these highest levels and provide a product and service that can really make a difference to daily school life and the school community. 

Find out more about the Corpus website here or read about our latest primary school website here.

If you are interested in a new website for your school and think we can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

 

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Helping Catherine White kickstart her new manchester-based Pilates Company with a fresh brand identity.

Excited to launch another project this week as ‘Catherine White Pilates’ gets underway. We worked closely on all aspects of the brand design from the ground up. Focusing on the getting the core essentials right, we’ve created a new logo, business cards and fully responsive website with blog, to kick things off in style.
Pilates brand identity design pilates with logo, business cards and website

One Page Pilates Website Design Screenshot
 
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Full set of custom vehicle vinyl graphics designed and manufactured for White Picket’s shiny new Transit.

White Picket Maintenance wanted their new vehicle to be a seamless extension of their brand. We created a fully bespoke design for their new van, as a continuation of their identity design, down to the last detail.

We started with a wireframe from The Blueprint. The van’s details (trim, colour, badges etc.) were added to give an accurate canvas for the layout. Using existing identity elements we then created a design that focused on clean lines and clear communication, with consideration to the van’s real bodywork split lines.

We even added a custom V-card QR code, as an easy way of grabbing contact details, while also driving some additional web traffic.

All vinyl was cut and prepared in house, giving a very affordable custom solution.
 
Vehicle Vinyl Design Plans

Identity Elements for Vehicle Vinyl Design Elements

An overview of the identity elements used in the vehicle layout. These include a custom v-card QR code for automatic transfer of key contact details to your phone’s contacts.

Vehicle Vinyl Vcard QR Code

An image of the vinyl QR code in the flesh. Size is 20cm x 20cm.

Vehicle Vinyl Design Poster

We put together this print to for White Picket’s office wall, to commemorate their first van ad round the project off nicely.

 

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StormPM start the year running, with this Capability Statement brochure design, to expand their existing identity.

2014 was busy year for StormPM and this Capability Statement brochure is the latest addition to their identity. The brochure design builds on already established themes from the business’ existing identity and website, that we worked together on in 2014. This A4 brochure design gives clients a concise overview of the company’s capability and portfolio, in an attractive print form. It’s a great addition to their identity, to accompany StormPM on their way to another successful year in 2015. 
 

Series of images showcasing the Capability Statement Brochure design to expand the StormPM identity design

The Capability Statement brochure design consists of 8 pages in A4 landscape, with saddle stitch staple binding. Contents include an overview of company objectives, services and recent project work examples, using themes to extend and complement the existing identity and website design we developed for Storm last year.

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The Colour Of Formula One print, summarises the 2014 Formula One World Championship – a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes Formula One team.

Outstanding sporting achievement should be celebrated and remembered. 2014 was an incredible year for the Mercedes Formula one team. Stacked on top of inevitable Driver’s and Constructor’s championships, the team set records for most GP wins, most podiums and most 1-2 finishes in a season, while their drivers fought it out until the final race.

The main visualisation shows how the points awarded were split at each race. Different colours represent the teams. Supplementary graphics show how the Lewis vs. Nico battle unfolded through the season, along with final driver standings. This is all packaged into an elegant print so that any Mercedes, F1 and sports fans alike can remember what was a very special year for Formula One.
 
'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team
 
Hanging Mockup of 'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team
Close up on 'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team
Close up on 'The Colour Of Formula One' print showing the Lewis vs. Nico battle
Framed 'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team

 

Signed A3 prints are available for £25, with free shipping*, by contacting rainbowworks.

Prints will be shipped unmounted, in a cardboard tube and will be signed by the designer on the reverse. A3 is 29.7 x 42cm. Just drop us a an email, including your postal address and number of prints required. We will get back with payment details and get your print on it’s way. *Standard delivery to mainland UK is included and should be within 2-5 working days. Express or outside UK delivery can be arranged – just let us know your requirements.

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A new identity design to launch a small business, with quality at the core.

We’ve been busy working on a new identify design for White Picket Property Maintenance, to help turbo boost their launch campaign and lay identity foundations for the business to thrive upon. We tailored an initial package focusing on key launch marketing elements – logo, business card, flyer and a website placeholder. A quick look at how we got on below…

White Picket Maintenance, identity design overview image, showing logo, business card and flyer designs, along with the website screenshots.

An overview of the initial identity design work for White Picket Maintenance, showing logo, business card and flyer designs, along with some screenshots of the website coming soon page at example desktop, tablet and mobile ratios.

Some comments from White Picket, about the process:

‘Martyn has been fantastic from start to finish, he understood our needs from the beginning and appreciated what tight budget we had. He genuinely has a care for his clients and understands that every minor detail can have a huge impact, especially for us setting up a small business. He met and exceed expectations and deadlines and provided us with lots of ideas to think about for the future as well as the now. We would definitely recommend him!’

 

 

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The young designers at Holcombe Brook Primary get the school logo design process off to a flying start.

Holcombe Brook primary school are refreshing their school identity and rightly want their pupils to be integral to the process. So we created a half-day logo design workshop for the Year 5 pupils, to help us achieve this. We could discuss their thoughts and ideas, and in return introduce them to the logo design process and some tablet based professional design tools. The results were fantastic.

The Logo Workshop Format

The half-day program was intended to give the children a jam-packed introduction to the different aspects of the logo design process, while establishing ideas and preferences that could underpin the new logo design. Click the image below to view the workshop slideshow for more information about .

 

Logo design Workshop Presentation title slide with link to the full presentation.
 

The Results

We started with some discussion about what a logo is and what makes a good one, followed by a guess-the-logo quiz. After some initial brainstorming, the children then got straight into some concept sketching in black and white. Preferred black and white designs were then developed into colour.

Logo concept sketches in black and white.
 
Logo concept sketches in colour.


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To introduce new design tools and technology, best sketches were then converted into digital format, as if to ready for further refinement. This was done on iPad using a combination of Genius Scan and the Sketchbook Apps. We finished of with a collaborative review to help the children evaluate their work.
 

 

Analysis: Making use of the findings

The concept work can now be used to provide direction for the final design; by providing inspiration and by allowing better informed decisions. For example, the figure below summarises the most common elements featured across the complete set of B&W concept designs. This can help make better informed decisions on content. Despite ‘Brook’ being part of the school name, a river/brook only features twice and as such doesn’t seem particularly important to the children, when visually representing their school. The results also say that the pupils like to represent the school with a lot of different elements (nearly 6 per design, in addition to the tower and hill). Circle vs. Square (75:25) shaped design is another property with clear direction. Colour assessment may also be relevant for wider identity design, in order to create a picture of the school that best resonates with how the children view it, or would like to view it.

By using this analysis to guide subsequent design decisions, the children’s collective work here will become integral to the further designs.
 
Histogram showing the range and frequency of different elements featured across in the all logo concept designs.

 

I was so impressed with what the children achieved in the session. Undeterred by a challenging programme, the children applied themselves throughout, working well with the new software and each other, to produce some excellent results and get the project off to a flying start. The young designers in Mr. Bradshaw’s class are a credit to their school and they should be very proud of their contribution toward the new school logo. A top effort.