Synergy Effective Design & Marketing
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If you are a talented designer – with a clear understanding of good design, independent and have your feet on the ground then this may be for you.
We’re looking for a real self-starter with a keen eye for design detail. An ideal commercial bias would be 60:40 in favour of web design and associated digital over conventional print related activity. Sharp design skills and the ability to understand and deliver our clients requirement effectively will make you a key part of our business. We are a small agency so for the right candidate there is a genuine opportunity to develop and establish a good career path with a view to future directorship opportunities for people that are willing to go that extra mile.
Strong Mac and communication skills go without saying.
If you think you have what we are looking for and more, send your CV, salary expectations and work samples to:
Tel: 01257 272 400
We provide a full service offering to a broad client base through both online and offline activity. Please check out our site to see what we do, and how we do it.
Closing Date for applications: Monday 9th January 2017
25 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day!
It's that time of year when everyone gets a bit soppy and in the mood for love. Check out this link to some interesting facts you might not know about Valentines Day, and if you're wondering, we all love chocolates!
We came across these amazing sculptures made from pencils, by Australian artist Lionel Bawden. The result is midway between organic and geometric forms, an interrogation about metamorphoses and mutations!
See more images here >> http://www.ufunk.net/en/artistes/lionel-bawden/
Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art — by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size.
Images courtesy of www.itsnicethat.com
Synergy Is an award winning agency with over 18 years trading experience. We are now looking for a passionate creative to join our team who has a good eye for layout, typography and able to work across multiple disciplines. You will be expected to have a sound grasp of Adobe Creative Suite and a good understanding of print and production processes. Any digital skills would also prove to be an advantage. This is a great opportunity to join small but busy team based just outside of Chorley in a beautiful barn conversion.
If you feel you have what it takes to step up to the mark then please send your CV and portfolio to email@example.com
Please include current salary with your application.
We will only respond to applications that are successful and invite you to attend an interview at the agency.
Spring into Action! It is the start of the New Financial Year, and what better time to plan your Marketing budgets and Strategy!
Everyone feels a buzz of excitment this time of year, lighter evenings, flowers budding and trees blossoming, sun shining and birds tweeting, we have Easer bank holidays to look forward to and positivity is oozing.
It's a great time for fresh starts, we love to strike up a new business relationships. We can help you Develop & Build your Brand, Boost your Sales, Achieve your Business Objectives and really see your Return On Investment!
Lets meet at our converted barns in Lancashire and discuss ways in which we can support your business and make a positive difference to your bottom line, Call us: 01257 272400
Have a look at our Portfolio to see some of our client work and what we do! We offer: Design, Branding, Advertising, Literature, Digital, POS, Augmented Reality, Illustration, Social Media, Exhibitions, Livery, Signage and Promotional Items.
Pretty much anything you can think of to promote your business; Synergy Creative Design & Marketing can offer!
Our BDM Rachael recently visited the Cake International Baking show at Manchester's Event City... she was amazed at how fantastic the cakes on display were, and how many cake gadgets and accessories there really are!
The unbelievable designs were for all occasions and they looked far too good to eat! There were wedding cakes, birthday cakes, christening, Cupcakes, and all the paraphernalia that goes with decorating them: jewells, lace icing, chocolate shoes and flowers, porcelain and sugar flowers. Mary Berry and Mich Turner decorated cakes and created recipes in front of live audiences, which was inspiring and a talent in itself.
You would never guess that the below image is a cake; it could pass as a model design....
The point being made is that cake baking and designing and decorating is most definitley an Art and the creative design skill set is absolutely fantastic and a true talent! Maybe we should start pushing bespoke cake designs as ways of marketing our clients businesses and organisations, sending out fantastic branded cakes out to prospective clients! (don't worry, we're only joking... but it may be worth considering for some clients especially those in the cake decorating industry)
…Of course we can! We offer a fully integrated service so we can help you with all of your marketing and design objectives.
Do you want to improve your profile & increase awareness?
Do you want to generate more revenue & boost your bottom line?
Do you want more market share?
…Of course you do!
We work with companies and organisations to build awareness and ultimately increase conversions in whatever you do across all industries and sectors. We have nearly 20 years’ experience across most industries, and this enables us to bring something fresh & innovative to the table & allows you to outshine your competitors.
We become part of your team; we believe creative design and establishing your key messages and marketing them to your target audience is the key and is of course what we do best!
We make your objectives ours too, and we succeed in achieving them.
This new year if you haven’t already got a Marketing Strategy in place; why not let us help you establish one. If you have one already; let us optimise it and help you make the strategy come to life with creative marketing concepts and designs.
Point Of Sale
Signage & Livery
In fact anything you can imagine to promote your business we can pretty much offer!
Please ring 01257 272 400 for a free consultation; no obligations and no pressure.
We look forward to meeting you and potentially helping you to achieve your 2014 marketing and sales objectives!
Synergy Creative Design & Marketing wish you a Successful, Prosperous & Happy New Year 2014
Yesterday, I (Rachael- BDM) attended The Business Network: Central & East Lancashire ‘Sparkly’ Christmas Event. It was a fantastic networking opportunity where I met lots of new people and was introduced to some great businesses. Everyone in attendance had to wear something sparkly!
As its Christmas Karen Tems had organised some great entertainment; Ian and Julie Cooper from GB Music Events worked their magic and created ‘The Business Network Christmas Choir’!
We were told we would be singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” It has to be one of the most recognisable Christmas songs out there. I was a little worried how we would sound, well more importantly how I would sound, as I’m tone deaf and should never sing in public…However within 20 minutes we were turned into a choir singing in harmony (ish)! It was great fun and I think it really got everyone into the Christmas Spirit.
…13 more sleeps till Christmas!
It’s that time of year again when we are all getting excited for the Christmas holidays...
We've had a busy December so far in the Studio; working away like Santa's elves creating great work for all of our clients and pitching for new business.
We have also been decorating the Christmas tree, listening to good old Michael Bublé’s Christmas album, and eating far too many cookies, shortbread and other goodies in the studio!
Oh well... ‘tis the season to be jolly (and fat)!
Yes folks it's pumpkin carving time again. Check out what we've come up with this year...
As always there's a wealth of inspiration out there. Check out these amazing carvings by Scott Cummins here.
Rachael Worrall is a Business Development Manager, a doodler and an avid fan of event/party planning on both a professional and personal level. She also has a love of Jewellery Design, weddings, beaches, Gin, crunchy autumn leaves, skiing and Christmas time. Originally a ‘plastic scouser’ from the Wirral, she now lives in Preston with her Husband.
In 2008 Rachael graduated from Lancaster University Business School with a Bsc (Hons) in Marketing, she also studied Social Psychology as a minor during University. She is very interested in how the human mind works, and all forms of human behaviour. She joined the company in September 2013 to develop our profile and gain New Business; she believes a great Marketing strategy and utilisation of all communication tools is the key to a successful company presence whether it is B2B or B2C.
You will often find Rachael networking at business events and trade exhibitions. Rachael is our social media ‘voice’ and is always communicating industry news, and anything of interest for businesses to grow and expand their marketing, as well as useless bits of fun!
Contact her at: Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Our designers attended the latest BLAB at Band on the wall in Manchester. Talks were from Tom Muller and Kyle Bean who both are extremely talented people.
During Toms’ talk, he spoke about not keeping to one area of design and how he is always flexible with what briefs he takes on. One day he could be working on a comic book logo, the next he could be designing a website for a popstar. He’s hugely influenced by comic books from a young age, and is now enjoying designing for the industry amongst lots of other things.
Kyle showed a great display of his work, he has such a incredible skill working with paper and other materials.
His portfolio really does speak volumes and you can see why he was worked for such a great list of clients in a short space of time. One particular piece I really enjoyed looking at was the advert he created for Peugeot. The hours that were spent to make a 30 second advert are mind blowing. Luckily Kyle had the animators from Aardman to help with filming. You can view the advert here.
A print was given out at the end of the talks which was designed by May Ninth. It’s a great print and is ready to be put up in our studio.
Here at Synergy we love a bit of social media. So much so, we’re now signed up to Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
If you're a Facebook user please check out our page, and if you're feeling generous here's a link to 'like' us on Facebook
Pinterest is a great way to share all the things we like that we see on a daily basis. We’ll also post some of our work on there from time to time. Here’s the link for you to follow us on Pinterest
Our designers are also big fans of Instagram. So thought we’d thought we would create an account for sneak-peeks on projects we’re working on and all the goings-on at the studio! Here is the link for you to follow us on Instagram
We have been on twitter for a while now, here is the link for you to follow us on Twitter
Yesterday we got some new wall graphics put up around the office. Clients often ask us what colours we have used on our walls so we decided to put them on display and they look great!
We came across a good article on Design Taxi titled ‘How To Connect With Potential Clients Using A Killer Content Strategy’.
It’s aimed at people like us in the creative industry, but we feel its underlying message is universal – Keep your online content up to date. It's important that your clients are engaged with relevant content to keep them coming back and engaging with you.
You can read the full article here How To Connect With Potential Clients Using A Killer Content Strategy.
You may or may not know that Twitter have recently launched a new app – Vine. It's the latest service from the social media platform that lets you create (and share, obviously) short, looping videos.
These 'Lego Vines' created by Mark Weaver have to be our favourites we have seen so far, such a simple idea but very well executed. We are massive fans of Lego here at Synergy so we are looking forward to seeing more Vines like this.
You can find out more about Vine here.
We’ve had an extremely busy start to 2013 here at Synergy, so blogging has been a bit slow of late. Not only do we have new faces on the team, and gained some new clients, we’ve also been working on some great new projects for existing clients too. Over the coming weeks we’ll start to update our ‘Latest Work’ section, so keep checking back to see what we’ve been up to. If you are interested in working with Synergy on a idea you have to grow your business give Alex a call on 01257 272 400 or drop him an email email@example.com.
Recently we came across this great blog project from José Guizar. It’s a simple idea and executed brilliantly, we look forward to seeing more over the coming weeks.
“The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.”
José Guizar - www.joseguizar.com
This is a lovely piece of design created by Made Thought for GF Smith colorplan, not only did they create a great book and website but also a typeface which was then developed by colophon foundry.
I’m sure you will all agree it’s a nice looking project. http://www.colorplanpapers.com/50colours
images courtesy of septemberindustry.co.uk
Talented Designer wanted: If you are a talented, creative designer – with a clear understanding of dpi, pixels and html – then we want you in the Synergy team!
Your great ideas, sharp design and the ability to understand and deliver a clients needs will make you a key part of our growing business.
If you think you have what we are looking for, and more, send your cv, work samples/link to online portfolio to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Synergy's base is our recently converted barn in Chorley. With a full service offering of marketing, design and advertising, we have a broad client base to which we deliver creative solutions, through both off and online activity. Check out our site to see what we do, and how we do it.
Its that time of year again, and we have been getting creative with our own spooky carvings.
While looking for inspiration we came across these amazing pumpkin masterpieces by Ray Villafane.
Check out his sculptors here.
We are looking for a talented Account Manager: A strong agency background is required as you will be the main point of contact for the client, ensuring queries and projects are responded to effectively.
You will also liaise with the creative team and be responsible for ensuring creative output is delivered to the timescales outlined to the client. You will handle accounts across a wide range of sectors and disciplines so digital, as well as print knowledge is a must as we look to push the agency forward throughout 2012 and beyond.
Salary is dependent on experience.
This is a great opportunity to work in an established agency with a strong creative output and growing client list. If you think you have what we are looking for, and more, please send your cv and any other relevant information to: email@example.com
Synergy's base is our recently converted barn in Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley. With a full service offering of marketing, design and advertising, we have a broad client base to which we deliver creative solutions, through both off and online activity. Check out our site to see what we do, and how we do it.
This is a unique opportunity for a local company to share part of our stunning barn conversion, which was newly refurbished last year.
If your interested in moving to new premises that is truly inspirational then please call Alex on 01257 272 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a viewing.
We’re pleased to announce that we have become a member of the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) for the second year running. This achievement is testament to Synergy and the service we offer to our clients.
It is a special accreditation as it is achieved through ratings from our clients so... a massive thank you for all the positive feedback! And a big pat on the back to the Synergy team.
To find out more information about the Recommended Agencies Register visit www.recommendedagencies.com and to view confirmation of our recommended status, you can visit our profile page. We are always looking to improve our service to our clients and help potential new clients, please give us a call on 01257 272 400 or email us at email@example.com
Fresh from the printers, the new Synergy mailer is here! A folding A1 format, printed both sides and choc-full of all you need to know about us.
We don't want to say too much here, so to get your hands on a copy just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're pleased to announce our first project with new client Owlett Jaton is about to be rolled out.
This will see us again helping to launch a market-leading product with creative being applied across traditional print media and also online video. We can't wait!
We'll be displaying the work on the site very soon.
After a competitive pitch, we're pleased to announce we have been chosen to design and develop all of Preston College's print and digital collateral for 2012/13.
Having worked with Preston College in the past it feels great to be back on board with them again. There are some really exciting things in the pipeline and we can't wait to get cracking!
We'll be displaying the creative on the site very soon.
A small tribute to the Synergy maypole: In Britain and Ireland, the maypole was found primarily in England and in areas of Wales, Scotland and Ireland which were under English influence.
Although the earliest recorded evidence comes from a Welsh poem written by Gryffydd ap Adda ap Dafydd in the mid-14th century, in which he described how people used a tall birch pole at Llanidloes, central Wales. Literary evidence for maypole use across much of Britain increases in later decades, and "by the period 1350-1400 the custom was well established across southern Britain, in town and country and in both Welsh-speaking and English-speaking areas."
The practice had become increasingly popular throughout the ensuing centuries, with the maypoles becoming "communal symbols" that brought the local community together - in some cases, poorer parishes would join up with neighbouring ones in order to obtain and erect one, whilst in other cases, such as in Hertfordshire in 1602 and Warwickshire in 1639, people stole the poles of neighbouring communities, leading to violence. In some cases the wood for the pole was obtained illegally, for instance in 1603, the earl of Huntingdon was angered when trees were removed from his estates for use as maypoles without his permission.
You can read more in the wikipedia article here.
We recently came across these amazing little sculptures by Dalton Ghetti. Each one is hand carved from a pencil using just a sewing needle and scalpel blade!
"His idea is to bring people’s attention to small things. Small is beautiful. Most of the pencils he uses are found on the streets and sidewalks. Dalton’s work is a recycling process. He turns discarded objects into art.
To create his sculpture, he holds the pencil in his hand under a strong light source (table lamp or sunlight) and carves it mostly with a sewing needle and a very sharp, triangular, small, metal blade. He works at very small intervals: 1 to 2 hours maximum per day whenever he gets inspired. He works very slowly by removing specks of graphite at a time. It therefore takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture.
For Dalton, sculpting pencils is a hobby and a form of meditation, which requires a lot of patience. His pencil carvings are not for sale. He doesn’t do it for money. He sculpts pencils mostly for himself and his art comes from his heart. He wants to keep it that way."
Check out more of his work here http://www.daltonmghetti.com
We're pleased to announce our first project with new client NicePak is about to be rolled out.
Grime Boss is already huge over in the States and is one of the sponsors of Nascar, so we're expecting big things in the UK too.
We'll be displaying the creative on the site very soon.
Here at Synergy, we are inspired by and passionate about all areas of design, not merely print and digital. Recently we attended the Interiors UK exhibition at Birmingham's NEC and were very keen to see the design trends for 2012.
We were not disappointed. Each hall had a different theme and contained a vast range of furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, fabrics, flooring and accessories. The cascading stands and demonstrations presented exciting interior themes, ranging from industrial, vintage and statement glamour!
It was a great way to spend our Sunday and we will certainly be able to use and digest the trends for 2012 into the ongoing work within Synergy... So watch this space.
Happy Valentines Day from all at Synergy. To celebrate the day of Love we have stocked up on Valentines Doughnuts as a little gift to ourselves.
This year Krispy Kreme have created their doughnuts in a ‘cute’ appealing design, which we just LOVE.
Synergy sponsored and were represented by members of the creative team, at Blab 9, held in The Deaf Institute in Manchester recently.
Speakers Mat Heinl and Ian Anderson kept a packed forum entertained with their different presentational styles and invited us into their thinking and often amusing approach to how they work. The gulf between agencies/consultancies in terms of budgets, timescales and client buy-in is often wide, but the ‘show’ indicated that we all apply (or should do) the basic principles of the strategic/creative process to ensure we create successful and stunning work.
Ok, so we're half way through the first month of the year and thought it was time to give you an update on who is winning our 'Pop the Cork' mobile game.
So far we have Alan Hughes in first place and looking like he's going to take home the prize. Feel free to have as many attempts as you like, only your best score will be entered onto the leaderboard.
You'll need a 2012 Synergy calendar to join the fun (find out more). If you haven't already received one, drop us an email at email@example.com and we'll do our best to get one to you.
This year we've embraced technology and created an interactive experience using those cheeky little QR Codes.
If you're wondering what it's all about, all you need to do is download a QR reader app to your smart phone – we recommend RedLaser as this has proved the most reliable after testing (and it's free). Simply open the app, hold your camera lens over the QR Code and wait for it to scan. Once that's done you will be taken to the content (go to 'Open Browser' if prompted). We can't say too much more as we don't want to spoil the fun, all we will say is enjoy it and keep coming back each month – there are prizes to be won! Good luck.
If you haven't already received one, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to get one to you.
We’re back in the saddle after a busy 2011 and a well earned Christmas break and looking forward to all the new, exciting challenges ahead in 2012.
Remember to keep up to date with all our goings on via the blog and keep checking the site for regular work updates. Hope to hear from you soon.
Last Saturday night the team went medieval at Park Hall for the annual christmas party.
Much eating (without cutlery), drinking and merriment was had by all and 'twas a fitting end to the year. There were sore feet (and heads) all round but what a night - MORE MEAD!
We are pleased to announce that we are now a member of the Recommended Agency Register (RAR). The RAR helps companies source, select and build relationships with marketing agencies across the UK.
The RAR provides this service to around 10,000 clients. It is a special accreditation as it is achieved through ratings from our clients so... a massive thank you for all the positive feedback!
We are always looking for ways of improving our service so if you have any views or comments about how we can improve our service even more, please send your thoughts to: email@example.com
So folks, here it is, a little later than planned the fruits of our labour over the month of movember.
Thanks to all who contributed, your donations are much appreciated and have gone to a very worthy cause. Well done to Dave, Phil, Lee and Matt. Roll on next year (maybe).
Recently came across this self initiated project from Manchester creative agency Young.
“ViewRL is a visual display of URLs posted on twitter. See images, videos, music and URLs shared at a glance without having to click a link. A great way to ensure you don’t miss a link, picture, video or song in the twitter conversation...”
We do like our Twitter here at Synergy and thought this was a great idea. It’s all about creating a better user experience which is just fine by us. Check it out here.
Here at Synergy we love our films and we love our posters so when we saw these we couldn’t help but post a link.
“Created by Antrepo Design Industry as "alternative movie posters about brand integration" and it shows who's in the film. It is available for 10 different movie, Kill Bill Vol.1, The Matrix Trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Ocean's Eleven, The Da Vinci Code, Cast Away, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction.”
“Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help set apps apart from the crowd. Optimized by hand for the device screen, Mobile FontFonts enhance the user experience. Mobile FontFonts let designers and developers break from the mold of system fonts and give their products some personality...”
FontShop have recently released a mobile fonts pack for use in iOS apps. What this means is greater brand consistency across mobile devices, which can only be a good thing. Hopefully it’ll take off and become available cross-platform, we’ll wait and see but in the meantime you can find out more here.
Space, modernism, type, logo’s, NASA. For some designers (me) there isn’t a more exciting combination of words.
Really interesting first hand account from Design Director Richard Danne on of the switch from ‘Worm’ to ‘Meatball’. Only in America! Read the article here.
A couple of months ago myself and Phil (Decode) were asked by MA Anthropology student Nija Dalal to take part in her ‘Typography and Urban Space’ thesis.
It was great meeting Nija, she’s from a design background and has now branched out into Anthropology but still with a healthy appreciation for design and typography. We found it a fascinating subject, thoroughly enjoyable and were glad we could help out. Good luck with your grade!
You can find out more about the thesis here and there is also a short, edited section from it here.
It’s that time of year again, where facial hair is grown (some more than others) and in the process we raise some money for a great cause. Plus the branding is great too.
“On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shave face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Sistas are the women who register to support the men in their lives, raising funds by seeking sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”
It will be a space where we can air our thoughts, preview some work, tell you about the things we like, the things we don’t like, the things we’ve been up to and in time will become a resource of information you can come back to time and again.
You may agree with the things we say, you may not, either way we always encourage an open dialogue and would welcome any comments/feedback.