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Merry Christmas from all at Cornerstone 🎄❄️☃️
To round off our tenth anniversary blog series, we thought we would take a moment to reflect on our favourite projects.
We can’t wait to see what 2018 and our eleventh year brings!
Well I think mine will have to be the recent Signature magazine design!
Although the timings and deadlines were tight I loved working on it! I love a good project I can get properly stuck into for a few days!
And with a diverse range of content it was nice to design each page up accordingly and of course it had a festive theme which is always a bonus 😉 🎄
Mine isn’t so much one project, but a client. I’d like to choose Oldham Active.
I love managing all of their campaigns, as they run across a number of different online and offline channels giving me the chance to work across loads of different marketing platforms. We work more collaboratively with this client, meaning that rather than having a typical client and agency sort of relationship we like to see it more of an extension of their organisation, a marketing partnership which just strengthens what we do for them as we work so closely and cohesively together.
It’s a very strong partnership which works really well and between Cornerstone and Oldham Community Leisure we work hard to keep the Oldham Active brand performing consistently strong throughout the year. It’s a great challenge that I absolutely LOVE.
Mine is a photography project for London based Rooms and Studios.
When this project happened, I’d only been with Cornerstone for three months and I was delighted to be out on location and getting stuck in straight away. The project consisted of traveling to their various locations across London and photographing their property interiors and exteriors, along with shots of their new HQ.
I loved the variety in this project, being on location and getting behind the camera!
My favourite project for the year is actually something much bigger than just one, and it’s for Interland Group.
The reason for this is that we’ve helped a rapidly growing business define their brand, their sub brands and in a basic manner so far, their marketing strategy for the future of the business. This has meant the development of multiple websites, literature, internal art graphics as well as property development specific print materials such as hoarding panels, signage and outdoor advertising.
We’ve become a real marketing partner to the group, and are now working closely with them to form the next steps of their plan to become a serious player in the property investment and development markets both in the UK and across Europe.
My favourite of the year is all things digital! Having progressed our digital offering to the next level, it’s been great working on all aspects of various clients’ SEO and PPC especially – I think that’s the great thing about Cornerstone’s clients, you’re never short on variety of work.
I’d say redesigning and launching the three magazines for the Oldham Chronicle’s new owner, radio station Revolution 96.2, was probably my highlight of the year.
Publication of the Oldham Evening Chronicle and its sister titles was suspended when its former owner, Hirst Kidd and Rennie, entered administration in August 2017.
However, after Revolution 96.2 bought the titles from administrators KPMG in the autumn, the new owner set about relaunching two existing business and education magazines. Oldham Business Edge and The Knowledge, and also designed and launched a third brand new lifestyle magazine from scratch, called Signature.
Cornerstone’s team had the skills, capabilities and foresight to be able to work with Revolution 96.2 on redeveloping the Chronicle magazines for the future across print and digital channels.
As a consequence of the administration, the autumn/winter editorial and design deadlines for the three magazines were extremely challenging. Yet Cornerstone rose to the challenge and produced three magazines which have been extremely well-received by Revolution 96.2, advertisers and readers. It was a hugely demanding job taken on at short notice. It was considerable achievement for everyone at Cornerstone.
My choice is the Manchester Emergency Fund website. The charity works to support people affected by the attack at the Manchester Arena and raise awareness of the support available and it was a good cause to work on. The honeycomb theme represents the Bee, the emblem of the city, channeling the community spirit of the people of Manchester.
Waterside Spin Studio Wall Wrap – we’ve literally just finished this one and it was a beast of a job that we delivered in a tight time scale with Epic results! There were a lot of people were involved in this one, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work from all!
It was a tricky install and we had to adapt whilst installing. The end product completely transformed the room and the client was very pleased with the result!
I’ve really loved working on my last project of the year. It’s been a challenging and interesting project and we’ve really pushed the boundaries in terms of animations! I can’t say too much about it until it’s released but watch this space, I’m really looking forward to seeing this website launch. Dave is responsible for the amazing design of this site but all I can show you so far is this sneaky preview image, check back in 2018 to see the full site.
My project highlight of this year comes from Natural Capital Group and stakeholders. Mubarak has picked this one too as it’s been a very interesting and involved project. This has been an integrated project working with different organisations and we’ve been given 100% confidence for the UX design and development. This confidence has given us the freedom to craft a project that we’re really proud of and it’s going to be fantastic to see it launch!
We wish you all a fantastic festive period and we will see you in 2018! 🎄