We have recently been involved with designing and building a website for a man called Torn who runs the Bunong Elephant Project in Cambodia, it was certainly a joy looking at film and images of these majestic creatures and learning more about eco-tourism. The local people in these countries are working hard to protect the future of their environment and the animals, as they understand how important they are. I feel I really need to go and meet these Bunong people and elephants, just for important research – (ahem) (Look, you get to wash the elephants as well!)
Being in the design business we do like to have in depth discussions about shades of colours whilst stroking our beards, guzzling large quantities of monsoon malabar and listening to the morning delights of Lauren Laverne. So the latest is Vantablack – the new black and darkest of them all (sounds like new Harry Potter enemy). This colour has been developed by a British company, the pigment absorbs 99.96% of light that hits it – impressive! Don’t know if we will be able to incorporate the new black into all our future designs as the artist Anish Kapoor has been given exclusive rights to use it. (bit greedy if you ask me…)
Have you been to a Crocadon event yet – If not you are missing out as they have some excellent events every month tempting you with sumptuous local produce, mind, body and spirit fairs, impressive craft and antique markets, all set in a relaxed haven just 15 mins inside Cornwall near St. Mellion. Obviously there is the main sawmill there and all things wood related to be found, we enjoyed photographing all the different types for the website and just because there is something lush about photographing the knots and grains of wood.. (Ok maybe that’s just me..) Back on track – You can also stay in the farmhouse, which is glorious – take a look or if you have want to get involved with any of the up and coming fairs contact the team firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone needs to add a bit of spice to their lives I think, but more importantly is the day to day intake of real & healthy food, so thankfully Jane Hutton – aka ‘The Functional Foodie’ has created a hub for all her recipe ideas and well being courses on a whole range of subjects. Skim worked with Jane to develop a strong brand identity and fun, welcoming website for all to interact with and become a part of! Reclaim your health today :www.functional-foodie.com
I have been seriously slack on the blog front, how do you all find time to work and blog post your achievements, interesting client meetings and up and coming events I need to be a caffeine crazed octopus to competently cover all aspects of work and life and the moment! However it is a good reminder to show a slice of what we are doing at Skim New Media so I will pull my finger out – or sucker pad octopus arm and fill you in on the latest Skim news soon.
A complex project for Skim New Media as our London clients Teacher Stern cover many aspects of law and have a large team to consider, so it was important that all t’s were crossed and i’s were dotted, so to speak. We wanted to provide to the visitors with a sense of their location & working environment – impressive, yet approachable, so created: ‘a time lapse of a day in the life at Teacher Stern HQ. Filming in December was a tad chilly.. here are the edited results.
Why the 8 reference? Well I have just realised that 2016 will be our 8th year in our Skim Office in Cornwall, how time flies… Dave and I are really excited about new projects emerging so far this year ranging from websites for a music composer, business alignment company, embroiderer, holiday cottage owner, global taxi firm, elephant tour man and food nutritionist! Great to meet a diverse range of people and learn a bit about their trades and passions. May the lucky 8 ball promote good fortune and wellbeing to you all this year!
With artists and photographers our job when building a website is quite simple – draw attention to the Artists work. For showcasing John Hobbs’s creative expressions his brief was minimal navigation and surroundings, focusing on the pieces. Love to know if you like them – my top three: Stalactites, Eagle & Ink Blots – yours…?
Working with Tutor Helen Jonas has been a joy, not only was she receptive to our colourful design ideas for her website (reinforcing ‘Tutoring is fun’ statement) – she also surprised us with homemade cakes for every meeting. Most impressive though is Helen’s sunny disposition and willingness to learn herself! The result, a website build that has been as smooth as summer cherries! (Please note other ‘smooth as’ similes suggestions are welcome…)
The True Rocks team have been on a rollercoster wave of excitement and activity this year – celebrities have been adorning their pendants and I’ve just added a whole new selection of sumptuous jewellery items. Take a sneaky peek and put your favourites (mine two are the pineapples & artist Rachael Howard’s limited edition Humble Hangers!) on a must have wish list to Santa..