I'm keeping my Christmas Show schedule a bit more manageable this year, rather than the usual traipsing all over the country! First up is the Westonbirt Charity Fair on 23rd and 24th October. Proceeds go towards seven very deserving charities, including Marie Curie, a local Hospice and Gloucester's Intensive Care Unit. You can find out more details including booking tickets here.
Showing up in print never gets old! I'm especially thrilled with the write up in Period Homes and Interiors in their December edition. Exactly what I needed to cheer up this grey wintery day! Head to the shop if you'd like to browse what they're talking about for yourself!
I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things about designing is seeing it transform form an idea or a sketch in to real life. It's not always a possibility to see the end result however, so I've trawled the web for impressive free templates to mock up design ideas into reality. It can also be a really useful tool to help Clients visualise what you are designing. Enjoy!
Click on the image for the download page.
PS Please note I haven't used them all myself yet so you're not allowed to be sad with me if some don't work well. (But please do let me know.)
After LOTS of umming and ahhing, I've decided to take up the offer of a stand at the Ideal Home show at Christmas. I'll be running some comps soon for free tickets, so look out for that!
I've never done one of these massive retail fairs before, so just gently freaking out in the corner...
Only a month to pull it together, challenge accepted.
A beautiful Cypriot holiday villa wanted a new logo incorporating olives/greek pottery and a general mediterranean vibe. As per usual I created a range of options and left it up to the owners to decide which they preferred as a final.
Right, it feels like holiday o'clock now, get me on a plane!
So the prize for that House of Fraser competition was a 2 week pop up shop in House of Fraser's Oxford Street store, with the potential of stocking their website for a year depending on how it went. I didn't win that.
But their COO Nigel really liked my work and wants to set up a meeting with their Homewares Buying Director to discuss stocking House of Fraser directly.
Even if he ends up being too busy to ever email back, I'm pretty chuffed right now.
Today was scary. (Here's why if you missed it.)
I didn't feel like it went brilliantly and it was over in a flash without me really feeling like I'd made the impression I wanted to.
Hohum, I met some lovely people and I'll be happy with whatever comes from it. I was unbelievably chuffed to have made it this far and kept checking my emails in case they'd only sent it to me be accident. The link below is a tiny video taster of the day, made by The Great Retail Revival posted by another entrant.
Oh. My. Gosh. So you know that competition I entered to be stocked in House of Fraser… I've made it through to live judging - THIS FRIDAY! So I'll be doing a presentation to the COO, a few Telegraph Editors, and a handful of other big wigs. Anyone want to help me write a business plan?
I was forwarded this link by a family member, which was a competition to be stocked in House of Frasers's Oxford Street store for a two week period. Apart from sounding amazing, I thought it looked like a brilliant excuse to get to grips with the video capacity of my camera and have a bash at editing it.
Turns out I found acting as natural as the trees - that is to say very wooden and creaky. Neil is a very patient (and helpful!) man.
Update: Editing video of yourself really boosts self esteem... Oh no wait, I mean exactly the opposite of that.
The video is linked below - any thoughts? Please don't be too honest ;)
I am finally on it! Find me @katemoby. So far only iPhone pics on there, mostly of the outside world when I manage to pry myself out of the studio and work in progress... And none of my dinner, I promise!