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Killer app: H&H Reeds plays a blinder and nets top Carlisle FC programme

Saturday 3 October was a momentous day for fans of EFL League Two clubs Carlisle United FC and Barrow AFC, marking the first time the teams had met since 1964. A suitably special programme was required for the long-awaited Cumbrian derby and Carlisle United turned to longstanding printer H&H Reeds to assist.

Packaging Innovations: Broadening the debate

You can’t talk about packaging these days without being keenly aware that there is an impassioned and important debate about its impact – particularly plastic packaging – on the environment, and measures to reuse, reduce and remove it from the supply chain.

60 seconds with Adverset

Adverset began life in 1989 as a design and advertising studio and was one of the first firms in the UK to embrace Apple. “Our first Mac was the original Mac Plus. At the time monitors only had black and white capability,” says managing director John Easby.

Perfect planning is required for upscale projects

Little did the team at Preston-based Lustalux know that when a call came in from architect consultancy C4 Projects in 2015, a simple query about window film would be scaled into a complex and multi-faceted project that would go on to positively impact the lives of thousands of children.

60 seconds with Colour Connection

Starting out in 1982 as a small, family run print shop, managing director Richard Currie (pictured) says Colour Connection has been committed to providing a bespoke design and print service to organisations across the county for over three decades.

60 seconds with Palmer Publicity Services

PPS was set up in 1989 (the year sales director Katie Palmer was born) by her parents Noel and Lesley in the garage of the family home. PPS began by offering photography and marketing services and as the business developed, brought in graphic designers, invested in printing equipment and decided to bring everything in-house to offer the full service.

Software superstars in the spotlight

There are a lot of different design programs around that can be used to place text and graphics in specific places, and to draw shapes and add effects such as transparencies or drop shadows.

60 seconds with Rondor Printing

Rondor Printing began life in the 1980s and after a couple of changes in ownership during the intervening years, Tracy Cone and Adrian Saunders took over the company in 2017 after working there since the early 1990s.

Makeover puts Monster in a starring role

Hollywood Monster had a lot to live up to including its name. The signage and graphics company recently underwent a monster makeover with a rebrand. “Rebranding – extensive or otherwise – is not always easy, in fact it is never easy,” recalls the man who led this one, managing director Simon McKenzie.

60-seconds with Cutture

Cutture founders Dominic and Helen Sharland met at university studying interior architecture. Both subsequently trained as architectural model makers. After setting up their own business they bought a Universal laser cutter, and began experimenting with graphic design. “The reaction was fantastic,” says Dominic. “Cutture was born and we’ve not looked back”

Q&A: Daniel Reed Designer, The Cafeteria Studio

Sheffield-based Daniel specialises in design and typography, and his enthusiasm for all things print-related is such that outside of his day job he works on other projects and has created four new typefaces including Incido, which is made up entirely of straight lines (see daniel-reed.co.uk).

Q&A: Chris Kingston Director, Fingerprints Design and We Fly Drones

You might recognise Chris from his recent appearance in illusionist Derren Brown’s Pushed to the Edge TV show, where we’re happy to report he refused to push a man off a building to his death. Phew! Chris is approaching the big 3-0 and has been in the print game for about 10 years.

A facelift can be more than just skin deep

When Scott Pearce and business partner Mark Gamble bought what was then called Datumpress in an MBO in 2008, due to the retirement of boss and company founder Alan Willis, it had a relatively small offering including small-format POS products, training manuals, brochures and stationery.

60 seconds with: Print Me It

Print Me It started trading in 2008 as an online print company. It initially outsourced to trade printers, but over the past five years has brought digital printing and wide-format printing in-house.

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