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Connections in Sport

It’s exciting to see that, following the Olympics and Paralympics, the interest in sport is still growing, and that it is giving people the opportunity to connect in new ways, and help support the next generation of sporting talent. Last week, Gerry attended another Sport Business Network event at The Oval Cricket Ground, that launches the Emerging Talent Fund, in collaboration with Sports Aid, which supports some of the up and coming athletes through long term commitment and support. Gerry has...

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The Warehouse Team

In our warehouse offices in Tunbridge Wells, we have become something of a creative business collective. On the ground floor is Cicero Translations, who very sweetly entertained us all with cake and champagne recently to celebrate Paul’s (the company’s founder – @PaulRMason) birthday. As it happens we have had a lot of lovely cake in the past weeks, supplied by the team at Cicero and also by Justin‘s wife Emma, part of the team at @Create_DM on the first floor....

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The test of time

It’s almost 10 years since we rebranded WS Atkins. At that time they had acquired a number of substantial enterprises, created new service divisions and were developing a reputation as a solid, well connected multi-disciplinary business. Their growing reputation was not however reflected in their brand presentation and they had a multitude of disparate styles and images. We stripped everything back and rationalised the design and production of the identity and marketing communications. 85 different stationery items were reduced to...

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QS Marketing awarded new Local Government Framework

Good news for the New Year – QS Marketing, of which Direct Design is a founding member, have been awarded the new Pro5 National Consultancy Services Framework for local government organisations. This enables the consortium members of QS Marketing to tender for specific marketing and PR projects without having to pre-qualify each time. QS Marketing is a team of successful partners and associates from a variety of marketing and communications disciplines who trade principally on their reputation within their own marketplaces.,...

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‘Insightful’ – Gerry facilitates workshops at UCA

Following his work with the UCA Transparent Boundaries project, a multi-cultural and collaborative project across the EU, Gerry was invited to give a series of workshops at UCAs ‘Creative Challenge‘, where he presented a class on Ethnography and user-centred design to students from all the UCA campuses. ‘Creative Challenge’ is based on the drive for innovation at  UCA, to develop its students with experts from industry and to give them tools that they may use in their academic work and in the...

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New Year, New Programme

As the New Year begins, everyone plans their year ahead, eager to fill the diary with exciting and invigorating experiences. Such is the case at The Space, at Sevenoaks School. Gerry, at Direct Design, is an Old Sennockian and relishes the opportunity to work with The Space – “The fact that the school is local, the fact that it is part of a local community, is important to me. Above all it’s a question of quality, the productions are a...

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Cloth & Memory opens at Salts Mill

Cloth & Memory is a new exhibition curated by Professor Lesley Millar from the University for the Creative Arts, in the incredible surroundings of Salts Mill in Yorkshire. Opened in 1853 as a woollen mill by Titus Salt, it was the largest factory in the world. He not only built the mill but over 25 years built an entire village with houses, schools and a magnificent church. Saltaire is recognised today as a world heritage site and well worth a...

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Confessions of an Optimist

Rather than the thoughts and memories of anyone at Direct Design Books, this book has been written by Alastair Tod to present to his mother on her 100th Birthday in June. He has inherited a treasure house of papers from a remarkable family, Jamaica planters, Yorkshire sea-captains, Edinburgh lawyers, Sussex iron-founders, Puritans and Quakers, smugglers and slave-owners. Among the bankers, soldiers, engineers and politicians, were pioneers of tea-planting in India, cattle ranching and copper mining in Australia, whose careers epitomised...

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Direct Design Books goes live…

We particularly like designing and producing stylish books… and we’re now publishing as well. We’ve been involved with some wonderful book projects over the last 15 years and have now created a new satellite site specifically for our recent books at www.directdesignbooks.co.uk With the real improvements in digital printing technology, everyone can now create high quality books for exhibitions, collections or their own memoirs. Have you ever wanted to be published?

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