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So its 2020, a new decade, a new era, a new begining, and more than likely a new you. So on that vein, I write this with a refreshed outlook from myself on the importance on creating content and keeping these blog posts slightly more regular. Especially seeing as the last one was nearly 2 years ago.

A logo reveal is always an exciting thing, especially from a brand that is well known and a staple of our day to day lives. Myself and my creative team often find ourselves skimming through underconsideration on an almost daily basis, seeing what…

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Tonight has been an awesome night, and I write this on my way home from the Drapers Digital Festival 2018 Awards sitting on a cold and generally bland East Croydon station platform.

This the first post I have chucked up in some time and I’d like to firstly apologise, but it’s something I always struggle with, keeping this blog relevant and timely.

I’ll keep it brief and I’ll keep it hopefully informative of our experience tonight. Other Media has had success over the years in terms of awards and nominations but this is the first time I personally have had…

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So as is always the way… it’s been a while. Hey guys! I’ve missed you!

It’s been super busy recently, with new projects, some that I’m super excited to share with you all in the near future as well as loads of other bits and bobs going on personally and just rocking on with things.

The latest side project that I have just started getting off the ground is a clothing brand affectionately named ‘Dead&’ which I’m really excited by.

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while now and have some sick ideas rolling around in…

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Last Friday I was invited to take a tour of the newly opened GFSmith show space in swanky W1, (Central London) to learn more about their papers, their process, and the history of the company.

I was met by my local rep Alyson. We chatted and caught up over a coffee before she led me around the ‘exhibit’, firstly showing me the two amazing installations by creative agency Made Thought. Named ‘Tidal’ and ‘Turbulance’, they utilise the variety of colours (50) within the Colorplan range and are simple, yet striking. …

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So I am a huge fan of craft beer, more specifically pale ales and I absolutely love trying new ones that I havent seen before. Myself and Lottie recently got turned towards a little local shop near to us, in a neighbouring town that happened to stock a wide variety of canned hoppy brews.

I decided that that evening (back in August) that I was going to have a sampling session and thought it would be a cool thing to share my thoughts on the 5 chosen cans shown above. …

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Last night I had the honour of being invited to the Christmas Circus event hosted by Fedrigoni, a fine Italian paper manufacturer with a global presence at their Imaginative Papers Studio on Clerkenwell Road.

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I’m always down for a design related event and last night supplied me with the opportunity to see graphic designer and typographic wordsmith Anthony Burrill take to the floor at Apple’s flagship Regent Street store for an inspiring talk and digital type workshop.

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It recently occurred to me that I use Adobe Illustrator in my day-to-day role at Other Media as my go-to software for most design tasks. Naturally I use Photoshop for editing photos and InDesign for laying out my documents (and on the rare, exciting occasion that I’m working with print). Illustrator, however, is absolutely my software of choice for designing sites and apps. Also creating assets, which are becoming more and more vector-based both on the web and in iOS.

Illustrator provides me the creative freedom to be less ‘pixel perfect’ than I would be in Photoshop; to move and…

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The Olympic Games, the greatest sporting spectacle in the world, where more than eleven thousand athletes compete for those shiny discs of gold, silver and bronze. The 2016 event in Rio, Brazil has provided an idyllic backdrop to some breathtaking sporting achievement. Usain Bolt coasted through the men’s 100m with a final time of 9.81s (that’s pretty slow, right?), Michael Phelps grabbed himself some more medals to add to his already overburdened trophy case and — perhaps more surprisingly — Team GB are currently in front of China on the medal table in second position. …

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My father and I play squash on a weekly basis; Thursday evenings after work. It’s great fun, keeps us active and gives us a chance to catch up on things seeing as I longer live at home.

Historically my dad has beaten me week in week out with a few exceptions thrown in here and there where we have drawn.

Papa Emmins having developed a reputation among all who stand against him the ‘Panther’ as he is self title can be found in his natural habitat, the court.

Of course I take a few games off him each session but…

Matt Emmins

Matt Emmins, Graphic Designer & Crayon Wielder @othermedia

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