Senior Designer wanted

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We are seeking a senior creative to join the design team here at Studio North.  You’ll have a minimum of 8 years experience and

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NUX3

NUX3 – a user experience review

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NUX3 is the third user experience focused event held by the Northern User Experience community. Rather than a blow by blow review of the

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Winning Sales Academy

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Winning Sales Academy offer apprenticeships to young people keen on a career in sales. The 100/100 Campaign was a challenge they set themselves and

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My Virgin experience – A brand promise delivered

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Working with brands all of the time I find myself constantly studying how the organisations I experience in my day-to-day life deliver their brand

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Searching for the Deepest of Bonds.

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“Technology is a glittering lure. But there is the rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash if they

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How our inherited Lizard Brains can block creativity

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The lizard brain is our old brain that sits at the base of the skull. Evolutionists say it’s been there since we were, funnily

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User experience testing

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Last week we went to visit Space Interactive Media Labs in Media City. It was my first time down to Media City and was

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A beginner’s first taste of Raspberry Pi – Part one

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This week a colleague and I met with the great guys at UK Fast, who as part of their awesome hospitality gave us both

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Gone viral in 60 seconds

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As expected this has been the most social World Cup ever with 32.1 million tweets and 280 million Facebook likes, comments and posts sent

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Keeping the Consumer Dissatisfied

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Planned Obsolescence  “A policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of

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Has FIFA’s marred reputation damaged the World Cup brand?

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With the World Cup 2014 now underway, all the media attention has once again rightfully turned to the football on display. But in the

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The Uber Brand Experience

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What is Uber? Uber is an American venture-funded startup and transportation network company based in San Francisco, California that makes mobile application software that

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Google.com Search Redesign

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How do you simplify the simple? That’s the task that The Letter Society, a collaborative elite design team, asked themselves. Once a month they they

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Risk everything

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The World Cup is coming and with it an abundance of marketing opportunities and sponsorship opportunities. The first advert that grabbed my attention was

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Who’s driving your brand?

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Sometimes I like to use my Blog to have a good old rant…a constructive rant of course! Last night I was battling my way

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How are you doing?

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You’ve got a good reputation, a loyal customer base and you’re making money…life is good. But it’s incredibly easy for brands to get complacent.

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Equity Housing Transformed

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I can’t believe the Transform awards have come around so quickly. It only seemed like 5 minutes ago since we were basking in the

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A Numbers Game

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I was recently asked to contribute some artwork to a great new website selling sports memorabilia that celebrates the true spirit of sport. By

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DPM : UK 2014 – PM Day Out!

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Me, Gary & Stuart were lucky enough to attend this years DPM:UK conference on our very first Project Managers day out! Covering a range

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Blog status – complete

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Following on from the DPM UK 2014 conference last week I’ve spent some time looking at how our project management team can add value

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Under your skin

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As tattoos are becoming more popular than ever ‘Under Your Skin’ have targeted all who are inked, with their new line of skin aftercare

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It’ll be all white!

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White labeling is one of those ‘marketing techniques’ that very rarely gets talked about mainly because it’s always looked on with a bit of

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Tesla’s Touch Screen Car of the Future, Now, at Yesterday’s Prices!

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The future of UI has evolved another step with the launch of Telsa’s Model S completely realised on board touch screen display. The Model

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My week in learnings

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I typically like to write blogs that express my opinion on a current trend or best practise in my industry. This week I have

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Better together

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Customers build an emotional connection with brands whose values align with their own, and there’s now a noticeable trend towards kindred brands forming alliances

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Social Media – the clue is in the name

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These days if a consumer brand doesn’t have a social media presence or a website that makes it easy to purchase their products it’s

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Here’s some Manchester business wishes for 2014…

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That Formisimo attracts the sort of investment it most certainly deserves and that will allow Al Mackin (CEO, theEword) and Tom New to take their tech

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Say cheese!

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We all know too well what an awkward family photo looks like and I imagine most of us have experienced the horror of being

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My star of 2013

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Brands have dominated a lot of the business news over the last year. On the one hand there have been some pretty huge successes

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CityCo: Making Manchester a greener city

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This week I went along to my first CityCo event which highlighted the ways we can change our attitude and encourage more greener areas

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Social Media marketing master class

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This morning I went into The Manchester College to deliver a Social Media Marketing master class to a group of 24 second language students.

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MYTA Awards

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For the past several weeks we have been working with JCI and Better Together Events on the MYTA Awards. You can read more about

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The mobile effect

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It’s generally considered that the mobile open rate for email is set to hit 50% before the end of 2013. This is pretty significant

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Appleyard Lees website

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Appleyard Lees is a long-established intellectual property firm who provide IP services to the whole of the UK, Europe and the rest of the

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Why networks are like pensions

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I’ve heard a phrase, ‘Network Science’, crop up in conversation more and more this year. Perpetuated primarily by that protagonist of social data and

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Best Brand Agency of 2013

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Studio North have been very lucky during the 2013 awards season. We walked away with an award for Best Brand Agency at the Talk

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The Creative Shelf 2.0

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This is a little project I started a year or so back. When benchmarking design agencies I realised that there was no real directory

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Brand ambassadors, because they’re worth it?

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“Brand ambassador is a marketing term for a person employed by an organization or company to promote its products or services within the activity

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Robotic technology that enhances our world


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I’ve been fascinated by robots for years and how one day they could be an integral part of our everyday lives.  Ever since being

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