Jack's News

Busy, busy…

We’ve been really busy over the last 12 months with projects for our lovely clients, and a studio move so the website has been sadly neglected. We’re currently working on a new website and hope to get this up in early 2014. So keep checking back to see what we’ve been up to.

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Pentagram turns 40

Pentagram was founded on 12 June 1972, and turns 40 this year. To celebrate the occasion They’ve created a short film that tells the story of a boy born on the day Pentagram opened and how his life has been tracked (and kerned) by four decades of Pentagram design.

Great stuff. Let’s hope we’ll have such a great bank of work when we turn 40!

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Another beauty from OK GO!

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck. For more information and behind-the-scenes footage, visit here or here.

Bravo… Bravo.

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Well done Google

A lovely spot from Google. That’s all.

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Merry Christmas

Well that time of year is soon upon us again.

It’s been really busy here at Jack Towers for the past few months, I’d just like to wish everyone one a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year from everyone here at Jack.

Thank you to all our clients and suppliers for all your support in the last 12 months, and we’ll be back with more in the new year.

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New work ~ Ampersand 2011

We were recently commisioned by long-time collaborators Clearleft to produce a guidebook for their new conference, Ampersand.

With over 300 delegates we had to create a design that was both premium and usable whilst building a new brand for the conference and it’s continued success in years to come. As the conference was featured in the July issue of creative review it had to be something special.

See what we did here.

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The Royal Wedding

Now the hype has finally died down after the Royal Wedding, I can safely say that this was the best bit of promo I saw related to it.

Brilliant.

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Jack’s on Linked in

Jack design Ltd on LinkedIn

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Getting creative with wood

We saw this this morning via Twitter, and what a beauty it is. Excellent cinematography with a sustainable message.

For those of you who don’t speak Japanese the end says that the company only uses the discarded wood to manufacture this new cell phone.

Very creative indeed.

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Creative Mornings with Andrew Zuckerman

I’ve been a huge fan of Andrew Zuckerman for years, so I was really excited to see this talk from NYC’s Creative Mornings.

It’s very inspirational, and very well delivered. So grab yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy.

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Thought of you by Ryan J Woodward

A friend showed us this on twitter today, and believe me it’s well worth 3 minutes of your time. Beautiful, simple, timeless.

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Sorry

Apologies, our workload has meant we have neglected our news section recently. We’ll try and do better.

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Taking the Hanley’s message mobile

We’ve just completed a project for The Hanley where we’ve tried to cut through the noise in todays advertising by utilising a different kind of media.

Lovingly named by The Hanley as ‘Freddie,’ the Fiesta we’ve designed has hit the streets until Christmas to create awareness in North Staffs that The Hanley are lending.

So far it’s captured interest in the local news.

Would you believe the car started life sky blue?!

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Americanarama

It seems that the world is your lobster with a music video, and this is definitely the case here. Following in the shadows of OK GO! this human 8-bit video was – believe it or not – all shot in one take!

Very inspiring.

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We do our bit for Cancer Research

On the 12 September we took part in the local “Crazy knockout” in aid of Cancer Research, in the nearby village of Cheddleton.

Donning our best sports gear (well stuff we didn’t mind getting wet and muddy) and team t-shirts, we took part in various races involving hay bales, wheel barrows, space hoppers and ending with a very wet assault course.

There were 12 teams taking part from various local businesses, and with us the newbies to the field, they all thought they could take us down. Little did they know that we had some of the most competitive team members going and they weren’t going to let us go down without a fight (judging from the bruises and sore limbs the day after they definitely fought!). There were a lot of crossed-fingers hoping the rain would hold, but in the end the weather did us proud as did the team, and we raised over £3,000 in aid of a very worthy cause.

We had a fantastic time, and after coming a very respectable 4th place some of us are already in training for next years event. Especially the competitive amoungst us!

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Eyjafjallajökull

It may have caused havoc with air travel earlier in the year, but you can’t say that Eyjafjallajökull and Iceland aren’t beautiful.

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The Kinetic V&A

The New V&A sign is beautiful.

Troika were commissioned to create a sign for the tunnel connecting the V&A museum and South Kensington tube station. As you can see by the results above is fantastic!

A modern-day twist on the timeless masterpiece by Alan Fletcher. Designed back in 1989 the logo is still one of my all-time favourites, and I think the sign does it justice too. Lets hope it still looks as good in 21 years time.

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A dying art

In this digital age we live in, it’s easy to create things quickly using our technology.

But in doing so, we forget about old traditions. Traditions that are slowly dying out.

This short movie looks at the fading art of hand painted advertisements.

Truely inspirational and beautifully shot. If you want to find out more you can do here.

Now where are my paint brushes?

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Such an inspirational brand

Up there with the likes of Apple and Sky, Audi is one of those brands that everyone would like a slice of. This has been around for a while now, but every time I see it, the green eyed monster rears it’s ugly head as I think “I wish I’d thought of that”.

Essentially it’s a simple idea, but the execution is beautiful. What is it they say? The devil is in the detail.

Very inspiring stuff.

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Another gem from Ok Go

It seems that today the possibilities with a music promo are endless. Especially in the latest instalment from band, Ok Go.

I remember seeing their last treadmill promo and was blown away by the creativity and the choreography (so did the Berocca by the looks of it). It seems like they’ve upped the ante on this one.

Great work from Syyn Labs, the creative agency behind the spot although it’s slightly reminiscent of the Honda Accord spot from a few years back.

Right, where are my dominoes?

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The future of printed material?

As the technology surrounding us starts to resemble the Minority Report, does this mean a demise in printed material?

This is a fantastic use of technology to engage the reader, where printed advertisements fall short. But there’s something about opening the pages of a magazine that draws you in, the tactile feel of the paper, the new ink smell…

I hope this is the start of a partnership between printed material and the digital age, where the two can compliment each other instead of encroaching into each others territories. Inspiration stuff, and the kickstart of something fantastic.

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Human Chain

A great creative idea to start the week.

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Happy New Year (yes we finally got round to it)

After a fantastic break over Christmas, we’ve hardly had time to stop in the last month with all kinds of things going on.

We’ve just produced a campaign for The Hanley, advertising their £50,000 mortgage cash give away, and we’re really please with the results. There will be more revealed soon in our work section, but you can see a gimpse of it above to whet your appetite.

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Seasons Greetings from Jack

As we get set to close the doors on Jack’s grotto for another year and a well-earned break. We’d like to thank everyone we’ve been involved with for their help, support and collaborations in 2009.

As a parting gift here’s a nice snippet of html genius from the guys at Clearleft, to make your seasonal web browsing that little bit for “Christmassy.”

From all of us at Jack, have a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful new year. We’ll see you in 2010.

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And oldie but a goodie…

I love this record. It’s been around for a while now, but it never sounds old when it comes back around on the studio ipod.

The drums are awesome courtesy of Mr Grohl, and the visual is stunning.

It must be amazing being given a brief for a music video.

The possibilities are endless.

But for us they’re a great place to find inspiration.

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The Art of Watercolour

In the age of the computer it’s often quite easy to forget old school techniques.

As Designers and Illustrators it’s far easier to turn to Illustrator and Photoshop for quick results.

I saw this today and it just reminded me of the beauty of hand crafted illustration as a posed to vector graphics all the time.

Maybe we’ll try and get something beautiful commissioned for one of our projects, if the right one comes along that is?

More watercolour paintings here.

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Tim Burton Does MOMA

I love New York, and can’t wait until I can go back there. The style, the culture, the architecture… it’s got it all. I stumbled across this today via SwissMiss on twitter.

I also love Tim Burton. So what better reason to make a return trip to NYC to see one of my favourite Directors’ work at MOMA.

You can read all about the exhibition here.

Right where’s my passport…

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Local Society, Local People

We’ve been working with local Building Society, The Hanley recently by starting to overhaul their brand.

In these times of financial uncertainty people are finding it hard to have any faith in our Banks and Building Societies. So we’ve been helping the team at the Hanley to get their brand values across to their 45,000 existing members in a way that will give them confidence in their trusted local society.

You can see some of the work we’ve done for them here.

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Tour of Britain 2009

We’re pretty lucky in where the studio is situated that the Tour of Britain rolls past close by each year. As the weather was pretty nice today, I popped out with the camera to catch the action.

A 3 man breakaway we the first through the village, but as soon as they arrived they were gone. The main peloton flew through around 20 seconds later, followed by the remaining few accompanied by the broom wagon 10 minutes after that.

Pretty exciting for a small village, and judging by the crowds who turned out (along with a class from the local Primary School), another great promotion for British Cycling.

You can see the shots here.

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This pretty much says it all…

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At last a reason to move away from IE6

Although analytics say that around 20% of all internet browsers are still using Internet Explorer 6, when we developed our website we made the conscious decision to not support it.

We felt that there we newer browsers widely available that do a much better job and are less problematic.

It seems that Microsoft have finally decided that IE6 is at the end of it’s run and launched this campaign.

For each person that downloads IE8 through their site, during Hunger Action month, they will give 16 meals to help the 36 million Americans struggling with hunger.

Although it seems quite ironic, it’s a good cause. So if you know someone still on IE6 get them to make the shift to help themselves as well as someone stateside.

Kudos to Microsoft.

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dConstruct 2009

Once more Jack has joined forces with Clearleft to work on a delegate programme for dConstruct 2009, the one day event bringing together leading thinkers from the fields of ubiquitous computing, interface design, gaming and mobile to explore the challenges of designing for tomorrow.

Sophie from Clearleft is delighted with the result. Why not have a look in our work section to see more?

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The Design Process

Cover creation from Peter Belanger on Vimeo.

I saw this the other day, and thought I’d give you an insight into what these guys go through to bring you your beautiful finished pieces of work.

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The Last Year of Polaroid

I for one love film.

I talking about analogue film, such as the kind we use in our beloved holga lomo camera.

I love the fact that when you shoot something it’s the luck-of-the-draw as to what you’ll get and how you have to wait excitedly until you get the film back from the lab to see the results – or lack of them as the case may be sometimes.

In the age of digital we live in, it’s a real shame that analogue where it all started is being wound down. So I for one will be going to see this film when it comes out in 2010, to see other peoples opinions about the lost art of Polaroid.

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New Photography

At Jack we’re quite into our Snow sports, so as you can imagine we were all over the work of Cole Barash as soon as we laid our eyes on it.

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New work

It’s been a bit hectic here recently.

We’ve been working on some lovely new work for some great clients, which we’ll share with you in due course.

Plus, we’ve been commissioned to work on some shiny new projects.

All shall be revealed soon.

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Rain

I for one love the rain.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the summer especially as it’s mountain biking season, but you can’t beat a good storm.

It was really muggy here yesterday, that muggy you could drink coffee out of it. But today has bought the rain, and with that a coolness to the air. All we need now is a powerful thunderstorm to clear the air.

It helps the brain, and with that ideas flow.

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New Nike TV Spot


We’re a huge fan of cycling here at Jack and particularly Lance Armstrong, so this new TV ad from Nike ticks all the boxes, aside from that, the message it delivers is brilliant. My family has been touched by Cancer, so I for one know how important it is to make people aware of this terrible disease. Regardless of what the critics think I don’t think anyone can take away from Lance the work he does with the Livestrong foundation.

This is just another great example of how design is not only about the visual aesthetic, it’s about the message it portrays, and how it can touch people in different ways.

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UX London

Recently we were commissioned by Brighton-based user-experience agency Clearleft to produce the event material for UX London.

UX London is a three-day conference combining inspirational talks with in-depth workshops presented by some of the industry’s biggest names in user experience design.
From a programme of events to a delegate lanyard, we worked with the client to produce a sophisticated look and feel that didn’t break the bank.

See more of the project in our work section.

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Banksy Vs. Bristol Museum

I’ve been a fan of Banksy for some time, but I know he’s got his critics. This exhibition is running at Bristol Museum until 31st August. I hope I can make it down there to see it.

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Warp Records

Warp records has turned 20 years old and to commemorate they have produced this lovely box set.

The package features new songs, older previously unreleased material from Warp artists, tracks selected as some of his personal favorites by co-founder Steve Beckett and the top ten pieces voted for by Warp fans on Warp20.net. It also includes a beautifully produced book showcasing the label’s rich design history, along with an exclusive hour-long mix and a locked-groove vinyl set.

You can bag yourself one here.

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A long time in the making

Finally it’s here.

We’ve been working hard over the last few years creating great sites for our clients. So as Jack turns two, we’re celebrating with the launch of our own site. Happy Birthday Jack!

It’s the hardest thing to do designing something for yourself, hence the long delay, but finally we decided on something we’re happy with. So with the coding genius of Simon and the wordsmithery of Ant, here it is.

There’s going to be a few additions over the coming weeks, such as the Lomo page, and a few more Jacks. So for now we hope you like what we’ve done, and if you’ve got any comments feel free to drop us a line on the contact page.

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