Category Archives: Cardiff University

Quietly beavering away

Its been while since we popped our heads out of the pen and into the blogosphere. With summer now finally arriving and a well earned holiday on the cards, it’s probably a good time to bring you up-to-speed with what we’ve been doing over the last few months.

We’ve re-branded ‘Broneirion’, Girlguiding Cymru’s outdoor centre in Mid Wales, as well as providing them with a new visual language and marketing collateral.

We’ve also provided promotional support to Hybu Cig Cymru with exhibition banners and marketing brochures as well as producing the latest prospectuses for Cardiff Business School.

But a large chunk of the work that we’ve been producing over the last nine months, has seen us focus on developing and growing on one of our long term clients; multimat®, one of the UK’s leading outdoor equipment manufacturers.

From the ground up, we’ve looked at brand perception on the high street and gaged the opinions of the end user, to how they are supported by the retail sector, which culminated in the production of a complete audit review of the market and their share in it and how their brand stacks up against the competition, together with recommendations for advertising and a social media strategy.

After approval of our recommendation, we’ve undertaken a complete redesign of their packaging, specifying new range colours and imagery to support their products. We’ve supported this by the inception of two new ad advertising campaigns, one for their ‘superlite air’ inflatable mattress, the other; for their family premium range of self-inflating mattresses.

We’ve also produced our first a short form video to promote the brand online via YouTube & Facebook and have just competed their 2013 outdoor & military collection catalogue.

This refocusing on brand profile is in anticipation of their launch into Europe next year, starting at the 2013 OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Where we recently visited the show to recce the venue and check out the competition.

This is my videoblog/visual diary/reference material from the trip.

OutDoor 2012, Friedrichshafen – a visual diary from Neil Asher on Vimeo.

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Cardiff Business School look to Black Sheep

Cardiff University’s Business School have, for a fifth year running, engaged Black Sheep to produce their annual prospectuses for Undergraduates and Postgraduates interested in studying at the University in 2012.
(Click on the images below to view these prospectuses in all their glory)

We believe that this continued relationship is testament to our understanding of their specific needs and desire to recruit students of the highest standard, in order to maintain and build on their ranking of 4th in the UK for the quality of its research quality. With 70% of the School’s research ranked as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.


The School is ranked 2nd in the UK in terms of the proportion of its research which is ‘world-leading’ (the highest possible category), placing it second only to London Business School.

The School uses research-led teaching across its full portfolio of programmes, giving students the cutting-edge knowledge needed to forge a successful career.

Cardiff employee’s have their say!

Our Brief was to design the Cardiff Employee Survey, a report that presents the findings from a research project conducted by Cardiff Business School and Cardiff Business Partnership, examining employees’ perceptions of Cardiff as a place to work and asked them what they wanted from the city in the future. Cardiff Business School asked Black Sheep to design a report that communicates the needs of those individuals surveyed, quickly, clearly & effectively to business leaders.

Our Solution:
Deciphering the information contained in graphs and charts can be difficult as well as navigating through it. We created a document that illustrates its findings as well as traditionally telling the story.

Where the reader can clearly identify the key messages without necessarily having to read the whole report.

Adopting a less formal, graphic approach to the report, we used large magazine style pull-outs for key facts, with iconic symbols representing the issues identified. Our main aim was to clearly place the emphasis on engaging the target audience, who are time poor.

Impact/Feedback:
Since the reports launch, it has been widely reported through TV, Radio and online media encouraging debate on it’s findings.

‘It’s great – we’re really pleased and it’s going to a lot of large companies and organisations in Cardiff, so I hope it brings you some work too! – Everyone who has seen it has been really impressed!’ Laura Davies of the Business School.

Click on the report cover below and you will be magically transported to Issuu, where you will be able to see it in all its glory.

Re-positioning the Business School

Cardiff University’s Business School asked Black Sheep to produce a suite of publications which reflected the experience and quality of learning on offer at Cardiff. We provided them with an approach that was stylish and sophisticated enough to show they’re a force to be reckoned with.

MBA prospectus cover

MBA prospectus : typical page layout


  
Various publication covers
   
Various publication covers

Where Research Leads, brochure cover.
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Where the people make the place

It’s a little late on our part as Cardiff University are due to publish their latest Annual Report, however here is the report that we designed for them last year, incorporating our concept that ‘the people make the place’.

Above: Cover

Spread: This was the year that…

Spread: Excellent and relevant research



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Design helps fight Cancer

Black Sheep were recently commissioned by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine to design and produce a brochure promoting their Cancer and Genetics research facility, which will stand at the forefront of medical research and 21st century healthcare. The new building will allow them to take the discoveries made within the fields of molecular and cellular biology, through to clinical trials. It will encourage interdisciplinary research on the genetic causes and effects within cancer progression.

The new building will be located at the gateway to a 6000m2 research triangle at the University Hospital of Wales campus.

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Black Sheep is a full-service creative agency, smack dab in the bleating heart of Cardiff Bay – nothing wooly about that!
Providing strategic and creative thinking: Advertising Campaigns, Branding & Logo Design, Direct-Marketing, Brochures & Graphic Design through to Print Buying to clients in Cardiff, South Wales.

love is…making your client happy

‘That’s great; the more I see the design, the more I love it. Thanks Neil.’

That’s what ‘James Vilares, Widening Access Officer, Cardiff University’ said about our recently completed brochure aimed at 14-17 year olds, who wouldn’t normally be contemplating a higher education.