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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.

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Part two. We’re back!

Part two

At the tail end of 2010, when the UK economy was at it’s lowest ebb, we found ourselves in a place that we didn’t recognise any longer, the phone stopped ringing, our clients went quiet and we’d lost track of our vision. That’s when we realised that if we were going to continue in this industry then we needed to go away and rediscover what made Black Sheep the success that it previously was.

It’s been 6 months since we decided to go quiet and fall under the radar. Precious time which allowed us to take stock of what we achieved during Part One. It was kind of like, taking a sabbatical from the company to concentrate on finding out who we are now and where we want to be in the years ahead.

We looked at what was good and bad about our company and how to improve its offering. We revisited our early vision, of not being the biggest, but striving to be the best at whatever we do. It’s an ideal that continues to drive us on, but with a new twist ‘If we can’t do it to the best of our ability, we won’t do it at all’.

In building the brand through printed matter is where our strength had always been, but over time became diluted by a work mix that evolved as our staffing skill set did. We dabbled with interactive game design, 3D architectural visualisation and media buying amongst other things. All of which we successfully undertook, as they were extensions of our core branding service, but were always supplementary services that we offered, but never actively marketed. This quickly saw our focus become blurred as we headed down the ‘Full Service Agency’ route, where handling every aspect of a clients work became the driver rather than taking on projects what we were suited to.

Another ideal that we still hold true, is that we’ve always wanted our clients to choose us specifically for the type of work we produce and that they feel comfortable working with us, not just because we’ve got a name and have been tried and tested over the years. Now it’s ever more important, with so many small agency start-ups and design buyers increasingly more happy to cut their costs by using one-band companies and freelancers working out of their bedrooms.

So, we’re at the mid way point of 2011 and if we are to compete with our contemporaries and these new kids on the block, then we must differentiate our offering from them in every way. Otherwise, how can we expect a client to choose us, in a saturated market place, where anyone with a computer who can assemble a page layout (not necessarily a good one) thinks they’re a graphic designer. As we’ve seen so many times, buying creative solutions as a commodity doesn’t work, one creative designer’s ideas are different to another’s and therefore, their worth cannot be solely bought on a cost effectiveness basis.

After some serious soul searching we realised that our offering needed to be clearer, concise and relevant to the market that we want to operate in.

So, in the future won’t be referring to our agency as ‘full-service’, as this doesn’t really mean anything! Well maybe that you try to do too much, without actually doing it very well. Which on occasion, we might have been guilty of.

Our offer is simple! We offer a consultancy service that specialises in building brands that are delivered through all print media channels.

We call it ‘Design for the Printed world’.

So, whether it’s; new brand creation, a re-fresh of your existing brand, advertising of your brand, product or service, informing stakeholders of your performance & values through an annual report or simply marketing your services through a leaflet or poster. Black Sheep has a relevant case study with tangible results that show you how effective brand building and awareness can drive your business forward through great creative solutions.

Where does that leave us in an evolving digital world? We’ll be there to help and guide you through the challenges of migrating your brand and its values into a digital space. We can advise you in the marketing aspects of implementing e-marketing in to the mix & how to integrate it with a social media channels strategy. Or simply, help you find the right supplier of such services and work with them on your behalf, we’re here to help you.

As for Black Sheep, we’re going to continue to strive for excellence in the way we operate and the standard of work we undertake and deliver.

Thanks for reading.

Neil Asher & Jack Bland

Here come the Men in…

The gate is open

It’s been a long process but we’ve finally opened the gate to the Pen. After remodeling the building, we’ve got 3 studio spaces of varying size available for rent.

LOCATION
103 Bute Street, Cardiff – 1st and 2nd floor Studio’s TO LET

Cardiff is the principal commercial and administrative centre of Wales with an urban population of approximately 315,000 and in excess of 500,000 living within 10 miles of the City Centre.  The City enjoys excellent road, rail and air communications. Theses include the A470, A48 and A4232 which lead from the M4 to the City Centre, Cardiff Central Railway Station which is part of the Great Western Rail Network, and Cardiff International Airport.
 
The property is located within the heart of Cardiff Bay approximately one mile south east of Cardiff City Centre.  Mermaid Quay Festival Shopping and Restaurant Complex, The Millennium Centre, The Welsh Assembly Building and Cardiff Bay Waterfront are all within the near vicinity.

The Taff Crossing and the Butetown Tunnel which provides dual carriageway access to the M4 Motorway at Junction 33.

DESCRIPTION
The available accommodation is situated to the first and second floors of a three storey property built at the turn of the last century. The offices benefit from wooden flooring, some with inset service boxes and central heating. Tea-point and W.C. facilities are provided for. The offices are available combined or individually on an all inclusive rent. There is also a boardroom facility to house 10 – 15 people available subject to prior booking.

Street level view of the building

Meeting room with space for 12 people

Second floor stairwell

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation briefly comprises:
 
First Floor
Studio 2 — 29.04 sq.m.  (3-4 person)

 
Second Floor
Studio 1 – Front Office — 67.96 sq.m. (12 persons max)

Studio 2 – Rear Office — 38.27 sq.m. (4-6 person)


LEASE

These units are available to lease on flexible terms. Further details are available upon application.
 
RENT
Upon Application. We are is prepared to lease units on an all inclusive rent.
 
For PRICES and further info contact our Agent MGY
Mark Iles or Cheryl Vale on 029 2047 5192 / 029 2047 5193
mark.iles@mgy.co.uk