Amazon’s Bookstore: No Coffee, No browsing, Not a lot of fun…

The New York Times takes a look round Amazon’s newly opened brick and mortar store. No coffee, no cash, very little browsing and data mining used to direct customers to the most popular titles. It all sounds very slick and high-tech but not like any bookshop we’d want to bother with.


Source: At Amazon’s Bookstore, No Coffee but All the Data You Can Drink – The New York Times

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New Year, New Skills: Social Media Sparks

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Do you want to create eye catching, professional social media graphics and short videos but don’t have a budget for software? Our Social Media Sparks workshop is an informal, hands-on session which will show you and your team how to get the best from Adobe’s free Spark suite of social media software tools.

We use Spark to create all sorts of content for our own social media channels including posts like these:

Short videos:

And promotional web pages:

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In our Social Media Sparks workshop, You’ll learn how to use pictures and typography to put together great looking posts, web pages and short videos. No previous software or design experience is necessary and you’ll be up and running and posting live online right away. Sparks applications are available through any web browser and in versions for iPhone and iPad so you can work on your own laptops or tablets.

We can run a Sparks workshop anywhere you like, right on your own site, or at another venue of your choice.

If you’d like find out more or get a quote please contact us.

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404 Ink first issue

Earlier in the year we helped with the development of a logo for the indie publishing startup 404 Ink. We’re happy to see that the first edition of their lit mag is now out.

The first issue features writers and artists including Helen Sedgwick, Kevin MacNeil,  Seonaidh Charity and Karyn Dougan as well as interviews with Wilko Johnson, Girls of Steel, The Sad Ghost Club and others as well as a retrospective look at the errors of 2016.

The magazine is available in both print and digital formats.

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