Fast cars, Adrenaline fueled action & loud exhausts - that's what is to expect at next years bournemouth wheels festival 2017.
So, what can we say about this years Bournemouth Wheels Festival? Plenty that's for sure... If having over 4,000 local vehicles, supercars, formula one cars and classic cars going full throttle along the sunny shores of Bournemouth's seafront isn't enough for you, then what about all of the additional spectacles like quad bike racing, monster trucks, BMX, skateboarding & bike stunts? In fact the Bournemouth Wheels Festival perfectly encompasses everything that the name suggests, anything entertaining or fun with Wheels just about took part.
South Coast Design, one of Bournemouth & Poole's leading web development, marketing & graphic design agencies in partnership with Swains Garage got the pleasure of hosting one of the most iconic public convoys to take place over the weekend.
Our aim was to enjoy the spirit of the Bournemouth Wheels Festival and everything about it, by inviting the general public to take part in a fun, controlled convoy around Bournemouth town centre showing off their cars and enjoying the festivities as much as possible, as well as making some noise and giving the thousands of spectators the show of a lifetime.
Over the course of the weekend over 150 local car enthusiasts took part, with the convoy attracting media attention locally as well as a host of professional photographers lining up outside the Royal Bath Hotel to get a glimpse of all of the cars.
As a result of the amazing feedback we received from organising the event we will push extremely hard to run another convoy again next year and hope for it to be bigger, better and far more involved. Until next year!
We're just as excited as everyone else to find out what Adobe creative cloud has in store for us in 2016.
What to expect from Adobe Creative Cloud in 2016, it's looking like it's going to be a year for more mobile apps, better stock media and better tools for larger companies as well as home users.
Vice President Mala Sharma revealed in a conference call to a selection of journalists recently that the companies future plans were broad and emphasis on more mobile tools. The main desktop tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & After effects were barely mentioned, with the exception of the new user interface design which we're expecting to see some tweaks on in early 2016.
Mobile apps are a large proportion of Adobe creative cloud's future plans, and Apple made a big deal about targeting creative pros with its iPad Pro at the launch of the new smaller model earlier this week.
From using the tool, I doubt it would need the performance only found on a laptop that you'd need to run Photoshop or Illustrator. So why no XD for iOS?
Adobe's VP is looking to the future and predicts a time when applications aren't just limited to single features, but fully comprehensive tools that can be used on the move or during meetings for immediate revisions. These new features would sync the projects you're working on to the cloud so that you can continue work back at your studio or even during the meeting itself.
From Adobe's current app line-up, we're still some distance from there - but most creatives would like to be able to work from iPad to desktop as effortlessly as they can with email, Slack or Evernote.
Get in touch with us on our brand new corporate line 0844 824 0009
As most of us have probably been aware of, we've desperately needed to get ourselves a new business number, a memorable and catchy one that we could have a silent giggle about in the South Coast Design offices... we are now happy to announce that that day has finally arrived.
"If you need, a bit of design call 0844 824 0009..."
Thanks to the wonderful telecommunications company in Bournemouth Data Telecom, we're now all set up to listen to all of your woes and problems... we always wanted to be telephone therapists.
But in all seriousness, this has been long overdue.
It's been fair to say that it's been one hell of a busy start to 2016. We've taken on a whole host of new clients and we're even helping out The Arts Institute of Bournemouth with a lecture on the effect of customer psychology on marketing and brand awareness in February of this year. Exciting!
It's come after being nominated for a host of different graphic design awards in Bournemouth and being proud of what we do, so for that we are truly grateful. We couldn't do it without you guys.
Be sure to be on the lookout on our facebook and twitter pages for all of the latest news and portfolio updates, we absolutely love sharing them with you and don't forget about our 10% referral bonus to any new business you can send us, we like paying for your next short trip to the Bahamas.
From all the guys at South Coast Design, bye for now!
There are many companies out there who for one of several reasons may not have considered the benefits of using a freelancer to design their new website (or print literature/brochure etc) and tend to opt for hiring an agency to do their work simply because they don’t know any better and will invariably looked up “web design in Huddersfield” on google and approached the first few agencies that come up in their search results.
This is fine for some clients, they may prefer the traditional “comfort” factor they get from hiring a company that has offices and a staff of more than one. However, for many smaller companies, this approach is not always the best way of commissioning work and below is a list of reasons outlining the benefits of considering hiring a freelancer instead of an agency. Some you might already have thought of and told prospective clients when trying to win work, others you may not.
1. The cost
Lets kick off with the obvious one everyone will have at one point considered. The average freelancer doesn’t have anywhere near the overheads of an established agency such as office space (if the freelancer does have an office, it’s likely to be smaller and with no staff) and staff so here is an immediate and tangible saving that you as a client can make.
It’s easy for your project to become one of many when working with an agency.
Many agencies tend to have at least one “flagship” client who demands more of their time and effort than all of the other “smaller” clients and often they’re paying for the priviledge so naturally agencies will always find more time for these clients and perhaps a little less for the smaller jobs which of course are still important, are less important. A general rule of thumb with a lot of freelancers is that they tend to work from project to project or have only a couple of projects active which means a greater level of focus on yours.
3. We’re always here
Freelance is tough business, we work irregular hours to compete, often more than the 5 days a week our agency counterparts work and as such you’ve got a much better chance of pushing your project through quickly with a freelancer who may opt to work on it outside of traditional office hours such as weekends or into the night.
This isn’t to say that all freelancers work all the time of course! We’re still human and like free time as much as everyone else.
4. Direct chain of communication
If you’ve ever hired an agency in the past you’ll find that usually you’ll deal day to day with an account manager who then passes on your requirements and changes to a designer or developer who implements them then advises your account manager when they’re done.
Freelancers these days have to be experts in a number of disciplines. It’s no use being a great designer who can’t clearly communicate with their clients. Freelancers generally have excellent procedures in place for handling both the client liason aspect of the project as well the actual implementation.
This gives you the confidence that when you’re passing on your requirements for your project that you’re actually passing them directly to the person who will be doing the work!
5. You get the expertise you need
Sounds a bit silly when of course you could hire an agency who design websites instead of a freelancer who designs websites but bear in mind that (linked to #1) if you’re hiring a freelancer, you’re only paying for their skills.
If you’re hiring an agency, their rates will be factoring in the cost to them of employing staff who do other things that may not be relevant to your particular project.
6. Your project is more important to a freelancer
This may sound like a bold statement but freelancers tend to work from project to project so yours will more often than not be the most important thing they’re working on.
Agencies tend to operate with more clients and prioritise work differently, often based on the size of the client. If your project is competing for attention with a £250k website launch there’s a real danger your project may move down the to do list in favour of the big multinational company account who have demanded a launch day for a new promotion at short notice.
Dealing directly with the freelancer who is working on your project often shortens the time to completion of your project.
There’s no chain involved in getting your requirements implemented and changes can be done straight away rather than falling into the inbox of a designer in an agency who may have 20 other jobs their boss has asked them to complete by the end of the day.
8. Freelancers have networks too
At this point as a client you may be half convinced about trying the freelance route when it comes to your next project but are perhaps thinking that if you hire an agency, you’re not only hiring someone who specialised purely in web design but a complete solution which gives you access not only to a designer but perhaps also a developer and a copy writer and someone who specialises in search engine optimisation.
This is of course true, by hiring an agency, you’ll get enough resource to complete your project and the cost of the project will reflect this.
However, don’t for a second think that freelancers don’t have great networks of contacts too. We stick together and work together on projects based purely on requirements rather than keeping all these staff on salary.
9. We do the work anyway
This may come as a surprise to some clients but I can certainly speak from experience here. That project you’ve just paid an agency £900 a day to complete – well, I did it for you anyway but for much less money.
Agencies often call in freelance/contract talent to work on projects that they don’t want to turn down but don’t have the in-house resource to complete at the time. I’ve worked on a number of projects as a contractor with a wide range of agencies who have effectively collected a pay-cheque at the end of the project and paid me my “share”. Why not consider removing this excess cost from day 1..
10. You’re hiring the right person for the job
As I’ve mentioned earlier in this list, your project will have specific requirements. When you’re looking to award the project you may find an agency who specialise in what you need. You might find one who does many of the things you need and can provide the remaining resource (usually a freelancer!) to do the job.
When you look around for a freelancer, you’re going to be able to find someone with an exact skill set to complete your project on time and budget.
Many of the benefits listed above relate to the cost difference between hiring an agency and a freelancer. One of the aims of this list was to try and dispel some of the ideas clients have about freelancers who work for themselves and operate from home offices. I hope some of the pointers give you food for thought when you’re searching for someone to work on your next project and that you see the many benefits of making use of the growing number of freelancers out there who do great work.
South Coast Design celebrates the success of the first ever Business in Dorset - Summer Social in Poole
South Coast Design was pleased to host this years Business in Dorset - Summer Social. Over 120 Dorset based business owners and entrepreneurs, gave up their busy Saturday's to attend a fun, social, networking event with complimentary sparkling wine upon arrival and some excellent canapés provided by The Library Café Bar in Poole.
David Hartford from Corfe Construction Ltd said :"There has clearly been a lot of effort put into this event, and it's been very different to normal networking events that I've been to in the past. It was much more laid back and everyone was out to have a good time".
Attendees got to enjoy the rest of the British summer sun while sitting outside at one of Poole's thriving lounge, café bars situated a stone's throw from central Poole. Throughout the evening plenty of business conversations were had, valuable connections and referrals were made and we're sure we'll see double the attendance at the next event due sometime in the Autumn.
South Coast Design would like to thank all of the staff at The Library Café Bar in Poole for all of their hard work during the night, the food was excellent and the selection of craft beers, ciders and fine wines kept all of the guests entertained.
To round off the festivities a small business quiz was held in teams of 2-3 and prizes of a large bottle of champagne for the runner's up Clair James Property Group, with the winner Dee Clayton from DeeClayton.com taking home the first place prize of a £100 voucher off a meal at the Harbour Heights Hotel in Sandbanks.
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