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  • Tender Opportunity from Generator: Marketing and Communications Strategy
    Marketing and Communications Strategy Tender - Generator Generator are looking to appoint marketing and branding specialists. Read on to find out more...   There are a lot of exciting things happening at Generator over the coming months, and we need someone to help us shout about them,  We're seeking to appoint specialists in the fields of marketing and branding to support us in the development of our Marketing and Communications Strategy. The winning responses will be expected to engage in a contract that will include...
  • AME Group- Product Design Award
    AME Group wins international product design award
    DNN members win international product design award Product development consultancy and Member of Design Network North- AME Group has won an international design award for an innovative device that enables door handles to be fitted in minutes. The Sheffield-based firm beat off global competition to win a prestigious Red Dot Award for the JigTech Pro, which it developed in partnership with Ossett-based Dale Hardware. The international Red Dot jury of 40 experts spent several days assessing more than 5,500 entries from manufacturers and...
  • De-risking your innovation
    De-risking your innovation Jacquie Potts has written the following thought-piece on  innovation. As MD of Marketwise Strategies, which is in its seventeenth year of helping clients de-risk their innovations, she has worked with a wide variety of organisations across the UK and internationally: from technology companies to universities, major not-for-profits and some of the UK’s best-known public sector agencies. New product development – understanding is power What makes a new product or service innovation most likely to succeed – and how can the risks...
  • DNN member's biometrics scans comply with impending privacy legislation
    DNN member's biometrics scans comply with impending privacy legislation Amidst the chaos of Brexit, many security minded organisations are concerned about the implications of the European Regulation on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data, adopted in 2016 and planned to be enforceable in May 2018. As an integral component of EU privacy and human rights law; it regulates the processing and distribution of personal data. In essence it will become illegal, or certainly contrary to...
  • ievo is North East LEP’s newest Enterprise Adviser
    ievo is North East LEP’s newest Enterprise Adviser Shaun Oakes, managing director of ievo , will work with staff and pupils at The Hermitage Academy, Chester le Street, to improve careers education and support the Academy in working towards the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, a national pilot scheme led by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to improve the quality of careers advice in schools and colleges. Working strategically with senior leaders at The Hermitage Academy to shape the quality...
  • DNN member creates the next generation of smart IOT data hub
    DNN member creates the next generation of smart IOT data hub Design Network North member Martel Instruments have launched a brand new smart loT (Internet of Things) enabled compact printer in the US and across Europe that will significantly enhance healthcare, automotive, analytical, monitoring and measurement equipment products. The company that was founded in 1982, is a global supplier to OEM device manufacturers. For the last twenty years Martel have manufactured and supplied compact printers that embed and connect to other...
  • Everything is my Design are hiring
    Everything is my Design are hiring
    Everything is my Design are hiring a graphic designer Members of Design Network North, Everything is my Design are looking for a bright and hungry graphic designer to join their team initially on a 3-month placement with the view to a permanent junior role. A person to help them create visual expressions and make them come alive. A person who is passionate and ready to thrive in a busy and highly creative environment.  Their promise In return for your best efforts Everything is my Design can offer you...
  • Huddersfield brand specialist scoops ultimate UK design accolade
    Huddersfield brand specialist scoops ultimate UK design accolade A specialist brand agency and Design Network North member from Huddersfield has been awarded the ultimate UK design accolade at ceremony held in London last week. Because The Engine Room didn’t just scoop a gold design impact trophy at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in London – the team was also crowned the overall winner of winners on the night, picking up the prestigious Grand Prix award at the end of the evening. The...
  • Design Means Business Conference 2017
    9th May 2017: 8:30am -4.30pm Design Means Business Conference Design Means Business’ is a National Conference designed to communicate and advance the value and benefits of design to businesses and the wider community. This One Day Conference, aims to Inspire and Support Businesses to engage with design practices and practitioners through a packed schedule of Passionate Keynote Speakers. FIND OUT MORE & BOOK
  • Can Biometrics increase safety in the NHS?
    Can Biometrics increase safety in the NHS Today, Design Network North members ievo are asking the question: Can Biometrics increase safety in the NHS? Read on to find out what they think Within the NHS, security is always a primary concern for patients, staff and data. Today's NHS must contend with an ever increasing and ageing population whilst also being drained of future funding. The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours across the UK, with an increase in...
  • Job vacancy - Fashion Designer
    Always Wear Red are looking for a Fashion Designer Design Network North member Always Wear Red is looking for a Fashion Designer. Take a look at their job description below:   There are so many ways that we could make this happen... a full-time designer, a part-time designer, a designer already running their own embryonic or established brand that wants to help us to deliver our vision... We can even explore working with an established and well known designer wishing to collaborate and/or to...
  • Bring it On! North East firms collaborate to engineer the future of the industry
    Bring it On! North East firms collaborate to engineer the future of the industry Schools from across the region are being invited to explore the world of engineering at ‘Bring it On!’, the first event of its kind in the North East. ‘Bring it On!’ aims to inspire, educate and excite school children between the ages of nine and 14 about the opportunities in the sector within the region and ultimately reduce the existing skills gap. The exhibition, to be held on...
  • Members Always Wear Red looking for a Marketing Communicator/Co-ordinator
    Exceptional and Rare Career Opportunity: Always Wear Red - Marketing Communicator/Co-ordinator CLOSING: 5pm, Friday 10th March, 2017. This rare and intriguing opportunity is to quickly become the pivotal Marketing Communicator/Co-ordinator for a significant, up-and-coming luxury fashion brand that is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They have additional team members and a presence in London. This is initially an internal entry-level role so that Always Wear Red leadership can intensively train and support you. It is then entirely down to you to quickly grow your role and consequently your package.  The plan is that, ultimately - with hard work...
  • Andrew and Pete
    Blow up your Social Media and Content Marketing Strategy (the fun way)
    Blow up your Social Media and Content Marketing Strategy (the fun way) We're holding a Social Media and Content Marketing Strategy workshop with award-winning marketing consultants and international speakers Andrew and Pete! We're offering half-price tickets to our Design Network North members and to ATOMIC members - click here to receive your discount code The workshop In this Half Day workshop, we're going to be taking a deep dive into your Social Media and Content Marketing strategy to strengthen your business and...
  • The London Design Fair are seeking makers for British Craft Pavilion
    The London Design Fair are seeking makers for British Craft Pavilion The London Design Fair are currently seeking makers - who craft beautiful objects in the highest quality materials - to exhibit in the British Craft Pavilion. The deadline for submissions is 13th February 2017. The British Craft Pavilion will present the very best of British craftsmanship across the full spectrum of craft disciplines and will be the home for craft during the London Design Festival. Launched to huge acclaim in 2016, the...
  • Get your bright idea in the Lumiere Durham programme
    Get your bright idea in the Lumiere Durham programme As part of the Lumiere Durham light festival (16th – 19th November 2017), applications for the art commissioning competition BRILLIANT are now open. BRILLIANT is a competition for anyone who lives in, or is originally from the North East, to submit their brightest idea to create a light installation. Winning submissions will receive funding and practical support from festival producers Artichoke to help make their idea come to life. Their artwork will be...
  • paragon
    Paragon launches new rapid online ordering solution
    Paragon launches new rapid online ordering solution It's official, 2016 was the year that online shopping overtook in store sales with 51% of shoppers now preferring to make purchases online. This trend is something businesses can’t afford to ignore, and now Paragon are getting in on the act too; by launching an online quotation and ordering system for basic 3D printed SLA and SLS models. Their rapid quote and online ordering solution for basic models provides customers with the tools they need...
  • DNN members, Everything is My Design collaborate on North East University’s new Apprenticeships Programme launch
    DNN members, Everything is My Design collaborate on North East University’s new Apprenticeships Programme launch One of the North East's newly emerging creative agencies has collaborated with University of Sunderland on the brand and materials for its pioneering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, launched at an event attended by HRH The Duke of York. Created by the University of Sunderland in response to the Government's wish to create three million apprentices by 2020, the Higher and Degree Apprenticeships will allow businesses to...
  • How to rescue your web design project
    How to rescue your web design project Web design projects can fail for many reasons. From a poor project specification to misunderstanding and miscommunication, and simply lack of relevant experience, we've seen projects of all sizes require rescuing. To rescue, or to build again? A question we are asked frequently at Peacock Carter from clients suffering from failing web projects is whether they should build on what is already there, or start again. Having an audit undertaken on the project completed to date...
  • Copyright Law Changes
    Copyright law changes from 28 January – is your business prepared?
    Copyright law changes from 28th January – is your business prepared? Find out about the latest copyright law changes using this helpful guide. Up until now anyone could replicate artistic work provided it was at least 25 years old and had been reproduced more than 50 times. A replica photograph, sculpture or piece of furniture in these circumstances was fair game according to section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. But now section 52 is being repealed,...
  • Wonderstuff appoints Michael Hynes as part of its expansion plans
    Wonderstuff appoints Michael Hynes as part of its expansion plans for its brand and design consultancy Wonderstuff appoints Michael Hynes as part of its expansion plans for its brand and design consultancy Wonderstuff has welcomed a new member to their team of branding and design consultants as part of their development plans for 2017.  Michael Hynes’ client servicing experience spans 30 years working in design, branding and advertising agencies in London, Scotland, Yorkshire as well as his native North East. He has worked...
  • 30% OFF 3D PRINTING WITH FORMWURX
    30% OFF 3D PRINTING FOR DESIGN NETWORK NORTH MEMBERS Design Network North member formwurx are based in rural Northumberland and are dedicated to producing high quality custom prints of 3D models produced by artists, designers, architects and engineers at a price point lower than mainstream 3D print bureaus. Prints can be produced via the sla method for highly detailed resin prints, or via the powder method which produces prints of a lower surface quality, but with the option of colour as...
  • Web Developer wanted
    Web Developer wanted Web Developer Wanted Closing date: 30th December 2016 Salary: £18 - £24k Start date: ASAP Urban River is a well established North East agency working with a wide variety of clients. To support our recent project wins, we are looking to recruit a talented new member to join our friendly team. Not afraid of hard work, using your initiative and being a part of a team that prides itself on delivering websites which make a real difference, This could be for you. We are searching...
  • Drone Engineer Vacancy
    Drone Engineer Vacancy Drone Engineer Vacancy   DroneOps is a specialist integrator of sensors onto drones creating “systems of systems” with an office in the Core, Newcastle and skunkworks in Northumberland DroneOps has also worked with FP7 Project EDEN by looking at ways to protect EU Citizens from chemical and radiological incidents which included work at Chernobyl in the Ukraine. Recent work has also included the development of drones for mine detection, ozone measurement, methane, and steelyard audits.  DroneOps has been busy establishing functional...
  • A festive treat from Wonderstuff
    A festive treat from Wonderstuff   Christmas is a time to give and to receive, and Wonderstuff are kindly giving away meeting space for the entire festive season in their Gosforth office. The meeting room is suitable for up to six people. They'll provide tea, coffee and wifi for you, all for free!  This goodwill offer is available throughout December. If you'd like to know more, visit their website or drop them a line at seasonsmeetings@wonderstuff.co   Wonderstuff is a valued member of Design Network North. Design Network North...
  • Northern Clothing and Textile Network launch a roaring success
    Northern Clothing and Textile Network launch a roaring success The launch of the Northern Clothing and Textile Network, a collaboration between David Reay of Small Circles Consulting and Design Network North, was nothing short of successful with nearly 100 attendees and positive feedback from all involved. Katie Olvanhill, speaker at NCTN launch. ©Burns-Rowatt Photography and Design Network North The day-long event had speakers from Berghaus and the Manchester Fashion Institute, as well as some local entrepreneurs, and ended with workshops on e-commerce, social...
  • DNN member Urban River have client success with leading arts venue
    DNN member Urban River have client success with leading arts venue South Shields theatre, The Customs House, has gone live with their brand new website, provided by Design Network North member, Urban River. The new website is aimed at providing a smoother, quicker way to book tickets, as well as giving online users more and clearer information about the venue and forthcoming shows. The Customs House turned to Urban River, a marketing agency based in King Street, South Shields, after working with...
  • Design Network North member elected onto BIDA board
    Design Network North member elected BIDA board member Design Network North Member and product design agency Octo Design are delighted to announce that their MD Dan Martin has been elected as a BIDA board member. BIDA, the British Industrial Design Association, is a prestigious membership organisation for professionals and graduates working in product, interaction and service design. They advocate the benefits of good design education and practice to business, government and its agencies. Octo Design are one of a handful of north east...
  • DNN member Peacock Carter celebrates its 10th Anniversary
    DNN member Peacock Carter celebrates its 10th Anniversary November sees Design Network North member Peacock Carter celebrating their 10th Anniversary, in which time they have grown from working in a back bedroom in Durham City to occupying premier office space in Gateshead’s flagship Northern Design Centre. “We could easily have given up early on”, says Richard Carter the company’s founder and Managing Director, who was told not to bother by a Durham business adviser at the start of his career. “Apparently there...
  • Wonderstuff are looking for a Designer
    Wonderstuff are looking for a Designer Wonderstuff are looking for a designer. Check out the job description below: We see a future where all SME’s understand their brand and use it to help achieve their goals. We now need an experienced, multi-skilled designer to join our Newcastle team. We work with SME clients who realise that the right growth for their organisation is dependent on communicating and sustaining their brand; across brand development and a range of design communications. If you are a...
  • IEVO BIOMETRICS OFFER SCHOOLS A SECURE FUTURE
    IEVO BIOMETRICS OFFER SCHOOLS A SECURE FUTURE ievo are moving into school security with a number of client wins from the education sector. Whilst various access control systems exist, the biometric solution provided by advance fingerprint readers is proving increasingly popular with some 40% of schools in 2014 using biometric technology, not only for access control but also for a range of day-to-day tasks including registration, library borrowing and catering arrangements. Fingerprint scanners at meal times are more efficient, and discrete when...
  • Shell Springboard 2017 is now open for applications!
    Shell Springboard 2017 is now open for applications! Do you have a bright solution to reduce carbon emissions? Why not enter the Shell Springboard programme, which supports UK businesses who are working on innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions. One national winner will receive £150,000 and a further five regional winners will each get £40,000 of equity-free funding, as well as feedback from leading academics, investors and policymakers, to help scale-up their enterprises.   Since launching in 2005, the programme has awarded over...
  • The Design Portal is LIVE
    The Design Portal is LIVE We’ve been working on this for some time now, and we are delighted to tell you that the Design Portal is finally live and ready for you to sign up! To give you a quick overview, it’s an interactive directory for businesses involved in design. You can browse through all the organisations by their sector, and by the sectors they’ve worked for, as well as check out their portfolios. If you find a few organisations you...
  • Tender for Architecture
    TENDER FOR ARCHITECT  ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE AND VISITORS CENTRE The Authority is seeking an architect to lead a design team to develop design proposals for the lighthouse and visitor centre on St Mary's Island. For more information and to access Tender documents please click the button bellow. If you would like to receive tender alerts like this, then why not become a member, we can set up a tailored tender alert service for you, so you don't miss opportunities like this. For...
  • In Case You Missed It...Rise and Design: The Power of Design
    #ICYMI Rise and Design: The Power of Design To the delight of our Yorkshire members, Rise and Design finally arrived in Leeds last month. With intentions to showcase great design stories, as well as introduce Design Network North to a new audience, ‘The Power of Design’ succeeded on both fronts. Almost sixty companies gathered in the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds city centre to hear about two inspiring stories, one describing a novel, award-winning programme in Huddersfield, the other a fabulous...
  • Layers Studio design new bottle for award-winning distillery
    Layers Studio design new bottle for award-winning distillery Newcastle-based Digital Branding Studio and DNN member, Layers, have created a new look for award-winning independent craft distillery, Poetic License. Officially launching at the Boutique Bar Show in London on 20 September, the designs will cover the full range of handcrafted spirits from Old Tom Gin to Graceful Vodka and the latest one-off seasonal range, The Rarities. The stunning design, which features the original copy of Layers Co-founder Andrew Donaghy, is the result of...
  • DNN member announces VentureFest North East partnership
    DNN member announces VentureFest North East partnership Business de-risking specialist and Design Network North member, Marketwise Strategies has become the market research partner to VentureFest North East, the regional innovation conference for North East England. Specialising in strategic research for new product development and business growth, Marketwise Strategies works with science and technology businesses and universities, across the UK and internationally. Formed in 2000, the company has a strong track record in supporting innovation and delivering robust market insights to inform...
  • Wonderstuff are looking for a Brand Consultant
    Wonderstuff are looking for a Brand Consultant Wonderstuff see a future where all SMEs understand their brand and use it to help achieve their goals. After building a strong Brand Consultancy offering, they now need a Brand Consultant to join their Newcastle team.  Wonderstuff (based in Newcastle) work with SME clients who realise that the right growth for their organisation is dependent on their brand; to help them understand, clarify, and communicate their brand, and with their design team to turn the strategy into...
  • Design Network North member to exhibit at world’s largest security exhibition
    Design Network North member to exhibit at world’s largest security exhibition ievo Ltd, Design Network North member and Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems are to exhibit at Europe’s largest security exhibition in Germany, Security Essen 2016. Security Essen is the world’s leading fair for security and fire prevention products and services. The exhibition will house stands from businesses world wide, with products ranging from CCTV to physical access systems. Industry experts as well as over 280 businesses attending and exhibiting...
  • Collaboration with region’s innovation centre brings new contract win for North East healthcare firm
    Collaboration with region’s innovation centre brings new contract win for North East healthcare firm The engineering expertise of a North East innovation centre has secured a healthcare firm major contracts in new industries. Quality Hospital Solutions (QHS) is celebrating its contract win with an international gaming firm after teaming up with Design Network North member Reece Innovation and its team of technical engineers. Drawing upon diverse sector experience and technical capability, the team specialises in designing and developing innovative engineering solutions to meet...
  • Design Network North bringing Rise and Design to the Northern Design Festival 2016
    Design Network North contributing to Northern Design Festival 2016 We’re delighted to let you all know that we will be contributing to this year’s Northern Design Festival! It takes place from 7 to 16 October 2016 and takes the theme ‘Where do ideas come from?’ The Festival explores innovation, from the importance of drawing with the RIBA’s Drawing Room exhibition, to collaborative working with Turner Prize-winning Assemble’s Granby Workshop installation. The ‘Where do ideas come from?’ exhibition invites leading designers and...
  • DNN member ievo providing biometric security for Shetland construction site
    DNN member ievo providing biometric security for Shetland construction site Shetland Facilities Management (SFM) Security have provided Morrison Construction Ltd with a robust access control system utilising Design Network North member ievo's state-of-the-art fingerprint biometric recognition devices for their New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence development at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. As main contractor for the £56m project, Morrison’s brief for SFM was for an integrated access control system during construction which could give an accurate count of the workforce in...
  • Cottam Brush design new Rapid Lock system
    Cottam Brush design new Rapid Lock system Design Network North members, Cottam Brush are at the forefront of brush design and manufacture. With extensive knowledge, innovative design capability and modern manufacturing facilities, Cottam has become a trusted partner in specialist industries across the world. After undergoing market research, it was clearly apparent to Cottam that when it comes to brooms, customers have very little loyalty to suppliers with there being no particular differences between what is being offered in the market. To give them...
  • Office space to rent in Blaydon-upon-Tyne
    Office space to rent in Blaydon-upon-Tyne Following refurbishment, The New Inn Workspace has opened in Blaydon-on-Tyne offering affordable workspace to the west of the city, providing easy access to nearby Newcastle, Gateshead, A1, Metrocentre and Team Valley. The New Inn Workspace offers businesses the opportunity to rent attractive office space with affordable and flexible easy-in/easy-out terms. There is a shared kitchen area and reception. • Rent: £295 per month plus VAT, payable in advance. What is included in the rent: • Very attractive, characterful 28sq. metre...
  • Get your paws on a Great North Snowdog!
    Get your paws on a Great North Snowdog! Local charity and Design Network North member St Oswald's Hospice have just five Snowdogs left to purchase! St Oswald's have teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event - Great North Snowdogs. The interactive trail will feature more than 50 large scale Snowdog sculptures, inspired by the much loved animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. As well as being able to follow the trail, participants can...
  • Jo’s design is an Absolut success
    Jo’s design is an Absolut success Jo Stenberg from Kenton in Newcastle, who recently graduated with a first class degree in Textile and Surface Design from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), has won a national design competition by leading brand, Absolut Vodka. The New Designers exhibition at London’s prestigious Design Centre - where over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit - Jo entered Absolut’s competition, now in its fifth year, to create a...
  • LDT Design up for prestigious award
    LDT Design up for prestigious award Design Network North members, LDT Design, have been selected as one of the finalists for this year’s Plastics Industry Awards, which take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 30 September. Their nomination is based on their product design for Cocoon Labs. LDT Design, product design and development company based in York, and Cocoon Labs came together to develop Cocoon, a home alarm device that is affordable, unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing. Cocoon...
  • A week with Design Network North
    A week with Design Network North At Design Network North, one day can be completely different from the next, which definitely keeps things interesting! We thought we’d give you a taste of what a typical week in the office is like. Monday We had Rise and Design on Friday, so we’re all recovering from that. The theme was Design in Sport and showcased some brilliant products from golf swing analysers to fishing waders and the technologies that make them great. We’re always trying...
  • New Northern Clothing and Textiles Network aiming to support growth in the region
    New Northern Clothing and Textiles Network aiming to support growth in the region A recent collaboration between David Reay of Small Circles Consulting and Design Network North has set its sights on the creation of a Northern Clothing and Textiles Network. Design Network North, who hold the ever-popular monthly networking event, Rise and Design, teamed up with David Reay for a ‘Clothing and Textiles’ themed event. Not only was the event a success, but many of the guests expressed an interest...
  • Rise and Design FAQs
    RISE AND DESIGN FAQs With so many newbies coming along to Rise and Design over the last few months, we thought it was about time we answered some questions you might have so that you feel as comfortable as possible on the day. How much is it? It’s free, and always will be. Do I have to be a member to attend? No, and you’ll never have to be. We have been making some changes to our membership scheme as you may have noticed,...
  • Design Effectiveness — Making the intangible tangible
    DESIGN EFFECTIVENESS MAKING THE INTANGIBLE TANGIBLE By local brand and design consultants, Wonderstuff In the democratised world we live in, everyone is entitled to their opinion (and rightly so). And a lot of the time, your opinion is all that is required. But it’s important to remember that without anything to back it up that’s all it is, your opinion. Or as W.Deming put it; “Without data you’re just another person with an opinion.” Like we said, a lot of the time, your opinion is...
  • TRANZFUSER TEAMS ANNOUNCED
    TRANZFUSER TEAMS ANNOUNCED Tranzfuser™, the innovative new talent development programme from UK Games Talent and Finance CIC (UKGTF) and funded by the UK government, has announced the winning teams taking part in this year’s competition across the UK Regional Hub network. This is the first time a UK-wide talent programme has been linked directly to a prototype fund allowing new teams to benefit from grants and interaction with a host of other early stage games development companies. Successful applicants will develop their...
  • The future of ecommerce: ecommerce trends
    The future of ecommerce: ecommerce trends Ecommerce seems to be a growing trend in web design. More and more businesses are selling directly through their own websites, as well as online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon. And, as with website design, ecommerce changes quickly, with trends 1. More mobile sales, not just traffic For many of our ecommerce clients, it's common to see around about a 50:50 split between mobile and tablet traffic versus desktop traffic to their websites. Conversion of...
  • In Case You Missed It: Rise and Design #66
    A run down of 'Rise and Design: Design in the Automotive Sector' from our Network Manager, Terry McStea This month saw the event in a different venue for the first time in around four years. In fact it’s exactly four years since the Northern Design Centre opened and became the home of DNN and Rise and Design. But it’s good to get out and about sometimes. As we all know, the automotive sector is very important to the North East and,...
  • All change at Google, but where does your website stand?
    The team at Urban River, a Design Network North member and Rise and Design sponsor, have kindly contributed to our blog this month. Read on to gain some valuable insight from their experts. It’s fair to say it’s been a busy few weeks for Google. Not just happy with changes to how it displays its AdWords search results, they’ve also rolled out their new Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project to the wider world and quietly moved to shut down their...
  • In Case You Missed It: Rise and Design 67
    Everyone has heard of the Internet of Things, but most people aren’t entirely sure what it means. With last month’s Rise and Design acting as a beginners’ guide to this year’s buzzword, we almost filled the room with over a hundred delegates, eager to know what this technology could do for them. David Dunn of Sunderland Software City gave us a straightforward definition of the phrase; Internet of Things is simply utilising the potential for any physical object to the...
  • How Design Network North took ievo from local tech distributor to world leader in biometric innovations
    How Design Network North took ievo from local tech distributor to world leader in biometric innovations iEvo, formerly known as UKB International, started life as a distributor of finger print scanners and other biometric security systems. Whilst successful, UKB International had much more potential in the biometrics industry than they realised. Having spent many years distributing this technology and with their knowledge of biometrics increasing, they recognised that they could produce a much better product that the ones they stocked and...
  • MULTINATIONAL OIL AND GAS COMPANIES TO FINANCE A LIFE-SAVING DRONE DEVELOPED BY TWO NORTH EAST BUSINESSES
    North East firms partner to develop life-saving drone for oil and gas sectorMultinational oil and gas companies to finance a life-saving drone developed by two North East businesses A chance meeting at Rise and Design has led to the development of a life-saving solution that could be rolled out worldwide. Drone Ops, who have trained Star Wars, James Bond, Game of Thrones, BBC and ITV staff in drone operation, and currently specialise in survey and inspection, assisting emergency services and construction...
  • In Case You Missed It: Rise and Design 64
    A run down of the last Rise and Design from our Network Manager, Terry McStea The last minute change of venue didn’t stop the latest Rise and Design from getting 2016 off to a great start. The event, which focused on Design in the Biomedical Sector, was hosted jointly by the Academic Health Science Network, who helped us find some fantastic speakers. Jonathan Peat from QuantuMDx gave a potted history of the business from their roots in South Africa to...
  • Original Sofa Co. looking for North East Brands to join them
    The Original Sofa Co. (OSC) are looking to help sell the best of North East companies to some of London’s wealthiest shoppers. The OSC make their products right here in the North East at their Team Valley headquarters, specialising in using traditional methods to manufacture high quality furniture by hand with their signature being the traditional chesterfield sofa. These high end quality products have been great hits, with two new showroom’s opening last year, one just off Sloan Square and...
  • Rise and Design: A guide for beginners
    RISE AND DESIGN A GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS We’ve had such a large influx of newcomers that we thought it was about time we wrote a little guide for those who are new to Rise and Design. We’ve given you a quick run-down of what Rise and Design is all about, and tips from us on how you can get the most out of the day. Rise and Design runs for about three hours. It starts with networking and bacon sandwiches, followed by...
  • Coffee break diaries @ The Discomfort Zone
    We’ve had a little redesign in the office (or, to put it another way, we moved some desks around) and we’ve created a lovely little meeting space we like to affectionately call: The Discomfort Zone. And what better way to try The Discomfort Zone out for size than to sit down and have a chat about web design, as part of web design month. With coffee and Pet Lamb brownies, of course. We aren’t web designers, but we are frequent users of...
  • Urban River Re-brand
    North East full service design and marketing agency, Urban River is continuing to thrive in its 13th year of business with the launch of a new website and a brand overhaul. The new website (still www.urbanriver.com) and brand refresh are more closely aligned with the company’s positive vision for growth and expansion over the next decade. “Our core values are very traditional, but we know firsthand the importance and the need to constantly adapt in today’s digital market” said Carl Buckley,...