Archive for October, 2009

Liam Sharp and his Mamtor Empire – CIN Event

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Event Horizon by Liam Sharp

Image Copyright Liam Sharp

Liam Sharp and his Mamtor Empire!

Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm till 9.00pm
Location: QUAD, The Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby

His critically acclaimed first novel, the epic sci-fi/fantasy God Killers was published last year and he has worked as a concept designer on the movies Lost in Space & Small Soldiers.

Liam also runs Mam Tor Publishing which has published the highly influential Event Horizon.

Liam’s advertising work includes the poster and comic for the recent Rubberduckzilla campaign for Oasis, and the Hello You campaign for Diet Coke featuring Duffy. His work can also be seen on US TV in the current Do You Speak Coke? campaign for Coca-Cola. His publishing company Mam Tor also teamed up with top advertising agency Mother (London) to produce a free comic for Time Out, which appeared as a quarterly in 2008.

Liam will be talking about his career as a comic strip illustrator, his work in films and TV. To find out more visit

This is a FREE event to book a place please email

Katapult nominated for Best Online Game

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009


Katapult have been nominated for Best Online Game at the Roses Design Awards 2009 for our ‘Curious’ campaign for The University of Salford. The campaign has already won an award for Best Digital Media Strategy at last year’s DADI Awards.

We are attending the awards ceremony on Friday 23rd October in Nottingham and it has just been revealed that The Drum will broadcast a live stream of the ceremony from 7.30pm. So to watch live and find out who wins, go to

Cycle Derby host Cycling England event

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

cycle derby logo

More than 100 delegates from around England attended the first Cycling England National Conference on 6th October – with many arriving on bikes.

The two-day event, organised by Cycle Derby whist hosted the 18 cycling demonstration towns which  include Exeter, Brighton and Shrewsbury, giving them all the chance to share ideas and best practice.

Mark Smith, co-ordinator at Cycle Derby said: “Cycle Derby is quite unique in that we base everything we do around working with children and young people. Everything is about enthusiasm, about motivating people.”

One of the main objectives for Cycle Derby was to quadruple the number of Derby schoolchildren cycling to school by 2011, so far the number has risen from less than 1% in 2006 to 3.5% this year so we are well on track. The event also gave Cycle Derby a chance to highlight other key successes such as:

7/10 people in the city have heard of Cycle Derby, giving it high score of brand recognition*
National Bike Week & Bike to School being the most recognised campaigns*
Over half a million visits to the Cycle Derby Website
* Derby Pointer Citizens’ Panel, July 2009 Survey Report

Quotes were also shared  from local schools who have been working with Cycle Derby over the last few years:

“Regular promotion of cycle to School” weeks have helped to keep the concept and benefits of cycling to school high profile”..
Jackie Drake, Headteacher, Chellaston Junior School

“Cycle Derby is the best initiative we have come across in years”.
Clare Morgan, Headteacher, Meadow Farm Primary

“Teaching children how to confidently ride on the road is one of life’s most important lessons and gives children their first sense of freedom”.
Paul McCormack, Cycle Derby  Trainer

Katapult have been working with Cycle Derby for the past 3 years, creating the brand, marketing strategy, the website, exhibition/event materials,  all promotional materials and marketing campaigns and even created the mascots Shift and Sprocket.


University of Derby Skill Builder Launch

Monday, October 19th, 2009

skillbuilder campaign

The University of Derby Career Development Centre have developed the Skill Builder brand to promote activities outside the curriculum that improve student’s employability.

Katapult designed the marketing campaign which aims to drive awareness, understanding and interest in Skill Builder amongst both students and staff and alert students to opportunities within the University that improve their skills and employability.

The campaign is in keeping with the University of Derby core values, being supportive, safe and friendly.

Eating Out Guide launched at Derby Food & Drink Awards

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Taste Derby pack of cards - Eating Out Guide

Congratulations to all of the winners announced at the very first Derby Food and Drink Awards, held at a packed event at Derby College’s Roundhouse on 12 October.

Also launched at the ceremony was a guide to the best places to eat and drink, as nominated by Derby businesses, in the innovative form of a pack of playing cards designed by Katapult.

The fantastic range of recommendations includes places perfect for eating and meeting, formal and informal, social or business.

Featuring 48 individual venues and six neighbourhood cards, they have been made available to Marketing Derby Bondholders and are also available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place.

Apple ‘Convergence of Media’ seminar – 13th October

Thursday, October 8th, 2009


There is a great CIN event next week for which the workshops have already been fully booked but there is an evening event at which Apple will be holding a talk and presentation on the Convergence of Media in the QUAD Box at 5.30pm this coming Tuesday 13th October.

A representative from Apple will be discussing how their hardware and advanced applications can help you design media for all aspects of digital life including video and audio podcasts, broadcast, mobiles and the web.

The amazing thing is this is a FREE event, to book your place on the presentation you can register at