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Letting the hand rule the brain: Cultural Connections and Printmaking

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Our latest Cultural Connections event was inspired by this season’s exhibition at QUAD – A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker, which meant inviting our guests to try their hand at their own bit of printmaking. This largely resulted in inky hands and pictures of cats (inspired by Kentridge’s ‘Scribble Cat’ below).


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Long live the Ginger King – Katapult’s resident canine

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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Bradley, Resident Katapult Canine
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bradley, resident Katapult canine and part-time Floor Manager.

Brad leaves Dawn, Simon and a loving wider family, his colleagues at Katapult and a legion of fans in mourning following his last stroll into the sunset on Friday.

Plucked from Jerry Green Rescue Centre in December 2003, Brad got his big break at Katapult soon after and never looked back. Adept at head butting legs when hungry, emptying office bins, sleeping under desks and snoring in the middle of meetings, Brad did everything asked of him and more.

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His career defining moment at Katapult arrived via a campaign for Visit Lincolnshire in 2006 as the star of a scenic poster shot. Required to steal a pork pie from a picnic table and eat it, Brad was heard to mutter “I was built for this”. Other starring roles followed including the lead in a title sequence for BBC’s Animal Rescue and QUAD’s cinema idents but few, much to Brad’s disappointment, involved eating pork pies.

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Brad on Animal Rescue

Disillusioned at a succession of jobs that failed to match his taste for the pie life, Brad stepped back from the limelight and took on a managerial role within the business during the latter stages of his career. There’s no doubt that Brad fulfilled every role with distinction and was that very rare thing in this day and age: a one-company dog that started and finished his career in the same business. Following an offer from Saatchi & Saatchi, including a remuneration package which offered treats beyond his wildest dreams, Brad nonchalantly dismissed the offer out of hand: “The Ginger King’s loyalty knows no bounds. End of.”

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Brad will be hugely missed by the team, our families, clients, suppliers and everyone who met him. If you’ve got any memories or photos of Brad, Dawn would love to hear and see them – please email dawn@katapult.co.uk.

Some of the team share their fondest memories of the Ginger King:

“Bradley aka ‘The Ginger King’ but more importantly my friend, has been part of our lives for what seems like forever.  Since he arrived in our lives over a decade ago he has always been one of the family. We saw him regularly outside of work,  with regular sleepovers, long walks in the park and sludgy dips in Darley Park river. I’m proud to have had him as a friend and even more so to have had the chance for my children to meet and love him as I do.  There isn’t a day goes by without one of my children asking when they can see Brad next.  They even have a favourite cuddly toy named ‘Brad-Rab’ (he’s a rabbit with Bradley’s ginger coat).  He’ll be sadly missed but his memory will live on…what a legend”. Phil Higgins

“No matter how old he got, when it came to food, he was like a greedy teenage boy!” Dan Lewis

“Listening to him snoring away loudly every day brought a calming influence to the studio” Andy Gilmore

“I loved how every time a particular client came in, Brad would remember how he once brought in a treat for him in his suitcase so he’d swap his usual welcome bark for a friendly sniff and follow Chris around until it was revealed whether this time, there might be another treat in there for him.” Rhiannon Hulse

“The sneaky chap would wait until I’d left the room before he stuck his head in the bin or tipped it over looking for some grub that wasn’t part of his healthy eating diet!” Stuart Green

“He didn’t care what people thought about him; he’d let off in meetings and look round as if to blame someone else!” Martin Stewart

“He took his Floor Manager position seriously, making sure he sprawled in all the best places; at the top of the stairs, on your feet, on the sofa in the red room. I really respected him for that.” Martin Enright

“My back-up doorbell – he made sure I knew for sure that there was definitely someone there and wouldn’t let me leave them waiting for long.” Susan Larmour

“I’ll always remember the time he ate my pork steak. The last pork steak from the BBQ. I’d been saving it and he just knocked it off my plate onto the floor and munched it. Crafty Brad.” Martin Broadhurst

“The memories are endless for me and its through these that Brad will live on. Everyone who met Brad knows how special he was. So just want to say RIP Brad. Love you so much, always will. You were one of a kind, a true ‘King’, my best friend & you went just when we thought we were lucky to have been given more time with you. Thank you for being the most amazing companion, all the memories and the unconditional love.  I just need to picture you splashing around in the water, imagine giving you a hug, kissing your head or think of you enjoying a snooze in the sunshine or in front of the fire…..every memory makes me smile. Miss you so much Xxx”  Dawn Foote

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FORMAT International Photography Festival: Launch Night

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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The impressive launch of FORMAT last night brought huge crowds into the city centre, with many people braving the rain at Cathedral Green to watch a sensory performance by Elemental Force at The Silk Mill.

The evening marked the official launch of the exhibitions in various venues across the city including QUAD, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Déda, St Werburgh’s Chapel, Silk Mill, Artsmith, Banks Mill, Westfield & Artcore, many of which were open for viewing until late last night.

We attended the launch of Brian Griffin’s special commission Still Waters at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The cinematic series of portraits in the exhibition features business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who have influenced the shape of Derby’s cultural, economic and industrial landscape. We were really proud to feature as one of those businesses in the exhibition, amongst some other great leaders from different sectors in the city.

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The team with photographer Brian Griffin

Our MD Dawn was VJing at the after party at the all new FORMAT venue The Chocolate Factory so the team carried on the evening there with a few having their picture taken in the poloroid photo booth.

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Find out what else is going on at this year’s Format Photography Festival

Have a look below at some of the ‘making-of’ shots from the Brian Griffin Still Waters photoshoot last year:

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Introducing our newest additions to the team…

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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We’re pleased to welcome two new faces into the growing Katapult team…Andy Gilmore and Stuart Green.

With five years’ agency experience, Andy (left) is our new addition to the creative team. Hailing originally from Northern Ireland, Andy came to study Graphic Design at University of Derby before choosing to stay in the city and make Derby his home – though he is still looking for the perfect pint of Guinness.

Stuart (right) joins us as Digital Project Manager. Having trained as a developer and since become a Project Manager he has the perfect combination of technical and planning skills. Stuart’s a Forest fan, but apparently they’re just as infuriating as DCFC so we imagine there’ll be some joint Monday wallowing with rival Derby County supporter Martin Broadhurst in the coming weeks.
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Plumpy’Nutters: Fundraising for health charity Merlin

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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With a suggestion by our Digital Marketing Manager Martin Broadhurst who became our first Plumpy’Nutter (a fitting description), Dawn and I were persuaded to put our nuts where our mouths are for the day to raise awareness of Plumpy’Nut and secure vital funds for Merlin, an international health charity.

About Plumpy’Nut

Plumpy’Nut comes in 92g sachets and is described as a “peanut-based paste, with sugar, vegetable fat and skimmed milk powder, enriched with vitamins and minerals” and with 500 calories in each sachet, is specifically designed for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition and manufactured by French company, Nutriset. Removing the need for hospitalisation, the sachets can be administered at home, allowing larger numbers to be treated and brought back to health.

The Challenge

For one day we could eat nothing but four 92g sachets of Plumpy’Nut and drink only water. For every £50 raised, Merlin can feed a malnourished child with Plumpy’Nut for 8 weeks and save their life. We had a modest target of £150 and so far we have raised over £185.
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Introducing Martin the Third, our Digital Marketing Manager

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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We’re pleased to welcome another new face into the Katapult fold…Martin Broadhurst, the newest member of our digital team. Sharing the same name as two of the team, this means that a quarter of people who work at Katapult are now called Martin.

Martin joins us as Digital Marketing Manager from a specialist social media marketing company which he co-founded. His role includes implementing inbound marketing campaigns, focussing specifically on content development, driving traffic and converting leads.

Along with his passionate support of Derby County FC, Martin also has an unhealthy obsession with watching mixed martial arts and likes to think he’s a bit of a funny man.

To help you get to know Martin better, we asked him a few questions:

Q: What sort of projects are you most looking forward to getting your teeth into?
A: “Online ones obviously. I’m particularly looking forward to getting some more measurable campaigns up and running.”

Q: Who or what is your digital inspiration?
A: Phil Higgins. Or Google.

Q: If you weren’t so passionate about digital marketing, what else would you want to do?
A: “Fight in a cage. No, I take that back, I’d get my ass handed to me. I’ve always wanted to be a stand up comic actually”

Me: “but you’re not funny enough?”
Martin: “yeah quite simply”

Q: What is the last film you laughed out loud at?
A: “The Candidate with Will Ferrell on the plane on the way back from India. Everyone was asleep and I was guffawing.”

Q: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
*Sighs, as if there are many, before saying something rude and getting told off.*
A: “Staying up until 5am and watching sweaty men fight in cages” (the fact we all know this already suggests he doesn’t feel that guilty about his guilty pleasure)

Q: What’s your idea of a great night out?
A: “Derby beating Forest, followed by a trip to a real ale pub, some pork based snacks: pork pies, sausage rolls, pork scratchings, piccalilli…” (he continues for a while on the food related theme) “and a group of friends up to 8 in size, an open fire and maybe some whisky – ideally wintery outside – and then a taxi home to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship (On reminding him that 3 of his answers are now fighting related, he responds “and even then, that’s not quite enough.”)

Q: What in your opinion is the greatest invention of all time?
A: “The microchip. It revolutionised the way everything works.”

Martin has already hit the ground running but if you haven’t been introduced yet and would like to give him a friendly welcome, you can do so at martinb@katapult-studios.com

Meet mini-Dan

Friday, October 26th, 2012

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A few of us got to have a cuddle with dinky Dylan, our designer Dan and wife Sarah’s new addition when he was officially introduced to the team yesterday. Look at all that hair!

Here he is, a little over a week old and already making himself useful in the studio, scamping and photoshopping at his dad’s desk.

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Introducing Susan, our new office manager

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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We’re very pleased to introduce our new Office Manager, Susan Larmour. With more than fifteen years administration and property management experience, Susan is the queen of organised.

To help you get to know Susan better, we asked her a few questions:

Q: If you weren’t ensuring the smooth running of the Katapult studio what would you be doing?
A: I’d love to run my own cat sanctuary actually. I’d like to spend more time travelling too.

Q: What’s the last thing you laughed out loud at?
A: A man who broke into a breakdance at a pub I was in last week. It was very random.

Q: What’s the first single you ever bought?
A: Kim Wilde, Kids in America.

Q: What in your opinion is the greatest invention of all time?
A: The internet…or the dusting brush on my Dyson but that’s sad isn’t it? (It actually sounds very useful)

Q: What are you most looking forward to about working at Katapult?
A: Having a varied job role where every day is different and feeling appreciated by the team.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of design?
A: My Dyson! (Susan then proceeds to tell us all about the attachment you can get for vacuuming your dog).

Q:What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
A: Ant & Dec. If they’re on TV, I’ll be watching.

Susan will now be the main point of contact for accounts and office enquiries and you can contact her on susan@katapult-studios.com.

Infographic: Facebook reaches 1 billion monthly active users

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Facebook announced yesterday that the site has now reached 1 billion monthly active users. Have a look at our infographic to find out more about the recently released statistics:

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In the frame with Brian Griffin

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Brian Griffin Format Photography Festival Commission

Normally used to leading on the creative front, a few of the Katapult team earlier this week became the subjects for a new commission by internationally renowned photographer Brian Griffin.

Brian Griffin, coined “photographer of the decade” by The Guardian, came to take pictures of Dawn and the team for his new commission for the 2013 Format International Photography Festival, launching in March next year.

Brian recently launched “The Road to 2012″ for the National Portrait Gallery, producing portraits of some key figures involved in the bid for London 2012 and responsible for delivering the Olympic Park infrastructure. The project aims to showcase a lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympics Games.

Being passionate about photography and having been involved with the branding and marketing for Format for the last five years, we were proud to be asked to be part of Brian’s new commission due to be exhibited in Derby next year. After a thoughtful recce around our building, judging lighting conditions and use of space in each room, Brian finally decided on a location for the piece. Without preconceptions of how he would construct the image, Brian’s imagination and eye for detail in instructing us how to move or where to stand demonstrated amazing creative and technical prowess, which wowed us all. We’re looking forward to seeing the chosen image and displaying it here in the building for all to see in the new year.

Unfortunately we can’t release the background to the commission; the project will remain closely under-wraps until further details are released by Format Photography Festival in the press later this year.

NB: There are now only three days left for all photographers, artists, curators and collectives to upload their work to the Format Exposure submissions site; the theme this year being ‘Factory’.