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Katapult win Best Digital Media award

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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The Katapult team all had a great evening last night at the CIN Awards and were really pleased to win the Best Digital Media category for the FORMAT09 website and Photocinema. Congratulations to all the other winners, particularly 1623 Theatre who won the Best Performing Arts and Live Event category and also the Best in Show.

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See who else was shortlisted on the CIN Awards page.

Also, a big thanks to Wayne Hemingway for being such a good host and making everyone want to go to Vintage at Goodwood next year.

Katapult at The Tour of Britain 2010

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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We’ve been busy this summer working on an integrated marketing campaign for The Tour of Britain’s South West Stages hosted by Devon and Somerset County Councils, so a few of the team ventured South last Wednesday to cheer on the cyclicts as they raced through the streets of Somerset to complete Stage Five of the tour.

As well as designing The Tour of Britain South West Stages website, we produced online display ads, press adverts in national cycling publications and various other marketing materials such as the posters, bags, balloons, stickers and bunting that you can see in the photos.

Thousands of people turned out to show their support for the riders as well as enjoy community events that took place in towns and villages along the 109 mile (176 km) route from Tavistock to Glastonbury.

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Marco Frapporti crossed the line first in a time of around four hours and 16 minutes, just seconds ahead of Bradley Wiggins who was greeted with a deafening roar.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said: “The South West has again proven it can host a world class event and attract thousands of visitors to enjoy some of our best coast and countryside….We’re now well and truly established on the cycling map.”

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “Bringing a world class sporting event to the area is part of our continuing efforts to boost Somerset’s economy and promote cycling as a fun and healthy activity to take part in.”

Information taken from The Tour of Britain 2010, South West Stages website.

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And a trip to Glastonbury wouldn’t have been complete without meeting the local legend that is… Michael Eavis….

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Katapult are nominated in CIN 2010 Awards

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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Katapult have been nominated in five categories at the Creative Industries Network 2010 Awards:

Digital Media: FORMAT International Photography Festival – Mob Format Flickr Integration

Graphic Design & Illustration: QUAD branding

Marketing Campaign: Cycle Derby

Best Creative Team/Individual: Christmas Playground project

Photography and Film – Lens based media: K-Motion (Katapult’s Video and Motion Graphics division), Sinfonia ViVA video for the ABO conference

We will find out the eagerly awaited results at an awards ceremony tonight at QUAD hosted by Wayne Hemingway….

Orchestras Live – Connected to Music partnership project

Monday, August 9th, 2010
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Connected to Music is a partnership project led by Orchestras Live, the national development agency for orchestral music in England. The project aims to create a model of music education delivery in Northamptonshire that connects young people’s music learning in the classroom to a range of music making opportunities outside the classroom.

A creative ensemble was formed of musicians from Northampton Music and Performing Arts Service (NMPAS), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), sinfonia ViVA and Daventry schools and the local community to deliver a variety of different musical experiences ranging from creative workshops to full scale performances at Royal and Derngate, the flagship regional venue.

The project culminated in a large-scale celebration event involving the RPO, sinfonia ViVA and young people from all the participating schools. K-Motion, Katapult’s Video and Motion Graphics unit, filmed the event over two days to provide all participants with a DVD memento of the production. See the clip above for a short edited version.

My wildlife work experience week by Beth Coley

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Beth Coley on Work Experience Placement

When most fifteen year olds go on work experience they usually end up in an area of employment that they probably won’t go into later in life, so it can often seem like a week wasted. But I really am lucky to have had this placement with Katapult and to have had a brilliant week of work experience planned for me.

At the beginning of the week I was set a project to work on the new wildlife garden which in my opinion is even prettier than in the pictures. I’ve created a monitoring form to record the wildlife that visits and to see how the garden develops. This included research on animals that are common in gardens, as if I’m being honest, before coming here I had no interest in wildlife, so the first thing I learnt was that local wildlife isn’t all just pigeons, spiders, slugs and worms!

I’ve also done some filming and photography in the garden and I feel particularly lucky to have had that opportunity. As a result, I learnt a couple of things about myself:  although it is fun, I should not be a camera-woman when I grow up and that I really enjoy photography. Not only have I been allowed to use filming equipment but I’ve been taught how to use image editing programmes. I’ve also learnt how to write a press release, which admittedly doesn’t sound as fun as filming or taking photos, but all the insight into this line of work really has been fun, and has made me see that this is the area I want to go into when I leave school.

An added bonus for me this week was meeting Simon Groom, who my mum loves!  I’ve also been able to see what a huge difference Jane Proctor from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has made by helping everyone at Katapult transform the area at the bottom of the car park into a colourful and generally stunning wildlife garden, teeming with local wildlife. Although I’ve only been observing the wildlife garden for a week I’ve already seen house sparrows, bees, dragonflies, painted lady butterflies and blackbirds to name a few. It really does go to show that even though the area isn’t huge it can still attract wildlife of all different kinds.

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I would just like to genuinely thank all the people at Katapult for this wonderful work placement and all the amazing work you’ve got me to do here.

Go to the Katapult Flickr account to view pictures of the Wildlife Garden. Beth’s film footage of the garden – coming soon.

Two days left to submit your photography for FORMAT11 EXPOSURE exhibition!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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FORMAT11 Open Submissions, receiving applications NOW - only until Thursday 10th June, so hurry and get your submissions in fast.

The FORMAT OPEN SUBMISSIONS website gives photographer’s all over the world a chance to submit new or exisiting work, of which a number will then be selected by judges to appear in the FORMAT11 EXPOSURE exhibition taking place in Derby next year.

The website functionality enables photographers to submit their work and pay for their submissions online. The administration of the site enables the FORMAT judges to view submitted entries and shortlist them independently online. The final shortlist will then be judged by a panel of industry experts.

‘Right Here, Right Now’ Exposures from the public realm
Artists working with or about photography and related media are invited to submit proposals for exhibitions or events, including new or existing works for exhibition or presentation as part of the EXPOSURE section of the festival. These opportunities are open to any artist/photographer based in the UK or Internationally.

The EXPOSURE exhibitions for FORMAT11 will be held in 30 venues throughout Derby city centre. Selected artists will be included in the FORMAT11 brochure, website, catalogue and be profiled as part of the festival.

All applications must relate to the festival theme: ‘Right Here, Right Now’ Exposures from the public realm. The theme is deliberately broad allowing practitioners to respond in a number of ways from purely conceptual works through to social documentary and street photography.

Further information on the festival theme is contained within the Application Guidelines.

FORMAT11: EXPOSURE – Submit an application

All applications must be received by 12 midnight (UK GMT) 10th June 2010. Applications received after this time cannot be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted by the end of June 2010.

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It was Derby’s reputation for Photography that played a significant role as to how and why Katapult was formed and is located in the city today; two of Katapult’s founding director’s Dawn and Anthony came  here to study at the University of Derby back in 1998 due its reputation for Photography degrees.

Katapult have been working with FORMAT International Photography Festival since 2007. Last year, for FORMAT09 – Photocinema, Katapult worked closely with the FORMAT team to develop the  marketing campaign, festival materials and website. We also did significant development work on MOB FORMAT which integrated flickr with a flash gallery within the site which increased  international engagement and participation in the festival.

Cycle Blackpool website is now live

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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The Cycle Blackpool website is now live.

Like existing client Cycle Derby, Cycle Blackpool is also a ‘cycling demonstration town’ funded by Cycling England, each town has slightly differing priorties but they are all tasked with encouraging take-up of cycling and improving cycling infrastucture.

We have worked closely with the team at Cycle Blackpool in the design and build of the new Cycle Blackpool site which includes the latest news and events, routes and cycling clubs in the region, social media, a blog and a forum. Katapult are currently in the process of adding more features to the site including a cycle route logging system using Google Maps and a ‘cycle to work’ challenge which allows companies to set goals & log trips.

We are working on a number of other cycling projects at the moment: a recent pitch win to work on the Tour of Britain South West Stages and a Cycle to School Challenge with Cycle Derby.

See more of our Katapult digital projects

Under the bonnet of a brand

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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As well as the polished exteriors of the brands we design, we’re just as proud of the less publicly visible, but equally important work that goes into their development. In addition to providing a clear brief for creative work, our approach also provides the opportunity for organisations to get hands-on in brand workshops. Not only are these great fun, they work brilliantly as team building exercises and ensure that the brand supports the organisation’s objectives and accurately reflects its ambition, spirit and values.

We’ve run workshops and brand development projects for a wide range of clients, two of which – TMS and The Finesse Collection -  you can see on the blog.

If you would like to find out more about our approach contact Neil directly: neil@katapult-studios.com

Image: Cuthbert the Cabbage – we feel this photo may need an explanation, it was taken at a recent brand workshop for Derby Festé, everyone was asked to bring along an item which they felt represented Derby Festé! We hear that Cuthbert has so far avoided being turned into coleslaw.

A desire for more public art in Derby

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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During the Christmas Playground a street survey – also available online – was undertaken to capture the public’s response to the wooden playground toys, which were crafted by artist Andrew Frost. The project was led by Katapult in partnership with Arts Council England, Bombardier, City Centre Management Derby, Derby City Council, Derby County Football Club, Derby Live, QUAD, Rolls-Royce plc, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Derby Hospital, Simon Foote Architects, Toyota and the University of Derby.

In Family Fortunes style “‘The survey said”…

88% would like to see more public arts projects like this in Derby

93% agreed that themselves and/or their chidren enjoyed the playground

The Under 10′s ‘Name the bear’ and ‘Colour the Soldier’ Competition recieved over 500 entries. You can see the winners here

The family workshops which ran at QUAD to paint the wooden decorations for the city centre tree were all fully booked. Alongside this, three local primary schools took part, resulting in a  total of 150 children attending to help the cast of Cinderella hang them on the tree (along with a couple of helpful elves and  festive health and safety men from Derby City Council) Images can be seen on flickr

A visitor from Liverpool commented: ”Derby changes so much, everytime we visit, there seems to be a lot more to see and do’”

The wooden sculptures are now being relocated to the Royal Derby Hospital for the enjoyment of patients and visitors.

You can watch the making of the toys here

Contact Dawn Foote,  if you would like any more information about the project.

Safer roads for everyone – TMS website live

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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Having worked closely with TMS – a specialist provider of road safety and traffic management services, we are pleased to see the new website we worked with them on is up, running and generating enquiries.

Katapult ran a brand workshop with all staff at TMS  to build a clear understanding of the comapny’s ethos and positioning. This informed the development of a brand framework that clearly set out TMS’ positioning, proposition and values which provided a platform for the development of a new brand identity and design style. Including the strapline ‘Safer roads for everyone’, this reinforces a commitment to improving road safety and captures the company’s spirit and personality.

Lorna Charles from TMS said ‘ We think it looks amazing. So far we have had really positive feedback and we are sure this will continue over the coming weeks/months. Everyone at Katapult has been great over the last year or so and the rebrand has also received really positive feedback. The whole package we can now offer to our clients looks really professional and we couldn’t have done it without you.’

See more of our Katapult branding and digital projects