‘Unhindered’ and ‘Deadly Serious’ – here’s our approach to poster design

Thursday 19th May 2011   by Stuart Bickerton

We’ve just completed a poster for two exhibitions by Arty Party taking place in later this month and in June.

Arty Party is an independent company of artists with learning disabilities, based in Telford, Shropshire. Using a variety of art forms, they share their powerful work with the public through performance and exhibitions.

Why not go along and take a look?


Unhindered & Deadly Serious exhibition poster



A selection of work produced over the last 3 years from the Work+Play visual arts programme

Wednesday 25th May – Saturday 11th June 2011

  • Galleries Live, Hazeldine Square, Telford Town Centre.  Open: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

  • The Olive Tree Wine Bar, 29 High Street, Ironbridge. Open:  Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm


Deadly Serious

An installation exploring Victorian life from a Learning Disabled viewpoint

28th May – 1st June 2011

  • Old Ticket Office, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Legges Way, Coalport. Open 11.00am to 5.00pm



Mr Moyden’s cheese is the star on ITV Central Tonight

Thursday 19th May 2011   by Andy Comber

This week we had the pleasure of persuading ITV Central Tonight to cover a story about the continued success of small food and drinks businesses and their growing importance to the rural economy.

At the centre of the story was Martin Moyden and his company, Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese. Martin was a farmer who started to make cheese six years ago as part of a longterm plan to diversify his business interests.

Late last year, that led to him giving up farming and concentrating fully on making his award-winning and utterly delicious cheese in a new dairy at the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury.

In my opinion, Martin’s achievements make a great story in themselves. However, to tickle ITV’s news taste buds, we had to develop the theme slightly and show how his success was just one example of how food and drink companies are the new tigers of the rural economy (nifty eh?).

Heart of England Fine Foods, which runs the food enterprise centre, helped by providing some compelling region-wide facts and news lines plus a strong interviewee in Karen Davies, their chief executive.

Ivan Watkiss, owner of Cooper’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls, also based at the centre, agreed to let the cameras in to see his great success story too – and Battlefield 1403 farm shop, one of Martin’s customers, agreed to be featured as well – so reporter Katy Fawcett could cover the consumer end of the story.

The complete package gave ITV Central Tonight the reason it needed to cover the story – and Martin got the publicity he deserves, along with, to varying extents given the vagaries of television news, the other participants. So a great team effort that proves even the business minnows can get noticed by the media big fish.

Thank you to everyone who helped.

Martin Moyden is interviewed by ITV News reporter Katy Fawcett

Reporter Katy Fawcett films Beth Moyden as she salts cheeses





Search engine optimisation – get noticed first with matm

Tuesday 17th May 2011   by Andy Comber

“The figures speak for themselves. But, even without seeing them, this SEO campaign has clearly made an impact, with more customer leads generated. It’s definitely good for our business.” matm client.

It’s good to have a website – it’s absolutely brilliant to have a website that your customers and potential customers actually visit. Most people now always use search engines to go to information they need on the web – even if they know the precise web address they want to visit.

What that tells us is that, if you are in business, it’s vital your website is search engine optimised so when your customers use specific phrases to search for something they want – one of your web pages, promoting your service or product, pops up on the first page of search results.

Here at matm, we can help you optimise your website using carefully written web content and, if you choose, a web news service to ensure your services remain attractive to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Click here or on the image above to see the results from a very recent example of our work. You can also view our Web Copywriting and Web News brochure.



PCT Calender 2011

Monday 16th May 2011   by Stuart Bickerton

matm has now completed two bespoke designed PCT (Primary Care Trust) desk top calendars. The most recent, 2011 calendar, was designed by Neil Dicken and serves as a reminder of the services that the Telford and Wrekin Health Improvement Team provides.

There is one initiative in each month of the calendar. A couple of examples of these include ‘Why Weight‘ in January, which is part of the weight loss scheme and, ‘High Five for a Happier Life‘ in August, which is part of the mental health scheme.

Each of the months also features an image supporting that specific initiative, along with an overview giving a bit more information on the scheme. Every month also has ‘dates to remember’ such as National No Smoking Day in March.

Neil said: “I made the desk calendar really easy to use. I had a bit of fun with the colours and each page is colour coded – the back page of the calendar is then made up of different jigsaw pieces slotted together, with each piece reflecting the colour of a different month.”


Capture your world in 3D

Wednesday 4th May 2011   by Stuart Bickerton

I was browsing around and came across this site Photosynth, how cool is that.

Take a look at the court yard outside matm, this a quick one that I took out side earlier, best of all its a FREE iOS app. Hover over the image and drag around to take a look.

To view online you will need to have  Silverlight Installed