Flyer design and print

Tuesday 24th May 2016   by Stuart Bickerton

Flyer design and print is still going strong despite us now being firmly in the digital age.

It’s still powerful to be able to give or send potential customers a well-designed leaflet or brochure with your service offer clearly shown.

If they look good and have useful information, flyers are likely to be kept for reference or shared with business colleagues.

We’re supporting our plant hire client, JMS, by developing a range of product and service flyers.

We first designed a welder hire and welding accessories flyer. This gives customers all the information they need to make hiring decisions about different types of machine.

We then kept the same design template for a new product called FuelBox. This is red diesel fuel supplied in a box, for machine users so they don’t get caught short (of fuel) on site.

In addition, we arranged the whole process of printing the flyers, then sending them out to JMS customers, and potential new ones.

For leaflet or flyer design and print for your business – call us on 01952 883526. We’d love to hear from you.

Themed Wedding Stationery

Thursday 7th May 2015   by Lindsay Crayton

Lights, Camera, Action!

matm were delighted to help Lee and Surrell put a bit of movie magic into their big day, by designing and printing their film themed wedding stationery.

Our graphic design and print team in Telford worked with the happy couple to produce the themed wedding stationery, with:

  • Save the date cards and envelopes to be despatched to friends and family around the world as soon as possible
  • Main invitations and envelopes, once the details had all been been confirmed.

And onto the day itself:

  • Foamex-backed seating plan for the entrance to the wedding breakfast
  • Themed menus with a separate individual children’s menu
  • Wedding favour swing tags
  • Themed notices for the surprises the bride and groom had planned for their guests

We asked how the event, held at the stunning Maunsel House went. And newlyweds Lee and Surrell said “it all worked out beautifully”.

So that’s a wrap!

Need themed wedding stationery? Give us a call. We’d love to help you make your big day even more special.

Design for Print

Tuesday 31st March 2015   by Lindsay Crayton

The sun shone. The crowds came. The George Herbert Festival in July 2014 was an unforgettably rich experience.

The Friends of St Andrew’s Bemerton asked matm’s graphic design for print team in Telford to create a booklet to commemorate their festival to celebrate the life of one of Britain’s greatest poets.

The lavishly-illustrated 64-page booklet, entitled ‘Gladnesse of the Best’, commemorates The George Herbert Festival 2014.

Edited by Rosie Clay, it is packed with photographs taken during the four days of the Festival, along with reports, summaries and reflections of many contributors, including a speech by Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Find out more about George Herbert and the Friends of St Andrew’s Bemerton here.

Or to find out more about matm’s design for print service for book publication, contact us. Telephone 01952 883526 or email: ideas@matm.co.uk.

Corporate Identity

Monday 1st December 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

Star Platforms is an exciting new powered access company that wanted to make a bold entrance to the plant hire world.

The company, based in Hertfordshire, wanted a strong, instantly-recognisable brand to help them establish their profile in a highly competitive market.

Star Platforms’ management team turned to matm, which has a great deal of experience in the plant hire market, to create its brand identity.

We also supported the company’s launch with:

  • Website design and development – a full ecommerce website, using matm’s Hire Manager WordPress content management system plugin
  • Product brochure – a poster-style brochure displaying the full range of Star Platforms’ powered access machines for hire
  • Stationery – design and print of letterhead, business cards and compliment slips

To discuss your corporate identity, be it a brand refresh or a new product – contact matm today.

 

 

Roller Banner Design

Tuesday 25th November 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

Harwood The Estate Agent is a friendly and highly professional estate agent, with offices in Ironbridge and Wellington, Telford.

We have completed a number of design and print projects for the team, including roller banner design, poster design and leaflet design.

Roller banners, also known as pop-up banners, are ideal for displaying a brand or service at an event, or in a business premises.

The Harwood team wanted to use the roller banners to promote their services at community and business events.

The roller banners were 2 metres high by 800 millimetres wide,  selected from our most cost-effective range, with a UV-resistant display sheet, making them ideal for retail use.

Talk to our graphics design team in Telford about roller banner design. We can show you a range of makes and styles to suit all needs and budgets.

Mailer service

Thursday 13th November 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

matm was asked to provide a mailer service to support the Help 2 Quit campaign in Shropshire.

Help 2 Quit is a free NHS stop smoking service provided through pharmacies, hospitals, community venues and selective supermarkets.

Our graphic designers in Telford worked with our print fulfillment team to produce a mailer to send to people in Shropshire promoting Help 2 Quit.

The mailer included a money-off voucher that people could use to obtain lower-price nicotine treatments.

It also contained a list of local places they could pop along to access the service.

As part of our mailer service, we followed design guidelines established for the national Smokefree campaign.

The mailer was sent to more than 80,000 households across Shropshire.

We can arrange similar direct mail campaigns anywhere in the UK, providing an end-to-end service, from initial creative to mail fulfillment.

Talk to us about our mailer service today.

Brand Identity Implementation

Thursday 13th November 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

Healthwatch Shropshire is the new health and social care consumer champion for Shropshire.

matm won a commission from Healthwatch Shropshire to provide marketing supporting during its formation and launch, which included implementation of the Healthwatch brand, already created by Healthwatch England.

We worked closely with the Healthwatch Shropshire team to embed national brand guidelines, while creating a positive local feel and direction, which was vitally important to its success.

Our marketing consultancy work included:

  • Design and print support – including leaflets, posters and membership forms
  • Roller banners – 2m x 800mm large format graphic
  • Business stationery – corporate folders, business cards, letterheads and compliment slips
  • Promotional pens and pads
  • Marketing support for the organisation’s launch – event management, video production, photography and display materials
  • Website assistance – setting up permissions and website hosting, plus web copywriting and content management training
  • Media relations – preparing and distribution of press releases and liaison with journalists
  • Media training
  • Social media – setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts

Leaflet design and printing

Monday 10th November 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

We were commissioned to design and print a leaflet to show the link between smoking and age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.

This is a condition that leads to the loss of central vision, usually gradually, but sometimes rapidly (Source: NHS)

As with all leaflet design and printing projects, we worked closely with the client, the health promotion team in Shropshire, to make sure the final leaflet was easy to read, had the right key messages and had a very good chance of influencing and helping the target audience.

In common with all our other health promotion work – our graphic design team in Telford made sure the leaflet design followed NHS best practice guidelines.

You can be sure that your leaflet design and printing project would be handled with just the same care.

Logo Design

Monday 10th November 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

The Park Lane Centre is a large community centre in Woodside, in Telford.

It is home to a number of important local services, including a social housing office, a children’s centre, a youth club, a pharmacy and a dental practice.

The centre’s management team asked matm to design a new logo that would be striking, yet sympathetic to their values and community approach.

The logo design incorporated an open hand of welcome and the leaves of a tree.

Its bright colours appeal to a wide audience and represent the renewal and sustainability the centre is constantly seeking to achieve.

The logo design is appropriate for both the community and business customers the Park Lane Centre works with – and is equally at home on business stationery, signage, websites and social media.

We provided the Park Lane Centre with easy-to-use guidelines for their new brand identity and logo. So all their many stakeholders know how to use them correctly.

Hird Brochure

Friday 31st October 2014   by Eliza Kaniewska

Hird is one the leading hire companies in the UK, specialising in glass lifting, mini crane hire and powered access.

With previous experience in design and print of large product catalogues, matm helped steer Hird in production of their 88 page catalogue

The Hird Catalogue is packed with a superb combination of facts and useful information. It’s the ultimate introduction tool for their clients and prospects. Design work included production of technical line drawings, addition of How-to guides as well as host of work in photoshopping / cutting out product images.

And finally, the print specification that is a vital but often overlooked element. matm provided advice and specification including paper weights, binding options, page creep implications and a easy tear perforated sheet for the account application form – all to provide a great mix of print quality and value in the hands of Hird customers.

 

 

 

 

Print

Tuesday 18th March 2014   by Jem

The success of our print services in Telford is founded on our extensive knowledge of how to create perfect printed products. And the marketing techniques that use them.

There is much more to printing than putting a bit of ink on a piece of paper. A statement of the obvious, maybe.

But when your marketing and sales campaign relies on having the right printed products when you need them, having print services delivered by real experts comes in pretty handy.

We put ink on paper, plastic, cloth, glass, metal. Pretty much anything (okay we don’t do tattoos). We can then fulfil your direct mail campaign, to provide an end-to-end service.

We will take precise care and attention, so your print project is completed right first time, within the right budget.

Print services we provide, for companies and organisations of every shape and size, include:

 

  • Printed stationery – business cards, letterheads, envelopes, and operational forms and NCR pads
  • Promotional print – including mailers, stickers, mugs, pens, memory sticks, notepads and clothing
  • Corporate brochures, product catalogues, folded leaflets, flyers and posters
  • Display stands, exhibition stands and pop-up roller banners
  • Large format graphics for office walls and exhibition display – both indoor and outdoor
  • Packaging for product and direct mail
  • Signage

 

We can fulfil your print project from start to finish – through our in-house graphic design and copywriting service. Or we can work with artwork you supply.

Whichever you choose, we will advise you on how to make the biggest impact at the best price, for example by selecting the right kind of paper or printing process.

Then, when it comes to distributing your printed items, you can rely on us to deliver.

Whether it is sending them by courier to customers, prospects or employees – or organising and fulfilling direct mail marketing campaigns.

Call our print services team in Telford today to find out more. We’re ready to get your word and image out there.

 

 

A winning newsletter for Telford business

Monday 30th January 2012   by Neil Dicken

We have just finished the design, print and copywriting of the latest newsletter for Telford based company, IPS (Independent Parts and Services), who are Europe’s largest supplier of parts and service to the Access Industry. The A4 newsletter is 4 sided and uses the company’s corporate colours of black and yellow throughout.

With a nod to the Olympics taking place in the UK this year, matm graphic designer Neil Dicken used the silhouette of a sprinter on the front cover. The figure appears to be crossing a finishing line away from any visible competition – a representation of IPS’s position in the powered access parts and service market.

 

IPS Newsletter 2012 -Cover

matm has designed, written and printed newsletters, often to tight deadlines, for a number of companies – from small local operations through to large international companies.

Get in contact by clicking above on ‘contact us’ and we can discuss how we’ll help you produce a first class newsletter.

We’re Loving That – Posters creating awareness

Tuesday 12th July 2011   by Neil Dicken

This poster was designed by London and Los Angeles based graphic design company, Binary & The Brain, in association with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to raise awareness of the many critically endangered species which continue to be effected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

38 of the coast’s most at-risk animals, some of which face extinction or have already vanished from the state are used to create the shape of the effected coastline and lettering, all are numbered for identification.

Designer Neil Dicken said: “I really like the illustration in this poster – the way in which the combination of animal silhouettes are used to create the shape of the affected coastline – so as well as being very artistic, the poster is very informative at the same time.”

All profits from the sale of this poster go directly to the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to help protect and conserve the endangered species. Visit lawildlifefed.org to find out more and to show your support for their great work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birds

This poster was designed in association with BirdLife International to raise awareness of the 52 UK birds on the endangered red list.

Again, each of the 52 birds were used to outline the lettering and are numbered for identification.

Produced by Binary and the Brain

Available from www.counter-objects.co.uk


‘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

 

Unhindered

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

 

 

High five! See if Shropshire design agency matm can make YOU happier

Friday 22nd October 2010   by Stuart Bickerton

matm, Telford, Shropshire - High Five Logo design

matm, Telford, Shropshire - graphic device, 5 ways to a happier life

There are simple things we can all do to help give us a healthier and happier life – and matm has developed a brand design to show just what those things are.

matm has been working with NHS Telford and Wrekin’s Health Promotion Team to create High Five – which promotes the five main things we can all do to be more healthy and happy.

The clear and colourful brand design reflects five ways we can all make a difference:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

Tom Blockley, one of the graphic designers at Shropshire marketing, design, web and PR firm matm, says: “The brand and logo design process is an enjoyable and creative one. We work very closely with the client, listen carefully to what they require and the campaign objectives.”

High Five will show how you think about and do the small things everyday can help you to feel good about yourself, appreciate what matters to you and get the most out of life.

The Five Ways branding is due to be rolled out across a range of promotional media including print, web, social media and video over the coming weeks and months, helping health promotion professionals to join together all the support services they provide.

Five ways for a healthier, happier life. It’s simple, quick and it works. Try it for a week and see if you notice a difference. . . what have you got to lose?

Oh, and if you want matm to make a difference for you, we’d love to hear from you!

New design for hospice lottery leaflet

Tuesday 19th October 2010   by Stuart Bickerton

Here at matm, we’ve got good of experience of multi-language design, print and web design – and have put that to good use producing a new lottery leaflet for St David’s Hospice in Llandudno, North Wales.

As with many hospice lotteries, St David’s is taking advantage of recent legislation changes which allow charities to introduce a rollover to their weekly prizes. This means that someone could win up to £5,000 with one ticket.

Every Friday, St David’s Hospice calls a lucky winner to tell them the good news – that’s something we like the sound of here at matm, Shropshire marketing, design, PR and web agency, writes designer Tom Blockley. Receiving that call would definitely make my weekend!

You’ll also notice that the leaflet has both English and Welsh language text, together on one version of the leaflet to provide the most cost effective print.

We’re proud to work with such a worthwhile charity as St David’s Hospice and we wish them every success in their new lottery rollover.

Click on the pictures below for a better view.

English text Welsh textWelsh text

Tips from matm for creating an engaging internal newsletter

Thursday 16th September 2010   by Stuart Bickerton


An important tool in any company’s internal communications plan is the company newsletter, says Jamie Doran, PR Executive, at Shropshire-based matm. We recently completed one for a client, so with the thoughts and ideas fresh in team matm’s mind; we thought we’d share some of the key points that make for an effective newsletter…

• It needs to be fun, morale-boosting and conversational, whilst containing concise and useful corporate information. Indeed, everyone wants to read about who won the fantasy football and got married in a hot air balloon, but a newsletter should also inform the reader about new products, people, policies and services.

• Consistency! A newsletter should have a regular layout, format and style – making it quick and easy to read. It should also have a consistent print/publication schedule so staff know when to expect it.

• Make sure there is something for all workplace audiences. This is a tricky one but gone should be the days of dull monologues delivered by the company chairman.

• Provide your newsletter in both digital and hard copy. It is obviously greener to save paper and send out a newsletter digitally. But given spam filled, overloaded email boxes and the fact that some employees don’t have access to a computer anyway, providing a hard copy is necessary. If at all possible, send a personally addressed copy to each employee (as our client does). It makes that person feel more valued.

• Link to other media. Your newsletter can be integrated with other internal communication tools. Once your newsletter is on the company intranet, you can extend features online – further photos and videos can provide extra background to newsletter stories.

• Always remember the internal newsletter, and other internal communications tools, are an important driver of the company brand.

Typefaces are the clothes letters wear – viewpoint from Shropshire based designer

Tuesday 7th September 2010   by Stuart Bickerton

Love them or hate them we come across typefaces everyday, writes matm‘s Senior Creative, Lindsay Crayton. In most cases we follow corporate fonts which our clients have specified but what happens when you’re left to make the decision?

Here are some simple guidelines to get you started:

  • First impressions are important, choose something appropriate! Let’s face it Comic Sans is not as flexible or attractive as you may think.
  • Look for a typeface which has a large “family”. Roman, light, bold, italic, condensed, black, medium to name but a few. The larger the family the more flexibility you will have across a range of materials.
  • Serif or sans serif? Sans serif can be easier to read at smaller sizes and have a more contemporary feel. Serif can be seen as being more traditional, what is the look and feel you are trying to achieve?
  • Are you setting French, Spanish or Russian copy? Does your chosen typeface have all the accents that you need?

If you want to find out more, there are a number of font libraries to browse through such as www.linotype.com and www.fontshop.com.

Finally, back to my clothes reference…dress to impress, select a typeface which is fit for the occasion.