Tinstar Studio Blog

Digital Painting of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Digital Painting of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

A couple of years ago I made a painting of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the cover of the members’ handbook. It’s a somewhat sketchy acrylic painting, but that was always my (lazy) style of working. Put it down to impatience; or perhaps the endless faff involved with cleaning brushes, mixing paint and everything else to do with...

► read on
Charlie Herring bubbly comes very well wrapped

Charlie Herring bubbly comes very well wrapped

Tim Phillips of Charlie Herring English Wine popped in this morning, holding a couple of very welcome gifts – two rare bottles of 2011 Clos du Paradis, wrapped up in beautiful ultra-thin paper, printed in colour both sides with gorgeous illustrations of Tim’s Ramley Road vineyard. We don’t normally have the pleasure of such presentations, but Tim was so...

► read on
A Voyage Around the Solent – Ten Years After

A Voyage Around the Solent – Ten Years After

Exactly 10 years ago today, on the 18th March 2006, the good ship Windweaver of Pennington set sail up the Solent from Lymington with many of Tinstar’s clients aboard. For some reason, we thought that mid-March would be warm and Springy. We were wrong. The sea conditions in the Solent were… challenging. Whilst I had great fun standing on the bow...

► read on
Weekly Photo Competition #01 – The First Two Months

Weekly Photo Competition #01 – The First Two Months

The end of February 2016 saw the conclusion of Tinstar’s inaugural Weekly Photo Competition that brought the workers of Londesborough House (and a few outside the building) together and submitting some great creative images. The Photo Competition has several aims: To bring a few small companies together on a weekly basis in a fun, joint enterprise. Most of the entrants work within...

► read on
The Royal Lymington Yacht Club Collection

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club Collection

It’s great to see a collection of marketing material come together, looking as if all the elements came from the same stable. That’s one of the fundamental aims we have when designing for a client – such as the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Here are all the handbooks and sailing programmes wrapped up and ready to go out to...

► read on
Infographic: A year’s worth of cycling

Infographic: A year’s worth of cycling

With 2015 coming to a stormy end, Lymington Triathlon Club held its last inter-club time trial training day on a cold and windy Saturday morning in December. Storm Desmond was in full swing on the day and kindly brought along a strong southwesterly wind – a direct headwind on the final stretch of the course. Eight brave club members...

► read on
Rainy Day 1970s Star Wars Figures Fun

Rainy Day 1970s Star Wars Figures Fun

It’s been a long time since I dug my 1970s Star Wars figures out of the attic. I had intended to give them to my son, Max, but judging by the surprisingly short lifespan of the Lego land speeder I gave him last year, I might just leave them to him in my will… With the forthcoming, much anticipated...

► read on
3 Ways Promotional Year Planners Can Make You Money

3 Ways Promotional Year Planners Can Make You Money

Tinstar has been designing and producing customised, promotional year planners and calendars for 15 years. Every year, from around about August onwards, orders for year planners start pouring in from both new and existing clients – and there are three very good reasons for this: Year planners are excellent promotional giveaways, working for your business all-year-round Year planners have an intrinsic...

► read on
How much does Google really favour mobile friendly websites?

How much does Google really favour mobile friendly websites?

On April 21st, 2015, Google revised their search algorithm (again), this time in favour of mobile friendly search. This means that if you’re searching for something on a smartphone, websites that have been designed to be responsive, or specifically for smaller screens, will get preferential treatment in the search results. There was a very big flap about this in the...

► read on
Légion d’honneur presented to Marc van Hasselt

Légion d’honneur presented to Marc van Hasselt

It’s not every day that you witness the presentation of France’s equivalent to a knighthood; especially to an Englishman. Nevertheless, last Saturday in a quiet corner of Lymington, Marc van Hasselt, late of the Essex Yeomanry, was presented such an honour by the French Consul, for services rendered during WWII. Formerly Captain van Hasselt, Marc (my stepfather) was a...

► read on
Close Window