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Charlie Herring Wine, Beer and Cider Label Design

Charlie Herring Wine, Beer and Cider Label Design

I can’t believe it’s taken this long to write a post about the series of Charlie Herring Wines labels that we designed last summer. As creatively indulgent projects go, this was an absolute doozy. Inspired by the remarkable ‘A Humument’ by Tom Phillips, this series of highly illustrated and contemporary labels was a pleasure to work on. It was...

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Share a Private Video on YouTube Studio

Share a Private Video on YouTube Studio

Having wasted time scrabbling around in the new (at time of writing) YouTube Studio trying to share a private video, I put this blog post together in order to spare others from frustrating searching. Our clients find it increasingly useful to have video guidance on how to edit their new website via the admin area, usually on WordPress. Up...

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Customer Service? Computer Says No…

Customer Service? Computer Says No…

It hit me as I was standing in the rain a hundred yards from the studio, watching aghast as a telecoms engineer pulled handfuls of cable out of what can only be described as the inner workings of Optimus Prime. Why am I here? Not a philosophical version of the question, but a literal one. What the hell was...

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Londesborough House Golfing Adventure

Londesborough House Golfing Adventure

It’s not often that we get out and about for a little team building, but the departure of Chris from Londesborough House demanded that we give him a decent send-off by taking him to the Walhampton Adventure Golf course. So late one Friday afternoon, we prepared for an hour’s enjoyment on the greens – only to take 2.5 hours...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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