Tinstar Studio Blog

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
CMYK Hard at Work

CMYK Hard at Work

This rough and ready scan shows with surprising clarity how clever the four colour printing process is. The word below actually appears as grey when viewed in context – on a business card. But you can clearly see that it is actually made up of the full CMYK range of colours (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Keyline ). The ‘K’ represents black...

► read on
A Sneak Preview of the RLYC Handbook

A Sneak Preview of the RLYC Handbook

The 2015 Royal Lymington Yacht Club Members’ Handbook is in publication at the time of writing. This follows hot on the heels of the annual Pottership Magazine, also designed and produced by Tinstar this year for the first time. Both publications were ably produced for years by the sorely missed, late Andrew Salanson of Avalon Press, whose shoes we...

► read on
Great news about Lymington Police Station

Great news about Lymington Police Station

I can’t say how pleased I was to discover that crime in the area had dropped to such an extent that Lymington Police Station could finally be closed down. The idea of moving what few Officers are left into the town hall is a masterstroke; detainees would be much more comfortable in a cordoned-off waiting area than a drafty...

► read on
The Great 2015 Year Planner Panic

The Great 2015 Year Planner Panic

It’s about this time of year that the slightly stressful and knotty issue of company Christmas cards arises. Someone suggests that it’s about that time of year already and then it’s left to absolutely the last minute before a chilly dash to the Post Office to cram them all into the already-full letterbox. Yup – several hundred other people...

► read on
Changing the Hosts file on a Mac or PC

Changing the Hosts file on a Mac or PC

Just as much for my own reference as for anything else, if you want to preview a website on a development server before changing DNS settings or nameservers, here’s how. On a PC Open the following file using Notepad: C/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts Underneath all the entries (anything prefixed by a # is commented out), enter the following (replace the number with...

► read on
Customised Playing Cards

Customised Playing Cards

If your clients are going to be snowed-in this winter, what better gift than a deck of your own branded playing cards? Under no other circumstances would a potential client spend so much time staring intently at your logo.

► read on
The creative urge never leaves – it just hibernates

The creative urge never leaves – it just hibernates

Two or three of decades ago I thought it would be a great idea to make a living as an artist. Actually, a careers advisor thought it would be a great idea – I just thought it would be fun. Having cut my teeth as an ‘old school’ graphic designer, hunched over a drawing board with a pot of...

► read on
Gold at the Cycling Weekly Welsh Raider

Gold at the Cycling Weekly Welsh Raider

We’re very proud (and in awe) of our cycling designer, Phill Brown. Last weekend he thought it would be a good idea to cycle 69 murderous miles around Shrophire and Wales – and he did very well… Phill’s story What was planned to be a morning ride around the Shropshire countryside (with a few breaches of the Welsh border) turned...

► read on
Close Window