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“It’s rewarding, getting the students and their work ready for the real world…There were some fantastic creative campaigns, the students showed real determination and passion"
- David Bell

Agency Forty’s CD David Bell was a guest lecturer at Leeds College of Art for a day last week, giving a practical lesson to the Level 5 Creative Advertising Degree Students.

 

The full-day workshop was quick-thinking, involving, educational and fun. Students were teamed up and briefed by David on a one day brief.

 

Throughout the day the students had to work as Advertising Creatives, and then critique their work as Creative Directors, then critique as though they were Clients, then again as Consumers – learning and practicing how to critique their own work at each layer, and improving their work accordingly.

“It was a full-on day, the students worked as hard as I’ve ever seen them work, it was incredibly valuable for them in so many ways. The students get so much real –world learning from visiting professionals, thank you Agency Forty for sparing David for the day.”
- Fabio Fragiacomo, Degree Programme Leader 
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We are again incredibly proud here at Agency Forty - it has just been announced that our website, yes, this website is a rather cool AWWWARDS NOMINEE. 

But that's not all, Agency Forty are also in Public Voting for the FWA Site of the Day Awards. We're all really quite excited and all tingly with pride.

Nominations

The Site by Agency Forty - AWWWARDS Nomination & The Site by Agency Forty Site of the Day Nomination and Public Vote


It isn’t so much the actual awards that delight us (which are always great to receive) but the fact that this recognition has come so quickly, showing that we are continuing with the premium quality and assurance of creativity that we have all grown our reputations upon.

If you’d like to create unbelievable award-winning work that has an enormous positive impact on your business, please get in touch.

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We are very proud to announce that in our first year as Agency Forty we have already been nominated for two creative awards – Roses Creative Awards.

Nominations
Craft: Use of Photography - Lapicida: Renaissance Reclaimed Campaign
Design: Exhibition/Point Of Sale - Volta: VR. The Future


It isn’t so much the actual awards that delight us (which are always great to receive) but the fact that this recognition has come so quickly, showing that we are continuing with the premium quality and assurance of creativity that we have all grown our reputations upon.

If you’d like to create unbelievable award-winning work that has an enormous positive impact on your business, please get in touch.

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In an ever more competitive and design-conscious world, quality menus are as vital to small bars or cafés as they are to Michelin-starred restaurants and premium hotels.

Developed to make professionally designed and printed menus instantly available to every level of the hospitality industry, printwaiter.com is a new interactive website providing over 100 different templates. Devised by a team of professional designers, every template is FSA compliant and fully customizable, producing a unique finished product.

Menus Designed In Minutes
Now creating a new menu and sending it to print is done in minutes.  Simple navigation allows the user to select menu size and format, choose and customize templates, upload logos, photographs and menu items, decide paper type and then save and review finished jobs before sending them to print at the click of a button. A 24 hour turnaround service is available, but even the standard free UK delivery takes just four days.

Quality, Value and Speed
Printwaiter.com ships worldwide and alongside its menus offers a full range of templates for other key promotional items including tent cards, coasters and posters. The site has been set up by Dornans, who have led the market in hospitality printing since 1848. It combines their 167 years of experience in the industry with the latest in web and print technology, to create a service offering quality, value and speed. 

Customer Services
Behind the scenes is a vibrant design team, state of the art printing and exceptional customer service, with helplines open from 7am – 11pm, matching the long hours worked in the hospitality industry. The site also provides valuable resources for anyone serving food and beverages, containing expert advice on complex issues such as allergy labelling and jargon-busting the print process.

Bespoke Design and Print
Alongside its online services, printwaiter.com is also a portal to Dornans’ bespoke design and print. The company has unrivaled experience in both high and low volume hospitality printing, from simple menus to full hotelier packages, backed by a complete range of support and fulfilment services.

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Guardians of the virtually lost craft of hand painted canvas ceilings, Volta takes this traditional decorative art into contemporary interiors.

First seen in classical Greece, painting scenes on fabric became an increasingly refined art, direct ancestor of the illusionist ceilings of Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo times. In London, Inigo Jones famously commissioned Rubens to produce a series of astonishing ceiling canvases for Banqueting House in Whitehall. Painted in Ruben’s Antwerp studio in 1635, the central panel alone measures 58 square metres. In the theatre too, painted canvas has always been a medium of magical illusion. As a bespoke art form, it has dazzling potential for both traditional and modern ceilings.

Volta is a craft collaboration between two high-profile Belgian artists, Eddy Dankers and Thierry Thenaers. Eddy’s family have been artists since the 17th Century and he is a Royal Warrant holder to the Belgian court. Thierry is a renowned master painter, operatic set designer and interior designer. Individually, both have worked on many of Europe’s historic buildings, including the restoration of Versailles.

Inheritors and developers of the art of painted canvas ceilings, Thierry and Eddy set up Volta as an international interiors brand and their teams work all over the world. Using old and new techniques and technologies and a group of extraordinarily talented artists, they can create anything from a perfect facsimile of a Baroque masterpiece to a dazzling ultra-modern trompe l’oeil ceiling. Although they have moved ceiling painting into the 21st Century, Thierry and Eddy are highly eco-sensitive; working on natural linen canvas, using natural casein paints, and sharing a passion for authentic plant and mineral-pigmented colour. 

It is only in Belgium that linen is still seamlessly woven in the enormous widths and lengths of canvas which important projects can demand; up to 12metres x 100metres in a single piece. Painting ceilings on finely woven linen has many advantages over murals painted direct on the ceiling. The entire installation can be painted in the studio and because they are not having to work above their heads, the artists can produce finer and more detailed work. No scaffolding is required on site: The ceiling is delivered as a single finished piece to its destination and simply glued in place. Linen ceilings have another big advantage in being unaffected by cracks and settlement which so often damage decorated plaster ceilings.

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