All we want for Christmas, in work-related terms, is for 2016 to be not dissimilar to 2015.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have added some fantastic new clients to our portfolio this year – from as far north as Aberdeenshire right down to West Sussex on the south coast – as well as continuing to work with lots of old friends.
Our 2015 started with a bright and colourful splash – the launch of an all-new vintage-inspired fashion brand and website for Lee & Lawrie, as well as an incredibly well-received re-brand, season campaign style and new website for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In the spring we welcomed a new member of the team – Josh (Ainsworth). Which means we now have two Joshes – The Joshi? Both of whom also have surnames beginning with ‘A’. And both of whom are developers. Meaning no little confusion in the office at times. Hmmm. We’ve plumped for Josh 1 and Josh 2 for the time being as Backend-Josh and Frontend-Josh just didn’t sound quite right …
In the summer we worked on some ace projects – including websites for Stratford Circus arts centre in East London, author and knitting designer extraordinaire Sarah Hazell, and architects Sjölander da Cruz.
James and I also found time to attend the Arts Marketing Association’s annual conference which was held in Brum; I wrote a series of blog posts about some of the talks, including a fairly popular one about 'sweary spaces and loyal fans'.
One of our biggest achievements this year was launching three complex and very different websites within a matter of days of each other – Chichester Festival Theatre, Sound (Scotland’s festival of new music) and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
It just shows what a small team can get done … though, for the sake of our nerves/sanity, we’re unlikely to repeat this time-defying feat anytime soon.
Early autumn saw us kick-off a new website project with our most scenically-located client – Longborough Festival Opera; a boutique country house opera with stunning views of the glorious Cotswolds. (And their productions are nothing to sniff at either.)
Their all-new Spektrix-integrated website will be launching soon, but in the meantime here’s a sneaky peek:
As if all that excitement wasn’t enough, in mid-November Josh (1) and his wife welcomed a new baby daughter. Awww, a Supercool baby!
So, what’s in store for Supercool in 2016?
Amongst other things … a refreshed website for our friends Guthrie & Ghani, the second stage of our work with Chichester Festival Theatre, and brand new websites for one of the UK’s finest concert halls and a national ballet company.
It looks like 2016 will be another busy year, so here’s to a relaxing festive break!
Warmest winter wishes, and all the best for 2016 – from Supercool.