Some of the Ruddocks team take a look back at 2019 and talk to us about some of the projects they have most enjoyed working on this year.
Sue Bratton, Print Finisher
Looking back over 2019 I have been fortunate enough to work on lots of exciting and challenging projects. We were commissioned to produce a commemorative keepsake for LNER’s Azuma launch event in York in the summer. This project involved assembling multiple elements to produce a presentation box, wrapped in a branded foiled sleeve, of high-quality image postcards all within a very tight timeframe. It was great to see the finished product, and LNER were so pleased with them that they ordered 500 more!
Another great project to be involved with was the Length of Service, Good Service and Wood Badge Awards mailing for the Scout Association. We sourced and created, packaged and mailed approximately 1,000 awards, including certificates, medals, badges, brooches and ‘woodbeads’ to Scout leaders across the country.
Adam Bratley, Digital Printer
There has been a fair bit of investment in the digital department this year and I feel our digital offering is in the best place it ever has been. Over the last 12 months it has been really exciting to test and try new things for our clients, including the Macmillan Ball event materials and the 13,000 Lincolnshire Coop Junior Membership Competition Christmas cards we have just printed!
I have enjoyed developing my own skill set whilst continuing to push the printing boundaries through the use of new technology, in particular white ink and short runs of digital foil and I am looking forward to further technological enhancements in 2020.
Dave Austin, Litho Printer
It has been a great 12 months for diversity, with a vast range of work going through the press, from the Lead and Inspire training materials for Elior and the membership magazine for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association right through to all the graduation brochures and associated materials for the University of Lincoln.
Last year we produced the brand guidelines for global charity ONE and this year we continue our work with them, having produced the second version of their brand guidelines which was sent to member countries across the world. This was a challenging and complex job involving multiple paper stocks and spot colour, where consistency, quality and colour accuracy were critical. I was extremely proud to see the finished publication packaged and ready to be sent to the client.
Dan Alexander, Key Account Manager
For me, the highlight of this year has to be the work we have done for Heathrow Airport. The ‘Be the Difference’ project focusses on improving the passenger experience at Heathrow. Essentially bespoke customer service training for non-customer service roles, whose jobs impact hugely on the experience of customers at Heathrow.
We have worked with the Happy Learning Company, who developed the training programme, over the last 12 months to design, print and roll out the project which when complete will have extended to 6,000 members of staff at Heathrow. I am very proud to have been involved in such an important project for one of the busiest airports in the world!
Amy Wilson, Senior Designer
Having worked on many commissions for the Scout Association, the Gilwell Park project was a particular highlight for me this year. A multi-faceted project, this was all about spatial design to create interactive environments to mark the Scouts centenary year. It was something a bit different and it was really rewarding to know that both the team at the Scout Association and the users of the spaces really loved the result.
I have also worked quite closely with the special events team at Macmillan Cancer Support over the last 12 months on some really exciting and unique design projects including the Tutankhamun Exhibition Preview event collateral and the Nurses Pledge Sponsorship materials.