Three29design is three today!
First off, feel free to read about what I did in the first two years right here.
Since then a lot has been going on… So the big one was winning South Cheshire Chamber’s ‘Young Business of the Year’ award 2011, sponsored & judged by the prestigious Bentley Motors. Unless you followed the awards you probably won’t know this but I was actually up against a much larger creative agency who have worked with M&S and such, so this probably made the win even better because once I saw them on the line up I honestly thought, NO CHANCE! This was my first award and awards always look good in every area, not just in business. I have entered for 2012’s business awards, so let’s see if I win again. Read more about this here.
329 also handled ALL the artwork for a country wide music festival which took place in Australia in January 2012. The festival hit; South Australia, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. Three of those cities had tour buses completely wrapped with my work. Melbourne was plastered with huge billboards and large format posters. Funnily enough a friend who moved to Melbourne mentioned seeing the billboards 🙂 The 329 logo flashed up on the stage screen a huge amount of times whilst the likes of Kid Cudi, Tech N9ne, D12, Chamillionaire and more performed. Of course, 329 shared logo space with big vendors and major artists. It was a huge amount of work for two people (me on the design and Tom handling web based work) but we got it done in a short timescale and of course, they were sleeping whilst we were working, which made things a little more difficult. Check out the project here.
As always the business has been expanding, but 329 does things the reverse way. From the start international is how we worked, but things are spreading locally. I’ve personally been taking part in local networking events and gaining a fair few local clients, from Cheque Encoders, Charities, Personal Assistants and Radio Stations. Since going into business I’ve tried to not just work within the music industry, as versatility is always good, so year by year this happens more and more.
Finally, some retail cover artwork I created has been pressed and completed, ready for the shelves! And another one or two coming soon. Love this, want to do more! Thankfully the lovely people over at Sonnet Music keep me happy with more music based artwork. Check it out here.
Did my first FULL branding job. I handled the logo design, choosing the fonts & color scheme for the business, the theme customization, info-graphic styled images, and social media. Loved the outcome, so bold and simple. See it here. I have also been working on two more but they are yet to be released…
WOOF! I created a radio mascot which was based on a real mascot dog… well, just the head. The body is human based 😉 People seam to love it! Check out Mr. Ronnie here.
Skill wise, I’ve kept learning, although learning is much slower these days compared to when I did it just as a hobby as obviously I have work to get onto, but I’ve stuck at doing illustrations and learning more and more about Adobe Illustrator. Quite comfortable at the program now but of course, it’s Adobe and the program is massive so a hell of a lot still to learn! See some of the illys here.
Sounds cheesy but most of all I’ve worked with a bunch of new clients (many of whom are now repeat customers) along with working again with my huge amount of loyal clients who keep coming back for more. You are appreciated! So a big thanks to those guys, and a big thanks to Tom who’s doing all the development work for me because it stresses me out.