That was our week, that was... #5

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Well, what a hectic week! It's all going on here, our glorious leader's been out most of the week (yay!) spinning a number of plates (more of that later!) but most importantly we've been making real progress with our workload, which includes magazines and a lovely yearbook for the increasingly busy Cheadle Hulme School, plus exhibition and brochure design for Manchester Business School and a mixture of other little gems...

The week began a little early for Paul, who headed over to IWM North to catch up with our contractors as they started work on the installation of 'In the Spotlight'.

As mentioned on previous 'TWOWTW' blog entries, this is the third iteration of the spotlight concept, which focuses annually on an object from the museum's collection, and the story behind it. Poignantly, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, this

year's is all about a Union Flag recovered from the wreckage of the Twin Towers, and how it came back 'home'. Here are a few 'in progress' shots of the installation as it neared completion.

Of course, being an annual exhibition, the current display will be around until next September, but please do go and have a look. We've got more of our work on display at IWM North, namely the TimeStacks, which like In the Spotlight, are in the main exhibition space, and also 'Oceans Apart' an exhibition all about overseas evacuees in World War Two, which resides in the Waterway. There's also the fantastic 'War Correspondent' exhibition on at the moment, which although we didn't design it, we kind of wish we had. Another great job by one of our peers Hemisphere...

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In other news, also exhibition related, we met with our friends at People's History Museum this week, to discuss a new project. Obviously we can't say too much at the moment, but as ever, we're delighted to be asked to work on such interesting and rewarding work, and are greatly looking forward to getting started. So watch this space for more information over the coming weeks...

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Our work for classic car parts business Leacy Classics has started to roll out. Here's a little thumbnail of one of our new 'brand' ads, which are running in some key trade and consumer press over the next few months. The striking Union flag illustration will be used across a range of collateral in the weeks to come, such as packaging for their 'premium' range of brightwork ("chrome stuff" to the non automotive mind...)

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As mentioned earlier, 'the boss' (we mean Paul, not Springsteen) has had a bit of a nightmare this week. Earlier in the summer his children's school had a fire, which has meant a delay in it reopening. So, a couple of little Hartley's have occasionally been spending some time at Jordangate House this week, keeping us all entertained on their visits, with the elder H (Millie) showing some creative flair, making picture books, whilst Master Harry, most definitely a 'digital native' if ever there was, contented himself by watching assorted cartoons on YouTube. Daddy is thrilled, however, that the school's open on Monday...

We've also just started work on a new exhibition project for Manchester Business School. This one's taking place in London next month, and will be based on the stand we designed for them earlier in the year. The venue's a stone's throw from Westminster (never sure about that phrase - a stone's throw. Depends how far you can throw, doesn't it?) Not that we'll be throwing any stones near Westminster. There's bound to be lots of police around, and anyway it's just not a good idea.

Sorry, we went off on a tangent a bit there, but it's been a busy one. Not so busy, however, that we couldn't sample the delights of another lovely bar in Macc! This week it was the turn of the very eclectic and charming Snow Goose on Sunderland Street (Macclesfield's original High Street, apparently). We highly recommend it, so if you're in the area, give it a try. If it's a Friday come and see us first, and if you're lucky Paul might take us all...

Weekly UpdatePaul Hartley