2010

17 December, 2010

Christmas Opening Times

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22 October, 2010

Best Stand at GNCCF

Wolfram Lohr at GNCCF

We went along to the opening of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last night to judge the prize for best stand.

The competition was fierce, with a very high standard of work on display and some very creative exhibitions. … Continue reading →

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19 October, 2010

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Great Norther Grads

We’re delighted to be sponsoring the prize for best stand at this year’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

Doors open to the public on Friday, where they can browse and purchase contemporary craft from a selection of talented designer-makers. … Continue reading →

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24 September, 2010

Freelance Web Designer

We’re looking for a freelance web designer to work on ad hoc projects during busy periods. The role involves creating innovative and inspiring website layouts using Photoshop.

Although this is not an in-house position, we are looking for a designer … Continue reading →

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20 September, 2010

Victoria Tryon is a Bright Young Gem

We were thrilled to hear that our client, Victoria Tryon, was selected to be a Bright Young Gem at International Jewellery London 2010.

Please see the interview below regarding Victoria’s nomination.

Competition judge, Hilary Alexander of the Daily … Continue reading →

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23 August, 2010

Sixth Sense: Minority Report Technology

This video was filmed at TED last year and features Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demonstrate Sixth Sense technology.

Pranav Mistry, the inventor of the software, describes Sixth Sense as ‘a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around … Continue reading →

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20 August, 2010

An Audience with My-Wardrobe

Last night we went along to a Q and A session with founder and CEO of My-Wardrobe, Sarah Curran and PR Director, Lauren Stevenson. The event was organised and hosted by Manchester Fashion Network.

My-Wardrobe.com went live in … Continue reading →

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5 August, 2010

Writing for the Web

Secretary typing on an old fashioned typewriter

Writing for the web is very different to writing for print and there are a number of important factors to take into consideration.

Purpose and Audience

When starting any web project we always begin with purpose and audience and it’s … Continue reading →

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16 July, 2010

Alex Monroe – Jewellery Etailer of the Year

Alex Monroe Website

Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has won the prestigious ‘Jewellery Etailer of the Year’ award for AlexMonroe.com. The trophy was presented at the glittering UK Jewellery Awards ceremony last night.

Judges commented on the intimacy of the site and noted … Continue reading →

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14 July, 2010

Image Copyright and Creative Commons

Copyright image courtesty of Opensourceway

One of the questions that people ask me, quite a lot in fact, is whether they can use images from the internet on their own websites. The short answer is no. Not without seeking and obtaining permission. The same is … Continue reading →

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13 July, 2010

Mary Portas Master Classes for Retailers

Calling all retailers.

A series of master classes with input from Mary Portas will be delivered through the National Skills Academy for Retail skills shops over the next few months.

Topics covered are:

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7 July, 2010

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in Google Docs

Google OCR

Did you know that you can convert scanned text into Google Doc format? This is particularly handy if you have hard copies of old records or documents that need to be in text format. Rather than spending hours typing them … Continue reading →

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25 June, 2010

reCAPTCHA Helping to Digitize Books

Professor Luis von Ahn at Thinking Digital

The annual Thinking Digital conference took place at the Sage last month. Two days packed full of innovative talks and great networking opportunities. Seminars covered everything from Creative Commons and citizen journalism to story telling and the impact of sound. … Continue reading →

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7 June, 2010

Twitter Spam

It seems that every week we see a new spam email campaign being launched.

Today we noticed the first examples of spam purportedly coming from Twitter being received and reported by some of our clients.

Here’s an example we received … Continue reading →

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1 June, 2010

We’re Looking for a PHP Developer

Closing Date: Monday 14 June 2010

We’re recruiting again! We’re looking for another PHP Developer to join our team of front and back end developers. Vanilla Storm is a small web design company based in Heaton Chapel, which is just … Continue reading →

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20 May, 2010

Richard Re-elected to Manchester Digital

Last night Richard Hudson was voted onto Manchester Digital council for the fourth year running.

Over the last few years Richard has been actively involved in developing the MD events programme and preparing for the rebuild of the MD website … Continue reading →

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13 May, 2010

My View of London Photography Competition

My View of London launches today through the Evening Standard and through their website www.myviewoflondon.org.uk.

Eye research charity, Fight for Sight has joined forces with the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel to launch a photography competition with the chance … Continue reading →

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6 May, 2010

Political Party Websites

Well the day has finally arrived. It’s election day here in the UK and possibly (barring a hung parliament) an end to the campaigning that has dominated the media for the past few weeks. I don’t blog about politics and … Continue reading →

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5 May, 2010

Business North West

We’re delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Business North West. Now in it’s fifth year the conference will run on 27th and 28th October at Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex). This is the region’s premier business to business exhibition … Continue reading →

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5 May, 2010

Vanilla Storm Sponsors Eye Cycle

Eye Cycle Website

Scientist John Greenwood, Actor Lloyd Hutchinson, and Jeweller Alex Monroe will take on a 1000 mile Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride later this year, to raise funds for Fight for Sight. They will be joined by a … Continue reading →

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4 May, 2010

SAScon

Last week saw the inaugural SAScon event at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. SAScon stands for ‘Search – Analytics – Social Media Conference’.

YouTube’s Bruce Daisley delivered the opening speech and was followed by some of the biggest names in … Continue reading →

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1 March, 2010

PHP Developer Vacancy

This post has now been filled.

We’re currently looking for a PHP Developer to join our team. We’re a small web design company based in Heaton Chapel, which is just 10 mins by train from Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport. The … Continue reading →

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18 January, 2010

Happy New Year

New Year Clock

And so it’s January. A month for resolutions, new beginnings and for looking forward. It’s also an opportunity to look back on the past year, to rethink, review and to take stock.

2009 was a great year for Vanilla Storm. … Continue reading →

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