Blogs Archive

Blogs Archive

  • Commissioning a New Website

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  • Five from Hive – Briefing your Designer

    Writing a great design brief – better value all round! The first question to ask is “what IS a great design brief” – and the answer to that, as ever, depends on context! From my perspective, as the owner of a design company, my perfect brief would be ... more...
  • Why Facebook is good for business

    As most people know, Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends and family. more...
  • Spotlight on Shahnaz Hussain

    What is your role at Hive Creative? I run my own Virtual Business Solutions Company so do anything for Hive from Social Media to Book keeping and most importantly, making the coffee – You name it and I’ll do it! Before Hive what was the most unusual/interesting job ... more...
  • Spotlight on Ryan Weir – Director

    What is your role at Hive Creative? Director Before working at Hive what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?Whilst at college, I once had a summer job pricing bras. It proved too much of a handful. What can you tell us about your life outside ... more...
  • Five from Hive – File types

    So you’ve briefed your new designer, you have your brand guidelines, there’s nothing standing between you and the deadline. Or is there? “Can you send me your logo?” the designer asks. You send him the one you’ve got in your email signature. “That’s low resolution – I’ll need ... more...
  • Do you make a New Year’s Resolution? What’s yours this year and will it fizzle out fast?

    A New Year’s Resolution is a vow a person makes for the new year. Whether it be a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or eating less junk food and getting fit or a promise to develop a positive habit, such as starting ... more...
  • 21st Century Communication – Twitter

    Twitter is a service for businesses, coworkers, friends and family, to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. more...
  • We feel the need… the need to feed!

    This week we are supporting the work of the MK Food Bank. They have a great scheme where you can create and donate hampers to help a struggling family have a bit of festive respite! It’s not just about ticking the CSR box though, it’s about respecting ... more...
  • Spotlight on Luke Gadeke – Designer

    What is your role at Hive Creative? Graphic Designer / Legend / Comedian Before working at Hive what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Typical retail rubbish I’m afraid. What can you tell us about your life outside of the work?  I don’t have one. I play ... more...
  • Spotlight on David Lovesy – Hive Director

    In the service industry, you buy from people and not companies. So what better way to show you the people behind Hive Creative than spotlighting each of them in turn? Someone has to go first, and David is the least camera shy so let’s start with ... more...
  • The principles don’t change

    The things that drive us, like hope, love, and comfort, aren’t going away. So let’s not get overly distracted by all this distraction technology. It’s fun, it’s diverting, it’s new, shiny, and for some of us, a bit sexy too. But don’t be fooled by the next smartphone or tablet. They ... more...
  • Is your website running your life?

    As the internet continues to increase its power and reach, Tim Berners Lee may well be wishing things had turned out differently for the world wide web. But for companies today, an online presence is essential. It’s where people buy from you, interact with you, or simply check you out. So we ... more...
  • Digital devices are great… But getting the best from them isn’t easy

    Have you noticed how the digital devices we use everyday have become smaller and more portable over the last few years? Of course you have. We carry them everywhere. Often, they are the last thing we look at before we go to sleep at night, and the first thing we see ... more...
  • Rules are there to be broken

    Our view on the written word in marketing communications is pretty straightforward. Are we talking clearly, and to the right audience? Do we understand, and address, their concerns and interests? Are we using the right language, and tone? more...
  • We are excited

    A new connectivity phenomenon is about to arrive, and it could present great opportunities for business, and for all of us as individuals. It’s called wireless mesh networking. It enables two mobile phone users to chat without an Internet connection. They can also connect when they ... more...
  • Why waste an exceedingly good thing?

    We know that he doesn’t exist. And that his cakes are mass produced, in a big factory somewhere. But we still believed in Mr Kipling. He was warm and friendly. He cared about his baking, and he was proud of every single Cherry Bakewell and individual ... more...
  • Health and connectedness.
    Two modern obsessions –
    coming together on a smartphone
    near you

    What will the future look like? Sitting here, writing this, I am surrounded by people who are looking at screens. They are not talking to each other. They are scrolling, swiping, texting, typing. more...
  • Are your blogs running out of steam?

    I quite like a nice blog. Blogs can be instructive, and entertaining. They can be cool and professional, or heartfelt and moving. Corporate blogs can also be a good barometer of what’s driving an organisation, at least at the moment of their publication. There is, though, ... more...
  • Why not sit back, relax, and enjoy a good brochure

    With so many different media available to us today, it can be difficult for marketing managers to choose well. Particularly with limited budgets. We all feel we should have a digital presence,but which one, and with what messages? more...
  • If you treat business partners badly,
    you will get the business partners you deserve

    There has a been a big fuss recently about GSK’s demanding that, in order to remain on its roster, their advertising agencies have to pay sign on bonuses and then offer rebates. more...
  • Time for a heads up

    As creatives, we like a big canvas. But we know that size is by no means everything in communication. At today’s media smorgasbord, it’s all about context, and environment.And accessibility. more...
  • Open for new ideas

    If someone says to you, “this is serious”, be suspicious. Just how many things need to be taken seriously? Not that many, we suggest. Now, when it comes to business, we are all led to believe that it must be serious. After all, money is involved, and ... more...
  • The swan is alive and well, and living at Furzton Lake

    When I first started in advertising, I worked for a small agency in Soho. We weren’t big enough to have our own print buyer, so all our print work went out to a broker. One time, we had just been given a great opportunity by a ... more...
  • Once upon a time, in a far-off land called the ideal world…

    …all design was beautiful and sacred, copywriting brought tears of joy to your eye, deadlines were distant misty horizons, and budgets could always expand a little bit more… OK, wake up. It’s time to get real. You’ve got to get this designed and written pronto. We don’t ... more...

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