Category Archives: Print

Computer Arts – The Lucid Agency – Featured

We were recently featured in ‘Computer Arts’ magazine in a section about branding. The project chosen by the Computer Arts team was our work for French caters ‘Leon Catering’.

For more info on this project visit our website or email us and we will be happy to send a portfolio sample.


Print vs Online

Advertising on social networking sites soared in 2010

The internet now accounts for a quarter of all advertising spending in the UK, according to figures. They show that the value of online advertising grew by 12.8% in 2010, breaking through the £4bn barrier. A study by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the accountants PwC found that online advertising spending grew three times as rapidly as in 2009. It also outpaced the rest of the advertising market, which has recovered after dipping during the recession.

Guy Phillipson, the chief executive of the IAB, said: “Major brands restored their advertising budgets in 2010 and online was a big winner.” The biggest growth area was display advertising on social networks, which grew by nearly 200%.

Print media’s pain

Facebook has made big advances in the last year in persuading advertisers to see social networks as a place to promote their wares. With figures showing that UK internet users spend 25% of their online time on social networks, advertisers are keen to tap into this audience. Online video advertising also nearly doubled in 2010, with £54m spent on adverts that appeared before, during or after video clips. Mobile advertising raced ahead too, with finance, telecoms and consumer brands trying to reach audiences on the move. Search advertising, still dominated by Google, remains the biggest earner, although growth in this more mature business was just 8%.

Ian Barber of the Advertising Association says there is one clear attraction which is boosting online spending: “It’s targeted, it makes it easier for brands to work out who they’re advertising to.” Other areas of advertising recovered last year, with television spending bouncing back after a steep decline. But much of the Press is still suffering, with magazines and regional newspapers seeing revenues continue to fall. Classified advertising, once a key element in regional newspaper revenues, has now nearly all migrated online.

But Lynne Anderson of the Newspaper Society says local newspapers are capturing some of that online advertising spending on their own websites: “They are getting pretty savvy at capturing audiences in new ways.” She added: “Regional newspapers – print and online – are resilient, innovative and well-placed to benefit when wider market conditions improve.”

The IAB expects online spending to continue to grow, as faster broadband makes new formats increasingly attractive.

Good Design is Good Business

This is a self initiated promotional card project, we are working on. Based near the working end of Liverpool Docks, the image you see on the cards is what you see as you approach our studio from the M62 or from the back windows of our building.

The docks have always been at the hub of Liverpool commerce and although not quite as prevalent as they have been in previous decades and centuries. These docks are still “Good business” for Liverpool and its occupants. Not to mention the great photos that the intricate crane detail against the crisp autumn sky make.

New Website Goes Live

It gives us great pleasure to announce the launch of our new website:

Special thanks go to all of our loyal clients, our staff, families and contributors.

Jan, Sam, Simon, Lukasz, Jamie, Phil, Steve & Liam.

Thank you for all your hard work, I hope you like the site as much as we do.

Onwards and upwards.

Form Office Brochure

We are proud to announce we have just got the contract to design the commercial interior design heavy weights “Form Office’s” new brochure.

Watch this space…..


Counting down the days till our all new site launches….

David La Chappelle x Maybach Zepellin

I saw an exhibition by Chappelle in Amsterdam in Summer 2009 and kind of liked what he had done, so when I saw this I naturally took note. From a consumer perspective we think he’s made the somewhat ugly Maybach seem a lot younger, hipper and edgier. But is that the crowd a company who makes £300,000 cars is appealing to??… Is there really that many 20 something year old’s shopping for Maybachs….. maybe so?

I thought this explanation of the add was pretty interesting anyway….

Oh how original, using nazi decadence as a tool to sell luxury German goods. How edgy to portray 1932, the year the nazis openly gained power in Germany.

Daphne Guinness (the badger haired woman in the body stocking) is the granddaughter of Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne and his first wife Diana Mitford (

Diana Mitford was one of the Mitford sisters, she was an infamous (and unrepentant) English fascist and anti-semite who later re-married Oswald Mosely in a ceremony presided over by Hitler & Goebbels.

I’m sure Lachapelle will claim it shows the end of the Wiemar republic, when in reality the inclusion of a Mitford utterly changes the meaning to the rise of Fascism.

I must admit when I first saw it, I thought more ‘Glenn Close’ 101 Dalmations, but never the less this is an interesting insight into the thought patterns of Chappelle and probably a pretty accurate one, judging by other political statements that i have seen in his other work. A very politically sensitive era to touch on for an advert though, whichever way it may be portray.

From an innocent outsiders perspective looking in though, it makes for a pretty nice shoot overall.