The Antidote to Lockdown - Positivity!
It’s in the Orphans DNA to think positively and creatively. Priority one is staying healthy. Next, on an individual as well as business level, we have more of the once precious commodity of time, so let’s make the best of this period of unwelcome business interruption.
Impact Print Name Change
Since Orphans acquired Impact Print in June 2019 the two businesses have been working ever closer. So we are now taking this collaboration to a natural conclusion which we feel will work well for all our customers; with immediate effect we are saying a fond farewell to the Impact name and welcoming a bright new future under Orphans branding.
Orphans - force of nature
We've had it mind for years, particularly on sunny days, but summer 2018 marks the great switch on of ... our roof! Solar panels were not in our minds when we were building new Orphans Press way back in 2007. Shame really, but it took a few years before we really took note of our very south facing expanse of roof.
Illustrations making stand-out ads
Our friends at Cross Compliance Solutions help farm businesses to keep their paperwork, systems and safety procedures on the right side of both the spirit and detail of legislation. Having worked shoulder to shoulder on a rebrand we discussed new ad campaigns to appear in national and regional farming publications.
GDPR & ORPHANS & ... YOU!
The advent of GDPR has swept through the consciousness of nearly every business to a far greater degree than most legislative changes. Could this in part be down to the prominent message ‘substantial fines’ should organisations fall short in their implementation? It has certainly focussed the minds.
Where do Christmas Cards come from daddy?
One little boy, Dylan, has found out! Lucky for him mummy and daddy (Becca and Simon) just happen to be very good photographers and handy with artwork. So they've helped Dylan's school, Shobdon School, produce a lovely Christmas Card. featuring his fabulous snowman on the front - looks like Dylan has inherited the creative genes.
The story of the Beatles as you’ve never seen it before
Journey through the Beatles years – from the band’s first ever gig at the Cavern Club to the release of their final album Let It Be – in a visual exploration of their evolution from four young men to one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen.
Orphans Calendar as desktop wallpaper
Due to popular demand ... well, anyway, we're making each month of our 2016 'Essential Dates' calendar available as a wallpaper for your computer. So instead of looking up to see the real calendar hanging on your wall you can keep your eyes pinned on your computer. Or if you are on the move, keep it on your tablet. No need to thank us, all part of the service.
THE ORPHANS CALENDAR - NOW THE YEAR CAN BEGIN
Every year Orphans produce a calendar. Sometimes it is ready in time for the New Year! In recent years it has built quite a following with our customers, many of whom anticipate it's arrival and are eager to see if it is a notch up on previous years. So here at Orphans we've realised that the pressure is back on us. We can't just serve up 12 landscapes of Herefordshire scenery.
The notion of corporate social responsibility was probably not uppermost in the mind of Henry Stanley Newman when, in 1873, he saw the benefits of providing the orphans in his care with a printing press. In these early days Orphans Press didn't need to look beyond its own front door for worthy candidates to support.
Orphans on film
We are all for marketing initiatives promoting Herefordshire. We did have to think twice when it came to the notion of appearing on film though - we're quite a bashful bunch really. We finally overcame our trepidation and now we see the quality of the 'Behind the Door in Herefordshire' video (below) we are glad we did.
Mailmark accreditation for Orphans
A good number of our customers like us to mail out what we print for them. As much as anything it avoids the need to ship on to a mailing house. So over the years we have developed our service, from the purchase of automated envelope inserting machines and polywrap lines to address printers and software designed to maximise Royal Mail discounts for larger mailings.
Vibrant 7 colour printing with our indigo
4 colour (CMYK) printing on the Indigo is superb and the liquid inks (as opposed to toner) produce an unrivalled litho-like quality. Can it get better? Well, actually, yes! Our Indigo has facility for 3 extra colours which with a little creative imagination can make all the difference to your job.
Elan Exhibition - pulling it all together
The Elan Valley visitor centre had been missing a cornerstone of any popular attraction ... an Exhibition! It was nice then for us to be asked to put together the new exhibition, 'This is Elan'. This was a true team effort. Ruth Lloyd produced great content, researching the incredible history of the Elan Valley, not least the building of the dams and the diversity of nature and wildlife.
Web design as detailed as the shoes themselves
Our friends Sara and Nick crackle with new ideas. The concept of Billy Ruffian (there's a great story behind the name) is all theirs. So too are the shoes, beautifully designed and hand made. Not very many of them, but so nice they are building a loyal following.
Bespoke systems for... us!
Happily we're generally quite busy working flat out on our customers' behalf. But periodically we come up for air and can slot in a little development for ourselves. Believe me there's a lot more we'd like to do but such is our unswerving dedication to customer work! Generally the context is that you look at off the shelf options available on the market.
Paid for ads - paying their way?
Paying for traffic to your site is not likely to be an ambition but for many businesses it is a necessary path to reach customers who turn to Google to find sites which do just what you do. Just to increase the inevitability of the decision the proportion of paid for ads Google displays has also increased.
Can we recommend a good photographer?
There's nothing which drains the colour from our designer's faces more then when a customer declares that 'I've got the pics with me ... on my phone!' It's just that we've worked on many a site where for budgetary reasons (mainly) we've had to head down the stock library route. Try as we might there's something unmistakeably familiar about these images!
Leominster's marquee- fit for a prince
Memories of Diamond Day, July 11th 2012 When Leominster was invited to showcase it's wares to the Royal Family there was only one thing to do ... call for Helen! And so it came to pass that a willing group of volunteers gave of their all to ensure Prince Philip left with an abiding impression.
Our first book launch
At the time of writing this article we don't know whether our inaugeral title as book publishers, 'While it is Yet Day', has been an extraordinary sales success ... or not! What we do know is that together with author Averil Opperman we couldn't have done much more to announce it's arrival.
Let's Get Personal
If you recognise that your customers are different you may see the potential to mail them something which reflects what makes them so different. The Indigo is capable of linking with your database and varying the content of every sheet. At the simplest or most common level it can be addresses from your spreadsheet so the mailing item is ready for the post.