We’ve had a busy 6 months + working with clients on a whole bunch of projects, many of which were influenced by the current pandemic and helping organisations adapt their marketing messages, restructure their websites and produce new material to inform their customers of the changes they’ve had to go through. There’s been a lot of creative discussions which has frequently helped distract us from the very serious, real and often heartbreaking news throughout the year. So just to say that we’re still here and eager to start new projects in 2021 which we really hope is going to be a better year for all.
We have been involved in working on three books for the new Church of England Archbishop Stephen Cottrell. We designed new covers for the reprint of two popular books, ‘Let it Slow: An Advent Calendar with a Difference’ and ‘Do Nothing to Change Your Life’. We also designed and illustrated a third book, ‘Prayer: Where to Start and How to keep going’ which includes a series of watercolours to illustrate the book.
You can see more about them and buy them here (or at other popular book sellers!):
- Let it Slow: An Advent Calendar with a Difference – https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9781781402092/let-it-slow
- Do Nothing to Change Your Life – https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9781781402054/do-nothing-to-change-your-life-2nd-edition
- Prayer: Where to Start and How to keep going – https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9781781402146/prayer
We were pleased to be commissioned for the design of an important new book by A.D.A France-Williams called Ghost Ship for SCM Press. Focusing on the timely issue of institutional racism in the Church of England it’s already received some very positive reviews. You can read more about the book and author here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/04/as-a-black-priest-in-the-church-of-england-i-felt-like-i-was-invisible
You can also buy it here:- https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9780334059356/ghost-ship
Having worked on the Live Lent: Care for God’s Creation project at the end of the year, we’ve been delighted in seeing the project promoted in the run up to Lent. The project, which encourages environmental responsibility and awareness, includes books, on-line resources and an app. The project has been featured in the Telegraph, see the article here, we attended the launch in February where the Archbishop of Canterbury discussed the project and the environment (you can see a video for here). And there’s links to the app for Care for God’s Creation and other resources here. It has been great working on the latest version of the project which we’ve been involved in since it’s inception in Birmingham over 10 years ago. See more of our work in our portfolio including examples of iterations of the Lent project, like this one with Christian Aid.
Birmingham Churches Together have just launched their new website which was designed and created by us at Penguin Boy. The website marked a strategic repositioning of the organisation which supports churches across Birmingham and surrounding areas. Recognising one of their core roles as disseminating information across their networks, the news and events sections became central to the site. It also uses tags of their key strategic focus areas to navigate users to the content they are interested in.
As part of this work we are also supporting Birmingham Churches Together in setting up a more efficient Customer Relationship Management process – streamlining their processes and integrating their digital communications, including their well-subscribed e-newsletters.
We have recently completed and launched a new website for All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry, a theological college in the North West of England. Having worked with them through rebranding the organisation, we moved on to rolling out the brand across print and digital media, including the new website. We worked hard to create an engaging site with clear pathways to essential content for their different audience groups, making sure the site was an easy and positive experience on mobile, tablet and desktop.
We have designed the books for the Church of England’s Lent campaign, Live Lent: Care for God’s Creation. Two books, one for children and the other for adults, contains daily reflections for Lent. We have worked on the the Live Lent project for several years and have enjoyed creating new approaches for each edition, this being one of our favourites.
You can find out more about the project on the Church of England’s website https://www.churchofengland.org/livelent
We were involved with the most recent Christmas campaign for the Church of England, #Follow the Star: 12 Days of Christmas Wonder, working on the campaign design, book and associated marketing publicity. The book gave reflections for each of the 12 days of Christmas, starting with Christmas Day and ending on 5 January and was accompanied by an app and on-line material based on our designs. The campaign was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in December and the materials were used in churches across the UK.
You can watch The Church of England’s advert promoting the book and campaign https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1397661060436433 and some more information about the project here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/church-england-features-real-life-stars-christmas-advert
We also continued to work with SCM Press creating book covers, some of which have now been published but most are due to come out in 2019. Books included Everyday Conversations with Matthew, Love in Action, Love Makes No Sense and Theological Reflection Methods. All available to buy at https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/
We really enjoy the creative process of designing book covers and have been very pleased to have struck up a great working relationship with the team there.
2018 saw us work with the Church of England on a series of exciting campaigns #livelent #followthestar #greatvocationsconversation (pictured) and the forthcoming campaign for Lent and Easter #LentPilgrim and #EasterPilgrim. It’s been fantastic working with the team at Church House, seeing the books we designed in print and then watching as the digital campaigns around them take off.
It included us seeing our book for #followthestar turn up on TV being held up by an MP in the House of Commons as a positive initiative for Christmas and the #livelent campaign winning some awards for it’s co-ordinated digital campaign.
“Last, but by no means least, thanks and plaudits are also due to the consistently brilliant Richard Pearson at PenguinBoy, who has come up with so many great designs and dealt with some challenging schedules to help ensure CHP plays such a positive and full role in the work of the C of E.”
We started work with Deaf Blind UK, an established national charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss, designing and building their new website. Focusing on the needs of their users, we developed an accessible website with clear layouts and a UX which provides effective signposting to content across the site.
You can visit the site here: https://deafblind.org.uk
We came alongside a high quality interior decorating company, BH Painters and Decorators, to create a new brand identity for the company. Bradley, the owner, wanted us to focus on creating a brand which reflected their modern approach to the trade, the high-quality work they do and a the personal service they give to customers. The end result, including a silhouette of the owner, is intended to be used in a series of bold contrasting colours to represent their vibrant and forward-thinking approach to the trade. As we continue to work with the company we are looking forward to developing their identity on-line and in print. #reviewof2018