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Author Archives: Fran

The answer is ‘Polystyrene’

Social Media never ceases to amaze me, it can be a link to an interesting site or to something completely random. The flow of information, news and conversation is constant and endless. I asked a question on twitter late yesterday evening (Thursday) and was quite surprised at the number of responses I received, considering it [...]

A perfect mix.

Mixing business and pleasure can be a tricky task, some people would frown upon it whilst others would encourage it, all I can say is that from my point of view it has worked out very well. Those who read this blog or follow me on twitter may realise that I have an interest in [...]

A Dragons’ Den appearance is the easy part

Facing the cameras and pitching your ideas to the ‘Dragons’ must be quite an unnerving experience, particularly if you haven’t practised your presentation or if you’re unsure of your figures. However, the business people and entrepreneurs that appear on the programme face even bigger challenges in getting their businesses up and running. Sometimes that challenge [...]

Shaved to perfection

“It started with a simple tweet…” That is precisely how this story starts, if anybody still doubts the power of social media. Will King, the founder of The King of Shaves company, was a guest speaker at the Content is King Conference held in the RDS in November of last year. He had enquired about [...]

An open book telling a ‘Brilliant’ story

‘Brilliant,’ by Roddy Doyle is a fun and uplifting story about banishing the depression over Dublin and getting the city’s funny bone back. This short story is very appropriate for the times we live in and was used as the inspiration for the Parade to honour Dublin’s designation as UNESCO City of Literature.  Community groups, [...]

Take comfort from the Social Media political onslaught.

With the Dáil dissolved and a General Election set for the February 25th, we will undoubtedly see our political parties, supporters and candidates bombard us with leaflets, posters and billboards spewing out their plans, dreams and promises to win our votes. The trouble is they have a new tool to exploit, and that is ‘Social [...]

Making the News

We love that we are asked to create some pretty cool props and 3D signs. We like the way we can make a couple of million Euro before lunchtime, very handy when our country is in recession, but it isn’t much use when it’s made from polystyrene. We like that we’ve tried making Time even [...]

We all make mistakes, don’t we?

I haven’t met a person yet who hasn’t made a mistake, whether in business, or on a personal level. Some mistakes are ones that were extremely embarrassing, and you wished the ground had swallowed you up. Others involved following a hunch, convinced that you were right but for one reason or another, it didn’t work [...]

“Rock and Roll, Baby” Recycled!

Regular readers of this blog may remember a post about signs that we created for the Irish rock groups, the delorentos and The Frames. The two bands used their Styrofoam signs in different ways, but we were delighted to see that the delorentos kept hold of their giant polystyrene 3D letters. They have reused and [...]

Raising the bar

I think that we do quirky, unusual and eye-catching quite well with the 3D designs and props that we create for the marketing and advertising industries. But yes, you can always learn more. You can improve systems and fine-tune techniques, but sometimes you need to step further away, take a wider view, and maybe do [...]