The curious tales of the life and work of Pink Sky
COVID-19 Contingency Statement
11th March 2020
We're still here for you, just in a slightly different way...
A Rainy Walk In Blewbury
1st September 2020
Our latest walk was in the little town of Blewbury, a historic location dating back to at least 944AD, although there is evidence of settlement up to 1000 years before that.
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co.
13th August 2020
A favourite annual trip for photographers, families and anyone who enjoys flowers is the flower field of The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company, a spectacle that can only be seen for a fortnight each year.
The Windrush Path And Mosaic Trail
4th August 2020
"Art Underfoot is a Standlake based community enterprise committed to involving young and old in an exciting variety of artistic projects centred on the creation of mosaics from recycled materials" - Art Underfoot
Where They Queued For Sweets: A Wander In Wallingford
6th July 2020
During our latest explorations Billy, Albert and I ventured out to the town of Wallingford. Wallingford has a rich Saxon history and beautiful 'castle gardens' that once formed part of an impressive citadel.
Field Studies: Neptune Wood
12th June 2020
As part of my current studies I am investigating plant and species diversity through visual representation, to challenge the way in which scientific and botanical images of plant studies often show individual species, but don't always delve very far into habitats and systems, which are crucial to the understanding of nurturing ecosystems and helping the natural environment thrive.
World Oceans Day
8th June 2020
What if you could prevent billions of plastic bottles from entering the oceans in the first place? Prevented Ocean Plastic is the largest program of its kind, preventing over 1,000 tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean every month, and World Oceans Day is the ideal opportunity to consider making the right changes in order to make plastic its own resource.
Where Roses Covered Cottages: A Walk In North And South Moreton
19th May 2020
Billy, Albert and I continued our travels by walking through the sleepy villages of North Moreton and South Moreton. These ancient villages are lined with beautiful thatched cottages, and are full of history.
Where The Flowers Bloomed: A Walk In Clifton Hampden
14th May 2020
Yesterday Billy, Albert and I found ourselves walking in the pretty little village of Clifton Hampden. This is a very old village with houses dating back to the 16th and 17th Centuries that are still standing.
Interview With Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson
7th May 2020
Born in Reykjavik, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson graduated from The Icelandic Academy of Visual Art in 2007.
Crust Pizzalab Opens Today!
24th April 2020
We would like to wish our clients at Crust Pizzalab a very happy opening day! It was a pleasure to create the branding for this pizza restaurant in Malmö, which hopes to open many more branches over the next five years.
Cotswold Scrubs: Helping The NHS
24th April 2020
There is an enormous shortage of PPE for NHS workers, as they battle the daily challenges of Coronavirus. There is a particular need for scrubs, and bags to wash them in so that no contact needs to be made with the clothing when taken home to wash.
Coronavirus Business Trajectory - Update
23rd April 2020
Exactly one month after creating our Coronavirus Business Trajectory predictions, we have decided to review the document to see how things are progressing, and the results have been really interesting.
Where The Light Shines: A Walk In Sutton Courtenay
12th April 2020
As Easter was approaching with the world still in lockdown, I found taking my daily walk with Billy and Albert in the village of Sutton Courtenay.
When The World Slowed Down: A Walk In East Hagbourne
6th April 2020
I have been trying to think about how to document this strange time, by creating some sort of journal.
Remaining Financially Engaged (webinar Notes)
25th March 2020
In this time of transition and change, we are reaching for the advice of others to see if it can guide us.
Surviving Working From Home
25th March 2020
These are challenging times, and are such that most of us have never experienced before. If we're not careful it can be easy to feel that the future is bleak and that there is no end in sight. By making a few simple adjustments to our working routines, and by forming new habits, the new self-isolation and social-distancing measures can be things that not only do we learn to cope with, but also use to improve how we do things.
Design For A More Sustainable Future
23rd March 2020
At Pink Sky we are all very passionate about bringing change to design and packaging.
Coronavirus Business Trajectory
20th March 2020
We have put together this resource to help small businesses navigate what is undoubtedly a very unusual time.
An Interview With Rán Flygenring, Illustrator
17th March 2020
I spoke with Rán Flygenring, an illustrator from Reykjavik.
20 Top Places To Visit In Iceland
5th March 2020
I recently had the privilege of travelling to Iceland for a holiday, spending eight days marvelling at the wonders of nature and its capricious tendencies.
15 Questions For Our New Senior Designer
25th February 2020
We have recently welcomed a lovely new Senior Designer into our studio. Meet Hattie!
Designing ‘Crust Pizza Lab’
19th February 2020
The initial brief for this project was to design a brand for a modern pizza restaurant, with a fresh feel based on local ingredients.
‘Our Favourite Printmakers’ - Chapel Arts Exhibition
19th February 2020
This was a really interesting exhibition as it showed the versatility and vibrancy of printmaking. The variety of artists’ work displayed how many different processes there are in the art, and how many different outcomes one might find.
‘Food: Bigger Than The Plate’ Features In Eurofruit
28th January 2020
Naomi was commissioned to write an article on her visit to an exhibition at the V&A titled “Food Bigger Than The Plate”.
Farewell To Vicky
28th January 2020
After two-and-a-half years our Senior designer Vicky is moving on to new pastures.
The Global Tomato Congress
24th January 2020
2019 saw the first ever Global Tomato Congress, hosted in Rotterdam.
Update On Distilled Spirits Council Of The US
24th January 2020
After an exciting start to the DISCUS campaign, things continued in this stead.
Top 10 Podcasts We Are Listening To In The Studio
16th January 2020
We like to encourage staff to listen to podcasts as part of personal training and development.
Soho Sandwich Co Does Veganuary
14th January 2020
Veganuary has been gaining popularity since its launch in 2014. The basic idea behind it is to get people to pledge to go vegan for the month of January.
Fundraising Jobs Seeks To Make A Difference
8th January 2020
Polly Symondson has been in recruitment for many years, making a difference. Alongside her husband, she became keen to set up a new approach to charity work. This launched from a passion to improve the process and engage a larger number of people more effectively. They brought their proposal to Pink Sky because they liked the ethos of the business and felt we would work well together in launching their vision.
Observing Extinction Rebellion In Berlin
14th October 2019
Last week we spent some time in Berlin, on a business trip. It soon became apparent that there were a large number of environmental pressure group demonstrators in the city, camped near the Reichstag.
Working With The Distilled Spirits Council Of The US
23rd September 2019
Pink Sky recently won an exciting contract to carry out some work for the Distilled Spirits Council of the US. Their overall brief was to promote American spirits (mainly whiskey) over in the UK and Germany.
Abseiling Down The Highest Building In Gloucestershire
11th September 2019
his weekend our graphic designer Vicky takes on an abseil down the tallest building in Gloucestershire - Eagle Tower.
Celebrating In Pink!
3rd September 2019
July 2019 marks 10 years of business for Pink Sky! We are beyond excited to celebrate all year long. After sending out stacks of signature pink birthday cards to beloved clients near and far, we decided it was time to organise a staff outing.
Working With The Data Privacy Group
5th August 2019
The Data Privacy Group approached Pink Sky whilst searching for how to best position and communicate their brand. They were specifically looking to place themselves within a market that is increasingly affected by the complex global requirements of data privacy laws.
Marc Chagall: An Exhibition Of Original Prints
26th July 2019
We recently visited the Paragon Gallery in the centre of Cheltenham to view an exciting exhibition. A selection of 20th century artist Marc Chagall’s work is on display in the charming gallery. This was an intriguing opportunity to view famous works from the renowned Russo-Jewish artist.
Visiting Hey Studio, Barcelona
13th June 2019
I recently had the privilege of visiting Hey Studio, in Barcelona. I have been watching Hey with interest for a number of years now, and feel that they share much of my own vision for the future of design.
InQuality Extends Web Site Language Options
31st May 2019
We are very pleased to announce that InQuality, a fresh produce monitoring company based in Holland and Scandinavia, has recently expanded in to Germany. Pink Sky has been working with InQuality for a few years now, and we are proud to provide our design, marketing, and technology services to support their growing business.
Zespri SunGold Golden Kiwifruit – Live At The Brompton Cookery School
31st May 2019
Pink Sky Ltd is in its 4th year of running the Zespri UK marketing campaign, which aims to raise awareness among consumers of the Zespri SunGold Golden Kiwifruit.
Vintage Travel Posters
1st May 2019
As Pink Sky continues its exploration of print-making techniques, we were delighted to come across these images for P&O Cruises, as well as some other beautiful images found in a skiing chalet, dating back as far as the late 19th century.
Graphic Design In The Film Industry
19th March 2019
Through this blog post I’ll explore exactly what being a graphic designer within the film industry involves, and all the tiny details they work on as well as looking into some well-known designers in this field and all about a trip to an exhibition on the graphic design of the Harry Potter films!
18th March 2019
In the latest in our analogue process studies we decided to learn Letterpress printing, to find out a little of the history of typesetting and editorial print design.
The Meeting Of Minds
29th January 2019
We were delighted to raise £6329.88 for Mind, but also to have the opportunity to raise awareness of their valuable work at each of our events. We will be supporting Mind again in 2019 and look forward to making a difference.
Pink Sky Secures Promotional Campaign With Zespri Sungold For 2019
29th January 2019
2018 was a fantastic year of promotions for Zespri. It is vital to support the Zespri suppliers and retailers by helping to raise awareness of the product in season, along with its many, diverse health benefits. With our promotional activities we aim to spread them across the country as much as possible, trying to achieve maximum reach and impact for the best value.
Retail Safari In The UK
12th January 2019
Our brand new programme, The Foragers, offers a unique and tailored programme to help explore retail trends and practices through a mixture of store tours and interactive workshop sessions, in order to help businesses with their business strategy and planning.
Vision For Bangladesh
8th January 2019
Over the last year Pink Sky has loved working with a relatively new charity called Vision for Bangladesh.
From The Sketchbook: In Bruges
26th December 2018
Those of you who follow our blog will know that we have been going 'back to the drawing board', and trying to train ourselves in handmade content in order to produce something really special and different for our clients.
Street Photography In Cheltenham
1st December 2018
Recently a couple of us went out to try to capture some street photography in Cheltenham, at night. We had a lot of fun trying to look for interesting ways to capture life in Cheltenham, but not as we would normally see it.
Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative Exhibition, Chapel Arts Centre
4th November 2018
Over the past few months, Pink Sky has been looking back to the roots of illustrative design, and printmaking in particular. So when this exhibition opened in the tranquil but stylish Chapel Arts Centre near St Gregory’s Church, we knew it was too good an opportunity to miss.
Mudwalls Farm Food-To-Go
23rd October 2018
The deliciously earthy sounding Mudwalls food brand is bound to conjure up the flavour of fresh, wholesome produce. In fact, Mudwalls is a thriving family farming community in Warwickshire, where for the last 30 years they have grown and supplied quality fruit and vegetables to the UK market.
Communist Poster Art
19th October 2018
Art historian Mary Ginsberg has compiled Communist Posters, a lavish book on the history and production of Communist propaganda posters from the Revolution to the end of the Cold War and beyond.
John Lewis Opens In Cheltenham
18th October 2018
Hot on the heels of the Cheltenham Literature Festival tents being packed away, middle-class Cheltonians everywhere grabbed their purses once again this week for a long awaited addition to the high street.
Learning Silk Screen Print
9th October 2018
Yesterday the design team at Pink Sky had a real treat. We have been thinking a lot in our team meetings lately about the need to bring more hand-made graphics into what we do (we will post more about that later).
Portrait Photography At Baking, Making & Shaking WI
18th September 2018
Earlier this month Hywel received an important call from the Vice President at the Baking, Making & Shaking WI in Bishop's Cleeve...
10 Trends In European Fresh Produce Retail
9th September 2018
Naomi was recently invited by Greenfood to speak at their annual launch conference in Scandinavia on the subject of retail trends in fresh produce across Europe.
Ride With Mike - Cheltenham To Malta
28th August 2018
At Pink Sky, we've long held the view that when we can use our skills to help the wider community, we should use those skills to effect change. This belief is within all of us at Pink Sky, and the opportunity to contribute 20% of our time benefits us all: we improve our skills, broaden our knowledge, see the world from different perspectives, and we make new friends.
Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale)
13th July 2018
The story of Skyscraper is one of Kickstarter's triumphs. Currently Bruges is celebrating 'Triennial', which is "Impressive constructions by contemporary artists and architects worldwide will appear in the historic city centre from 5 May to 16 September 2018.
Do Marriage Well
11th July 2018
Over the last couple of months we've had the privilege of working with Steve and Christine Hughes to develop a brand for their work helping couples with their marriages. Steve and Christine have been married for 37 years and are passionate about drawing alongside married couples to deepen and, if necessary, repair their marriages.
The Langton In Cheltenham Undergoes Refurbishment
15th May 2018
Recently I was privileged to be invited to the grand re-opening of The Langton, a relaxed bar and dining experience in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. I have been visiting The Langton for many years, both for business and for pleasure.
I Am Jorge Rea
29th April 2018
My name is Jorge and I am doing my internship at Pink Sky for 3 months. I am from Cáceres, a lovely town located in the west of Spain. It is my hometown since I grew up there, somehow thanks to that I am the person I am now.
Outsourcing Your Social Media
23rd April 2018
You might be aware that you don't do enough social media, or any at all, but you're also thinking you don't have the time or knowledge to do anything else right now.
Launching E-DROP, Sweden
11th April 2018
We recently had the pleasure of creating a completely new brand for a start-up company called E-drop. As part of a bigger organisation, E-Drop was developed from scratch to offer a much needed service in the world of online shopping and delivery solutions.
Branding For The Twinkle Candle Company, USA
28th March 2018
Twinkle Candle Company is based in America and handmake soy candles and body products. Their products don't involve any animal testing and only contain high quality ingredients, they are also all vegan friendly with no Phlalate or Parabens used.
Top 20 Trade Show Tips
28th March 2018
At Pink Sky we attend many trade shows each year, either for, or with our clients, and we're becoming quite the pros at shows. Obviously we love to help design and staff stands but never let it be said that we can't offer some practical guidance too. So we've put together our Top 20 Trade Tips, or T2TST if you will. These are things to help promote your brand, or your client, while also remembering all the important things you'll need at the show.
The Importance Of Copy
28th March 2018
Words form a basic part of everyday communication, but they also allow us to enjoy some of the more beautiful experiences on earth. Favourite songs, handwritten letters, declarations of love, requests for forgiveness, unknown languages, films, first words and of course, books.
March Meet The Maker: Autumn Moon
28th March 2018
For some time now we have followed and admired the work of the very talented Autumn Moon. Sari's beautiful freehand embroidery gets more creative every time we see it, and we are huge fans.
Meet Stuart Rostron, Estate Planning Practitioner
27th March 2018
Recently we did some head shots for Stuart Rostron, an Estate planning Practitioner working with the Co-Op. Future security is a vital subject that many shy away from, but we have found Stuart to be friendly, knowledgable and approachable.
Zespri Marketing 2018
27th March 2018
We're really thrilled to be working with Zespri again this year and can see an exciting 2018 ahead. As well as a few other shows, we are particularly looking forward to representing Zespri at This Morning Live again.
Working With The Yellow Brick Road Consultancy
24th March 2018
We are delighted to be working with Philippa Gray this year to create a brand identity for her consultancy, The Yellow Brick Road. Philippa offers businesses a practical, solution-focused therapy called Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT). This is a very successful hybrid form of hypnotherapy using the Marisa Peer Method.
Building A Berry Brand For The Online Market
22nd March 2018
Last week we were privileged to host a workshop at the Global Berry Congress in Rotterdam on the subject of building a berry brand for the online market. In Europe the sales of branded produce is on the rise, but the UK remains steadfastly resolute in its refusal to display product brands in fresh produce.
Placement Students: A Re-brand For Twix
22nd March 2018
We love having work experience and placement students with us in the studio. Young fresh ideas are beneficial in any office and we love the variety of ideas our students come up with.
Not Just A Potato
19th March 2018
Our ongoing working relationship with Marks & Spencer food just grew another shoot! As part of their three year category expansion plan we've been working with potatoes. They are literally everywhere in the office.
The Innovative Fresh Friday Funnies
14th March 2018
We would like to tke a moment to honour the comedic genius of the duo that is Hywel Jenkins and Claire Sandys, who work together to produce the Innovative Fresh 'Friday Funnies', which cause a bit of a stir on Instagram!
Branding For The Print Shop
7th March 2018
The Print Shop is an innovative business based in Wales, offering a diverse range of print services. They wanted to have the 'local printer' vibe, alongside a bold and engaging look, to attract customers.
Fond Farewells And New Horizons
27th February 2018
It is with immense pride and great sadness that we bid farewell to our two youngest staff members, Grace and Sarah. Our loss is going to be a great gain to two companies in Cheltenham who are taking on our superstars as they pursue their dreams further.
JBR Capital At The London Classic Car Show
26th February 2018
We were proud to once again support JBR Capital and their display at the London Classic Car Show following their first exhibition stand last year. The show has grown from strength to strength with attendance numbers rising from 25,000 in the first year to 40,000 people this year.
Working With Pink Palms
26th February 2018
Pink Sky is delighted to be working with Ashleigh Li, who is setting up a new wedding and events planning and styling business. Ashleigh is based in South West London, but the inspiration for her business plan lies in LA, where she lived for a while. Captivated by the most incredible pink Californian sunsets, Ashleigh is setting out to bring them home for you.
Swim22 - Swimming The Channel For Diabetes UK
26th February 2018
Pink Sky’s Managing Director has decided to take part in Swim22, a swimming challenge for Diabetes UK. Participants have to “Swim the English Channel” – or rather swim 22 miles (36 km) in their local pool, during the 12 weeks from 22nd February to 22nd May. Sponsorship is sought for Diabetes UK, but swimmers will also benefit from increased fitness levels.
Office Prime Supplies - Meet Matthew Dashper-Hughes
25th February 2018
We love an entrepreneur, and it has been a genuine pleasure to get to know Matthew Dashper-Hughes over the past few months in his new venture, Office Prime Supplies. Some of you might have come across Matthew in his previous role as Chief Operating Officer at Ryman, but he now runs his own office stationery and supplies company, coupled with expert advice on large and small-scale operations, and superb personalised customer service.
A New Website For Besana Group
22nd February 2018
Pink Sky is excited to be designing and building a brand new website for the Besana group, global supplier of dried fruit and nuts, and chocolate products to retail, wholesale and food service. Besana is a family-owned Italian business that was founded by Emilio Besana in 1921, which is now based in Italy and the UK, and known for incredible products and innovation.
Branding Vision For Bangladesh
15th February 2018
We have loved working on a new project this year for a brand new charity called Vision for Bangladesh. This charity has been formed by Rachel Andrews, who has recently retired from her position of paediatric Ophthalmic Sister at West Suffolk Hospital's Eye Treatment Centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Filming With The James Hopkins Trust
8th February 2018
The James Hopkins Trust is a wonderful charity, that provides respite care and support for children with life-limiting illnesses across the whole of Gloucestershire. The trust began in 1989 and has helped over 500 children and their families.
Adventures In Produce 2018
7th February 2018
Over the past three years we have been working in collaboration with Marks & Spencer to promote seasonal fresh and dried fruit. The campaign which is currently known as Adventures in Fruit is all about raising awareness of fruit in season, which is available to purchase in Marks & Spencer.
We're Off To Fruit Logistica
30th January 2018
Fruit Logistica is fast approaching and we will soon be boarding the plane and heading to Berlin the the annual event. This event, held in the Messe, Berlin, brings together experts and pioneers of fresh produce from all over the world. This event is so vast, that you can be walking for miles to cover everything that the event has to offer.
10 Great Examples Of Eco-Friendly Packaging
29th January 2018
In recent years product packaging has taken a shift towards more environmentally sustainable options. It's a big shift, and in my opinion the right shift, but it will take some years to move fully to sustainable solutions.
Working With White Swan Aesthetics
29th January 2018
We are really enjoying working with White Swan Aesthetics to develop their website into something that really represents the quality of their treatments and the excellent service that they pride themselves on.
The Impact A New Website Can Make
27th January 2018
Environmental issues are clearly at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment. Reuse-a-pac is a company that seeks to solve the increasing problem of home delivery for fragile and bulky items, such as sofas, white goods and electronic goods.
Pink Sky Charities
27th January 2018
At Pink Sky we are always keen to do our bit to help with fundraising. Recently, we decided to focus our efforts on supporting charities close to home that we feel very passionate about.
Looking Back: Fashion Trends 2017
23rd January 2018
The latter part of 2017 was filled with decadent fashions that moved straight from the catwalk into High Street stores. We have listed a few, and would love to know which you took part in!
Looking At Trends: Enamel Pin Badges
15th January 2018
These ‘old school’, quirky enamel pins have been making their comeback since 2015 and now they’re everywhere. Pins are such an easy way to add personality to an outfit at a low cost.
Dream Big And Live An Adventure
9th January 2018
Pink Sky is very excited to be sponsoring and working with Great Britain’s Para-athlete Mel Nicholls. A truly inspiring woman that probably has more energy and drive than our whole office put together!
Looking Back: Interior Design Trends 2017
3rd January 2018
2017 was a great year for interior styling. Let’s have a look back at the year and see what it brought us in terms of styling and decor.
Blowing Up Watermelons
30th December 2017
It all started with a brainstorming session to come up with an idea for a Pink Stunt. We love seeing other people's crazy stunts, so we took inspiration from a well-known one - blowing up a watermelon with elastic bands. Yes, you read that right, we hit a new level of crazy.
How To Turn Regular Flowers Into Christmas Flowers
18th December 2017
Have you ever wondered what makes flowers into "Christmas flowers" at this time of year? We have put together this handy guide so that you can make your very own "Christmas flowers" that any reputable retailer would be proud of. Just add glitter.
Brand Development For Nini Flowers
11th December 2017
Pink Sky loves working with Nini Flowers in Kenya, which is made up of Nini and Lamorna rose farms, near Naivasha. A number of years ago we branded Lamorna and Nini, working around a rose design that was split across the two identities in vibrant, clashing colours.
5 Common Mistakes Found When Proofreading
4th December 2017
Anyone who's worked with me knows two things:
1. I'm a detail person
2. I'm loyal to Twitter.
25 Christmas Gifts To Buy A Graphic Designer
1st December 2017
We designers are like magpies when it comes to pretty things and clever gadgets. Do you have a designer in your life for whom you need to buy a Christmas gift? Let us help! We have rounded up 25 of the best Christmas gifts that we could find for designers, to help you on your way.
Besana Launches Dried Fruit And Nut Range On Amazon
26th November 2017
We have recently been working with dried fruit and nut producer Besana, designing packaging and labelling for their brand new range on Amazon, which launched last week. With 43 product lines, Pink Sky worked closely with Besana in both the UK and in Italy to produce labels that would stand out online and on shelf.
Market Insights: We Are Not Ready
23rd November 2017
The industrial revolution took 100 years, but now, thanks to technology, it seems like there is a new revolution every five minutes. The change happens, but the working out of its implications and possibilities still takes far longer.
Kiwi Berry Promotion For Nergi And M&S
15th November 2017
Fruit seems to always be at the centre at Pink Sky and our most recent promotional weekend was no different. The fruit in the limelight this time was kiwi berries.
A Brit And A Backpack
10th November 2017
This was a project that brought great excitement throughout the office. When Sarah-Jayne approached Pink Sky to create a brand for her travel blog we knew this would be a good one.
8th November 2017
As part of our ongoing campaign, Adventures in Fruit, we have been promoting the unique Sumo citrus through various digital marketing methods, such as social media, website and marketing email.
3rd November 2017
We have recently had the pleasure of working with Pittville Pets in Cheltenham to create a new brand and marketing materials.
Kickstarting Jubáami Bars
1st November 2017
Jubáami energy bars are the first aztec energy bar made from Mexican blue corn. Each bar is made using healthy ingredients, such as chia seeds, amaranth and agave syrup. The Jubáami bars come in three flavours: berry, peanut, and chocolate, and all of them are vegan, gluten-free, free from refined sugar and kosher.
Working With Vinegar Hill
4th October 2017
Pink Sky is very excited to currently be working with Vinegar Hill on its marketing strategy.
Lucy Mary, Happiness Is Homemade
26th September 2017
We had a great time rebranding Lucy’s craft business. Lucy has a talented hand for creating beautifully personalised gifts for any occasion. From personalised bags and memory frames to beautiful paintings and cards for occasions.
A Trip To Wye Fruit Farm
14th September 2017
Last month we were invited to visit Wye farm in Ledbury with berry supplier, BerryWorld. We met BerryWorld Technologist, Victoria Eltringham to look at the progress of the Kiwi berry and strawberry crops for Marks and Spencer.
Cheltenham Paint Festival
12th September 2017
Despite ‘classic’ British weather that saw the public of Cheltenham take to the streets in shorts, flip-flops, rain coats and umbrellas, the Cheltenham Paint Festival managed to significantly brighten an otherwise fairly dismal weekend in our Cotswold town.
The Bag That Keeps On Giving
24th August 2017
This week we’ve had the privilege of working with a company called Reuse-a-Pac to develop a logo and website for their expanding business.
From A Garden In Kensington…
2nd August 2017
The evening of Tuesday 25th July unfolded in glorious sunshine. An impeccable garden in Kensington was transformed by an Oriental style pergola, decorated with cherry blossoms and hung with paper lanterns.
Trend Spot: Crafted Folk
24th June 2017
We feel very fortunate to have had intern Amy Cox with us for a couple of weeks here at Pink Sky. Amy is extremely proactive, with an excellent work ethic and is also hugely creative. Amy has just finished her second year of university and we asked her to create the first of our Pink Sky trend reports, on a theme of her choice.
A Very Pink Office
23rd June 2017
To celebrate National Pink Day we decided to put together a list of all the pink items in the office. Turns out we have some very unusual items....
7th June 2017
Video marketing is becoming increasingly popular, enabling businesses to capture the attention of their audience in a few seconds. Having visually appealing and engaging videos can influence new and existing business.
Tulip Season In Amsterdam
12th May 2017
We are very fortunate to be doing some work in Amsterdam at the moment. For a long time, Naomi has had on her list of ambitions, to visit the tulip fields of Amsterdam.
Our Favourite Food Packaging
10th May 2017
Packaging is is an important part of marketing a product, as it is a way to get consumers to notice the product. Customers are always drawn to something that looks good.
Pink Sky Engages With Innovative Fresh
3rd May 2017
We are really excited to be working on an amazing new project with fresh produce quality monitoring company Innovative Fresh, which operates across seven European countries and fifty retailers to raise the fresh produce experience for consumers.
The Studio Of René Treumann
3rd May 2017
Hidden amongst the canals of Amsterdam is a charming little print shop, called Typique. It is the studio and creative cave of pressman René Treumann, who has been involved with letterpress and screen printing for 50 years.
I Am Pablo
13th April 2017
My name is Pablo Gallut Pérez and I’m from Santander in the north of Spain. I’m 22 years old I'm very curious, chilled, I am a foodie and a Taurus.
15 Architectural Beauties
12th April 2017
In honour of the 2017 Milan design week, we have rounded up 15 stunning yet somewhat overlooked buildings across the world. From NYC to India, the world is full of beautiful and interesting buildings.
Shades Of Green
21st March 2017
“A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.” After a pretty rocky 2016, I think this is a very relevant description for many to sum up 2017 so far, a new beginning. This is so clear to see in the trends of 2017 so far.
The Ultimate Office Playlist
17th March 2017
If there’s constant bickering over what radio station is played throughout your office, then look no further as we have compiled 100 perfect songs to suit anyone’s tastes and needs.
11th March 2017
Water bottles are becoming very fashionable and can make quite a statement. Whether it’s to take to the gym or work, there is most definitely going to be a water bottle out there to suit everyone’s needs, so Grace has been having a look at what is on the market.
1000 Mile Challenge
7th March 2017
This year I (Naomi) am undertaking a 1000 mile challenge, courtesy of Virtual Run UK. It sounded like a great way to keep fit in mind and body when I signed up to it, whilst also being a great challenge. It was only when I stopped to do the maths, that I realised that this would mean running at least 31km per week, which can very quickly add up to many more kilometres if you go away and miss out on your running!
JBR Capital At London Classic Car Show
6th March 2017
It is always great to see our work out in the real world, particularly at an event as prestigious as the London Classic Car Show. JBR Capital offers “Tailored finance for luxury, classic & high performance cars”.
4th March 2017
Naomi has started a new 20% day project inspired by a trip to the Bauhaus, where she saw a series of approximately eight or nine photographs of the hands of artists. Inspired by the idea of portraiture just looking at hands, she devised a new photography project called “Handwerk” (which roughly translates as “craft”).
Fruit Logistica 2017: Trends And Challenges
4th March 2017
We recently visited Fruit Logistica in Berlin with the specific intention of delivering presentations, attending meetings, and examining the trends and challenges within the produce world at present.
A Visit To The Bauhaus Archiv
23rd February 2017
On a recent trip to Berlin it was a real treat to visit the Bauhaus Archiv, one of several centres around the world that commemorates the famous Bauhaus School of Art, Design and Architecture. Open between 1919 and 1933, this innovative collection of pioneering minds shaped much of design culture that we know today.
10 Wall Clocks
18th February 2017
Is it just us, or is it really difficult to find a really good wall clock? Finding a clock with beautiful design is no easy task and as they can be such a statement piece, it is very difficult to find the perfect addition to your wall space. Pink Sky has conducted extensive research on this subject and has come up with ten wall clocks with beautiful designs, to suit different budgets.
It's World Cat Day!
17th February 2017
It is no secret that cats are by far the best thing on the internet, and that whilst we all try so hard to find that latest design or marketing trend, the reality is that if you just add a cat to it, your likes and interactions will soar. Every day on social media seems to be a special kind of day and apparently today is no exception.
Makeup Mistakes We’ve All Made
16th February 2017
We’ve all had those days where we’re just not sure what we’re doing wrong with our makeup, whether it’s dark circles under the eyes or contouring is just simply wrong. We’ve all been there, but hopefully, these next tips will help banish those mistakes and help makeup application run smoother.
Original Unverpackt Berlin
11th February 2017
There have been a number of items that have been high on the agenda at Fruit Logistica this year, including sustainability, health and innovation. Today we visited Original Unverpackt in Berlin to check out a small store that is driving prices down by selling 'unpacked shopping'. This is a fascinating concept as it allows people to fill paper bags and jars with food, cosmetics, washing powder and all sorts of other products.
Battleships For Business
17th January 2017
How do you manage cashflow in a business and ensure that at all times you have jobs of differing sizes to serve different purposes? This is a constant battle within any business and the solution is never straightforward.
16th January 2017
Sarah has just started her Business Administration apprenticeship with us here at Pink Sky. We decided to ask her a few questions so that you could get to know her. We are looking forward to seeing how Sarah gets on during her first few weeks here at Pink Sky!
A Very Pink Sky Christmas
23rd December 2016
Here at Pink Sky we have a tradition of designing crazy christmas cards. You might remember various classics such as the 1950’s family Christmas dinner, or the Christmas jumper pattern. However this year we thought we would keep it simple.
Visiting Five Valleys Counselling Practice
16th December 2016
It was an enormous privilege to finally visit Five Valleys Counselling Practice, whom we created a brand and built a website for a couple of years ago as they started.
Well Done, Grace!
15th December 2016
We are extremely proud of Grace, who has completed her advanced apprenticeship in marketing and been offered a full time role here at Pink Sky.
Padstow Christmas Festival
8th December 2016
We're always looking to bring you not just the best fruit in season, but sometimes we also try to share something extra special, especially at times like Christmas.
Our New Reception Area
7th December 2016
We have been making some improvements at Pink Sky!
M&S Produce Party
3rd December 2016
We were privileged to have been invited to an M&S party in London to celebrate a great half year for produce.
15th November 2016
This year Naomi has been working on her 10k running distance to try to improve her base fitness and also in an attempt to fight asthma by training her lungs to work harder in the first few kilometres, which can be very difficult to run through.
Our Weekend Of Adventures
11th November 2016
Our fruit adventurers have had a very busy weekend promoting the British apple and pear season, which is now in full swing.
We Love Heist Bank
2nd November 2016
The other day we visited a new restaurant in Paddington called Heist Bank.
26th October 2016
We have recently welcomed Ali Mayes to our team, as our book keeper. Ali is a really valuable part of Pink Sky and we thought we would ask her a few questions so you could get to know her.
Jo Malone At Cheltenham Literature Festival
20th October 2016
The Jo Malone brand is discussed regularly in our studio and the terms ‘high-end’, ‘luxury’ and ‘sophistication’ usually follow. When we heard she was talking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival we just had to check it out and we were not disappointed - what an inspirational lady!
19th October 2016
Pink Sky are very familiar with conducting market research for a variety of our clients, but we have recently be very proud to complete our first ever mystery shopping report.
Apprenticeship Vacancy: Design And Marketing Operations Assistant
12th October 2016
We are hiring!
Chris Hadfield At Cheltenham Literature Festival
10th October 2016
It is always slightly embarrassing when you get over-excited looking at the brochure for Cheltenham Literature Festival, since there are so many fantastic talks on offer by some of the world’s most inspirational people, but you don’t read the descriptions properly.
Secret Supper Club
30th September 2016
Last Thursday we hosted a Secret Supper Club for bloggers, fruit suppliers, farmers and M&S buyers in celebration of the launch of the 2016 British apple and pear season.
Plushis Visit The James Hopkins Trust
29th September 2016
The other day we visited a very special place, called the James Hopkins Trust. This place is an absolute haven for families with children who have life-limiting or life-shortening conditions.
Apples And Pears Secret Supper Club
21st September 2016
Last Thursday we hosted a Secret Supper Club for bloggers, fruit suppliers, farmers and M&S buyers in celebration of the launch of the 2016 British apple and pear season. We were lucky to have Monks Farm near Faversham in Kent to host the event.
The Tour Of Britain Time Trial
11th September 2016
There is a lot of interest surrounding British cycling over the summer months.
MS Open Farm Day
6th September 2016
Last Tuesday we were lucky enough to attend an M&S open farm day in Herefordshire, to learn more about British apples and pears. Many staff members from M&S stores across the South-West and Wales were invited to come and find out more about the growing process.
24th August 2016
Our team at Pink Sky have just come back from Carfest South, where we were selling and sampling fantastic pineapples, bananas and British strawberries. For the first time ever we also had two smoothie bikes. For a donation to charity visitors could select what fruit they wanted in their smoothie, but they had to work for it!
Our Adventure With Pink Gooseberries
2nd August 2016
On Friday we were very lucky to promote and visit the farm where pink gooseberries are grown.
Kiwifruit On Tour!
27th July 2016
Zespri SunGold and Green kiwifruit have been travelling across the South of the country recently as part of our recent promotion, “Kiwis on tour!” We visited 5 popular locations in England, sampled the fresh fruit and shared our kiwi knowledge with the general public.
Pittville Park Signage
16th July 2016
As part of our 20% day at Pink Sky we were given the opportunity to design the new signage for Pitville park. Cheltenham Borough Council needed signage for the entrance gates and for the new aviaries as part of a huge redevelopment to the children’s play area, which has taken on a much more inclusive and adventurous feel.
Thailand - Bangkok
4th July 2016
My memories drifted back to a time when I was a little girl looking at holiday brochures, as my brother and I used to turn our bedrooms into ‘travel agencies’, where we would invite each other and our parents to look at endless pictures of exotic destinations that we could only dream of, asking them where they might like to go and when.
4th July 2016
The next morning we boarded a minivan to travel to the province of Kanchanaburi. When we arrived, the first thing we noticed was dilapidated steam train engines by the side of the road, for this city holds a rather prominent piece of history - ‘The Bridge Over The River Kwai’.
4th July 2016
The next morning we were bound for Amphawa, the home of the famous Thai floating markets.
Hua Hin And Back To Bangkok
4th July 2016
The next morning had an equally early start, as we were heading to another new destination for a bit of down time and leisure, to break from the filming and photography that we had been taking part in at every destination.
BBC Good Food Show, Summer In The City
23rd May 2016
We had a fantastic time at the BBC Good Food Show Summer in the City a few weeks ago. We had some very special Thai fruits for this show, which went down a treat with all the hungry visitors.
Apples And Pears Review In London
19th May 2016
We were invited to London to the Worldwide Fruit Apples and Pears review, which took place in Shoreditch. We were asked to speak about the apples and pears promotions that had taken place in 2015 as part of our Adventures in Fruit campaign.
Orchard Cookery Demonstration At Chicory Crops
13th May 2016
In the UK we are surrounded by beautiful countryside. We are really fortunate to be able to work with fruit growers, who have farms and orchards nestled in the most amazing areas of the country. We are also very lucky to have Raquel with us from the Basque Culinary school in Spain. She is currently studying Gastronomy and has come to the UK to learn about food marketing.
28th April 2016
We are lucky to have Raquel from the Basque Culinary School with us at moment! She is studying Gastronomy and has come to work with us to learn about food marketing. She loves getting into the kitchen and creating delicious recipes to share. Last week Grace and Raquel took to the kitchen and cooked some recipes with mangoes and coconuts.
13th April 2016
As John Cleese one said, "If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play", and the monster race could not have provided a better playground!
An Apple A Day
16th March 2016
A few months ago we went into the University of Gloucestershire and set the illustration students a challenge. Taking inspiration from the painting ‘Son of Man’ by Rene Magritte, we wanted the students to create an A4 flyer to promote the #appleaday campaign.
Packaging Innovations Show
25th February 2016
The packaging innovations show at the NEC Birmingham was a great event to attend. It is perfect to network with those who are involved in packaging and to find out new approaches, developments and latest trends.
Happy Birthday, Grace!
1st February 2016
Last Monday was Grace's birthday!
Photographs At Lilian Faithfull Homes
31st January 2016
One of our most enjoyable working tasks is to visit the four care homes of Lilian Faithfull, in Cheltenham. Lilian Faithfull Homes asked Pink Sky to develop a new library of stock images for its communications, including an annual report that Pink Sky is currently designing.
Consumer Insight: Cherries
29th January 2016
Pink Sky was recently commissioned to conduct some research on cherry purchasing habits. This research will run twice throughout the year and through the use of an online survey, store research and focus groups, Pink Sky hopes to gain a greater understanding of the motivating factors behind buying cherries.
Learning To Drive A Tractor!
29th January 2016
Our work takes us to many exciting locations and visiting Chicory Crops was no exception. Jake and Rupert Simpson are third generation fruit farmers and we spent a happy afternoon visiting their farm to make a short film about what they do.
Almost Time For Berlin...
29th January 2016
It is that time of year again... We are looking forward to boarding the Easyjet flight out of Luton that places us in a very chilly Berlin for annual international trade show Fruit Logistica.
19th November 2015
Adventures in Fruit took part in Vegfest London in October. We took with us a mountain of Turkish figs and met thousands of visitors at the event.
An Apple A Day...
16th November 2015
Making a difference for mental health
Adventures in Fruit is supporting Mind, the mental health charity, with its new initiative #appleaday. You will have heard of the success of 'No make-up selfie' and 'ice bucket challenge', and we are hoping this will be the next big thing!
Sporting Events At Pink Sky
15th November 2015
Members of Team Pink have been very busy with sporting events in the past two months. Naomi and Hywel have taken part in the Cheltenham (mini) triathlon and the Cheltenham Half Marathon.
Apples And Pears Launch Event
15th November 2015
On Tuesday, 20 October we hosted an "Apples & Pears Evening Party" at the Apples & Pears Bar in London, the perfect setting to promote British farming at its best.
The aim of the evening was to gather a room full of 'content sharers', who would take an active interest in the British apples and pears season and draw attention to it through various methods of journalism.
Teen Model Shoot
14th November 2015
Body image is a prevalent issue amongst teenagers and Lois Andrews is passionate about promoting positive body image amongst plus-size teens. Lois has been offered a 12 month contract with a modelling agency and needed to produce a diverse portfolio to show off her capabilities.
Three New Belts!
8th September 2015
We are proud to have Cheltenham Martial Arts in our client portfolio, not least because in keeping with our philosophy that a healthy body aids a healthy mind. For this reason, staff participation in physical and sporting activity (combined with mental challenges) is actively encouraged.
8th September 2015
We were delighted to welcome the lovely Lucie Ducrey from France for an internship this summer. I am not sure if Lucie knew what she was letting herself in for when she arrived, but she quickly got stuck in to designing activities for children for one of our websites, sampling fruit at the BBC Good Food Show and spending time in local nursing homes.
8th September 2015
We are proud to introduce Clarabel, a new member of the Pink Sky fleet. Clarabel was a 1950s Italian ice-cream trailer and has been beautifully restored by her loving, previous owners.
Figs In Space!
8th September 2015
What would be the ultimate adventure for fruit?
Consumer Insight For M&S
7th May 2015
One thing the recession has done is re-align the perception of value amongst customers, leaving any retailers that offer products of average quality at prices that are beaten elsewhere under threat. Retailers offering luxury, along with those with a focus on affordability have thrived.
Learning To Cook - Oriental Style!
7th May 2015
We had the privilege of filming Pamela Chen Moore of Chen Moore Chopsticks the other day. Pamela is the next big thing in the foodie world (look out for her) and we were so excited when she asked us to create a short film for her whilst also getting the chance to learn how to cook oriental food.
6th May 2015
We are absolutely overwhelmed by the volume of Plushis we have been receiving, thanks to media interest. Featuring in Let's Knit magazine, Gloucestershire Echo and BBC Radio Gloucestershire, these little knitted treasures for children who are in treatment for cancer are causing a bit of a stir.
Personal Development With Cheltenham Martial Arts
6th May 2015
Team Pink has had an inspirational and motivating day with Matt Rudman, owner and head instructor at Cheltenham Martial Arts. We usually try to get some personal development time on Fridays here at Pink Sky, and this was going to be one that got us thinking and moving!
Flavorking At BBC Good Food Eat Well
6th May 2015
We were fortunate enough to be working on behalf of the growers of Flavorking to promote their plums at the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show in recent months. This was a project that we turned around extremely quickly and we had a fantastic time at what was a truly brilliant show.
Delicious Pink Sky Brownies!
15th April 2015
There are two things guaranteed to generate excitement amongst Team Pink - creative ideas and food! So we have been getting creative with the traditional brownie recipe and have come up with the perfect Pink Sky summer brownies.
Pink Sky Engages With Lamorna, Kenya
3rd February 2015
Lamorna is situated in Naivasha, Kenya and is surrounded by beautiful scenery, hippos, giraffes and monkeys! This is a wonderfully colourful project and we are enjoying it tremendously.
All Aboard For Memory Lane!
20th January 2015
For anyone who has ever had to live with the horror that is dementia or Alzheimer's with a family member, you will know how deeply distressing it is as an illness. Whilst there is information out there relating to what dementia is, there is precious little that can prepare you for what it will be like, what course it will take and how to support someone living with it.
Redefining Business And 'charity'
27th September 2014
It seems that at every turn, we are being asked to give to charity, or a worthwhile cause. It is almost impossible to walk down the High Street without being stopped by a charity campaigner asking you to set up a regular Direct Debit to help their cause.
Behind The Scenes At Giffords
25th August 2014
We were lucky enough recently to be invited behind the scenes at Giffords Circus to photograph the rehearsals and a show. Giffords is the work of Nell Gifford who comes from the talented family that also includes Emma Bridgewater and Clover Stroud.
100: We Are Cobalt
25th August 2014
25th August 2014
As part of the annual Picota campaign we spent a really fantastic day at Weston-Super-Mare! The sun shone and Pink Sky had a great day promoting the fruit that was on sale in UK supermarkets for six weeks this summer.
Tapas At Lilian Faithfull Homes
1st July 2014
As part of our '20% day' (a day per week dedicated to developing our skills and helping others) we hosted two tapas evenings at Lilian Faithfull (at St Faith's and Dowty House).
Pink Sky Wins Contract With Marks & Spencer
22nd April 2014
We are delighted to announce that Pink Sky has been invited to work with Marks & Spencer on a major food project. With a focus on maximising sales and enhancing consumer engagement within a vital category for the business, Pink Sky will be looking at the way packaging works to improve presentation, product hierarchy and product segmentation.
Pink Sky Wins Picota Contract For The Second Year Running!
20th April 2014
We are delighted to announce that we have, once again been awarded the contract from the Spanish Government to promote Picota Cherries throughout the UK. We are so pleased to continue to work on this fantastic project.
The 100 Project Makes The Headlines!
18th April 2014
We were absolutely delighted with the coverage given to The 100 Project by Gloucestershire Echo. It is wonderful to have such incredible support from our local media. With coverage spanning five pages with the inspiring stories of some of our survivors, we would like to extend sincere thanks to Gloucestershire Media for their encouragement and generosity.
Mel Cross Website Launches!
18th April 2014
We are thrilled to launch a brand new website for Stroud-based artist Mel Cross. Mel is an inspirational artist (who has an exhibition at the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham running between 23rd and 29th April. Do pay it a visit!)
Introduciendo A Amaia!
15th April 2014
Hi! My name is Amaia, I have just joined the Pink Sky team, I will work and learn with them for the next three months. I am very happy and excited for the great experience that awaits me during this time.
Dale, Forty., For The Chinese Market
12th April 2014
Thank you to Dale, Forty Pianos for this fantastic guest post, updating us on the progress of the build of many new Dale, Forty pianos. The first shipment of Dale, Forty Pianos has arrived in the UK! The first container of Dale, Forty pianos has been unloaded and finished by Invicta Pianos in Kent.
Pink Sky In Berlin
22nd January 2014
In December we travelled to Berlin as part of our ACE branding project. With six bikes in transit, suitcases full of staff uniforms and tonnes of camera gear, we boarded early one morning at Luton to head for Schönefeld.
New Windows At Cheltenham Martial Arts
22nd January 2014
Cheltenham Martial Arts has just had their new Contra Vision window graphics installed and they look fantastic! The academy is now visible to the surrounding area and we are really thrilled with the results. Cheltenham Martial Arts is a fantastic academy offering activities for people of all ages.
Brand Communication And Digital Strategy Day For Berry Gardens
22nd January 2014
Pink Sky was invited by UK Co-operative Berry Gardens to run a training day on brand communication and digital strategy (particularly through the use of social media). We had a fun day down in Kent, which included a morning of traning and a 'social media takeover' in the afternoon.
Marmalade Of London At Spring Fair
22nd January 2014
Marmalade of London will again be exhibiting at Spring Fair International this year, with a bigger stand than ever! With an 11 metre stand, the Marmalade display is triple the size that it was last year, demonstrating the success of this fantastic British brand.
The 100 Project
14th October 2013
150 Years 'Underground'...
9th January 2013
Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Winners!
15th August 2012
We are thrilled to announce that we are winners of Theo Paphitis's Small Business Sunday Twitter competition this week. In recognition of the exposure that Twitter can offer, Theo Paphitis decided to set up Small Business Sunday (#SBS) a while ago, to cater for the influx of people wanting to tell him about their product or service.
10th November 2011
There are still many more Facebook users than Twitter users, so the statistics say. The figures for Facebook now stand at a staggering 800 million+ users.