Scuba Santas 2011

Scuba Santas

Metalfury have been heavily involved with the branding for the 2011 Scuba Santas.Scuba Santa Tote Bag

Scuba Santas is a mass participation event that involves as many scuba divers as possible dressing up as Santa and diving in the waters of the National Diving & Activity Centre Quarry in Chepstow.

Scuba Santas will be entering its 5th year in 2011 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the “best dive of the year” the event has raised over £15,000 for crew training at the RNLI breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Metalfury became involved with Scuba Santas prior to the 2010 event when we developed an updated brand identity, car stickers and Tote bags. This year we have continued our involvement and have produced supporting artwork such as posters, web banners, flyers and sponsorship forms. Metalfury also heavily promoted the event through the NDAC’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re not a diver, but want to support/sponsor the event please visit the Scuba Santa’s website.

Metalfury adds its mark to the glamping experience

Wooden Wigwams - Experience a touch of luxury in the great outdoors

Do you dream of a UK camping holiday, but feel put off my the rain, discomfort and the cold? Well maybe Glamping is for you!

Glamping is camping’s trendy new friend; combining all the benefits of the great outdoors but without the mud and soggy canvass.

Metalfury have recently been helping the National Diving & Activty Centre (NDAC) with their move into the Glamping arena. The NDAC wanted to offer some low cost accomodation to their divers and tourists visiting the Forest of Dean.

The NDAC decided that rather than just offering a standard campsite, they would invest in the latest in glamping accommodation in the form of Wooden Wigwams. Sleeping up to five adults, Wigwams are the ultimate eco cabin; double-glazed, secure, cosy and warm whatever the time of year. A low cost alternative to hotels and B&Bs, their Wigwams truly offer all year round camping, and the best bit, no pitching a tent in the rain!

Wooden Wigwams make 600 mile journey to NDAC ChepstowThe NDAC ordered their heated cabins, the land was prepared, the infrastructure was put in place and in the meantime Metalfury kept busy keeping the NDAC news pages and twitter feed upto date with the wigwam developments. Then on a rainy February day six Wigwams made their 600 mile journey from the manufacturers in Scotland to the National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow.

metalfury produce Wigwam websiteAfter the site works were completed the National Diving & Activity Centre were awarded the planning permission for their wigwam site from the Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) in April.

The team at the NDAC were keen to take advantage of the upcoming sunny weekend and start taking bookings. So with only a couple of days, metalfury produced the branding for the Wigwam accommodation, a microsite, web banners, promotional flyers and supporting artwork to go inside the wigwams themselves.

It was quite a slog to get everything done and it required quite a lot of caffeine, but we managed to get everything done on time and the wigwams are proving to be a great success. We are really pleased with the results and are looking forward to a relaxing glamping weekend in Chepstow over the summer; toasting marshmallows around a camp fire and sleeping under the stars!

If you are interested in staying in one of the NDAC’s Wooden Wigwams visit the Wigwam microsite here>

Wooden Wigwams at NDAC Chepstow

 

metalfury features on Poppy Sparkles blog

metalfury thanks cards

metalfury thank you cards

With Christmas over and 2011 fast approaching it is a good time to start writing those thank you cards for all the nice gifts that you have received.

The metalfury robot thank you cards have featured in a blog written by Poppy Sparkles in an article called Give Thanks.

It can be all too easy after the madness of Christmas and the overindulgence to overlook one’s manners. I have been brought up to always write a proper thank you – not a phone call or a passing comment of thanks, but a handwritten note or letter.

… No matter what your handwriting is like, these lovely thank you cards will ensure your gift-giver is left in no doubt that you appreciate their kindness.

Poppy Sparkles goes on to show a great collection of thank you cards, all available on Etsy

Poppy Sparkles Give Thanks, a collection of thank you cards

Poppy Sparkles Give Thanks, a collection of thank you cards

Poppy SparklesRead the full Give Thanks Article Here>

Poppy Sparkles is based in Blackpool and features chatter about the handmade charm jewellery, crafts, pretty things and anything else that takes the fancy of jewellery artist Viv Smith.

SuperWado teeshirts arrive!

Last week the teeshirts we designed for England Wado Kai Do Renmei (EWKR) arrived just in time for their Winter training course in Crowthorne.

Super Wado Tee Shirts

Super Wado Tee Shirts

SuperWado Tee with Bruce LeeThe teeshirts are a homage to the Super Dry products and were designed to move away from the very traditional style of teeshirt normally associated with martial arts.

Wado Kai is a style of karate that blends together Okinawan Karate and Shindo Yoshin-Ryu Ju Jitsu into a very effective martial art.

If you’re interested in starting Wado Karate you can contact the association here to find your nearest club:

http://www.englandwadokai.org/

The largest piece of graphics we’ve ever done?

If you have been driving around Chepstow or Cardiff recently you may of spotted the new advertising trailer that metalfury created for the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Big NDAC Trailer by metalfury

At 7.5 metres long 2.3 metres deep and 3 metres high, this trailer would be very difficult to miss and we think it is the largest piece of artwork we have created.

The trailer will be touring the Chepstow area over the next few months promoting ‘taking the plunge‘ at the National Diving & Activity Centre, so keep an eye out for it!

The National Diving & Activity Centre

The National Diving & Activity Centre

The National Diving & Activity Centre is, as the name suggests an activity and scuba diving centre based in Chepstow, Gloucestershire. Their flooded quarry offers some of the best inland dive conditions in Europe and their facilities include a shop, cafe, servicing centre, training, gas room, changing rooms and toilets. You could also learn to free dive there with the Saltfree Divers

Their underwater quarry has many attractions including, a North Sea Diving Bell, a Saracen Armoured Vehicle and a Stalwart Amphibious vehicle.

For Further information:
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) – www.ndac.co.uk

metalfury by Royal Appointment!

The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex came to Pangbourne this week to open the rebuilt Adventure Dolphin Centre.

Metalfury were proud to be asked to design some tee-shirts especially for the event which celebrate the 50 years Adventure Dolphin has been working with young people.
Adventure Dolphin Tee Shirt by metalfury design

West Berkshire Council invested more than £1 million on the new centre on the bank of the River Thames to improve facilities for young people from across the district. A charitable trust of regular users contributed more than £300,000 towards the cost of the centre and new equipment. The Greenham Common Trust was also a generous benefactor in awarding a grant of £150,000 to enable the construction of an indoor climbing wall.

The new building has received plaudits from users as well as the wider community for its creative design incorporating an indoor climbing wall, fully accessible facilities and first floor community room with panoramic views over the Thames.

For more information about Adventure Dolphin visit their website here>

A busy Summer for Elements EU Ltd

Friend and fellow boater Rob Yates sums up his first year of business and his plans for 2011 in his latest blog post ‘the year ahead for Elements EU ltd

He also says some nice things about the work we have been doing with the Branding and Website for Elements EU Ltd.

I am quickly learning that planning and presence are everything, so have been working hard on September 2010 to Christmas 2011 since Easter and feel so very pleased that this is now done. Not only is it done however, but also on our new website, thanks to Rob Barrett of METALFURY. His creative genius has allowed us to have something which I am truly proud of and a real shop front for Elements.

Elements EU Ltd Sweden and Norway

Elements EU Ltd Sweden and Norway

If you get a moment look at some of the previous posts on the Elements blog for some awesome photos taken in Scandinavia. Sweden and Norway Recce>

Elements EU Ltd are now offering a series of unique canoeing advenutres in Sweden & Norway with three rarely paddled trips. The locations offer you the best chance to see Scandinavia’s amazing wildlife and experience a true wilderness canoeing expedition.

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We are a small team of experienced designers who work with a diverse clientbase to produce creative solutions.

Working across a range of disciplines, metalfury specialise in branding, graphic design for print, web design and Flash games.

We also have a few alternative creative projects that will be revealed here, and on the metalfury twitter feed, first. In the meantime, if you like the look of the cowboy screen print above, why not look at the new metalfury Etsy shop>

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