Happy New Year

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:23

Time for doom and gloom or a fresh start?

After a topsy-turvy 2010 everyone can be forgiven for starting the New Year cautiously but will that make a difference? Will it make you, your product or service stand out from the crowd? I doubt it.

 

Below are a few quotes about opportunities.

Seize the moment, let's make 2011 the Year Of Opportunity.

 

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

 

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

 

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.

 

Opportunities always look bigger going than coming

 

 

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:04

Merry Christmas to one and all and a big THANK YOU to everyone who I have been fortunate enough to create, design, teach or work for in 2010.

I wish you all well for the New Year and look forward to working with you in 2011.

Enjoy.

 

Super Steve lives on

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:32

A video of the reccent Norfolk leg of The Tour Of Britain has just been released on the offical Tour Of Britain website.

Super Steve The Salhouse Cyclist, an art project I created with help from Salhouse Primary School features. Briefly but he features.

I have put the picture on here or go to http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/_ns_video/ to see it in all its glory should you have a few minutes to witness this unique event. The race that is, not Steve, although he's pretty unique himself!

Super_Steve

 

Making a make-over happen

Friday, 03 December 2010 14:42

Earlier this year I was askd to look at creating a completely new identity for an Estate Agent in the West Country.

A great project to work on and the client was very receptive to all the ideas presented. Not only that theytook on-board everything I suggested, from the logo, stationery, folders, key rings, car, through to completely re-branded the shop as per my visuals.

Thank you all at Arundell James.

Thank you John Wigg for the introduction.

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No news is good news?

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:20

Is there such a thing?

I just wanted to put a short notice on to all my clients who have kept me so very busy for the last couple of months.

So busy I haven't put any news on here! Thank you existing clients, thank you new clients and thank you prospective clients.

You see no news is good news.

 

MERT T-Shirts

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:10

I recently designed and produced a set of T-shirts for the medical team (The Medical Emergency Response Team - MERT), based in Helmand, Afghanistan and working with Chinooks.

 

Thought you might like to see the pics, they were kind enough to pose front and back.

Keep up the good work fellas and of course, ladies.

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Super Steve The Salhouse Cyclist

Friday, 17 September 2010 13:01

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So who is Super Steve?

He is the name given to a 'creation' made along with 100 pupils of Salhouse Primary School to celebrate The Tour Of Britain coming through Norfolk and more importantly through Salhouse.

Broadland District Council were keen to involve as many people as possible in this unique event. A select number of schools in the region were also asked to create a piece of 'Art'. I was the selected artist chosen to work with Salhouse Primary School. We had a lot of fun, made a lot of mess and disrupted lessons. However we also learnt a lot and the whole school got involved, the children were very enthusiastic and great to work with and all the staff were hugely supportive. Super Steve. Super Salhouse.

 

Radio GaGa

Thursday, 19 August 2010 09:14

Looking to assist rural businesses, Broadland Council is currently running a scheme in the 'Eynesford Ward' called the Eynesford Enterprise Scheme.

They are offering practical support in the form of free access to courses as well as mentoring and motivational support, helping micro and small businesses in this particular part of deepest, darkest Norfolk. Not only to review how businesses operate and in some instances reinforce why they operate the way they do but also opening up new doors and avenues.

The scheme has been so well received by the people of the Eynesford Ward that Broadland Council are looking to extend and expand the project. So even in these challenging times help is out there, and being gratefully received. Because of the success and positive feedback of the scheme, word has got out and Radio Norfolk were looking for some soundbites to run with a news item, and yes, my comments are to be broadcast to the world, well Norfolk...

 

MERT

Saturday, 07 August 2010 16:39

MERT = Medical Emergency Response Team.

These are the medical guys in Afghanistan, based in Helmand and working with Chinooks.

A friend, who is out there working in MERT, asked me to design a t-shirt for the team and I was more than happy to help.

The designs have gone down well, time to get them printed up and shipped out.

 

On the back of the t-shirts they have asked if they can have the words;

"Iste Indigis Mai Vivere"  (Which apparently means "That Heros May Live" ). Absolutely.

 

Just glad to be able to do something for the guys out in Afghanistan.

 

Clients come and clients go

Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:55

Nothing lasts forever. A client who I have worked with for over nine years decided recently to review their business and looked to try someone new. However, less than a month later they are back. I'm pleased. They're pleased.
 

A hundred pairs of eyes

Monday, 19 July 2010 11:00

And they were all looking at me for inspiration. Scary.

Okay, they were only between the age of 5 and 11 but school children can be the most unforgiving.

 

I was at a school in the Broadland area, where I have been asked to create an Art Project to celebrate the Tour of Britain cycle race, which is coming this way in September.

Stage 6 of the race hits Norfolk on Thursday September 16th and goes from King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth. The event will be televised in over 100 countries and is a massive showcase for not only the country but more importantly for our region.

 

The idea, which will be of a construction made from re-cycled material has been presented to the children and approved with much enthusiasm, they are primed and ready to help create when they return in September. Hopefully with plenty of re-cycleable items.

   

Creative Thinking for your business

Friday, 16 July 2010 12:30

Here's a simple exercise to help you identify how you perceive yourself or your business.

Go on try it. I did and it's quite interesting. It's also fun and if it isn't fun, why do we do it. Something you may need to ask yourself about your job, business or career.

 

IF I WERE?

 

1). If you (or your business) were an animal, what would you be and why?

 

2). If you (or your business) were a piece of music, which piece of music would you be and why?

 

3). If you (or your business) were an item of food, what would you be and why?

 

4). Which drink are you (or your business) like and why?

 

5). If you (or your business) were a car, what would you be and why?

 

You could do this exercise, as a bit of fun, with people within your business or organsiation.

It might open your eyes and help you focus. Or change a few principles.

 

 

 

My answers were:

1). Monkey. because I like to be funny, slightly mischievous but can also be sensitive and have a close family.

2). Something by Rolf Harris. Florence And The Machine. Something different, catchy.

3). Ice Cream Bomb. Not quite what you expect and hopefully will surprise you.

4). Elderflower Sparkle. Refreshing and with some life but will hopefully leave you with a pleasant aftertaste.

5). Beach Buggy. The journey would be fun. Who wants to go from A to B without anything interesting to look at on the way?

 

 

   

Fancy a tweet?

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 18:26

If you like to tweet, bleat, twitter or just need a diversion for a few minutes, you can find me here: @CarlosDurban

   

Way out west.

Friday, 09 July 2010 14:49

250 miles out west, in fact. With one existing client and one new client over in the lovely rolling county of Wiltshire it was high time a visit was made.

A very enjoyable day and well worth the miles to actually see a client face-to-face in this all too digital and sometimes inpersonal world.

   

Anyone for rounders?

Monday, 28 June 2010 10:51

As part of my continuous coaching development I have just completed and passed my Level 1 Rounders Coaching Course.

So if anyone fancies a game, I can either bore you with all the proper rules or more importantly offer my services to schools and clubs.

   

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