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Year of Young People 2018

17/09/2019

We’re delighted to share our latest design - a 68 page report of the Year of Young People 2018, a Scottish Government initiative delivered with a wide range of partners, including Event Scotland who commissioned us to do the design.

We wanted to capture the youthful energy and freshness that was evident throughout the year and opted for bold colours and playful use of images. Easy navigation was achieved by a well planned hierarchy of pagelayouts, colours and typography, working closely with the copywriter to ensure consistency throughout.

Here is a link to the full report.

Cycling made easy

26/07/2019

In June 2019 Hillside was commissioned by Edinburgh Cycle Hire to create a short promotional video for their website. Selecting iconic Edinburgh locations and working closely with the excellent film team at Hightide Media, we created an engaging and feel-good video that will hopefully encourage more people to hop on the cool and easy-to-use Just Eat Cycles to take them around town. Happy Cycling!!

WOC 2022

20/06/2019

Hillside Agency has been commissioned to supply branding and design for another large international event in the Scottish capital. The urban Sprint World Orienteering Championships is coming to Edinburgh in 2022, and we are excited to reveal the main identity. Watch this space.

A weekend of Bikes and Good Times

10/06/2019

For the 10th summer of TweedLove Bike Festival, they organised the mega celebratory weekend Transcend, a fun-filled three day event, with mix of music, food, camping and banter - and of course top quality cycling in beautiful Scottish surroundings. Hillside once again designed and supplied everything required, from identity and marketing assets, to on-site branding, merchandise, signage and much more. We even designed a Transcend beer can this year!

Gravity At The Fort

05/06/2019

Another year of outstanding downhill riding at the UCI Mountain bike World Cup in Fort William, and another re-invented identity from the Hillside team. As always we provide all design for the event’s build-up in advertisement, posters, social media and more, as well as on-site branding with signage, flags, banners etc.

This year the colours worked especially well we think, brightening up an otherwise rainy, misty day. Photos by Charne Hawkes.

NutMeg Website

27/04/2019

NutMeg is the most lush and cleverly designed football magazine we’ve ever seen! Actually it’s more like a book, with plenty of words and pictures to tell interesting stories about Scottish football past, present and future. We’ve just given their website a full facelift, to include an online shop, plenty of podcasts and articles. Great design project for an inspiring client.

Web designer/developer

10/04/2019

Job description

We’re currently looking for a full time web designer/developer with a minimum of two years’ industry experience. Activities include design, development and maintenance of websites, dealing directly with clients – you’ll need the ability to work independently and as part of the team. The applicant must be fully skilled in taking design projects from start to finish.

This is a great opportunity for a confident, motivated individual who has the ability to respond creatively and enthusiastically to a multitude of challenges. The position will allow freedom to shape your own role and be part of a highly regarded agency in the creative hub of Leith. We’re a small team with all the flexibility, responsibility and opportunity that goes with it. Working hours and salary are negotiable if you’re the right person for the role.

Required Skills:

* Good knowledge of design principles, current web design trends and technologies.
* Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite* Minimum 2 years’ experience using WordPress CMS
* Experience with the following is essential: HTML5, CSS3, PHP, jQuery, MySQL
* Experience in wire-framing, designing and developing responsive websites
* Understanding of device and browser compatibility issues
* Excellent attention to detail
* The ability to self-manage projects and work to tight deadlines
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Friendly person who likes being part of a project team

Desirable Extras:

* Experience of After Effects and Premiere Pro
* Understanding of eCommerce and UX/UI
* Working knowledge of search engine optimization best practices
* Experience in planning and writing creative tenders
* Presentation skills 

About us

Hillside Agency is an all-round graphic design agency based in Edinburgh who have been producing high quality visual communication for more than 25 years. We create print design, illustrations, motion graphics, website design, logos and branding, with our portfolio including work for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, HMV, National Library of Scotland, Rare Management, Danny MacAskill, TweedLove Bike Festival, VisitScotland and Social Investment Scotland. 

How to apply

Please email your CV to hello@hillsideagency.com, accompanied by a digital portfolio or link to an online portfolio

Closing date Friday 3 May 2019

Online Impact Report

05/02/2019

An online annual report doesn’t need to be gimmicky, it can be extremely user-friendly and simple, with clear navigation that allows the readers to access the content more easily. And it opens up for the opportunity to feature video content and animation, which will bring more life to the report. Here’s the most recent one we did for Social Investment Scotland. Go to website.

A braw new festival

31/01/2019

We had a busy start to 2019, giving full design support to a new winter festival in Edinburgh; Burns&Beyond - a six-days celebration of Scottish culture from Burns to now (22-27 January). We started the creative process at the end of 2018, working closely with the team at Unique Events to invent a festival name, logo and overall design theme. With a wonderfully mixed programme (whisky speed tasting for one) we needed a design format that could hold lots of information without looking cluttered and confusing. The ampersand in the logo also gave us an opportunity to tie Burns to the many different festival events. The design was applied to multitude of formats and purposes, including website, social media, posters, adverts, leaflets, outdoor signage and on-site branding.

We were delighted to hear that event was a great success, so hopefully this newbie festival is here to stay.

Happy New Year!

07/01/2019

Hillside’s 2018 Recap from Hillside Agency on Vimeo.

Happy new year from all of us at Hillside! Here’s a quick look back at some of the work we did in 2018, featuring projects for TweedLove, the National Library of Scotland, Eden Court, Burns & Beyond and more. We’re looking forward to the year ahead!

We're currently working on a new website. However, you can take a peek at our temporary folio here.