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Happy New Year!!!

09/01/2018

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Happy New Year! To mark the beginning of 2018, we’ve created a new potfolio featuring some of our favourite work from last year. Take a peek here. We’re also happy to announce that we will be giving our website a much overdue spring clean this year, so stay tuned or sign-up to our newsletter to receive updates.

‘Tis the season to be jolly

18/12/2017

To all our wonderful clients, friends and supporters - have an amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will be closed for the festive season from Thursday 21 December to Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Graphic designer / web developer

27/09/2017

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We are currently looking for a talented graphic designer with minimum two years of industry experience to join our team.
Activities include graphic design for print and screen, development and maintenance of websites, creative visual concepts/solutions for brands and marketing campaigns. This includes online, print, indoor and outdoor marketing collateral and advertising.
This is a great opportunity for a confident, motivated individual who has the ability to respond creatively and enthusiastically to a multitude of subjects and challenges.
The position will allow some freedom to shape your own role and be part of a thriving agency in the creative hub of Leith. You’ll be expected to work independently as well as part of the team, and take ownership of your work, dealing directly with clients on their enquiries and accompanying tasks. You must be fully skilled in taking design projects from start to finish, implementing the creative through every step of the production process.

Required Skills:
* Good knowledge of design principles, current web design trends and technologies.
* Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat)
* 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
* Working knowledge of search engine optimization best practices
* Excellent attention to detail
* The ability to self-manage projects and work to tight deadlines
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Extras:
* Experience of After Effects and Premiere Pro
* Understanding of eCommerce and UX/UI
* Some knowledge and experience of working in the cultural and/or sport event industries

Please email CV and portfolio to hello@hillsideagency.com

A Royal Appointment!

08/09/2017

We were thrilled to see our work on display during the Queen’s recent visit to officially open the new Queensferry Crossing.

A “breathtaking sight” was how her majesty described it. She was, of course, referring to the newly completed road bridge rather than our beautifully designed on-site branding but even still everyone at Hillside is completely buzzed to have been involved. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described it as something people would “marvel” at in 100 years’ time and, while our bunting certainly does catch the eye, we’re sure she was also referring to the bridge; a 6 year, 1.35 billion pound project.

Working with regular collaborators Unique Events, we were on hand to design all the on-site branding seen at the official opening ceremony. If you’re looking to give your event the royal treatment then get in touch!

Photos kindly provided by Lloyd Smith.

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Bringin’ the Bard to the streets

23/01/2017

As regular followers of this blog will know: branding kick-ass events is a staple of the Hillside diet. In order to kick 2017 off with a bang we’ve been working with regular collaborators Unique Events on a brand new festival celebrating the life and work of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Taking it’s name from Burns’ “A Red, Red Rose” the festival will be bringin’ the Bard to Edinburgh’s Rose Street with a series of Burns-themed live music, spoken word and stand-up comedy events.

Hillside have been on hand to deliver an identity aimed at introducing Burns’ catalogue of work to a new generation as well as those already familiar with Scotland’s national poet. In addition to providing the look and feel of the event, we’ve also been on hand with web design & development, illustration, print design and on-site branding for the event itself - some examples of which you can see below:

Red, Red Rose Street runs from 21-27 January. For more info visit www.redredrosestreet.co.uk.

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Welcome To The Jungle!!

04/11/2016

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This week’s Hillside blog is even more illuminating than usual and definitely one for readers of a more adventurous disposition.

For the past month, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden has been opening it’s gates after dark to intrepid explorers, inviting them to enjoy the garden’s exotic array of flora and fauna in (quite literally) a new light. This year’s Botanic Lights, orchestrated by event management supremos Unique Events, allows visitors to explore the regions of the world from where many of the Garden’s plants and trees originate. As in previous years, Hillside have been on design duty - tasked with delivering an identity to accompany this year’s theme of exploration.

You can see a few examples of the work done by Team Hillside below:

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We cannot stress enough that this is one of the coolest things you can do in Edinburgh at this time of year and, as predicted, tickets are selling out at light-speed. If you’re looking to indulge your adventurous side without leaving the city then head over to botaniclights.co.uk and start your journey.

mapTrunk

21/10/2016

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A very happy Friday to the thousands of Hillside blog readers - we know you’re out there! The latest project off the Hillside production line is a bit of a departure from our usual work - a branding project that poked, pulled & prodded the Hillside team in a number of new and exciting directions before we landed on the final outcome.

To give you a bit of background, mapTrunk is the latest endeavour from Stirling-based GIS gurus thinkWhere. It’s a brand new product that gives users quick & easy access to a range of digital mapping services online.

From the UI design of the app itself right through to the creation of a promo video we’ve worked closely with the team at thinkWhere to give this exciting new app the personality and accessibility which we’re sure will set it miles apart from it’s competitors.

You can take our word for it or go visit maptrunk.com and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

Light at the inside of the tunnel

03/10/2016

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Another great outdoor event in the Scottish Borders!

The Tweed Valley first ever Tunnel Trail Run took place on the first day of October, with fantastic views, plenty of sunshine and lovely autumn colours. The running course went through mixed woodland and into hills before diving into a lit-up old railway tunnel. An exciting running event and we’re so pleased with how the branding turned out - very proud to be involved in yet another brilliant Scottish event!

Back of the (inter)net!!

02/09/2016

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We were delighted to attend the launch of Nutmeg Magazine last night, a brand new quarterly magazine offering a unique insight into the (unfortunately infrequent) highs & (unfortunately more frequent) lows of Scottish Football. Nutmeg is the latest endeavour from Edinburgh-based publishing consultants Palmer Watson and will provide a platform for both established and up-and-coming football writers in Scotland to air their views on the beautiful game.

Our contribution to the Nutmeg cause was the design and development of their website where visitors can buy single issues or choose from a variety of subscriptions. With the (beautifully designed) first issue now in the bag and interest in Scottish football on the rise, we’re sure Nutmeg is destined for the top.

 

Ain’t no Party like a Hogmanay Street Party

27/07/2016

Tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party went on sale this morning to partygoers around the world. Also going live was the brand new design for edinburghshogmanay.com lovingly hand-crafted by the team at Hillside in conjunction with west coast code boffins Northcolour.

This year’s event promises another unforgettable night of music and dancing - with live bands and DJs serving up the best in alternative, traditional and party music. Add to the mix an unbeatable atmosphere and the wonderful winter setting that is Edinburgh’s city centre and you have the recipe for the world’s most unforgettable outdoor party.

Stay tuned to our blog for further updates about Scotland’s world-famous new year festival.

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