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Let there be light!

22/06/2016

We’re pleased to announce a new project hitting the world wide web this week as Botanic Lights launch their brand new website.

Botanic Lights is an event like no other where visitors are invited after dark to explore a one and a half kilometre trail of colour, light and installations all staged within the beautiful surrounds of The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. At botaniclights.co.uk visitors can get a taste of what’s to come in October and November with exclusive photo and video content from previous years’ events, and from what we’ve seen already we can’t wait to see the spectacular display that this year’s event has lined up.

A Cycling Spoketacular

27/05/2016

The Big Bike Fest

If you’re still reading after that dreadful opening pun then firstly I’d like to thank you for sticking with us and secondly, issue a warning that there are more to come.

This weekend Bearsden & Milngavie is gear-ing up for the ‘Grand Depart’ of the inaugural Big Bike Fest, a week long event aimed at chain-ging perceptions and promoting the vast array of cycling opportunities available in the local area. With a programme chock-a-brake-block full of cycling-themed events and activities (pedal powered cinema anyone?) there’s definitely something for the cycle-ologist in everyone.

We may have already mentioned that we’re a bit cyclo-pathic here at Hillside Agency so it’s not an understatement to say that we were wheelie excited to be asked to produce the identity and website for this wonderful event.

To see what we’ve come up with and find out more about The Big Bike Fest you can pedal on over to thebigbikefest.org.uk.

Junior Designer Wanted

07/05/2016

We’re currently looking for a keen, creative graphic designer with a diverse skill-set and preferably some experience of web design & development.

We need someone with strong design abilities, a proficient understanding of Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, CSS and experience in designing and building responsive websites in WordPress. A basic understanding of SEO and some knowledge of JavaScript and jQuery is a bonus but not essential.

You must show a passion for developing interesting, creative design solutions and be able to work under your own initiative as well as part of our team. We’re looking for someone with a ‘can do’ attitude and great social and communication skills. The role is perfect for a talented and motivated person who learns fast and is able to tackle assignments head on.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you. Please email a note of your interest and CV/portfolio to hello@hillsideagency.com

A journey through Scot:Lands

11/02/2016

Already six weeks have passed since Edinburgh was full of party animals welcoming in 2016!

The event Scot:Lands on New Year’s Day - the finale to three days of Hogmanay celebrations - is in true Scottish spirit!  For one afternoon only you could explore ten different venues around Edinburgh’s Old Town and experience the most amazing music, art and theatre by some of Scotland’s most innovative artists. Hillside created an imaginative map for the day, where each illustrated island corresponded to a real event taking place. Watch this short animation and join us on a wee journey through SCOT:LANDS!!

Scot:Lands 2016 from Hillside Agency on Vimeo.

Drop and Scroll!

20/11/2015

Another Friday is upon us and everyone at Hillside HQ is practically moonwalking with anticipation as we prepare to launch our latest web project - FYI: it’s a biggie!

A few months ago we took a call from Danny Macaskill’s (told you it was a biggie!) management team wondering if Hillside would be interested in developing a new website for Scotland’s own YouTube megastar/worldwide cycling phenomenon/[insert superlative of choice here]. As everyone at Hillside is pretty nuts about bikes (trust us, we’ve got the christmas lists to prove it) projects really don’t come much more exciting than this.

Stay tuned to the Hillside blog in the coming weeks for more insight into the creative process behind showcasing a body of work as unique and exciting as Danny’s. For now, we’re delighted to share the brand new and improved dannymacaskill.co.uk where you can check out all of Mr MacAskill’s latest videos and pictures and find out where he’ll be performing next on his Drop and Roll Tour.

It’s Party Time!! (Well, almost.)

09/10/2015

While to some people it may feel that the festive period is perenially round the corner, nowhere is that truer than at Hillside HQ. We’ve been getting in the new year spirit for some time now, crafting (quite literally) a fierce (again, quite literally) new look for the wildest new year’s party in the world: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Today saw the press launch for this year’s festival and we were delighted to attend and witness the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as our creation was finally released into the wild. Hillside have been helping to steer the design of the Hogmanay brand since it all began 23 years ago, seeing it transformed from a small get-together of devoted Edinburgh locals to a spectacle now recognised around the world. This year, the event is expected to welcome 150,000 people to Scotland’s capital.

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Our campaign this year encourages revellers to “Release your party animal” and with that in mind we’ve come up with nine animal characters, each with their own characteristics and unique link to Scottish culture and heritage. We’re really pleased with the response so far and looking forward to sharing more of the campaign in the run up to New Year.

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Tickets are available for the full programme of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events on their website. We’re sure it’s gonna be wild!

Stay tuned for more animal antics from the Hillside team in the coming weeks.

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It’s Touro Time!!!

08/08/2015


This Sunday sees the return of the Tour O The Borders, Scotland’s Premier closed road cycling sportive organised by the good peoples at Hillside Outside (our sister company FYI!). While some of the folks at Hillside are no stranger to the smell of sweaty lycra, we much prefer to exert ourselves creatively. This week we’ve been hard at work putting together an animated map to give riders an insight into what they’ll be tackling on this year’s route.

Fopp it like it’s hot!

28/07/2015

This month we were pleased to release another exciting project out into the wilderness of the World Wide Web. We’ve been working hard to revamp Fopp’s website; transforming it from a simple store directory into a one stop shop for recommendations, latest releases, reviews, news, in-store events and much more! If you’re looking to expand your musical pallette or looking for your next box set binge then there is no better place to start than fopp.com.

A Well Balanced Logo

19/06/2015

Julie is a wonderful person and yoga teacher who offers iyengar classes in Dundee, Peebles and Edinburgh. She recently moved into the thriving and established yoga studio White Room Collective in Dundee and she asked us to design a new identity to promote her business. Yoga is a beautiful and traditional form of exercise but we felt her logo needed a contemporary and fresh design to attract younger customers and also to reflect Julie’s personality and enthusiasm. The final logo is sporty, energetic and friendly - just like Julie herself! Log on to www.iyogajulie.co.uk for more information about her yoga background and classes.

It’s All Going Down in Fort William!

05/06/2015

This weekend sees the world’s elite mountain bikers make a return to the hallowed slopes of Aonach Mor (pronounced Anach More for those not au fait with the native gaelic tongue!) for Round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Each year, the Fort William World Cup serves up very best in competitive mountain biking and Hillside have been working closely with the organisers to produce an identity that reflects the adrenaline-fuelled, death-defying nature of an event like no other. With a typically gigantic crowd cheering the riders on as they plummit towards the finish line, we’re sure it’s going to be a blast!

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