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Students from City College Plymouth get involved in a brand re-fresh for Plymouth Barbican Waterfront, your local online community network.
This Valentine’s Day, Plymouth Barbican Waterfront community network is celebrating 7 years of being online and thanks to the help from City College Plymouth we now have a brand new logo to mark this special occasion.
From the very beginning, we always have been an independent, volunteer run online platform which sole purpose is to help promote this beautiful historic area of Plymouth to local residents and visitors alike. We strongly believe that along with rich history and incredible architecture, it’s the quirky, independent businesses that make this area so characterful and add life to the Barbican’s understated charm.
Since the social media accounts and website operate on not for profit basis, we always appreciate any kind offers of help from local businesses and organisations. We have always been keen to work with local students to help them gain hands-on working experience.
In the summer of 2017, we found out through a Devon Chamber of Commerce newsletter that the City College Plymouth were looking for local businesses keen to get involved in their graphic design project.
We contacted Justine Morgan – Associate Lecturer in Media at City College and expressed our interest, giving her students a brief to re-design our logos. It was a great pleasure to have worked with all the students who took on a very difficult task of refreshing the logos for our busy community networks, Plymouth Barbican Waterfront and Plymouth Hoe Waterfront under Justine’s watchful eye.
All of the participants showed great interest in the networks and this assignment. They took their time to understand the brief and completed a thorough research before meeting us which was a great sign of professionalism. During our brainstorming session they listened carefully and took all of our feedback on board which resulted in some fantastic and ambitious designs.
We were particularly impressed with the design developed by Ryan Lee. In fact, we loved it so much, that we had asked Ryan and City College’s permission to use it in our future branding. Ryan already has a lot of the qualities which make a great designer and a fantastic employee. We think he’ll do very well in the future, whichever career path he chooses to follow and wish him all the best of luck.
Justine Morgan, Associate Lecturer in Media at City College, said:
“Every year we link our students with external businesses to give them an authentic experience in the design process and to build their skills, portfolio and contacts. Eddystone Media was a fantastic support to our students this year, giving them feedback and professional advice throughout the design process. All our students produced great work but Ryan Lee’s designs were of a particularly high standard and we are extremely proud of his achievements. Seeing a student show their true potential and impress like Ryan has really is the best part of my job!”
Needless to say, this was a very positive experience and we would thoroughly recommend other businesses to get involved in such projects for their own and the students’ benefit. After all, at least at one point in our lives, we all needed someone to believe in us and give us a chance to show what we can do.
We hope that you love our new logo just as much as we do and here’s to many more years of celebrating the Barbican and all it has to offer.
To register interest and get involved in similar projects, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on this story please contact: Kamila Bielawska at Eddystone Media email@example.com
Free water refills that limit the need for single use plastic bottles are going to be available in Plymouth long before the recently announced target of 2021. In fact, they already are!
In an initiative led by Transition Plymouth, and as part of Environment Plymouth’s soon-to-be- launched Plastic Free Plymouth Sound campaign, Plymouth has been included in the Refill Devon project supported by Recycle Devon.
Soon outlets across the Plymouth Waterfront area will be taking part in the scheme, supported by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District.
A spokesperson for the campaign said “We are delighted to be able to take the first steps towards limiting unnecessary plastic use in this way. Free refills are already available from Drake’s Kitchen at the University and both Rockfish – Sutton Harbour, Plymouth and Koffiehuis on the Barbican but, very soon, there will be lots more outlets. We are particularly grateful to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership who will be encouraging their members to make these free refills available to locals and visitors alike.”
Sarah Gibson, CEO of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said “When we learned of the scheme we were keen to act in support of Transition Plymouth and their goals to roll the Refill Devon initiative out across Plymouth’s Waterfront area. Rockfish and Koffiehuis are the first to offer free water refills, and we hope with the Waterfront BID’s encouragement, more premises across the Waterfront will get on board with the free service.”
Mitch Tonks, restauranteur and food writer who runs the Rockfish restaurants, said “We think it’s the right thing to do to reduce the use of plastics in our business and support initiatives that work towards a better solution and we’re proactively working with suppliers to reduce the amount they use.
As well as supporting Refill Devon we’re also installing taps outside our restaurants so that people can use refillable bottles for drinking water rather than use a single use bottle. Plymouth has always championed sustainability, with research at the NMA, the university, Food Plymouth and sustainable cities organisation and, as a major city in Devon it can, and does, lead the way.”
The subject of significant concern and recent publicity through the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, plastic waste is emerging as one of the biggest threats to our local and global environment. Plymouth’s status as Britain’s Ocean City, calls for the designation of a National Marine Park and the Council’s response (due on Monday 29th January) all add to the importance of a local campaign.
Becoming part of Refill Devon is the first step towards Plymouth’s aim of becoming the UK’s first Plastic Free Coastline City.
In this feature, we celebrate what makes the Barbican so special – the small, independent businesses. A vast majority of businesses on the Barbican are family run and by choosing to shop local this festive season, you’re making theirs extra special too. Here are a few of the places we think you’ll love, so next time when you’re around, do take your time to explore the Barbican as there are plenty more gems like these to be found. (Read more…)
A true gem in Plymouth’s crown, the Barbican sparkles even more in the festive season. It offers a unique shopping experience to all visitors and is packed with excellent eateries, perfect for all sorts of ‘get togethers’.
In this feature we are giving you a taste of some of the best locations around the Barbican. We’ll give you an insight into what’s on offer and introduce some of the local traders who make this place unique and enticing. Read more…
Explore the Plymouth Waterfront on the Barbican & Sutton Harbour this Christmas #ShopLocal #LoveTheBarbican
The Barbican and Sutton Harbour are hosts to a variety of independent shops, top quality attractions, a wide selection of restaurants, cafes & takeaways together with a great choice of popular pubs & clubs to help raise your spirits over the Christmas period.
When it comes to Christmas be sure to visit the waterfront!
The area is filled with art galleries and shops staffed by friendly traders who are more than happy to help. Not sure what to buy the parents? Run out of ideas what to buy your partner? How about something unique?! With a wide range of independent shops to choose from, a brisk walk around the Barbican and Sutton Harbour will give you plenty of ideas for perfect Christmas gifts.
After picking up a few items, don’t forget there are also plenty of places to put your feet up for a coffee or a bite to eat. Check out our extensive range of cafes, restaurants and take away options.
Christmas is all about celebrating with your friends and family. Get together at one of many Barbican pubs and bars and enjoy this festive season.
Snowflake Trial 2017
The Waterfront Snowflake trail has returned following its success last year and will launch on Sunday 26 November for six weeks through to Sunday 7 January.
This is a great activity for families to enjoy a walk across Plymouth’s stunning waterfront, whilst following the trail map to locate the snowflakes. Find any ten Snowflake names from the trail map, write the name on the back of the trail card, along with your contact details, and you could win a PlayStation 4 or one of the many fantastic prizes.
Find out more: Snowflake Trail 2017…
And there’s loads more events with venues across the Barbican hosting a range of top live entertainment.
This Christmas #LoveThebarbican