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school brochures + prospectus

Chandlings School are the latest in a list schools in Oxfordshire who have turned to carbon colour to help redesign and produce their school brochures and prospectus.

This prep school prides itself in giving its children an active and encouraging start – and says to its pupils ‘If you are going to do something, do it well’.  Something we tried to echo in everything we are asked to do for them.  Its a great ethos, and one we enjoyed applying.

With the added advantage of being provided with some great photography we simplified the look of their literature, emphasised the use of the existing corporate colours and added a gently modernistic edge to the layout.  By keeping things simple the new suite of materials started to come together as a whole.

This allowed the school brand to be reinforced, its identity helping to show their unfussy approach to documents and the images of the children being active, engaging in sports and social events worked well in the school brochures and prospectus.  As well as in their regular newsletters.

If you would like to talk to us about how we could help you make your collateral more cohesive – give one of us a call on 01235 438 938



Stonehenge road scheme

As part of Highways England public consultation on proposals to upgrade the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, as it passes the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, we helped create and manufacture a series of exhibition boards and other display materials. The boards highlighted the main aspects of the proposed scheme on which Highways England are seeking comment while one of our Twister systems was used to display a large map of the route.

One part of the exhibition was a series of linkable rigid panels that were interchangeable – so different venues could be best laid out, and a flexible single twister unit of over four metres in length that could be kept straight or bent to fit in a corner location or an awkwardly shaped  venue.  This was all printed and mounted together with additional collateral and small extracts produced as visual aids so that they could be used to help answer questions from the consultees as and when they arose.

One of the advantages of using modular boards as part of the solution for this client is the level of flexibility it gives both the event installation team and the designers.  Almost any size can be cut – and linked, panels don’t have to be either the same width or height – and to some extent can even be cut to shape as required.  Using a clamp system means that a board can be omitted, used in isolation or inter-changed really easily.  The scheme also used adjustable feet to cope with public venues and the possibility of variance in floor levels.

find out more about the A303 road scheme at Stonehenge here





new building opening

With a new building opening on Milton Park there’s always lots to do – and the recent official opening of the new UK Headquarters of Adaptimmune was no exception.

With new albeit temporary graphics applied to the exterior of the building, with on the day signage applied separately to that, we also created and installed a series of huge timelines telling the story of the business its scientific progress and its corporate story.  From showing members of the founding team and early investors to rounds of investment in the UK and USA.

carbon colour provided creative services to design and artwork the timelines, which were then printed and applied to the walls in the new building, supporting collateral was printed, along with programmes for the day and temporary display boards supplied which carried press coverage alongside photos old and new.

Over 400 people, including employees and senior representatives from the regional and national business, academic, government and investor communities, gathered on November 6th to celebrate the official opening of their flagship facility. Professor Sir John Bell GBE, FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, will unveil a commemorative plaque.

find out more about Adaptimmune here

or get some inspiration for your own printed materials from our collection of product types and case studies which you can find here




Just done a book of sample illustration for a young up and a local up and coming comic book illustrator Oliver Ley – we think you might see more of his work in the future.


mats and coasters

Just completed several different desk mats and coasters for clients on Milton Park – a series of ceramic coasters printed with intense colour onto a white base with cork backing, and some white anti slip mats for a larger work force.  In addition to some leather lookalike mats for a boardroom table.

We get asked to produce all sorts of unusual products for clients on Milton Park, from car parking signs, embroidered bags, bottles and ice scrapers to lanyards, mugs and index post it notes.


Loop wire stitching

One binding technique often preferred by architectural practices and training companies is ‘loop wire stitching’ where the stitched book effectively is hooked onto the mechanism of a ring binder, rather than relying on the vulnerable drilled hole in the paper it allows a whole document to be opened and read without the need to remove it from the binder.

Often see in the US – three ring binders offer additional layer of strength to a binder and its content.  We can loop stitch two, three or four wires into a booklet and the position of these can be adjusted to suit the specific binder being used.  We also drill, collate wrap, pack and encapsulate printed covers to paper over board and PVC binders, add mylar tabs and pack for distribution.



At carbon colour we get asked to make all kinds of folders.  In a wide range of sizes with options for die cutting, slots and unusual shapes. From the simplest folder with printed pockets, to PVC, encapsulated and bespoke paper over board folders  – there aren’t many options we won’t be able to help you with.

There are templates we can provide you with that help save the cost of producing a unique cutting form – when you are happy to make use of something a little more standard.  Importantly this will help speed things up a bit too, as the cutter is ready waiting to be used.  Bespoke forms take a few days to make, so bear this in mind when you suddenly need to make a folder quickly.


From Aluminium composite to thick board wrapped with bookcloth, or paper over board wrapped to create a really beautiful outer for your ring binder or folder there are hundreds of options to choose from.  Talk to us about what you have in mind, or come and see some of the samples we have in the studio in Milton Park.

We look forward to being able to help you.





Ron Freeborn

We’ve just produced the accompanying catalogue for an exhibition of the work of Ron Freeborn, a well known local artist – who is holding a retrospective of his work at the Freeborn Gallery in Didcot Girls School.

It’s essentially a collected sketchbook of some of his work;  done often in the middle of a performance rehearsal, as something is happening, or as people enjoy being at their leisure at home or work.

The gallery is open from Thursday 10th November 2016 from 9.30am – 2.30 daily. Find more details here.

ron freeborn 2016

Ron Freeborn is an art teacher and painter. He has been involved with community arts, operas, the Blewbury Players and various other creative activities.

After studying Fine Art for four years in the fifties, he served for two years in the Forces (Cyprus). He was Head of Art in Didcot and for the last 40 years has planted firm roots at the edge of the Berkshire Downs.

His paintings are to be found in private collections across all five continents as well as some being held in the Government Art Collection.

Ron still teaches in Oxfordshire and beyond, though his annual painting courses held in Venice are always oversubscribed.

Blewbury Art


know your folding

Knowing the the difference between concertina and french folding not only makes specifying your print easier, but it can also help create more interesting products.

There are lots of different ways a piece of paper can be folded – so understanding the basics always helps – here’s our handy guide to folding which we hope helps you figure out whether something is folded in half and half again, or is a parallel fold – and that’s before your start introducing short pages, throw outs and more complex paper engineering to create pop up’s, sliders or reveals.


So whether you know what you want and want to see if there’s an alternative, or if you just want a little inspiration for a new product leaflet or a booklet – head over to our case study section and have a look at what other people have been doing, or see more details about folding here.

If you can’t find what you want, or just want to talk through the practicalities then give us a call.



complex crf forms

From the simplest NCR forms with and without sequential numbering, to a complex six original, multi-part set required as part of clinical trial we can help with small quantities of glued or padded response forms, with cover sheets, de-sensitised areas and more complicated combinations like this set of forms for Glysure.

Each ‘participant form’ was Glued in three parts at the head, made up of six originals and then wire-bound along the long edge.  This helped keep completed forms all together once completed, avoiding the risk of parts of the trial going missing and because we specialise in bespoke products, producing an initial run of only a few dozen forms didn’t going to phase us.  It did however allow the client to refine its content, maintain chain of custody and minimise any waste that might have been the result of over-production in the testing stages.


A case report form (or CRF) is a paper or electronic questionnaire(s) specifically used in clinical trial research.

The Case Report Form is the tool used by the sponsor of a clinical trial to collect data from each participating site. All data on each patient participating in a clinical trial are held and/or documented in the CRF, including adverse events.
The sponsor of the clinical trial develops the CRF to collect the specific data they need in order to test their hypotheses or answer their research questions. The extent of a CRF can range from a handwritten one-time ‘snapshot’ of a patient’s physical condition to many hundreds of pages of electronically captured data obtained over a period of time. (It can also include records of required check-up visits months after the patient’s treatment has stopped.)

The sponsor is responsible for designing a CRF that accurately represents the protocol of the clinical trial, as well as managing its production, monitoring the data collection and auditing the content of the filled-in CRFs.

Good form design helps both the clinician and patient enter / record accurate information, and handwritten forms have the advantage of speed, quick selection using tick box answers and the benefit of hard copy recording for audit management.