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January Recap

Studio notes from the first month of 2022.

Jack Ogston


A busy first month back at it, picking up where we left off at the end of 2021. The team have been working on some exciting new jobs centred around tourism and investment in Dumfries and the wider South of Scotland area.

Our dev, design and marketing teams have been working closely on these jobs to produce site designs, branding, marketing copy and promotional materials.

At the tail end of last year we were awarded a new branding and web project for the NHS and North London Partnership for Health Care, a specialist shared services unit working with ten local trusts based around London including Great Ormond Street and The Royal Free. Another hugely exciting project for the business and a real honour to be involved with.

We were also awarded the digital boost contract by Business Gateway in summer ’21 and continue to support local businesses with their digital marketing. To date we’ve partnered with over 20 local businesses to improve their digital footprint and help them, ultimately, get more business.

There’s also the small matter of four shiny new websites launched and two new members of staff too.

Retreat Group

Retreat Group were looking to upgrade their website to a bespoke SuperControl agency site using our SAM system. We took their existing logo and website design and used that to inform the design style of the new site.

With properties across Scotland and the rest of the UK, like many of our other clients, Retreat Group noticed an increase in enquiries over the past couple of years, and so needed an updated website in order to be able to allow potential customers to find the perfect holiday location for them.

The Plough Inn

Having worked with Beth when she started her first business, B on the Road, delivering afternoon teas during lockdown, we were delighted to find out that she had taken on a pub in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. Beth asked us to design and build a new website for The Plough, a pub with a few rooms offering self catering accommodation.

With the business opening in stages, the website needed to be future proof, to allow Beth to launch the accommodation side of the business when it was ready. Zoe took inspiration for the site design from the logo, picking out key elements and expanding the colours and design language throughout the site. With a heavy focus on sustainable, locally sourced ingredients, we wanted to ensure that this was reflected in the site design, allowing users to get a real insight into what Beth and the team at The Plough have to offer.

Caerlaverock Cottages

Caerlaverock Cottages is a portfolio of self-catering properties within a stone’s throw of WWT Caerlaverock, one of the UK’s beautiful Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust locations. The client was aiming to move away from using too many third party platforms, and was looking to showcase their properties on their own website.

The logo design was provided by the client, but we used the colours and local landscape to inspire the wider site design, giving a feel of relaxing summer holidays and wonderful open space. Without a booking system, Chris built an enquiry form that enables potential customers to view availability and submit their details to make an initial booking submission.

Moffat Mountain Rescue

Local charity Moffat Mountain Rescue do fantastic work providing search and rescue services for the Moffat Hills and the Eastern side of Dumfries and Galloway. They were looking for a new website design, as well as updates to their images and content.

The site needed to be clean and easy to use, with relevant, informative content. Paul put together a website design using colours pulled from the charity’s existing logo. Inspired by topography and OS maps, the contour lines make a striking design feature throughout the site. The new website is a brilliant resource for anyone looking to head into the hills, as well as those looking to volunteer with the charity.

Introducing…Jamie and Chris!

We struck lucky recently in unearthing Jamie Stryker, the latest addition to our brilliant design division. Jamie will bring another creative outlook to the Creatomatic office and is already working with clients on logo design, branding and marketing materials.

We’re also thrilled to confirm we have added a fifth developer to the team in Chris Goodfellow. Chris lives in Glasgow and joins the team on a full-time basis, splitting his time between the office and home (like the rest of us).


On that note, our new office is really starting to take shape and we look forward to working from Lockerbie as a team of 13 for the first time (when restrictions allow of course). We can’t wait for you to all see it!

Onwards and upwards for 2022. Who knows, in-person team meetings, morning rolls and occasional post-work pints might just make a return!

(In case you missed it, head over to Instagram and check out our 2021 roundup)


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