Journal

Tips from our team... proofreading

This week, our Senior copywriter, Rebecca shares some top tips for tip top proofreading:

"Proofreading is an important part of any job – it picks up those typos and grammar mistakes that can often slip through earlier drafts. It’s always a good idea to get someone else to proofread your work, a pair of fresh eyes can be key. If you’re proofreading your own work, here are three top tips to spot those mistakes:

1. Don’t rely on spell check. Even when words are spelt correctly, they may be being used incorrectly or be a simple typo (‘an’ instead of and’, ‘dairy’ not ‘diary’). For example spell check won’t pick up ‘What is there name?’ as it’s all spelt right, but it should be ‘What is their name?’.

2. Read aloud. You’re more likely to spot mistakes and awkward sentences if you read them out loud. If you stumble over the words, chances are your reader will too.

3. Check it twice (at least). You’ll do well to spot everything in just one proofreading session. There will be checks for consistency, cross referencing (page numbers etc.) and so on that you’ll need to check back over after the first run through.

Good luck!"

Tips from our team... providing amends to your designer

This week, Faith (our Business Director) shares some tips on how to provide amends and feedback on drafts of creative work.

"We know there's always going to be amends on creative drafts and we build in time to cover these of course!  But there's some simple, practical ways to make sure that your designers really understand what you mean, and rounds of amends are kept to a minimum. 

1. Think about three key areas: content, accuracy and design, when you're reviewing creative drafts. Ask:

Are all the written and visual elements that you expected to see in the draft included (as occasionally, images or lines of writing may be accidentally cut when being added to the draft)?

Are you completely happy with how the document reads?

Are you happy with how the images and graphical elements in your draft appear?

Are all contact details (telephone numbers, email addresses, web addresses etc) included in your draft are correct?

Are all figures (statistics, quantities etc) included in the draft correct?

Are all references and photography credits correct?

2. If you're marking up PDFs, try to use the correct markup tools; there are specific commenting tools for text deletions, replacements, insertions etc. Sticky notes should ideally be kept for general queries or design changes, as it can be difficult to locate exactly where in the text the amend is. There is helpful advice on the Adobe website: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/acrobat/using/commenting-pdfs.html

3. If you're supplying replacement copy for any part of the document, please supply this as a typed version on email or word document and provide the page and paragraph number for each amend (so we’re clear about what we’re amending)

Super practical - but helps to speed the amends process up and get the final result ready for you much quicker!"

Happy amending! Faith 

CC webinars; sharing insights and helping each other

The Creative Concern team has been putting together a series of short and sweet pre-recorded webinars, on subjects that we think might be useful for our clients, as well as the wider world of charities, the public sector and all others who are commited to making this world a better place.  We hope you enjoy them and find something useful. And if you know someone else who might be interested, please share them on!

Creative breaks: ideas to keep you (and your family!) feeling creative

Here at Creative Concern, we're all about keeping ourselves thinking as creatively as possible, and sometimes that means taking a break, and trying something simple, and fun.

We've put some activities together that are great for adults and children alike. If you're feeling bogged down and struggling to find the creative spark at any time, feel free to download and give one of these a go – we hope they help!

Go Live - our websites for charities and not for profits

At Creative Concern we’ve been developing websites for charities and not for profits for 18 years. Right now beautiful, responsive, and completely editable websites are at the very heart of the sector's communications. So we’ve developed a special web product tailored exactly to their needs.

Find out more about Go Live and see if it could be the solution for your new website.

In 2019, you helped to make great things happen...

Our clients make an incredible difference in the world. 

And by working with Creative Concern to deliver your communications and campaigns, you’re helping to have an even bigger impact.

Read our 2019 impact report 

Illustrating sustainable travel

We worked with Bournemouth University on a cover illustration and supporting graphics for their sustainable travel plan 2019-25.

The plan aims to showcase sustainable travel both on and off campus, creating a visual representation of locality and activity to represent the University and city with students and residents cycling, walking, using local and University buses, plus trains, car sharing and also digital working.

The sustainable transport illustration was based within a geographical context featuring local landmarks including the Bournemouth Pier, the New Forest landscape and the university gateway buildings.

The design worked with a select colour palette to create an distinctive illustration that represented Bournemouth in a vibrant and eye-catching way.

The Round Table on Responsible Soy’s annual conference, RT14

The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) hosted its annual conference in June at the Rabobank headquarters in Utrecht. 

With a record turnout, this year’s conference focused on demand for Responsible Soy, policies and finance with leaders and influencers from across the supply chain meeting to share information, contacts and practical strategies. 

As an important event in the RTRS calendar, we supported the team with PR and communications around the conference, preparations for the inaugural RTRS Annual Awards, filming, photography and a written summary of the conference. With a number of important leading figures in the industry gathering in Europe at the same time, we also set up and filmed a number of interviews throughout the conference. 

Find out more about the conference on the Responsible Soy website

DNS network

We met up with our peers in the DNS network at the Ecoavantis headquarters in Córdoba, Spain in May. 

The DNS is a network of agencies based in locations across Europe that are linked by our sustainable and ethical outlook. The latest meeting in May was an invaluable opportunity to meet with other like-minded agencies to share ideas, cross cultural experiences and innovative solutions in the surroundings of the historic city.  

You can find out more on the DNS website.

Creative Concern is on the move

After sixteen years in the Northern Quarter, we’re upping sticks and moving to a new office on Sackville Street. 

From 6th May 2019, our new address will be: 

Creative Concern 
Fourth Floor, Fairbairn Building 
72 Sackville Street
Manchester
M1 3NJ
Our phone number stays the same: 0161 236 0600

Please update your records and pass it on to anyone else you think might need to know – thanks!

And feel free to pop in and say hello – we’d love to see you.

 

Greater Manchester Green Summit

The Innovation Zone was one of three main breakout areas for the second Greater Manchester Green Summit. The area was co-ordinated by The Growth Company, the North West Business Leadership Team, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Creative Concern, with the opening panel chaired by Andy Burnham.

The objective was to engage business, academics, policy makers and other delegates in a creative dialogue to discuss innovation programmes for Greater Manchester to nurture in the immediate future. Professor Michael Shaver from the University of Manchester’s Henry Royce Institute delivered a keynote talk on the topic of plastic waste and material sustainability.

Following up from the Summit, we are co-creating a report that will chart our route to a zero carbon city, supported by the kind of innovation the city of Manchester is famous for.