Dear Customers,
I hope you are all well and staying safe.
Storm Graphics are still open for business as usual although I am sure that you will appreciate that this could be subject to change for a variety of reasons and at short notice.
We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our staff, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We have assessed the possible threats to our supply chain, by engaging with our suppliers regarding materials, consumables and supply of all goods that are significant to the services which we provide. At the moment our supply chain is fully operational.
We must add a caveat to the above statement as the situation is unpredictable and ever changing. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take immediate measures to minimilise any disruption in the production and delivery of goods.
Should any issues arise, you will be notified at placement of order, or at the earliest opportunity.
We will of course follow all local and national Government and NHS guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our employees. With this in mind, we must insist that all visitors contact us in advance as we minimise foot traffic within our premises to avoid any possible spread of infection.
As usual we would be delighted to hear from you and if we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Wishing you all the very best and stay safe.
Warmest regards
Sam
Sam Pearson
Sales Director
Storm Graphics Ltd
T: 01869 242226
colour matching

Full or four colour printing – CMYK- RGB

Do you remember mixing colours at school? I loved seeing things change and I am sure we all remember that red and yellow makes orange, yellow and blue makes green and a favourite of mine is blue and red makes purple. Four colour printing works in a similar way. Base colour inks are mixed together to make other colours – only unlike school the percentage colour to colour ratio is very precise. The four colour printing process produces an amazing array of colours – almost everyone you can imagine. With modern digital print methods the cost of this process has reduced dramatically particularly for small quantities or items that require variable data. The reason is it called four colour process is because it uses four basic colours to create all the other colours. These four colours are often referred to as CMYK which represents Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The process itself uses a series of dots of colour – in fact if you look at a printed item under a magnifying glass you can see the tiny dots or colour. The system works by overlapping these colours via a series of dotes in different concentrations. If you have ever seen a Pantone reference book you will see the amazing number of colour and shade variations that are available through this method of printing. Having said that one thing that any print buyer needs to remember is that ink behaves differently on different mediums. Process for printing on different mediums results in slight variations of colour so colour matching is key to getting consident results for an integrated campaign. Modern printing process allow for in production adjustment so almost exact colour matching is possible. The technicians who operate the printers are experts in getting the right mix to get the perfect results. TIP:  If you are creating a campaign that has many different elements it is often recommended that you choose the element that gives the best colour match to your brand and ask all other suppliers to match as closely to that item as possible.

The little, large and in between of vinyl cut graphics

Vinyl cut graphics are a flexible solution for patterns cut out of sticky back vinyl. These can include letters and numbers such as those seen on Wheely bins, exhibition stands or retail outlets. They are also used on planes, boats and caravans. Almost any shape can be cut and almost any colour matched.  As small as a fifty pence piece or big enough to brand an aeroplane these are very flexible branding tools.

What is vinyl cut graphics?

Using a computer plotter, with an electronic eye precision blade cutting technology, various shapes can be cut from vinyl. You may have seen some example of these on cars with pink butterflies, flowers or even dragons.  These stickers are not restricted to use on cars they could equally be used in the home to liven up wardrobes, drawers or cupboards.

When we are working on larger runs we use our Thermal cutting tool that cuts approximately 2500 labels per hour – giving the same accurate cut and excellent finish at a fraction of the time of computer cut.

As with any of our stickers they should be applied to clean grease proof surfaces at an ambient temperature.  If you have any questions about application then please do contact us.

exhibition

Over the last few years we have taken a different approach to the events that we attend. We have had a strong focus on the promotions industry and so have concentrated on events within that area.

In the past we have attended a wide range of exhibitions mainly in the marketing area and promotions world. We have also exhibited in The Netherlands and Ireland.

We would love to hear about the type of events that you attend in particular the ones you have found really useful.

Our aim when going to events is to make new contacts – of course – as well as meeting up with existing customers and contacts.

Our customers are based throughout the UK so getting the opportunity to catch up over a coffee in person is invaluable.

This year we attended Trade Only in January and met up with more that 30 of our existing customers

Most businesses invest a lot of time and money in their brand making certain it keeps consistent in look, colour and general feel – some companies even have a brand manual to ensure that the brand is represented as it was designed to be. But sometimes brands feel a little flat, they need something extra – something that takes them to a whole new level.
Bubble badges or resin domes do just that. With the unique doming process they are able to lift a brand into a third dimension bringing it alive. Bubble badges are durable, flexible and an inexpensive way of making your brand into a 3D experience,
The flexibility of a bubble badge means it can be used across a wide range of formats. We have seen them used on Caravans often to highlight a special design or limited edition as well as cars for the same purpose. They are commonly seen on white goods around the home and computer consoles where a generic version of a product needs a simple cost effective branding solution.
The most complex bubble badge we produced involved a multi layered badge that looked amazing and really challenged our production team.
Would your brand benefit from the 3D makeover? Call us to find out what we can do for you or your clients.

Round and about Bicester

We work with a lot of local companies who know all about Storms ‘home town’ of Bicester but we also work with very many businesses based throughout the UK who perhaps don’t know anything about this market town. We thought it would be interesting to tell you a little about Bicester and the surrounding area.

Bicester is a town based in north east Oxfordshire dating back to medieval times. Statistics from December 2014 show a population of 31,000. It is said to be one of the fastest growing towns in Oxfordshire (in 2014 plans were approved for 13,000 new homes) including a mix of modern day initiatives such as zero carbon living and build your own homes. This link  contains information about the changes that are happening in the town. Bicester is in a great location for business such as Storm, being close to junction 9 of the M40 that provides  good links to London and Birmingham. It is also well serviced by railway stations – Bicester North and Bicester Village (previously Bicester Town).

In more recent times Bicester is perhaps better known for the designer outlet – Bicester village – which has grown beyond all recognition in the last 20 years. Hence its ‘own’ railway station which connects it directly to London. It is classed as a tourist attraction and was described in the Guardian  as a shopping Shangri-La. At this time of year it is a bit of a challenge for local residents because of the increase in traffic. I do have to add though that if you are in to your designer gear at reasonable prices then this is the place for you!

There is also the old army base, RAF Bicester, a major base for Bomber Command, now the home of Bicester Heritage who restore and store vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes . The site covers 348 acres containing restored redbrick buildings and hangars which provide interesting venues and accommodation.

Keeping with the military theme Bicester is close to RAF Upper Heyford. In 1915 the site was established as an RFC aerodrome. In the 1920’s/30’s it became RAF Upper Heyford and bomber station. Shortly after World War 2 the site was leased by the US Air Force returned to the MOD in 1994. The USAF built houses, shops and a hospital on site as well as a baseball pitch. Many of the buildings were converted into commercial properties and in fact it was one of these that was the home of Storm Graphics for a number of years. If you are interested in its history there is more on this website http://www.raf-upper-heyford.org/

Here ends our short tour of Bicester – giving you a little more background into what is happening in the world close to Storm Graphics.

Exciting News – New Product

We have been working with our magnet supplier to create  a new range of promotional magnets that are domed. These are particularly good for promotional mailings as they are light weight so keep the cost of postage to a minimum. They are premium products that offer a really good quality promotional item for companies wanting to leave a lasting reminder of their products and services.

It has taken a while to perfect the process as technical challenges with locating the magnets on the boards in the most time effective way was tricky. Our technicians worked at overcoming this issue and now we have a great quality product.

With the new printing and doming machine the design opportunities are endless.  We are working on some funky samples at the moment so if you would like to see them call us.

Jumping, frogs and dogs

So the waters slowly but surely starting to clear and we can finally see the fish again.

This is late March and it’s fairly cool so we haven’t started feeding them yet. Another thing to learn, only feed when the water gets above 8 degrees as they can’t digest the food! However every morning and every evening we’re out there counting the fish and sighing with relief that there are no floaters and 14 are still alive and swimming.

One of them however has a severely bent back/tail. What happened? Has it swam too hard under the waterfall rocks and bent it? (I know we’re clueless!) Call to Roy me thinks! Response – oh yes the whitish one, didn’t we say? They have a tendency to jump out of the water and 2 of them ended up on the floor whilst we were at work one day, the other one died, that one just ended up with a broken back!  Pic below – not ours, but similar effect, David Bailey forgot to come round!

Our initial sigh of relief is brief until we realise that there’s another thing to look out for – jumping fish! Sure enough as the water starts warming up the little ones start doing their best impression of a flying Marlin!!! Little toads!

Toads, that brings me onto something else we had no idea about! For the last 9 or so years our pond had been left to nature so we had a large number of frogs and toads in it. (One jumped up underneath the dog on the steps one night – big brave German Shepherd – not! He’s now petrified of frogs to the point when it’s dark and damp you can’t get him up the sodding garden! I digress, sorry!) Frogs & toads & fish – Breeding season beware, the amphibians have a tendency to latch onto any orifice and attempt copulation! The fish aren’t too keen on this act and can actually suffocate so keep an eye on them!

Bringing you up to present day, we are now into Autumn and you’ll be glad to hear  despite, dogs, cats, herons and ‘L Plate’ owners, all 14 are still alive and well. (Yep, we’re pretty gobsmacked too!)