In a digital world where everything is at your fingertips sat nav is a must, and now thanks to TomTom you can have the one and only Jeremy Clarkson as your driving partner at all times.
Engine Creative were approached by Top Gear to create the on screen graphics and icons for the launch of TomTom's Top Gear branded sat nav.
It's been a great day for our friends at The University of Northampton after they recorded the second biggest rise in the latest national Guardian League Tables.
After working with The University for over a year, we're not at all surprised by the results and, for us, it highlights our belief that developing effective brand communications isn't... Read more
Just as Bill Gates had a vision of a computer on every desk and in every home, the same could be said of 3D Printing; the ability to create an object using 3D modelling software on a PC and 'print' it out as a real object.
Everyone using a smartphone will understand the excitement around applications (apps). An app can be your personal interactive map, point you in the right direction for the best pizza, be your personal fitness trainer, do your weekly shop or just entertain you. Read more
With the app installed I took multiple test shots of the office and then I found just one fellow Engine Team member, Craig, on my 'elastic network'. And that was my groundbreaking and pretty underwhelming introduction. Saying that, I'm not being fair, I needed to be in a larger network for this to really work.
So, equipped with my iPhone and Color... Read more
Each student will be hosting their personal showreel on an individual iMac throughout the day and will be available to discuss their work and answer questions from attendees. To accompany the independent stands, a compilation of the student’s showreels will be shown on the Picturedromes’ cinema screen throughout the course of the... Read more
The Floorfillers dance music brand is as strong as ever with the latest release "Ultimate Floorfillers" going straight in at No.1 this week, which brings together some classic dance tunes over the past decade. Read more
The Google +1 gives an alternative for people who want to share respected opinions and recommendations, while refining their searches to information which has already been verified by their friends and contacts. Read more
We've always been proud of our video and animation output and confident that it delivers tangible results and are pleased to announce that this has recently been recognised by the RAR in their annual awards ceremony.
In terms of the video and animation projects we've created over the past 12 months, it really has been a mixed bag covering TV... Read more
Ministry of Sound returns you back to the old skool days with all the top tunes you remember so fondly with their latest release cunningly called 'Back To The Old Skool'.
Album art is created by the guys here at Engine HQ while listening to a selection of mix tapes from the one and only - Braintree Barn. Oh the memories... Read more
Spring has come early here at Engine HQ. The entrance hallway and the bathroom were the direct targets for our painting and vinyl placing expertise and, with a time allowance of 1 day, it was our very own 'changing rooms' but with something we wanted! Read more
Here at Engine Creative we think the development of creative minds is vital to the future of our industry. Our continued support for students in the creative industry is being strengthened by our sponsorship of students studying Interactive Digital Media at The University of Northampton.
All preparation, advertising and marketing is... Read more
Not only is being part of the Recommend Agency Register (RAR) something for us here at Engine Creative to shout about, we have also been nominated for three awards voted for by the most important people to us, our clients. Read more
In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create tentacle like creatures using Cinema4D hair system. You can assign polygon object to hair guides; this method is great because you can use different forces such as gravity and turbulence to create a realistic look. The hair/polygon objects also interact with each other as well as objects in your... Read more
Wherever we turn we are being Facebooked, tweeted at, liked or invited. Those of us in the iPhone or Blackberry world are on constant alert, we know what our friends have been up to often before they do, what new move our workplace is taking and all of the latest breaking news. It’s become the norm and we either love it or love to hate... Read more
Making those eyes smoulder with sexual longing and those lips smack with lustful desire is something all top models strive to give a photographer, but we are here (with the aid of Photoshop) to give that shot the extra sex appeal it requires to make it onto the latest album cover or into the centre fold of a glossy magazine. Read more
Real reasons why Superheroes are the pinnacle and most revered brand pioneers - of all time... ever!
As a brand, our number one goal is to increase in value and our brand's reputation is considered one of the most valuable assets to have. As pioneers of our brands, we should take every opportunity to boast what we stand for; our big idea,... Read more
The ASA is a great regulatory body and will now be investigating marketing messages in non-broadcast media in the same way it currently does for more traditional media.
“From the first of March misleading marketing on websites will get the same treatment as misleading ads.” Read more
Ministry Of Sound came to Engine Creative to help them with the latest cover in their famous 'Clubbers Guide' range. With a brief in hand that mentioned that they wanted to mix things up a little and get away from the use of having girls which have graced the covers previously, Engine Creative got out their paint brushes and started work. Read more
We were recently approached by Emap's Online Editor, Kate Donovan, to contribute to a technology focus article for their magazine, Retail Jeweller. We designed and developed Steffan’s the Jewellers website which has been hugely influential within the jewellery world and, according to Kate, 'is one of the most impressive examples of website... Read more
In the Engine Creative studio, there are monsters who can wield 3D programmes like C4D, as if they were breathing fire, like dragons. To be honest, I'm jealous. So, this lunchtime I decided to have a 'lil play with making my own 3D images, retro style. Read more
This post is dedicated to alternative special gift ideas that will wow her, without costing the earth. Yes, chocolate and flowers are safe, but let's face it nobody wants to come across as 'Mr Safe'.So, for those of you who want to be ‘Mr OMG I love you!’ here are some ideas to help get you there... Read more
Engine Creative is seeking a talented PHP developer with proven commercial experience and a thirst for evolving technologies to join our team. The successful applicant will work as part of a team on a broad range of projects from creating and developing web applications through to updating and maintaining existing solutions. Read more
Students normally apply for their dream and not so dreamy jobs once they have graduated past all their exhibitions highs and lows, but it's not to say they cannot start looking, applying and planning now. Read more
Engine Creative has recently finished work on the latest album artwork and television advert for the Clubland Classix International release. The internationally known brand is going from strength to strength with the help of Engine Creative.
As we are all spending our Christmas with our families in different parts of the country, today is our last chance to get festive together so today was our time for the traditional Engine Christmas dinner (yay!) made by our very own in house chefs (Phil and Craig). Read more
The team at Engine Creative has been very good this year so Santa gave us one wish and we chose to give our lovely clients a bit of Christmas magic. The elves fingers might be red raw, but they did manage to get everything wrapped up, packed and sent off in time for our clients to receive their 'night before Christmas' box of delights. Read more
Over the past few years, Engine Creative has worked with
our heritage industry clients to produce some pretty innovative and
engaging films. We've recreated the Battle of the Somme, brought a
disused brass foundry to life, trekked across the most remote walking
trail in Ireland and sentenced a man to death. Read more
Launched on 23rd November on sky channel 385 with Clubland TV (sister channel) already establish , WTF is the latest 24/7 British music channel to hit the satellite airwaves courtesy of All around the world. But what does WTF stand for? Read more
We are looking for a talented and creative front end developer with at least 2 years industry experience and a love of evolving technologies to join our digital team. This position is ideal for anyone who wants to make an impact in a growing creative agency with an impressive client list and a supportive and innovative environment. Read more
December is upon us, the snow is falling and we are fast approaching the eve of Christmas. Working with experts from across the North Pole region, we have set up a seasonal workshop to recreate the fabled 'Box of Wonderment & Make-Believe' first designed and produced by our forefathers 150 years ago. You can see a sneak preview below. Read more
Ministry Of Sound are back with the eagerly anticipated follow up of the best selling Dubstep album of the year, cunningly entitled Dubstep 2.
After creating the art work for the first album, Engine Creative went back for round two, this time with some special spiked infusion.
This must have album is out on 27th Decembers so make sure... Read more
The 2010 Top Gear Awards are officially out in print as part of a
special edition Top Gear magazine. Held in China, the theme of the magazine lies in the fantastically cultured heart of Southern Asian history.Engine Creative was given the task to reflect this theme with
illustrations of all candidates including Tom Cruise, Danny Bahar,
Hiromu... Read more
If you had the opportunity to play a computer game in the 80s, you would know that you needed some serious patience and time set aside! Technology has definately taken a turn for the better, the struggle we went through just to get a decent play on our consoles does not compare to how easily we can whip out our smartphones where we want, when ever... Read more
The Engine Creative team joined in with the last Glug event of the year last night and had a cracking time. We had drinks, we had burgers from the barbecue (including a bit of a queue jump due to technical relish issues - saucy!) but the main reason we were there was to listen to the talks by people who push materials and ideas beyond... Read more
The University of Northampton has appointed Engine Creative to provide creative and advertising services aimed at helping them achieve ambitious marketing objectives over the next two to three years.The Midlands agency has already worked with The University of Northampton on a number of communications projects following a successful 9 month... Read more
Once upon a time there was a little boy called William who liked to
draw. He would cover the walls in his parent's house with pen, pencil,
paint, crayon and all other mess making devices to hand. His mother and
father would shake their heads in silent wonderment.Come on in and join Billy on his creative journey. Read more
Engine Creative has continued to build the global brand for the hugely
successful UK artist N-Dubz with the release of their forthcoming album
LOVE.LIVE.LIFE which will be released on the 29th November. Read more
Do you have what it takes, to take down the master basseroid?Our latest speaker blowing advert for Ministry Of Sound, Addicted To
Bass Winter 2010, takes you on a journey through abstract
winter landscapes during the basseroid invasion. Nice. Very nice. Read more
Play our Smashing Pumpkins game and you could be the proud owner of a shiny new orange iPod Nano. The man, woman or beast with the highest score at high noon on Halloween shall be declared the winner. It could be the best thing you ever do. It could be the last thing you ever do. Read more
On Tuesday our Senior Creative, Dan Smith, visited Abbeyfields School in Northampton as part of the Northampton Education Business Partnership (NEBP) 'Pathways to work' event. 210 Year 11 students, 10 minutes per group and a thoroughly fulfilling experience. Read more
This month, the global multi channel retailer Lands’ End launched their
UK kids range. To help promote the launch online, Engine Creative
developed a children’s game to help the target audience engage with the
brand. Read more
The re-opening of Shire Hall in Monmouth last week saw the close of a project Engine Creative first became involved with over 18 months ago. The public can now get their hands on the HD films we produced for the exhibition's exciting new interactive iPad-style tour. Read more
Generation Dubstep is one of many new releases we've just finished for
Universal Music. With this design we wanted to keep away from any
stereotypical urban or gritty images that could have been used to
portray the genre, but still focus on a strong bold commercial cover. Read more
Engine Creative is pleased to announce that Lauren Jackson is the winner of the Engine Creative Prize for 2010. The prize was established in 2008 to recognise creative talent and industry potential for students of the Advertising with Design (BA Hons) course at The University of Northampton. Read more
I have personally never owned a Blackberry or an iPhone but am now considering upgrading (at the moment I’m rolling with a Nokia 1661 – but that’s a different story!). So the question is, which one to choose? Read more
Part of my role at Engine Creative is to produce CG (computer generated) animations for clients, which is often a complex process, with many potential pitfalls and obstacles. Getting feedback from the client at the right stages is vital to the smooth running of a project and can, as well as helping the client to understand where we are with a... Read more
High street retailer Next has teamed up with Engine Creative to help in the online promotion of their latest TV campaign. The Midlands based creative agency designed and developed an interactive Flash piece which will dominate the Next homepage and complement the broadcast of the new TV campaign. Read more
The work on the Engine creative reel covers everything from TV campaigns for the likes of Ministry of Sound right through to historical re-enactments as part of a restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Yep, and pretty much everything in between: 3D animation, information graphics, time lapse, interactive Flash to name but a few.... Read more
A first for a British band, multi-platinum selling artists The Ting Tings and Sony Music have partnered with Engine Creative and leading augmented reality platform Aurasma to bring to life the cover of their latest album, allowing fans to witness the band sing their upcoming song ‘Hang It...
We all know by now that e-commerce is fast becoming the most popular way for consumers to get what they want. In 2011, it was reported that 40% of UK consumers shop online and 51.9% research products solely online. People like to buy online - it's quick, it's easy and it cuts out the dreaded shopping trip on a Saturday.
The hardcore scene is still going strong with an avid fan base always wanting more. And more is just what we’ve given them, thanks to the annual release of the biggest hardcore music brand out there, Clubland X-Treme Hardcore 8… yes folks we’ve hit number 8!
The brand’s look and feel has stayed strong over the...
We’re big believers in nurturing and developing creative talent and last week invited Grant, a Graphic Communication student from The University of Northampton, in for a weeks work experience. From starting with no video production knowledge he filmed and edited a short sparkle ‘n shine piece and, we hope, learnt a...
Engine Creative and Top Gear Magazine have jumped head-first into the world of Aurasma! What is Aurasma I hear you ask? Well, it’s a revolutionary, must-have augmented reality platform that weaves the physical and virtual worlds together for the first time.
The free app (for iPhone, iPad2 and Andriod) works by...
Since N-Dubz hit our screens in 2008 they have been a UK success story. Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer have a back catalogue of pure gold to be proud of, with over 1.2 million album sales and an impressive five MOBO awards.
Engine Creative has been there from the trios first step into the mainstream. We began by creating the iconic...
It’s all in your head. We’re just a figment of your imagination.
To us it makes perfect sense for an organisation working in the creative industry to be called a ‘creative agency’. To us maybe. To Joe and Jo Public, maybe not.
Our extensive research (the video) proves that creative...
Until recently I was a proud BlackBerry supporter and user, but even I must admit to now being an iPhone convert.
It would seem for RIM (Research in Motion), creator of BlackBerry, times are going from bad to worse… to dire. The internet fail which hit in the middle of October lasting the best part of a week left millions of...
The traditional zombie move maybe a slow one, but the night of the living dead is fast approaching so get involved and grab yourself a zombie t-shirt in our own "Draw of the Dead".
All you have to do is go to our new zombie-tastic Facebook page and "like" us, then tell us what size zombie you are.
Spotify has 10 million users. That’s quite a lot. But Facebook has 750 million. It makes Spotify look like the indie outsider.
After years of writing Facebook’s name on the cover of its schoolbooks amidst a sea of hearts, it’s finally happened. Those crazy kids got together.
Music is becoming a seamless part of...
…with a brand new brand
Whenever an organisation rebrands it needs to have a good, valid business reason to do so and here at Engine HQ we're no different.
Over the past few years we've evolved considerably from our traditional design roots to become an integrated creative agency and we felt it was time that our brand...
In my first day here on work experience following winning the annual student Engine Creative Prize, I’ve been asked to look at the growing number of mobile analytics services in the market.
Mobile applications are continuously becoming more and more popular and advertising within apps is also proving to be an effective way to...
Keeping your website updated and relevant is the basis of good SEO and there are umpteen of ways to get people to visit your site. This year has been dubbed (by some eager marketers) as the year of the QR (quick response) code and the number of people searching for information about QR codes in the UK has nearly doubled since the end of 2010....
Engine Creative has teamed up with leading celebrity chef Aldo Zilli to redesign and develop the Baby Zilli product website. With full social media integration as well as extensive product information, the consumer facing site has been designed to enable the Baby Zilli brand to build engagement with its growing customer base.
The Baby Zilli...
Once again it’s that time of year when we get the opportunity to meet with some of the best students currently studying Advertising with Design (BA Hons) at The University of Northampton and award our annual Engine Creative Prize.
With such a strong year it was difficult to choose between them and, following interviews with a...
Here at Engine Creative, Apple has pretty much been No.1 for over 15 years.
For everyone else (anyone outside of the creative industries and under 25 that is) the rise and iRise of Apple and particularly the iPhone cannot go unnoticed. It is impossible to go a day without seeing a ‘life changing’ App or technical feature which...
Since 2008 Engine Creative has been a proud member of the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) and we are delighted to announce that 2012 will be no different.
We have been recommended by the people that mean the most to us, our clients, in the following areas:
TV / Video Production
Each year the...
A few weeks ago we were getting excited about the nominations which our client, Steffan’s, had received (for the third year running) in the forthcoming UK Jewellery Awards. Now we are shouting out as they have been awarded with the best website of 2011!
When Engine Creative began the re-development of the Steffans e-commerce website...
Something of a sub art-genre, there’s actually a few artists out there who seem to base their work around the aesthetics of 3D/CAD and can create real sculpture from it.
First of all is British artist Benedict Radcliffe who in 2005 created a wireframe Subaru Impreza, entitled ‘Modern Japanese Classic’. He has gone on to...
The summer is finally here and we all know what that means… festivals! Get your water proofs, sunglasses and a pop up tent. Here we come.
We’ve been on top form here at Engine Creative and are at the heart of the festival season so far with the release of the Clubber’s Guide to Festivals by Ministry of Sound. This...
Steffan’s the Jewellers has been nominated in the prestigious UK Jewellery Awards for a third year running.
The 2011 UK Jewellery Awards have shortlisted Steffan’s for ‘Jewellery Etailer of the Year’ and ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’, something which we here at Engine Creative are particularly proud...
In true British style as the weather takes a turn for the worse, Wimbledon begins.
For those of us not lucky enough to get our hands on front row tickets, where we pay silly money, to sit in the rain and enjoy a traditional Cream Tea while helplessly clutching at our brollies, we have the answer.
For these people your tennis needs can...
We are all aware of the ‘Angry Birds’ addiction; originally an iPhone application but now available to everyone on the internet.
Developed by Google, this newly created HTML5 version of the now classic bird bashing game is available for FREE so be prepared to waste hours. Although it is expected to run on any WebGL /...
Facebook photo tagging is genius and we all know how to use it. However, like most things in life sometimes our intentions are good but sometimes our mind is bad! You know the scenario; you’ve taken an awful (but funny) photo of your best friend falling flat on his face (which 10 years ago would have never seen the light of day) and now...
At Engine Creative, we are once again bigging up our Front End Developer, Tim Keay, who has finally reached the end of a 5 year part-time degree course in Graphic Communication at The University of Northampton.
Tim is exhibiting six projects which represent the best of his work including a portfolio which showcases projects created...
In the past few weeks I have had the chance to learn more about Engine Creative’s video production skills from recent collaborations with Craig, our Senior Video Producer. In the process I have had my eyes opened to, amongst other things, Colour Grading and the massive difference it makes to video project output.
Colour Grading works...
Apple yesterday launched the iCloud for all US residents with much anticipation that it could see the beginning of the end for Spotify.
With the ability for users to put all music files (plus photos, documents, etc) from Apple devices up into the iCloud, Apple are moving in a very definite direction; one that is not device specific....
The Vale of Glamorgan is a lovely county in South Wales that stretches from Cardiff to Bridgend. They came to Engine Creative with the idea of creating a tourism brand campaign that lifted the lid on the stories behind local historical sites.
You see, there was a problem. People were coming to the big towns like Cowbridge – but...
In a “quick” experiment spanning a whole working day I decided to track my mouse movements and those of Miroslav, our Senior Developer. Why? you may ask, because the programme IOGraphica makes it easy and because the end result is so cool. IOGraphica captures all your mouse movements and draws them on a blank canvas leaving you with...
Since October 2008 Spotify has been shaking up the music industry with its offering of free music streaming. This was ideal for the user but after a reported loss of £16.66 million in 2009 it was clear that changes needed to be made to create a viable business.
If you are a regular free Spotify user you’ll already know...
I can officially say that Funk Soul Classics from Ministry Of Sound is one of the best compilations to hit the streets in a long time.
Being a big fan of this style of music and the films surrounding most of the tracks, it was an ideal project to get our teeth into.
Encapsulating the funk vibe through a text only cover was a challenge...
Ministry gets all Mashed up again thanks to the guys at Team Engine; this time with the sound waves firmly set to bass level 12 and the creative cut ups set to 15.
Engine Creative has been working on the Mash Up brand for Ministry of Sound since 2006 with various special editions and yearly updates.
The Mash Up Mix Bass is out now...
Following on from our sponsorship of The University of Northampton's HND Interactive Digital Media end of year show, myself and Matt went along to the Picturedrome to take in the sights and sounds of the student's hard work.
It's always with a sense of anticipation and realism that you walk into student shows; looking for the...
Everyone using a smartphone will understand the excitement around applications (apps). An app can be your personal interactive map, point you in the right direction for the best pizza, be your personal fitness trainer, do your weekly shop or just entertain you.
With statistics showing that iPhone users now account for around 4.5% of the...
We've always been proud of our video, broadcast and animation output and confident that it delivers tangible results and are pleased to announce that this has recently been recognised by the RAR in their annual awards ceremony.
This means a huge amount to us because it's voted for by you the public marketing professional so a big up...
The Yellow Pencil award is one of the most recognised and respected creative design awards, both in the UK and internationally, presented by D&AD (Design and Art Direction).
The D&AD Awards have set the standard for exceptional design since it was founded in 1963. A group of British designers and artists came together to award...
Our campaign for the University of Northampton has been driven by these two words. They're at the centre of our new TV advert as well - a project that has been both a transforming and inspiring experience for both Engine creative and the University.
We also managed to stop time.
This is the story of...