Weekly design inspiration: Coat of arms

Weekly design inspiration: Coat of arms

This week, we unveiled our latest piece of Jigsaw24 artistry, our own coat of arms. Featuring all our best assets, zebra included, it got us thinking about our favourite and most memorable heraldic works (we’ve got odd hobbies). Here’s what the team came up with, including Canadian, local and magical coats of arms…

Visually stunning Canadian coats

First up, we’re marvelling at the brilliance and slight madness of the coats of arms of the Canadian states. Whereas us Europeans like to keep our coats traditional and feature lots of lions and medieval shields, we were thrilled to find the Canadians not taking things as seriously and thinking more creatively. Who wouldn’t want their coat of arms to feature bison mermaids, flying polar bears or rainbow jaguars?

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Visually stunning Canadian coats of arms via nationalpost.com

Nottingham coat of arms

Looking more locally now, we’ve been investigating Nottingham’s changing coat of arms. Our current coat of arms has been standing since 1933, and features a pair of stags and a castle. Missing is any reference to our beloved outlaw Robin Hood, who was removed from the coat way back in 1905. We’d quite like him to be reinstated, maybe in his Disney fox form.

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Nottingham coat of arms via ngw.nl


We couldn’t talk about coats of arms without mentioning the wonderfully detailed and artistic coat of arms of our favourite magical school, Hogwarts. We love the school motto, which translates to ‘never tickle a sleeping dragon’ and the royal gold colour scheme, and who could forget the Hufflepuff badger?

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Hogwarts coat of arms via pinterest.com

Traditional pub signs

Carrying on from Hogwarts we thought we’d mention another one of our favourite things, pubs. While pub signs might not be the main reason we visit such an establishment, we all enjoy a good bit of pub signage, especially the example below, a hand-painted sign from artist Andrew Grundon.

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Traditional pub signs via marchantandmakers.com

Game of Thrones coat of arms

Our final piece for this week is a collection of Game of Thrones-inspired coat of arms for the Seven Kingdoms’ houses from Russian designer Ivan Belikov. We particularly like his illustrations for the House of Stark and House of Targaryen.

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Game of Thrones crests via Behance.net

Introducing the Jigsaw24 coat of arms

Let’s take a moment now to appreciate our new coat of arms in all of its lipstick-wearing zebra glory. You are welcome.



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Weekly design inspiration: Theatre

Weekly design inspiration: Theatre

This week, we’ve been getting into the acting spirit and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. So, we’ve all been donning our best accents, stage makeup and collecting our favourite pieces of theatre inspired artwork. We give you Vegas stage sets, acting tips, paper theatre and Les Misérables…

Le Reve “The Dream” at the Wynn, Las Vegas

First up we’re looking at set design from ‘Le Reve’ the popular Las Vegas show held at the Wynn Casino. A particularly impressive setup, the stage features water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and a great deal of trust from its performers. A definite must-see if you’re in Vegas!

Le Reve (The Dream) at the Wynn, Las Vegas via YouTube

Katrin Brack: Stage designer

Next up we’re looking at some of the stunning sets created by stage designer Katrin Brack. Simplicity is the key here, with lots of Katrin’s stagings featuring confetti, lights and balloons. Here’s a look at a few of our favourites.

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Katrin Brack stage design via goethe.de

Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action

Just the sort of thing every marketeer should be familiar with, rhetorical gestures and action. Today we learnt that without realising it, we’ve been displaying stances of fashionable impudence and jealous rage in our infographics. Going forwards we will all study ‘Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action’ in great depth so as not to confuse these actions again.

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‘Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action’ via archive.org

Papercraft Dioramas

Turning now to everyone’s favourite combination: papercraft, set design and animation. We’ve been admiring the work of artist duo Davy and Kristin McGuire and their quaint paper dioramas. With the help of a little digital projection mapping they’ve produced a series of theatrical installations (which we all expected to be far more sinister than they were). We’ve included our favourite, a cheeky wildlife number, below.

Production designer: Eve Stewart

Our final piece is a homage to the film version of Les Misérables. Although, technically we’ve been looking at the film adaptation and not the theatre production, we were so taken with the set design that we felt it deserved a spot in our lineup.  We were all fascinated to discover the work that went into building the sets for the film, created by production designer Eve Stewart. It’s the most uses for plastic we’ve ever seen.

Les Miserable – craft featurette: production design via YouTube

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Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

At last night’s Apple ‘Hey Siri’ event we were treated to not only a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but we’ll soon be able to get our hands on a brand new, super-sized iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad mini 4. Here’s how they shape up…

iPad Pro

The largest iPad to date, the iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9″ Retina display, 5.6 million pixels, the latest iOS and new 64-bit A9X chip, giving it enough power to rival most portable PCs.

It features:

– 32 or 128GB storage options available.

– Silver, gold and space grey colour option.

– 12.9″ Retina display packing in 5.6 million pixels, 2732×2048 resolution at 264 ppi.

– Refined Multi-Touch technology.

-8 mega-pixel iSight camera and 1.2 mega-pixel FaceTime HD camera.

– New Apple A9X chip, delivering up to 1.8 times the CPU performance and double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2.

UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but keep checking back in for pricing and availability details!

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini has had a face lift! It’s now 18% thinner (at just 6.1mm thin) and slightly lighter, and is powered by a new A8 processor chip. Available in 16, 64 or 128GB capacities, the iPad mini 4 now comes with iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

It features:

– 7.9″ display, packing in 3.1 million pixels and 2048×1536 resolution.

– iOS 9, Apple’ latest operating system.

– A8 chip for speedy performance.

– Touch ID.

– 8 mega-pixel iSight camera.

iPad mini 4 prices start from £319 for the WiFi model, £419 for WiFi + Cellular model and will be available in silver, space grey and gold.

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Improving Ofsted grades at Stephenson Memorial

Improving Ofsted grades at Stephenson Memorial

Stephenson Memorial Primary School in North Tyneside serves over 400 pupils in what is, historically, a very deprived area. Despite having incredibly hard working staff and a fantastic learning environment, they were still struggling to hit national averages, so they took part in an iPad purchase scheme to help whole families engage in learning. The result? A massive jump in Points Progress and APS.

In July this year, Stephenson Memorial became an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) so that they could share their learning and help other schools achieve similar results. Here’s what happened when we stopped by their 70s-themed RTC launch event…

Want to find out more about our education solutions and services? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and updates follow  @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.

Wacom announce a new range of Intuos tablets

Wacom announce a new range of Intuos tablets

On 3rd September Wacom announced the release of a new generation of tablets to their popular Intuos range. Four new models are soon to hit the shelves, in the form of the Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only).

Want to get hands-on with the new Wacom products? We’re holding a Wacom Drop-in Day on 17th September which you’re more than welcome to attend. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of the page to let us know you’re coming.

Not only have Wacom dropped the four new tablets, but they’ve also announced that they will come with free creative software and video tutorials, so you’ll have everything you need to start working in one package. Here’s what you need to know about them…


– 1024 pen pressure sensitivity levels for great precision and accuracy.

– Four customisable ExpressKeys to give you shortcuts to the functions you use the most.

– Free creative software and video tutorials.

– Quick and easy to set up (plug into your Mac or PC via USB, install the driver, register and download your creative software).

– A choice of size and colour.

Intuos Draw

(Creative pen tablet)

Perfect for: Sketching and drawing beginners.

Wacom Draw

The Intuos Draw has been designed with drawing in mind, and is the perfect choice for novices looking to improve their skills. The Intuos Draw comes with free ArtRage Lite software.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Draw from £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Draw creative pen tablet – small (white)

Wacom Intuos Draw creative pen tablet – small (blue)

Intuos Art

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: More advanced digital art and design.

Wacom Art

The Intuos Art is perfect for those of you who will be creating artwork, printing paintings and sharing your work online. The Intuos Art comes with all the tools you need to paint, design and create artwork including Coral Painter Essentials software.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Art from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – small (blue)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – medium (black)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – medium (blue)

Intuos Photo

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: Digital photo editing.

Wacom Photo

If you’re looking for a tablet that will allow you to perfect your images for printing, push your creative boundaries and share your work with friends and family, the Intuos Photo is the perfect tool for taking your work to the next level. The Intuos Photo comes bundled with plenty of great software including Coral Paintshop Pro X8 for Windows, Coral AfterShot Pro 2 for Windows and Mac and Macphun Creativity Kit (with Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Noiseless Pro).

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Photo from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Avavilable as:

Wacom Intuos Photo creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Intuos Comic

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: Creating comics and manga art.

Wacom Comic

The Intuos Comic has been specifically designed with comic fans in mind, and comes with Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio available to download for free.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Comic from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Comic creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Wacom Intuos Comic creative pen and touch tablet – small (blue)

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Weekly design inspiration: GIFs

Weekly design inspiration: GIFs

This week, we’ve been on our best behaviour and have selected our favourite (clean) animated gifs. Here’s our top five, made up of a nice selection of sketches, a slightly sadistic love story and a woman suggestively licking her lips…

It’s no biggie

First up, we’re going a bit soft and girly and looking at these rather adorable sketched gifs from ‘it’s no biggie’ on Tumblr. We’ve picked out our favourites below, although we’d highly recommend you check out the full collection!




It’s no biggie via tumblr.com

Happy 2015!

Who doesn’t love a nice icy landscape? We certainly do, which is why we’ve selected this intricate New Year inspired gif from French illustrator Tom Haugomat. For some reason, we find ourselves unable to look away from this, in the hopes that something might pop up from within the lake, or the sky will turn a different colour.


Happy 2015 via Behance

39 days of animated type

Next up we’ve been looking at the work of Norwegian illustrator Daniel Brokstad and his alphabet gifs inspired by a recent ’36 days of type’ project. Apart from being baffled by how many extra letters the Norwegian alphabet has, we found this collection utterly charming! Here’s a few examples of our favourites…

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39 days of animated type via Behance

One romantic night

Now for a slightly sadistic one, we’ve been looking at this storyboard gif from Stas Santimov. As well as telling an enchanting story, we really love the attention to detail in each of these gifs, from the ticking of the clock to the flies flying around the light bulbs.

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One romantic night via Behance

Glasses Direct cinemagraphs

Glasses Direct have had a rebrand, with a little help from design company SomeOne. What they’ve produced is a new set of animated gifs that give the illusion of being a still life, but have a minor element of movement going on (also know as a cinemagraph). We really like these, and became quite competitive about trying to find the moving element first. The flickering candle and the moving clock hand gifs are really great, but we aren’t quite sure how we feel about the lip-licking woman – every time she moves we think she’s trying to flirt with us.

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Glasses Direct cinemagraphs via underconsideration.com

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Jigsaw24 at The Education Reform Summit 2015

Jigsaw24 at The Education Reform Summit 2015

On Thursday 9th July our education team braved the tube strikes and took to the Emmanuel Centre in London for the annual Education Reform Summit 2015. Our reason for attending, other than our enthusiasm for discussing technology in the classroom? We were the proud lead sponsors of the event.

We had a fantastic day down at the Summit listening to keynotes from big names like Nick Gibb: MP and Minister of State for Schools, Tristram Hunt: MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Richard Culatta: Director of the Office of Education Technology, and Munira Mirza: Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture discussing what education reform means to them. Here’s a roundup of what we got up to during the Summit…

Our presence

As the lead sponsors for the event we were out in full orange force with our collateral and videos on display for all to see. We also had our Senior Professional Development Trainer Paul Ford stepping into the position of executive producer and working with a group of students from Langley Grammar School on a challenge-based learning activity.

Working with the students at Langley Grammar School

Throughout the event, Paul worked with the Langley Grammar School students to produce a video response to the question ‘what does education reform mean?’ After producing a storyboard to map out exactly what information they wanted to find out, the students set off to interview delegates at the Summit, including Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt.

A portable greenscreen studio was set up for the students to use for filming their interviews, which they later edited and presented at the end of the event to demonstrate to the delegates how staff and students viewed the day.

The finished product

A massive thanks goes out to the pupils at Langley Grammar School for their hard work in making the video. Here it is…

Pictures from the day

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Meet the Jigsaw24 Pro Audio Experts!

Meet the Jigsaw24 Pro Audio Experts!

We’ve got a great team of Pro Audio Experts based across our three offices in Nottingham, MediaCityUK and Soho. And recently we’ve added new faces to our super Soho squad, so we thought it was about time we introduced you to them. Meet our London-based Pro Audio Experts…

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Introducing… Andy Brooks, Head of Business Development | Pro Audio
With over 25 years experience supplying over 500 Avid audio solutions, we’re thrilled to have Andy Brooks on board as part of our Pro Audio team. Andy counts some of the world’s most respected audio production facilities, record producers, recording engineers and music artists among his long-term customers, including Abbey Road Studios, Deluxe Media, Halo Post and Warner Brothers.


Introducing… Dave ‘Saxon’ Greenep, Senior Creative Consultant | Pro Audio

Saxon has enjoyed a varied 15-year career in the Pro Audio industry. From being the in-house engineer and musician at Mute Records/EMI Studios (where he worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds and Mute’s founder Daniel Miller), to being the composer/mix engineer and editor on commercials for Wrangler, Urban Outfitters and Shepperton Studios, it’s safe to say he knows his stuff!

Saxon’s broad knowledge of Pro Audio allowed him to found ‘The Global Music Community’, a thriving social network for members of the audio industry. In the six months Saxon’s been with us, he’s completed major on-site audio installations for Channel 5, Halo Post, SNK Studios, Sound 24, Splice Post and Steve Lipson/Near Perfect Productions.


Introducing… Matt Lewis, Senior Technical Consultant | Pro Audio

We’ve also added Matt Lewis to our master lineup. He’s been in the game for over ten years now and has worked as an audio producer and engineer, gaining experience in post-production, live entertainment, broadcast, recording studios, corporate enterprises and teaching academies. He’s worked alongside some of the most prestigious companies in the world too, including Apple, BBC, Warner Brothers, Universal Music and Evolutions Television.


Here’s what Oscar and BAFTA award-winning Film Sound Mixer Niv Adiri had to say about Jigsaw24’s Pro Audio Experts…

Don’t forget…
As well as being Experts with Pro Audio, don’t forget you can also count on us for supplying your complete, end-to-end Broadcast and Post-Production solutions. Visit www.Jigsaw24.com/broadcast to see how we can help you!

Want to find out more about our Pro Audio Solutions? Get in touch with the team on broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing Adobe Stock

Introducing Adobe Stock

In this video, Adobe’s Senior Director for Product Management Terry White introduces Adobe Stock, the new stock content sharing service. Adobe Stock allows you to purchase 40 million royalty free stock photos, illustrations and graphics from within the new 2015 Creative Cloud desktop applications. Watch Terry demonstrate how simple it is to purchase, edit and use Adobe Stock images…

For more on Adobe Creative Cloud, check out our Adobe Creative Cloud Hub or get in contact with us on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com.

Our top Creative Cloud features for creative and IT users

Our top Creative Cloud features for creative and IT users

Now that it has been over two years since we made the move from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, we thought we’d put together our top three features for both creative and IT users. Here’s what we came up with…

For creatives:

Latest versions

If there’s one thing we love about Creative Cloud, which we didn’t get with Creative Suite, it’s that we always get access to new updates as soon as they’re available. Adobe are constantly adding new features and productivity enhancements to core apps. For instance, in the 2015 update our favourite app, Photoshop, is now 120 times faster than Creative Suite 6 and now comes with new features like artboards and Device Preview to make it easier to design for different devices, so you can deliver your work at much better quality in quicker time frames.

Easy collaboration

Not only do we not have to keep our voices down in this library, but we can also store all of our custom images, brushes, text styles and colours (for quick access whenever and wherever we need them), we can even share libraries with the right people at the push of a button, so it’s easy to keep designs consistent. These can even be linked so if they’re changed they will automatically update across any projects they’re being used in.

Dedicated support

When you take out a Creative Cloud for teams licence, not only do you get access to all the wonderful, newly updated apps, but you also get support thrown in too. You have access to a 24/7 support line, so if you run into any difficulties you can phone an Adobe Product Expert for advice. There’s also hundreds of online tutorials and product guides to follow and pick up new skills from.

For IT:

Simplified licence management

Creative Cloud makes managing licences and keeping compliant far simpler for businesses. For a start, we can manage all our purchases under one agreement, rather than loads of individual licences, and an online Admin Console lets us easily add, assign and re-assign seats to users across the business. It all means we have greater visibility and better budget predictability.

Centralised deployment

Another feature that IT admins are going to love is Adobe Packager. This lets us ‘package’ all our Creative Cloud apps, or create customised subsets of specific apps for specific teams. The app packages can then be deployed to users across the organisation, either over the network, via external storage devices, or through mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Creative Cloud also lets us allow team members to self-install updates, or do it centrally, so we can install updates whenever’s convenient, and ensure version parity across all desktops.

Comprehensive support

Creative Cloud now comes with dedicated 24/7 technical support, so any admins needing help out of office hours can connect with an Adobe rep either over the phone or web to resolve critical issues, minimise creative downtime and keep teams running smoothly. To help with startup, Adobe also offer free live onboarding sessions as online webinars, which walk through the basics of Creative Cloud and VIP step by step.

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