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Graphic Designers Found

Terry

We would like to thank everyone who applied for the position of Designer, we had an amazing response. The position has now however been filled and we would like to welcome on board not one but two designers, Ian and Jake who will be starting in a few weeks.

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Graphic Designer Wanted

Terry

 

about the job

 

Salary: Negotiable

 

Working hours: 37.5 hrs p/w

 

We are  looking to take on an additional graphic designer  Ideally we need someone with a couple of years experience with a sound working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, (Illustrator, Photoshop and In-Design).

 

Our new designer should be able to work unaided on projects as well as part of a team. We offer a friendly, relaxed working environment located in the centre of Leamington Spa and have many varied and exciting clients. Our work spans many areas of graphic design, including: design for print, e-marketing, websites, packaging, and logo design.

 

Accurate artwork skills are essential, as is a friendly and confident attitude. If you are interested in finding out more, or want to arrange an interview, get in touch.

what we want

 

  • Minimum 2 years experience
  • Excellent knowledge of In-design
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Accurate artworking skills
  • Friendly and confident attitude
  • Able to work unaided
  • Ability to talk to clients
  • Mac literate
  • Keen and willing

what we offer

 

  • Competitive salary
  • Diverse client base
  • Friendly working environment
  • Based in Warwick New Road Leamington Spa
  • 4 weeks holiday
  • Gym Membership
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Livestock Event Website and Application System

The Livestock Event is held yearly at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s a massive event, attracting over 16,000 visitors last year, and is generally regarded as vital to the growth and success of the Diary industry in the UK.

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We’ve built something for the hosting body, RABDF – the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers – that we’re really proud of. We’ve combined Ghost’s trademark bold, simple graphical style with a complete re-imagining of how a website could – and, we think, should – work. The result is a site that responds not only to different screen sizes and viewing media – check out how the whole site flows from mobile to desktop and everything in between – but presents information responsively, too. We’ve done away with the traditional ‘navigation menu’ and its maze of nested links. Instead, we’ve built an intuitive ‘filter system’. Clicking or tapping a filter reorganises the entire site to the user’s perceived need: meaning the most important info is given pride-of-place. Our usability studies suggest this is a massive boost to conversion: almost nobody drops off from landing page to registration, which is almost unheard of in the web world. People can find what they want, and access it in a way that makes sense. It’s unbelievably simple to use, and allows users to take a deep dive into almost anything within two clicks or fewer.

 

 

Technical

Things are pretty revolutionary on the technical side. We’ve built a completely bespoke system modelled around the way RABDF have worked in the past. Careful systemic analysis has helped us to design a process that automates much of the work they had to do before, saving countless man-hours over the next few years. Bookings, which previously have been taken via paper forms, invoices and manual communication – all massive time-sinks – can now be completed online, with careful attention to the user experience of completing long, complex, and ongoing forms. Users receive reminder emails if they leave a form part-way through, which encourages them to return to the process. Upselling opportunities are built into all levels of the booking process. We’ve integrated the bespoke system with Stripe, a US escrow payment provider, which has greatly improved RABDF’s ability to make accurate forecasts and keep tabs on money going out and coming in.

 

We’ve used truly cutting-edge technology across the whole site, including EmberJS, Ruby on Rails 4, Heroku, Gridforms, jQuery, codrops, and a bootload of completely custom engines written exclusively for the client. As a result, much of the site works offline – a key consideration when designing for rural Internet connections. The whole site is linked to a powerful administration system, which allows RABDF to make instant follow-ups on new bookings. Think site admin interface-cum-CRM system.

 

If you’d like to discuss how Ghost can help your company to optimise your existing business processes, feel free to get in touch on the number below.

 

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Land Rover Website goes live

We have just completed a brand new site for Land Rover that allows their Land Rover Experience employees to order uniform online. The site is based around a comprehensive shopping card back end that allows credits to be allocated to Land Rover Experience centres nationwide. By accessing the site employees can order all their uniforms from one central point. The site also offers the facility to add customised name badges to shirts and jackets. In order to design the site we had to conform to very strict corporate guidelines ensured that the corporate integrity of Land Rover was maintained. The site is a little like a swan simple and elegant on the surface but underneath theres an awful lot going on that isn’t seen.

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We are looking for a PHP Web Developer – UPDATE: position filled

Update (5th June)

Congratulations to Sam Morgan, a developer from Leamington Spa, who will start in two weeks time.

What we want

Ghost Design Consults Ltd, a graphic design studio based in Leamington Spa, are looking for a full stack PHP web developer for maintenance of existing, and development of new, projects for our clients.

The ideal candidate will have working experience of:

  • Backend technologies including PHP5 and MySQL.
  • Installing, configuring, customising and ability to teach a range of CMS platforms such as:
    • WordPress.
    • LemonStand.
    • SilverStripe.
    • PerchCMS.
  • Frontend technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Compass/Sass/Less and jQuery.
  • Taking a PSD design and building it using frontend technologies.
  • Source code management using Git with GitHub and BitBucket.
  • Using project management tools like Basecamp.
  • Linux server experience (optional).

What we’re offering

In return Ghost Design can offer:

  • Office based in the centre of Leamington Spa.
  • A fun and relaxed working environment.
  • Responsibility to manage your projects in the way you see best.
  • Competitive salary.
  • 4 weeks holiday.

How to apply

Please send your CV and portfolio of projects worked on to terry@ghostds.com.

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TV’s Mike Brewer

Terry

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A few moths back we were asked by TV’s Mike Brewer to create a unique T-shirt design for him. He wanted to depict a few of the cars he and Ed had resurrected on the show, and we duly obliged. Last week we spotted him wearing it, on the latest season of Wheeler Dealers, whilst at the Classic Car Show, buying parts for a Ford Escort they were bringing back to its former glory. I wasn’t convinced by the choice of colour they sprayed the Escort but the T-shirt looked cool. You can watch the new season on Tuesdays 9pm on Discovery and Discovery HD.

 

If you have never seen the show you can take a look by going to:

http://www.discoveryuk.com/web/wheeler-dealers/videos/?video=Wheeler-Dealers-Series-10-Sneak-Peak-Episode-1

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We are looking for a graphic designer – UPDATE: Position Filled

Terry

Update (4th Febuary)

Congratulations to Ian Maull, a designer from Warwick, who started today. Watch this space for a blog post by him telling us all about who he is.

About the job

Salary: Negotiable

Working hours: 37.5 hrs p/w

We are  looking to take on an additional graphic designer to initially fill a gap created by maternity leave, with a view to a full time position thereafter. Ideally we need someone with a couple of years experience with a sound working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, (Illustrator, Photoshop and In-Design). (more…)

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The importance of a good password

Daniel

Online security has been featured in the news more over the past year than I think a lot of people like.

Hacking groups (such as LulzSec) have been targeting high profile companies (including Dropbox, Sony, Valve, et al) and (among other sinister things) have been releasing millions of rows of customer’s data have been released into the public domain.

Thankfully, this has highlighted the importance of good security for technology companies all over the world, some of which are taking the threat seriously and beefing up their own security as a result.

But a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, and more often than not, the weakest link is a user’s password.

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