Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:30
Today marks the official start of Nathan Clark's apprenticeship and we're delighted to welcome him into the Cuttlefish family. Having built several sites, apps and other techy goodies already, Nathan is fast building up a fine 'geek pedigree' and we're looking forward to working with him and sharing our expertise over the coming year. Alongside his formal higher education at Loughborough College he'll be getting stuck in to lots of projects in the coming year so if you haven't spoken to him already we're sure you will soon. Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your mugs of tea, I give you Mr Nathan Clark!
Posted: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:10
Cuttlefish are delighted to report the successful launch of artist Simon Faithfull's 'Limbo'. This "expanding atlas of subjectivity" delivers Simon's artwork directly to you in realtime through the website, iPhone, Twitter, Facebook & RSS . It's already generating interest from The Guardian, Huffington Post and The Creators Project and the fun isn't over yet - watch this space!
Posted: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:08
Every year it seems that all we hear is "exams are getting easier" - not so according to getrevising.co.uk - the site had 5 million page views and over 670,000 unique visitors this month - the highest ever figures and a real testament not only to the site's usefulness but to the students working hard for their GCSEs and A-Levels. Good luck to everyone taking exams this Summer from the Cuttlefish team :)
Posted: Fri, 27 May 2011 11:56
Yes, it's that time of year again and Cuttlefish are proud to be working with the Summer Sundae Weekender! We're refining and improving last year's successful iPhone app, expanding onto Android devices and making the main website fully mobile so no one need miss a beat! Acts are lining up thick and fast so be sure to stay tuned via Twitter, Facebook and summersundae.com!
Posted: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:03
Cuttlefish is 10 years old this week! Yup, it's 10 years since I decided to leave a guaranteed monthly pay packet behind and start working for myself. Looking back the decision made itself. The company I had been working for was leaving me very creatively unfulfilled and I really had take my experience and expertise somewhere else.
I set up the business in 2001 with the simple goal of (as you can see on this screen-grab from the early Cuttlefish site) "exploring the creative uses of technology". This still remains Cuttlefish's core aim to this day (especially on the Cuttlefish Digital Arts side of things) and over the years we have brought our creative approach to the internet and multimedia to a broad range of clients from local authorities to large plcs, business and educational establishments, art organisations and individual artists. We've managed to handle almost anything thrown at us - be it websites, CD-ROMs, web services, e-commerce systems and or, as is increasingly the case, iPhone Apps.
One of the early hopes of working for myself was that I would be able to devote more time to developing my arts practice. This has certainly been the case and in recent years I've even been able to re-enter the world of research by firstly doing a research-led MA at Camberwell College of Arts in 2006 to 2008 and now working towards at PhD in Digital Arts at De Montfort University in Leicester. Of course none of this would have been possible without a great team back in the Cuttlefish office able to run things efficiently when I'm not available.
So, what do I think are the secrets of running a creative business for 10 years? Well, the first surely has to be getting a good team around you and learning how to delegate (which is tough). The next is believing in what you do and not seeing the business simply as a 'money making machine'. Lastly, I reckon, is knowing how to initiate and manage change. When I think how the web industry has changed in 10 years it's scary. Does anything work the same as it did then? I mean, we didn't even have Facebook.
Thanks to all of the clients, suppliers and friends who have supported Cuttlefish over the past 10 years.
Founder and Managing Director