Passing on our digital knowledge…

BIMA Digital Day is a well established national event that links digital experts with young people in schools and colleges. We were lucky enough to be asked to host Digital Day at Taunton School, Somerset. It’s the only digital initiative of its kind, aimed at 13-18 year olds and enables digital professionals head back to school for a day on 15 November 2016 to inspire students and give them insight into a world of digital careers.

It seems there is a thriving digital interest here at Taunton School, partly due to the innovative nature of Simon Ryder, Head of Academic Computing, it was a pleasure to work with him and his team. Working with the students to tackle some thought provoking digital briefs! Great work was produced & it was a delight to pass on our knowledge to such enthusiastic students!

So, what do we do and why were we asked?

We are Rocketbox Design, a boutique Creative Agency based in Somerset – We work with international blue chip clients such as Ironman, National Museum of Royal Navy (NMRN), MET Office as well as local businesses and startups. We work within the creative industry. We’re a team of designers, creatives and developers solving problems. This may include originating a corporate identity, brand planning, producing a digital presence, illustration, photography, typography and of course the Adobe Creative suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator etc). We also love using pencils! (That’s where great ideas start).

We pride ourselves in heritage interpretation, ways in which information is communicated to visitors to an educational, natural or recreational site, such as a museum, cafe or visitor centre. Not only does this include traditional graphic design but also environment design, layout consultation and 3D exhibition visualisation. We also design, produce and install large format graphic panels as well as design interpretation pods, sound design, video and motion graphic production, technical installation of projectors and game design on touch screen stations. We’ve also helped at pitch level for clients to apply for funding. Together we have an large array of skills that enable us to use our imaginations and creativity to the full… Traditional or digital!

A few examples of what we’ve achieved with our clients:

• We’ve made it possible to activate the sound of a WW1 biplane – just by sitting on a seat.

• We’ve made it easy to find electronic products on a website with 1,000s of variants – that works just as well on portable devices.

• We’ve designed a game where YOU can seek and destroy a WW1 German Zeppelin – all from a touch screen.

• We’re designing a digital feedback station for a museum – that can be used by your Grandma!

• We’re producing concepts to bring a rusty WW2 submarine to life – using projectors, audio, motion graphics and large format printed material.

• We’ve bought a farm to life using illustration and interactive animation.

• We’ve created campaigns to help find a tourism website on a search engine – when you didn’t even know that you wanted to find it!

• We’ve created kinetic graphics using illustration, animation and voiceovers.

We can show you how amazingly effective a creative agency can be…

We had lesson plans and a presentation produced by BIMA (BIMA – an industry association representing the interactive media and digital content sectors). We were also supplied with 3 briefs for the students to tackle, each created by a professional organisation (TATA, Cancer Research and Standard Life). We wanted the day to revolve around interpreting a brief, idea generation, concept development and finally visualising for presentation – all within the remit of digital , it really is about the idea – somebody, somewhere can do it!

The 100 (Yes 100!) year 9 students were all patient, interested and above all creative in their thinking. For 13 year olds we were impressed with their professional attitude and competence in working within a team – well done.

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