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Walls & Pictures: introducing Billy Colours

30th March, 2016

Spring is here, and so is our next instalment of Walls & Pictures! Recently we’ve been working on a few projects that revolve around inspiring young people to get creative, so we thought what better way to celebrate this than feature an artist whose work communicates this message? Enter Billy.

Billy is an English artist working from Berlin and London. Her experience lies in illustration, painting and design, and she has worked on a number of community-based projects. All of Billy’s work is created with the intention of communicating a colourful and happy visual message to its audience. Working both inside and out, Billy’s work can be found in galleries around the UK and Germany, and continues to be seen on the streets of London, Berlin and South Africa, to name but a few.

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#EULife App Challenge introduction

21st August, 2015

On the 10th of September we will be opening our doors to the best of Manchester’s dev talent, excited to take part in the #EULife App Challenge - with a £15,000 prize fund.

We will be visited by the App Challenge team, who will be presenting a taster session at the mN studio. Following an introduction to the challenge with an opportunity for questions, there will be a chance for everyone to chat over drinks and nibbles about potential collaborations and anything else tech.

If you fancy coming along, register for your free tickets here. The event will run from 6pm until 8pm, followed by optional post meet-up drinks at a nearby pub. We hope to see you there!

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Aliyah Hussain adds a splash of colour to Walls & Pictures

6th August, 2015

With summer turning out to be more than a little unpredictable this year, for the second instalment of our exhibition series Walls & Pictures, we wanted something bright and beautiful to bring a bit of sunshine to the mN studio. So we were delighted when we came across the wonderful work of Aliyah Hussain. Originally from Blackburn, Aliyah is a visual artist based in Manchester. She’s a busy lady; with her practice encompassing performance, photography, painting, printmaking, collage, sound and costume. Aliyah experiments with different media and techniques to create works that reference futurist narratives, utopian visions and ritualistic practices embedded in the everyday. She is also interested in experimenting with distortion, using colours, forms and sculptural motifs as a means to create unexpected structures and disruptions in the landscape; blurring the distinction between the real and the imaginary.

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Burnage Academy pupil, Sayed, joins us for a week’s work placement

10th July, 2015

Back in October, some of the mN team headed over to Burnage Academy for Boys to support the ‘Digital Day’ session. The session was part of a series of nationwide events coordinated by BIMA that link up digital professionals with young people in schools and colleges.

After the success of the Digital Day, we were delighted when Sayed, a 14 year old pupil from Longsight, got in touch to ask if he could spend his work placement with us. Sayed wanted to find out about all aspects of the mN business, including everything from design, development, production and business strategy.

We hope that this week has given him a little taste of mN, digital design & the working world in general. Thanks Sayed – we hope to see you again soon!

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Abi Nelson: my week with mN

5th May, 2015

It’s always refreshing to have new and exciting talent in the building. So when 20 year old graphic design student, Abi Nelson, asked to join us for a week’s work experience, we were delighted to accept.

Abi is currently completing the final year of her degree at Leeds College of Art and has aspirations of becoming a world class graphic designer. Go Abi! On her final day at the mN studio, we sat down with her to see how she got on.

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Introducing ‘Walls & Pictures’: our brand new exhibition series

25th February, 2015

As a digital design agency, we are always searching for artistic inspiration. From internationally renowned masterpieces to student projects, there is incredible work to be discovered around every corner.

Recently, we have been scratching our heads trying to think of a fun way to celebrate the work that inspires us.  Then we had a lightbulb moment: why not create our very own exhibition space right here in the mN studio?

Introducing ‘Walls & Pictures’: a brand new series of exhibitions curated by magneticNorth. Walls & Pictures will run throughout the year, featuring specially selected pieces from our favourite creatives. 

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Merry Christmas

22nd December, 2014

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we’ll see you here, albeit it few pounds heavier from the festive indulgences, in January.

Best wishes from all the magneticNorth team.  

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The mN Balconies

14th July, 2014

Our space is really important to us and the way we work.  That includes the outdoor space we have – our balconies. We are up on the fifth floor of an old Victorian mill building in the centre of Manchester and have two balconies that we use as an extension of our studio space.

During the warmer months we eat out there a lot, host meetings outside and they have been the scenes of some serious (tipsy and blindfolded) piñata bashing at parties we’ve had over the years.  There were some very incriminating videos of that night we had to destroy but that’s another story.

We’d never grown anything out there until about two years ago, when our studio manager Sarah decided that we needed some green in our lives.  She set about cultivating a whole host of plants and flowers including Dahlias, Foxgloves and lots of herbs and berry bushes.

All her efforts mean that we now have a lush and fragrant space…plus most of the ingredients to make Pimms growing within a metre of our desks. Bonus!

During the summer, if you live in a city centre like Manchester it can often be hard to find an outdoor space that you don’t have to jostle with thirty other people to use.  Our love of our own balconies and our passion for blending digital and physical environments has actually inspired a new pilot project we are working on.

We’ll be announcing more details about the project, which will launch as part of Manchester’s Urban Gardening Festival ‘Dig the City’ in August, soon.

14th birthday

14th birthday

9th July, 2014

Last week it was our 14th birthday. To celebrate we did what all teenagers do at that age - we got a bit drunk and sent inappropriate Snapchats to all our friends.

Not really.There was only minimal Snapchatting going on.

We actually all headed out to Slice, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, for pizza and beers. It was very nice indeed.

Morph also kindly delivered us a birthday cake. 

As a team we like to get together to celebrate dates that are important to us…and if there is food involved (which there usually is) then even better. 

mN miNutes: CHEAD visit our studio from mN on Vimeo.

CHEAD visit our studio

2nd May, 2014

We recently had a visit from our friends at CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design) who came to mN HQ as part of their Work:Space event for their Annual Conference. The conference focused on the purpose of space and collaboration both in creative arts higher education and in the creative industries and included visits to companies, galleries and studios...which is where we came in!

mN Bake Off

mN Bake Off

14th January, 2014

Put down your whisk and step aside Mary Berry, there are some new 'Master Bakers' in town. Well, kind of. 

Inspired by our mutual love of cake, this week we decided to have our very first mN Bake Off. The rules were simple: bake something utterly delicious and bring it in on Monday, for the entire office to gorge on and then rate (or slate).

There were some pretty impressive contenders which included Sanj's Lemon Drizzle Cake, Sam's Oat and Raisin Cookies and Sarah's Carrot Cake. 

We were spoilt for choice and after we had each consumed approximately 12,000 calories and reinforced the studio floor we cast our votes. 

There was one clear winner. Step forward Producer Joanne. Her seriously tasty Rocky Road and Peanut Butter Squares smashed the competition to pieces and she graciously accepted her prize of a luxury week for two on Necker Island. Sorry, correction – her prize was a cookbook of her choice, which she graciously accepted. 

All in all, a great way to start off the week even though the entire team are still on a sugar comedown.