Celebrating 15 Years ( 1999 - 2014 )
15 Years of Creative Capers!
There are two major events in our diary this year; there’s the World Cup (Pixel8 LOVES football) and an achievement even more wonderful than a Rooney hat-trick against Brazil - our 15th Birthday! We’re celebrating 15 whole years in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where we beaver away helping to make local, national and international brands more successful and more beautiful.
It’s been an exciting journey that has seen Pixel8 go from a one man band to a 23 man (and woman) orchestra. When Nigel started out he had one client Manchester United Football Club (a well negotiated piece of business!), an ‘Apple Macintosh Quadra 630’ with built in Floppy Drive, Zip Drive and CD Drive, 15” Monitor, SyQuest Drive and a Jaz Drive. All this combined with a shed load of determination plus a fistful of dreams and ambitions.
#ff8c00;">The Beginning of pixel8 - 1999
After a year of hard slog and a lot of long nights he was on the move, to the shared office and desk space on Houldsworth Street with the Summerhouse Studio boys. To say it was freezing would be an understatement! Nigel recalls that it was so cold throughout the winter months that he would have to wear 3 pairs of thermal long johns, 2 jumpers, a fleece, a coat and a woollen hat. When temperatures reached -3 and below he would wrap himself up in bubble wrap to keep warm!! Oh how things have changed, now we’re ensconced in our lovely studio on Little Lever Street and the days of having to wear long johns for 6 months of the year are merely a happy* memory.
#ff8c00">Early days at Summerhouse Studio with Graham Brown (The Legend)
We’re going to celebrate all year (and why not?). We’re determined to raise 15k for Breast Cancer Care so we’ll be putting on events throughout the year that incorporate bowls, darts, marathons and more football - all of which equate to basically, just more foolish behaviour. We’re launching a cracking competition to win an incredible mosaic by Manchester legend Mark Kennedy, whose work can be seen decorating the outside of Afflecks Palace and various other places of note in our beloved city. The end of the year will see us throwing a huge party to celebrate where we’ve come from, what we’ve achieved and where we’re going.
We’re all about building long-term relationships and working together with our clients to achieve their goals and ambitions. We love our smaller, local clients just as much as the multi-nationals we work with. We’re not biased and we’ve always stuck to this ethos from the every beginning, it’s never going to change, that’s who we are and that’s what Nigel wanted from the very start.
15 years of creative capers with business partner Jamie Watson.
It goes without saying that we’re really proud, in fact we’re bursting with pride. Truly humble beginnings, hard graft, enjoying our work, late nights and all nighters – we’re about all of that. Always have been and always will be. Come and celebrate with us and here’s to the next 15 years!
*that’s a lie, it was horrible.
We're up for not one, but two Talk of Manchester Business Awards! All friends of pixel8, we’d really appreciate it if you gave us a cheeky little vote. If you think our social media presence has stood out this year or you’ve seen our all-round in-house service knock the socks off our clients – get clicking, and help the pixels to shine.
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