Wallpaper; a modern alternative

Previously when I thought of wall paper, I thought of my nan’s house, where every room except the kitchen and bathroom, had the walls adorned with fancy wallpaper.   My nan was particularly proud of her house although I confess some of mismatched patterns were tell-tale signs that she had hung the wallpaper herself. As a child, the embossed and textured patterns fascinated me and I was always getting my knuckles rapped for running my dinky toy cars up and along the walls and since then wallpaper has always reminded me of a bygone era, something that would look good in a period house, but probably not suited for the modern houses, hardly cool or contemporary.   That is until a few weeks ago, when browsing through the latest catalogue of materials we could print on when I came across a range of wallpapers which the sales representative enthused about as he tried to convince me how popular wallpaper had become. Well, I had to at least investigate. We had already completed a handful of printed wallpaper jobs for customers, a photograph of the Darwen End at Blackburn Rovers for an avid fan, a large Lake District Scene for a bathroom wall, and of course the Ordnance Survey Map that decorates our very own meeting room but I guess I just hadn’t really seen the potential. That is, until I came across the JW Walls website. http://www.jwwalls.com.

Photo 1: Example of an image on J W Walls’ website.

Wow! Now I could see it. Their website is great as it shows even the most reluctant of believers how wallpaper can be cool, contemporary and even the centre piece of any room, if that’s what you want it to be.

Photo 2: Example of an image on J W Walls’ website.

The opportunities are endless and what’s more their website has some great examples of what can be achieved.

Whilst we don’t have the versatility of the JW Walls website if you supply a picture of the room that you are considering and a high resolution image of what you want on the wall then with a certain amount of manipulation we can show you examples of what the wallpaper might look like on your own wall. The image has to be extremely high resolution if the image is to be enlarged to fill the wall or alternatively pick from a wide range of royalty free catalogue photographs or talk to us about having some wallpaper designed to suit your specific requirements. So if you are interested in creating an eye-catching, stunning and unique interior design for your home or office please call 01254 300000 or e-mail enquiries@media-village.co.uk.

How do you know when it is time to update your logo?

We have currently seen the rebrand for the Premier League and more recently Channel 5.



This may be an influence on many companies to question whether they should rebrand and update their look. But, when is the best time to do so?

There isn’t one set answer when it comes to asking yourself when is the best time to update your logo because it’s all personal preference to your company. At Media Village, we have recently updated our logo and we feel it has really helped to strengthen our appearance but also set us up for the future in terms of going forward through future trends.

Looking at our previous logo, we felt that it wasn’t supporting our current designs and simply just needed a bit of a refresh. So we took this task to our designers who tweaked various elements to bring some modern ideas to the table.

Although we would love our logo to be timeless like Coco-Cola and Ford, you’ll see through their company development that they had made slight tweaks of their look through the process. So who knows? One day we might just get there!

The best thing to do is to sit down and ask yourself some questions before going through the process of changing your logo.

Is your logo outdated?

There are elements of your logo that can date, from the font used to the colour combinations. You just need to question whether this will be a positive change for your company and your area of expertise and question whether this is needed. Especially if you work in technology, you will know of all the advances in the industry so your logo may just need a new font to help it through the future trends.

Will it become a positive change?

Your main focus should be whether this would be a positive move in the right direction for your company. If not, than perhaps you’re not ready for a rebrand. Is the expense of developing your logo worth any negative outcome?

Having problems?

If your logo is too complex, it may be difficult in terms of scaling down the size or even causing issues with printing costs due to the numerous colours. If you’re having issues, simplicity may just be the key for you. Some of the best logos find a way to speak volumes with very little.

Is this the time for your company?

If your company is in a good place where you can only benefit from a change in your logo, then go ahead. Just remember, that you don’t always need to try and fix something that isn’t broke.

If you do choose to freshen up your logo or you’re in need of one, at Media Village we have a strong portfolio of logos we have designed for our customers. If you would like to see our portfolio or get in touch to discuss some help with your logo needs we’re more than happy to help.