2018 Realised

Ok here goes. “What’s short and red at Christmas?… Hopefully the Realise Round Robin?” Yeah, sorry, it’s been a long year.

But has it been a good year? Yes it has. 2018 was our 10th and best year.

Ten at Ten

2018 has been a hugely important year for the growth of Realise design as we achieved our longstanding goal to (sustainably) reach a team of 10 Realiser’s who can deliver on creative but complex and technical challenges for our clients.  This comes as we also reach an important milestone; our tenth year of business! I mean 10 at 10. It’s almost like we planned it.

This year we’ve been joined by two more Realisers, further bolstering our ability to technically resolve great creative ideas

Alex Lomer bringing Design Engineering skills from the smart vehicle sensor sector (oooooh) to strengthen our technical focus.

Callum Taylor re-joined the team (yey!) as Industrial Designer, who after a successful placement year, achieved a first-class degree in Product Design from UWE (nice one Callum!).

Alex handing Callum the 2018 Realise “Donnatella Versache Best Dressed Realiser” award

So how do you celebrate 10-years? Well obviously you jet off to Morzine for a week of indulgence in cheese, wine, and of course Skiing! We learnt some important lessons about each other during slightly off-the-wall team bonding activities;  David Connell’s love of organisation and planning extends to ski-lift schedules and piste maps – (Strictly) organised ‘fun’!

We also learnt some team members shouldn’t be in charge of their own facial hair decisions (Nice handlebars there chaps), and that being on a snowboard doesn’t necessarily make you cool…

This year’s growth and success has of course been made possible due to both the continuing support of our brilliant clients; and through new collaborations and relationships.  Some key successes we’ve helped our clients with this year include:

Client Successes

  • BP launched its new employee onboarding experience, helping new starters feel well looked after and welcomed
  • British American Tobacco achieving market trial with some exciting and bonkers new futuristic technologies
  • Green Warehouse launched their new range of Post-consumer Plastic recycling bins
  • Gartenzwerg launched their automated indoor garden at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
  • Cammotions Roc2X remote camera head filmed the 2018 French Open.

New Partnerships

This year has also been the year of new and strengthened partnerships.  Launching The Product Partnership – a new venture with longstanding collaborators Amalgam model makers, and Cubik Innovation electronic engineers; allowing us to offer full turnkey solutions across Prototype, Design, and Electronic services.

We’ve also been exploring some exciting, totally new collaborations:

As a founding member of Bristol 24/7’s Better Bristol campaign, championing design solutions to further positive Bristol businesses growth.

Linking up with Sustainable Sidekicks to further our Sustainability knowledge and design offering.

Finally, we’ve recently partnered with independent coffee roasters Blind Owl to ensure the team’s caffeine fix comes from a sustainable, local source.  Zing!

Looking ahead to 2019

We’re excited about the year ahead and the challenges it brings; from designing (simply gigantic) industrial equipment to handheld electronic devices, mobile ticketing solutions, and completely new consumer technologies – exciting stuff but all very hush hush until it launches (shhh!).

As we continue to grow and expand into the studio that has served us well over the last 6 years,  recent visitors may have noticed we’re almost out of space (What a lovely problem to have!). So, 2019 will also be the year we begin to look at a new studio which can see us through the next 10 years and beyond. Know of an interesting semi-industrial creative workshop space around the Temple Gate area? Let us know!  

Fear not though, we’re committed to Bristol and the South West, so any move won’t see us move too far from our current, much loved site in Temple Studios.

Wishing you a great success in 2019 (see, we didn’t mention Brexit!)