Archive for the ‘Design Jobs’ Category

Our Studio Blog has Moved

January 3, 2014

The Tinstar Graphic Design and Studio Blog has moved – we’ve brought it back under the wing of our main website. Come by any time.


Vantage Broking, Clean and Simple

November 8, 2013

Clean and simple. That may not describe the petrochemical industry, but it certainly fits the new Vantage Broking website, just finished.

Vantage Broking, Oil & Petrochemical Broker

It’s been a while since we got our teeth into a simple, small HTML website – and this one (for a European oil & petrochemicals broker) was a pleasure to work on. When developing a website, a business owner can easily be distracted by what everyone else is doing and adding to their website. This simple truth, though, is that if a visitor can ascertain what a company is all about within a couple of seconds, then the job is done.

Onto the next!

Contemporary Furniture by COCCO – the new creation

January 19, 2013

Long-standing client and friend of Tinstar Design is The Contract Chair Company, which (operating out of a custom-build Hammersmith showroom) has been supplying restaurant furniture as well as furnishings for hotels, cafés, conference centres, airports and healthcare institutions since 1998 – just one year less than Tinstar’s foundation. That almost makes us twins.

The time had come to expand their stylish outfit by offering contemporary furniture to interior designers and private individuals for home and home office use. Thus was born COCCO Home Furniture, a website developed primarily with usability in mind – we wanted to make it as easy and intuitive as possible for the visitor to find their way around – and hopefully buy. Sure enough, within the first few hours of launch, COCCO had sold some unique Turi Turi Coffee Tables.

Contemporary Furniture

Web Developer Job Vacancy

November 12, 2012

Tinstar Design is seeking a talented, creative web developer to take over the back-end website development work of the various content management systems, e-commerce projects and WordPress websites that make up the bulk of our workflow. The position is full-time and in-house, based in Lymington Hampshire.


  • Knowledge of PHP5 and object oriented programming
  • Excellent knowledge of MySQL
  • Knowledge of HTML(5) and CSS(3) and Javascript
  • An expert knowledge of WordPress and other content management systems
  • Experience with Magento and other e-commerce systems
  • Experience with APIs like Facebook Open Graph and Twitter would be an advantage
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • A good sense of humour
  • A great eye for design
  • SEO experience would also be valuable


Please visit Tinstar for details

PDF2DTP Review for InDesign and Quark Plugins

October 4, 2012

For those designers amongst you who (like me) have wrestled once too often with unwieldy PDF files in an attempt to extract text and images in order to recreate long since vanished source file layouts… there is finally light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

The chaps at Markzware and only been and gone and done it – they’ve finally developed a plugin for InDesign as well as Quark that can efficiently and amazingly accurately convert a PDF file to an actual laid out document.
Convert PDF to InDesign

In true Markzware tradition, the plugin has been named as an acronym – this time, PDF2DTP – no prizes for guessing how they came up with that one. Once installed, a new Markzware menu will appear in InDesign (or Quark XPress if that’s your particular brand of coffee) and enable you to import a PDF file.

This won’t place the PDF into an InDesign/Quark document – it’s much cleverer than that. It’ll create an InDesign/Quark file, extract and save all the images (which are automatically linked to your new document) and place everything exactly where it belongs. Layout problems solved.

This should save designers a lot of time when recreating PDF layouts, and by extension billable hours will be reduced which should make clients very happy!

We’ve put a new PDF2DTP review together on our training website for those who would like a more in-depth examination of the process and results. There are three articles – the PDF2DTP Review introduction, one called Convert PDF to InDesign and one called Convert PDF to Quark.

Common Paper Sizes – ISO 216 Infographics by Tinstar

December 3, 2011

These rectangles showing ‘A’ paper sizes next to each other are all very well, but wouldn’t it be more useful to have them held up by a person so you could gauge their actual size? Thus the graphics below… Download the Cheat Sheet Page Size Poster here

A0 Paper Size

A1 Paper Size

A2 Paper Size

A3 Paper Size

A4 Paper Size

A5 Paper Size

A6 Paper Size

A7 Paper Size

From this, to this, to this. Sign done.

July 21, 2011

The new Photoshop Cake Filter at work

March 31, 2011

A project for Martin & Co – to turn a house into a cake.Photoshop Cake Filter

New Milton Rugby Club Feather Flags

March 22, 2011

This fine selection of feather flags were put together for New Milton Rugby Club.

New Milton Rugby Club Feather Flags

Tinstar Awarded Signed Photo by Guinness Record Holders

March 21, 2011

I’m delighted to say that Captains Hamish Reid and Nick Dennison overcame their ‘claw hands’ sufficiently to be able to sign a fantastic photo for Tinstar of the conclusion of their epic – and I mean epic – row non-stop around the British Isles. The journey was in aid of Help for Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund and Toe in the Water, ad it also landed the pair a well-earned place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Row for Heroes

Hamish and tireless support team, Jess, visiting me in the Tinstar Studio