This past month we were lucky enough to sit down with Steve Pannett of Coffee & Toast a creative partnership of Steve & Jack who are based in Hertford. We talked to Steve about their work, favourite projects, future plans, how they’ve overcome problems in business, advice for graduates & more.
“Starting a business, especially a B2B company like a design agency, is always a challenge. As you’re not just designing anymore, you’re running a company. ” – Steve Pennett Coffee & Toast
Announcing some pretty exciting news here today: I’ve been asked to start my own radio show which will start with streaming online, with the hopes to take it to Sirius and/or FM radio. It’s going to be an extension of Indie Minded, I’ll be talking about and showcasing small business and indie everything. This means MORE exposure for all of us small business owners!
The only downfall is that my partner in crime, Jared, is not close enough to be my co-host!
I’ll be looking for show sponsors, there will be TWO sponsors for each show, and each sponsor will be getting pimped out (I’ll be plugging your site, social media links, and doing interviews if you’re in the Boston area).
Here’s the sponsorship breakdown:
$25 per show (you can sign up for as many weeks as you want)!
$50 if you want to be the only sponsor!
I’m looking for indie brands, artists, musicians, designers, photographers, EVERYONE! If you’re interested, please leave your email address below, and I’ll be emailing everyone that is interested. Weeks will be first come, first served, there is already quite a bit of interest, so grab these spots while you can!
Anyone in the Boston area? Let’s get you in the studio!
Who is Mario and why did you first want to get into the t-shirt game? I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL to 2 very supportive parents. Growing up my parents filled the house with all types and genres of music which would stick with me till this day. High school is when I started to design tees and make music. The name Loud Silence came to me in 2001 while I was in class but it didn’t hit me at the time. I graduated from Full Sail University with a degree to make music but creating a brand is what stayed in my mind. We created Loud Silence after we noticed at the time that there weren’t many brands focused on music. How would your describe Loud Silence to someone who hasn’t heard of your brand before? It’s a fun brand that extends your passion and love for music and art. Music is so much apart of everything we do that we wanted to incorporate that into Loud Silence. Why do you continue to keep releasing shirts? Why not go get a 9-5 job? Releasing new tees is like releasing new beats, the reaction is the best. Knowing that you’ve created something out of your creativity and getting a great response is the most rewarding feeling. We’ll keep releasing tees as long as our Silencers keep loving them. As of right now I’m juggling working full time while running Loud Silence but working to change that soon. (via Interview Mario Elizondo of Loud Silence | Tee Gazette)
Founded and ran by design enthusiast Suzy Hardy, Paper Fudge specialises in creating bespoke wedding stationary that will transform and brighten up your special occasion. Not only this, Suzy is a dab hand at designing unique greeting cards, paintings and gifts!
‘Paper Fudge’. Founded and ran by design enthusiast Suzy Hardy, Paper Fudge specialises in creating bespoke wedding stationary that will transform and brighten up your special occasion. Not only this, Suzy is a dab hand at designing unique greeting cards, paintings and gifts!
“‘The Teenage Market‘ is a new creative community idea organised by 17 year-old art and design Aquinas college student Tom Barratt. The event is based at Stockport Market Hall on Sunday 1st April from 12pm until 4pm and offers free stalls to young people and arts-based entrepreneurs who would like a platform to sell their products, promote their talents and skills and engage with the local community.”
“Catwalk Creative Vintage, founded and ran by Louise Sleigh, is a central hub of fantastic vintage products sourced from all over the UK. Louise has a clear passion and motivation for her work and adding to that her skills and eagerness for social networking, she is certainly one to follow!”