f1 recruit Integrated Project Manager Wasim Bhatti.

We are delighted to announce Wasim Bhatti has joined f1 in the role of Integrated Project Manager.

With a solid background in production and account management f1 see Wasim as the ideal candidate to handle the integration of cross media projects.With more clients now having a need for a multi channel approach, projects often cover design and branding, photography and video, printed collateral and then web and mobile as well, so integrating the project from start to finish can be quite a challenge.

Wasim is excited about joining f1 and helping to tackle this challenge. With a decade’s worth of experience in print—including sheet fed, web, digital and pre-press—Wasim joins f1 with practical experience of delivering projects to a huge range of customers. He invests time and effort in building strong relationships with the people he works with. Wasim’s extensive technical knowledge of the print process allows him to ensure the right product is being produced and delivered to his clients’ satisfaction.

“Wasims career to date dealing with blue-chip clients, coupled with a friendly ‘can do’ attitude means he is going to prove a great addition to the team.” stated Jamie Robinson, Production / Systems Director

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New addition in web development team adds some dynamics

One of the most difficult aspects of implementing any web project is dovetailing the design concepts with robust engineering. It’s that intersection where the design vision meets the engineering reality. On so many occasions the original concept is either misinterpreted or the quality is compromised due to platform restrictions, leaving the investment made in the original design experience wasted.

Understanding and predicting these pitfalls up front is key and by having the right teams with free flowing interactions between them is essential and with that in mind we’ve yet again strengthened our web development department with the addition of Daniel Hill.

Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge in HTML5 scripting languages, bolstering our PHP, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, MySQL and Java skills base. He also adds the natural passion and enthusiasm being one of our youngest team members, which equally provides some interesting dynamics between the “old skool” thinkers within the team.

f1’s rapidly growing, especially within the web division and we’re currently working on a host of very exciting projects and no doubt we’ll soon be expanding the team yet again.

“We’re currently on plan and are very fortunate to have gained the business to support our organic growth, we’re all very excited about f1’s future”. Peter Gatward, Creative Director.

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Pieter Grobler to head-up expanding web application services.

In a move to respond to their clients increased demand for web and mobile applications,
f1 colour has done well to appoint Pieter Grobler
who is welcomed on board to head up the expanding web development team, based at
their headquarters in Bankside, London.


Pieter has a broad enterprise software knowledge, particularly within the fast moving web applications arena and is used to a pressured environment having honed his skills working on many blue-chip clients projects. Pieter also provides additional strengths by bolstering f1 colour’s MVC and agile development methodologies, which are very much welcomed with the increasing intricacies and complexities of today’s multi-platform implementations.

Managing Director Ken Harrison stated that “once again f1 are able to expand the team with a seasoned industry expert, we have been looking for the right individual for this very important position for a while, and we are delighted that Pieter elected to join us”.

Pieter is keen (having over fifteen successful years of software engineering behind him), to quickly add value to the f1 team. It was his desire to join an organisation that had similar core values and is able to excel in the area of customer service. I am very excited about working with such a professional team”

Ken Harrison also suggested “Pieter is the first of a team that we envisage we be growing over the next year and beyond. We’ve seen new and existing clients increasingly needing this areas of expertise and we’re very excited about our future”.

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Messenger to Managing Director, Mentor to Author!!

Tom O’Hara (account manager at f1) has a father-in-law who didn’t just reminisce about what it was like ‘when he was a kid’ he actually wrote a book about it. So here is the story how Carl Sims came to put pen to paper, well finger to keyboard actually, but you know what I mean.


Carl Sims. Author of ‘Ahh! Sims’

I was created in Catford and born in Lewisham.

This probably means nothing to those with little knowledge of London; actually it’s not a big deal – in respect of miles, very little, however for a Londoner it’s important, it designates you are a south London boy.

After Lewisham I lived in the Old Kent Road. Most of this area was wrecked by the war; being so close to the docks, stray German bombs were dropped haphazardly. My early life was spent playing in derelict houses with wallpaper flapping and broken stairs took you to where a room had once been…

I’ve not gone far. I still live near south London.

However, my book is about a time when I was neither there nor here.

It’s a collection of tales, hopefully amusing and sometimes poignant – dealing with the traumas we face when trying to grow up, and not being sure about, well, anything. Whether it be girls, bullies, teachers or indeed friends – most were a mystery, so I thought I’d share my confusion with others in the hope we can make sense of it – hence the book.

It’s called ‘Ahh! Sims’, because as a young boy, I was on numerous occasions sent to the headmaster for one innocent reason or another – on seeing me he would always adopt a pained expression and sigh
‘Ahh! Sims’…

I never fully understood why I of all children was singled out, after all I was a perfectly natural lad – undisciplined, uninterested, uninspired, uncaring and any other ‘un’ you can think of. I spent my free time being as obnoxious as possible – I created havoc where peace once reigned and constantly advised teachers why they had got the wrong boy.

Should you read ‘Ahh! Sims’ you’ll see despite my best attempts, things never quite went according to plan…


Getting published.

It’s said everyone has a novel in them but what if that novel wants to come out and dance around on the page? How would you get it published? This was my dilemma when I completed ‘Ahh! Sims’.

Publishers have a massive unsolicited post load on a daily basis; hundreds of authors send manuscripts and await response. Most will get a ‘Dear John’ response or in my case, ‘Dear Carl’. Don’t be put off – now there’s a way for you to see your inspiration in print, or rather, on screen.

You may not be an e-book reader – doesn’t matter, millions are! The phenomenon is relentless – many people download books onto their Kindle, iPad, Kobo, phone, android, even their laptop or computer and it’s growing! Let’s take a look at what you could do.

You can send your manuscript to numerous publishers – you never know, it may work. Or you should do what I did with ‘Ahh! Sims’ – self-publish with Kindle/Amazon, and it costs – nothing.

Ok, it’s not quite as simple as that – there are a few things you’ll need to consider: Just how do you actually upload your book?  How can you make sure it is, at the very least, worthy?  Can you get it reviewed anywhere? Where do you find somebody who can produce a professional cover?  And how do you market your book?

You love your book/story and have agonised over every word but you must get an objective opinion and painful though it might be, need to accept some criticism. Try www.youwriteon.com – this site has budding plus published authors who’ll critique your prose – take most of it on the chin! Either way, you’ll have the opportunity of reading their efforts – that’s the way it works – you read theirs, they read yours.

Once you have considered various critiques; adopted some, ignored others, you’ll then want to get it read by those who might actually pay for the privilege! Kindle is the answer! Go to mine http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ahh-Sims-ebook/dp/B005MRAZII   – scroll to the bottom of page, you’ll see ‘self-publish with us’ click and follow instructions.

Wait! You’ll see you need a cover for your book and yes; internet users will judge a book by its cover. I’m sure people reading this might just know a graphic designer… Be realistic about pricing your book. At the moment you’re getting nothing for it, so price it low.

Once it’s on the internet it will not sell itself. You need to let people know about your wonderful work – don’t be shy. Try Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, local press/library. With Facebook you can set up your own ‘fan’ page’ which generates massive interest – see mine for example; http://www.facebook.com/ahhsims  Give it a go, you never know, it may just work…

Carl has four children and always worked in the ‘creative businesses’. His first job was as a messenger in a commercial art studio and trained as a typographer. He progressed to the dizzy heights of studio manager. He ran his own design studio but was drawn to a new progressive agency where he became a director. Headhunted to be a Managing Director, Carl started to realise he had more to offer and eventually became a Business Mentor and has been helping creative companies for the last eight years http://www.creativebusinessmentor.co.uk  However in that period he found time to write a book. There we are; somebody’s life in 99 words!

Here’s someone else’s thoughts, well tweets actually…

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f1 colour amazingly perfects the art of time shifting!!!

As the weather finally starts to turn cold then f1 colour’s retouching skills start to rival natures own frosty outlook!

When River Publishing (http://www.therivergroup.co.uk) recently asked us to turn a late summer’s evening landscape photograph into a crisp January morning frosty scene to accompany an article in Walk magazine (http://www.walkmag.co.uk) our senior (masters degree in colour science) retoucher Graham rose to the challenge!

As much as we’re use to Marketeers relying on our retouching skills to help them promote the right imagery for their latest product or service offerings, it’s normally just repairing damaged packaging or skin blemishes. So when we received this request it was nice for us to be able use our knowledge and skill sets at a higher level.

From the earliest days of expensive scanners and Barco Creator software to the recent explosion of Adobe Photoshop and the digital backed camera,one thing has remained constant and all-important: the creative flair and eye of the digital artist/ retoucher. Some marketing & design agencies employ specialists in image retouching and manipulation however unless they’re doing this type of work day in day out it doesn’t become commercially or artistically viable. As part of f1’s Aperture Services we’re constantly providing services, from simple clipping paths that cut around the edges of the product image so they can be pasted onto a new background, through to complex retouching services to enhance the overall image, whether this be a product, person, building or as in this case a landscape.

Take a look at the before and after shots below and see if you agree with us. Time shifting from an late September evening to a January morning is truly magical and something Dr Who would be proud of!!!

Please check out the rest of our aperture services here.

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Baby Boom at f1!!!

The staff at f1 are certainly doing their bit in keeping the maternity wards busy.

Not only are the chaps at f1 helpful, knowledgeable, technically astute, efficient and friendly to work with, they are also incredibly virile; hence the amount of new-born babies arriving recently!

(They are obviously quite friendly at home as well then!!)

Prepare to ooh and ahh

Chloe-JamiesJamie’s – Well, he must have left the office at some point then!!
Born:  18/08/11
Weight: 7lbs 13oz


MontyScott’s  – How did he have the strength after those triathlons?!
Born: 12/06/2011
Weight: 7lbs



Will’s – Do Dolce and Gabanna do romper suits?
Born: 17/12/10
Weight: 7lbs 6oz




Gabriella ViiviNat’s – May well become more photographed than Princess Diana.
Gabriella Viivi
Born: 15/07/11
Weight: 6lbs 4ozs

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