Amazingly f1 colour is celebrating twenty years of innovation
The 1990s was the decade in which the world got a whole lot smaller thanks to technological innovations that changed the way we interacted with each other. Inventions in the 1990s would include some of the most important communications advances to ever find their way into human hands, the world wide web and email became the glue that would bind people and businesses together.
The 1990s also saw the launch of the UK’s first ‘digital-only’ pre-press agency. In 1992, Nigel Mansell was the World Formula One champion, and Haymarket Publishing had decided to publish a magazine celebrating his win.
f1 colour produced the Mansell magazine for Haymarket from the demo suite at Pershke Price Service’s headquarters in Morden, South London, during evenings and weekends when PPS’s suite was available and with the proceeds put down a deposit to buy their own equipment of two Apple Macs, a scanner, an imagesetter and a Cromalin proofer.
With an emphasis on hard work, new technologies and as much fun as possible the next 20 years go in a flash!
1995 sees f1 colour win Printweeks ‘Pre-press Company of the Year’, the staff count increase to 3 shifts and 24 hour working, as new technologies emerge f1 evaluate the value to their client base and embrace them where they see fit. Digital Asset Management, a Xeikon digital press, Digital photography, Colour Management to name but a few.
The fun element is squeezed into any spare time in many forms from go-karting, quad biking and five-a-side football, paintball, fancy dress parties and trips to Spain at the weekend!
The current f1 colour is based in Bankside, central London premises. One of the founding partners, Ken Harrison is the sole 20 year survivor and resident MD, Jamie Robinson has risen from a school leaving ‘trainee’ through to Production and Systems director and Peter Gatward, has recently joined the company as Creative director, bringing a wealth of experience and much-valued expertise.
So, having steered its way through the economic, technological and industry challenges thrown at it,
f1 colour celebrates its 20 year anniversary in great shape to navigate the constantly changing world of cross channel, multi-level marketing. While the team looks forward to innovating the next twenty years of cross-media marketing solutions and all the challenges and changes it will undoubtedly bring.