Rochdale Hour, 1st July 2015

As some of you may know Capture Design are involved with the Rochdale Skills Event.

We have been on board for the past two years, the event brings over 1,000 Year 9 students together with business leaders and careers advisers to give them the chance to get to grips with what they need to do to kick start their working life.

Everything from a crime scene to a vehicle repair garage and a catering kitchen are on show in a 25,000q ft warehouse on one of the Borough’s most successful business parks, giving the students the opportunity to try their hand at just some of the skills they might need to secure their ideal job.

The event introduces them to industries and roles they’d never even considered and gives them a chance to ask local businesses and public sector leaders how they got to where they are today.

The public and private sectors work together to deliver the annual one-day event.

We were delighted to be approached to be a part of this fantastic event and have been fortunate enough to be members of the steering group alongside a great team that meet up regularly and eat copious amounts of biscuits whilst organising the annual event.

This year we (Rochdale Skills Event) have been nominated for a Skills For Business Award and the award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1st July at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club so to say we are delighted is probably an understatement!

So, we’re having a night off from #RochdaleHour on Wednesday 1st July. We’re putting our glad rags on, practicing our loser face (just in case) and having a well deserved glass of bubbly to celebrate being nominated for such an amazing award and who knows if we win we might even have a little dance!

We’ll be sure to keep you posted just follow @RochdaleSkills for more details.

There are a few other locals up for an award too so we’d like to wish; Northern Employment, Farrel Ltd, Holroyds, F Parkinsons, James Nuttall Transport, TBD, Yearsleys & Richard Whittaker the best of luck and we’ll see you all on the 1st!



Pull Up Banner Offer


We’ve slashed our prices for our pull up banners to just £85 for a limited time only. These banners are a great way to promote your business or event. See terms and conditions below.



  • One Pull Up Banner Stand (800x2000mm)
  • Carry bag
  • Design of the graphic (Full colour, 1 side)



  • Design will be sent for proofing 3 working days after full payment received
  • Price includes initial design + 1 round of amendments
  • Additional rounds of amendments will be charged at £20 per round
  • Logo design not included
  • All images, logos and text are to be supplied before artwork is sent
  • BACS or cash payment only
  • Additional orders of the same design are charged at £70 each
  • Pick up from our Milnrow office (delivery available at extra cost)
  • There is NO VAT as Capture Design is not VAT registered

Rochdale Hour

Rochdale Hour is a networking event held on Twitter every Wednesday at 8pm for 1 hour. It encourages Rochdale businesses to promote news and offers as well as individuals who would like to share their good news stories and photos from the borough.

The main benefits from using Rochdale Hour..

  • Network from the comfort of your own home or office
  • Find new contacts and use local services / buy local
  • Promote your business to a large, and growing audience

Before Rochdale Hour starts, it’s a good idea to have a 1 or 2 tweets lined up, you could either post these in realtime or use free, scheduled software, such as Hootsuite.

When 8pm approaches, type #RochdaleHour in the search section of Twitter (The hashtag groups all the tweets) and click on “All” so that you see everyones tweets and not just the “Top” tweets.


You can now see what everyone is saying and offering! We encourage users to interact with each other by commenting, favouriting and retweeting.

But most importantly, make sure you remember to post the tweets that you had lined up :)

Happy tweeting!



Piethorne Valley Campsite

I was recently recommended to a nice chap called Bob who, along with his business partner Norma, were ready to start the promotion on their campsite which they have been developing over the past few years.

They wanted a website creating to showcase their site and facilities. As there was no logo or brand in place I recommended that we take a look at this for them also.

After a tour around the campsite I gathered all the information that they wanted on the website and presented them with a project proposal and quotation which they accepted. I couldn’t wait to get started on this one!

[ I do love the concept of camping – barbecuing, outdoor games, clear starry skies, spending time with friends and family etc – but after a couple of cold and wet experiences I haven’t been as much of a camper as I would have liked to over the past few years. However, having a campsite located 5 minutes away will no doubt change things for 2015! ]

I designed the logo for Piethorne Valley Touring Caravan and Camping Site to be fun and appealing with a modern font and camping/natural style colouring. The logo includes a graphic of a tent and a camping or “glamping” pod, which the site is home to four.




Now that we had the logo in place we built the website to match the same colour scheme which allowed us to keep brand consistency. The website was built from the ground up which means this is a one of a kind website – There are 7 pages in total including a blog page which allows Bob and Norma to update their visitors on news via a WordPress control panel. The website is fully responsive so looks great on desktops, tablets and smart phones. As with all our web design projects, the website is finished of by optimising it for Google searches.

You can find the website here:

Posted by @jimihodgkiss

Capture Design SEO results

It’s now a standard part of our web design service to configure all our sites with basic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). The exact details of this will be kept between ourselves but they have been proven to provide great results. Off course we all want page one on Google but this is just something we can’t promise. What we can promise is that we will do our best. It’s difficult to showcase results in the form of still graphics so I will be doing some short video-casts which will explain in much more detail. I’ll start with our own site Unfortunately, you will have to put up with my dulcet, Rochdalian tones!


Website Design Rochdale

Capture Design are currently planning a redesign to our website and I was pondering a better solution to showcase some of our previous web work.

Rather than just showing a still image with an accompanying external link to that site, I wanted to highlight aspects of things inside these webpages. Stuff like Twitter feeds, rollover links, Photo Slideshows, enquiry forms, page navigations and WordPress Blogs which have been blended seamlessly into the bespoke design. All the little things that can get overlooked.

Using Quicktime, Photoshop, Final Cut and Google Chrome, I’ve put together a small video which takes you on a little tour of a bunch of websites we have recently designed, developed and continue to maintain…


Commercial Filters

We were asked by Rochdale based filter specilists Commercial Filters to create their website.

The project criteria consisted of:

  • Visual front page consisting of high quality images with a rotating cross dissolve transition. The slideshow would be built using jQuery which would display on all browsers and all smart devices. 
  • Ability for existing/potential customers to order/enquire online using enquiry forms.
  • Have a blog/news page which would be controlled by the client using WordPress.
  • Desktop and mobile versions of the site (responsive web design build).
  • Google SEO setup including Google Places, Google Analytics, Google+ and domain Verification.

The finished result can be found at



Video Production

On Saturday the 6th of April, we headed off into Manchester with the super talented Daniel Rhodes to watch him perform his magic to the public on Market Street in Manchester. We unpacked our cameras, hooked Dan up to a microphone and off he went, working the crowd and amazing people with his tricks. A massive wow factor for this little guy is that he is only 9 years old! His enthusiasm for what he loves doing ensures us that he will be doing this for a long time.

Here’s the final edited film we created for Dan..


Vinyl Sticker Demo

We’ve been using the plotter quite a lot lately so thought I’d make a little demo on some of the processes of design, cutting & weeding using a Minibus for Skipton Self Drive.

I Made the slightly over-the-top music in GarageBand as YouTube doesn’t seem to allow playback on iDevices when using some of my favourite bands tunes as backing music. Which is annoying, but fair play to them.