News & Blog

13 Nov 2017
Solway visitor brochure design, map design and interpretation

Discovering Solway with Lathwell designs

While the Solway Coast AONB is known for its stunning wetlands, it is also rich in built heritage.

It was this feature we were asked to help visitors and residents alike to 'discover', through our recent commission to produce a 24-page booklet that promotes the area's ancient churches, fortified houses and historical towns and villages.

This led to a really fun collaboration between Lathwell & Associates as project manager and designer, our long-time interpretation partner Anna Gray, and a local drone photographer. We especially enjoyed the opportunity to showcase our specialist service of bespoke map design - not to mention visiting the area to test the routes for ourselves!



26 Oct 2017
Calvert Trust Exmoor photo shoot

Exhilarating Exmoor photo shoot

There's nothing like an adventure in the Great Outdoors...and we're incredibly fortunate to have one of the world's best wild playgrounds right on our doorstep: Exmoor National Park. This is home to Calvert Trust, a fantastic charity that enables people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities - importantly, with their families and carers.

So it was with enormous excitement that we accepted the commission to design Calvert Trust Exmoor's 2018 holiday brochure.

Today, we got the project underway with a fun photo shoot, working with superb local photographer, Tim Pestridge. After a day of participating in abseiling, horse riding, bush craft, canoeing and cycling, we confess we are well and truly bushed - but, when work is this much fun, it certainly doesn't feel like work.

Ah: the designer's life for me!

Tags: Calvert Trust, Charity, Devon, Exmoor, Photography

23 Oct 2017
YDNPA walking guide design

Designing a barn yarn for YDNPA

Every visitor to Upper Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park will immediately notice the number of stone barns scattered across the stunning landscape. However, calling them a mere 'barn' would be to show oneself up as a completely ignorant outsider, and might even be considered rude! Using the Swaddle dialect, locals more accurately refer to such barns as a "Cow'us"

"You never said you were off to barn, it was off to cow’us!"
Anne Guy (née Thornborrow) (65), formerly of Frith farm & Margaret Fawcett (née Alderson) (74), formerly of Skeugh Head farm

That is because these buildings once formed part of a self-sustaining farming system, used for over-wintering cattle, which were fed on hay that was grown in the surrounding meadows and stored in the adjacent cow'us haymows.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority commissioned Lathwell & Associates to design and produce a series of six booklets to tell the unique stories of different named barns along six self-guided walks. This was a fascinating project and the perfect excuse for our designer to visit one of his favourite dales (and drink some of the fine Yorkshire beverages, too - after all, it was thirsty work, or so he claimed!)


Tags: Graphic design, Guide, Tourism, Yorkshire Dales