The Umbrella Workshop Blog

Design and ideas we want to share with you

Jon Rafman digital print on modern city walker
Dec
2015

Jon Rafman artist promotional umbrella

Montreal born artist, filmmaker and essayist focuses on the impact of technology on the contemporary consciousness and how it distances us from ourselves. His work has gained much attention with his exhibitions of images found on Google Street View.

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Pantone matched folding umbrella
Jul
2015

PMS or Pantone matching system

PMS – not to be confused with the monthly troubles women can endure, but the universal matching system that allows printers, designers and manufacturers to perfectly match colours on any fabric or material.

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Great Tool from PANTONE, matching colour to Pantone references
Jun
2015

Great Tool from PANTONE, matching colour to Pantone references

We at the Umbrella Workshop, love colour We live and breathe it each day. We have our favourite colours, our troublesome colours and colours we think should not come out to play. PANTONE is the absolute resource for designers , clients and printers and manufacturers to speak in the same language of colour. As the Inuit tribes […]

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Nye Timber umbrella print
Oct
2014

Portfolio of luxury promotional merchandise

Nyetimber commissioned us to produce a complimentary portfolio of branded merchandise that included a premium walking umbrella, USBs and pens.

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Man with Umbrella in Hong Kong
Oct
2014

A symbol for democracy

There are striking images coming from Hong Kong of protesters using umbrellas as a symbol for pro-democracy which are moving and emotive. Protesters have been using umbrellas to protect them from tear gas and are using them to mark territory they are occupying.

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Bentley umbrella
Sep
2014

Vantablack umbrella?

Acclaimed sculptor, Anish Kapoor, famed for his huge-scaled sculptures designed to unsettle the viewer and twist their surroundings, is exploring the possibilities of working with the world’s darkest, blackest material, Vantablack. We heard this exciting news this morning and read it in Dazed.

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Brown panels on umbrella
Sep
2014

Why use an agency?

Brands choose agencies for sourcing projects, services or products themselves because an agency will have the specific skill set, knowledge, experience and supplier network to service a brand. An organisation may have a great marketing team in place but they will be looking to solve a specific need such as branding, digital strategy or promotional merchandise and use people who have the resource to get the job done, professionally and to budget first time.

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Black and red tip of umbrellas
Sep
2014

Psychology of colour

A logo tells us about the soul of a company. The colours they use tell us if they are loud or conservative. Progressive or traditional. We make those assumptions based on colour, how they talk about themselves and what they ask. These things also help us advise on which model of umbrella to choose, for what a company wants to achieve.

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Horse with umbrella
Sep
2014

It’s neigh bother

We use a rather fun horse head to model our umbrellas. We’re not the only ones who like Neddy to help them out.

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Map print on inside of umbrella
Sep
2014

Property developers get beautiful

We work within a variety of industries to provide different umbrellas for a number of purposes. That can include giving umbrellas as gifts to clients, using in an appropriate situation as well as a visual promotion.

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