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🎉 2021 Wrapped Up

It’s been a defining year at Fiasco Design. Despite the subdued celebrations at the turn of the year in the midst of a national lockdown, 2021 has been one to remember for all the right reasons. As we start to wrap up for the festive period, we look back and take stock of all we’ve achieved…

? Together is better, and we really mean it

We’ve worked on some incredible projects with some incredible people. We believe that ‘together is better’; that’s because it allows us to create work that goes over and beyond. Here’s a snapshot…

We addressed the imbalance of representation within the tech industry for iO Academy ?‍? Led a movement to improve children’s sleep and wellbeing with Moshi ☁️ Re-imagined the wine buying experience for Native Vine ? Demystified the world of open finance with Luxhub ? Promoted activism in the live arts sectors alongside Theatre Bristol ? Inspired climate activism with Transform to Net Zero, backed by the likes of Nike, Microsoft and Unilever ? Rejuvenated a museum following months of closure via a city-wide campaign for We The Curious ?️

And of course, we some had fun along the way too.

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💥 Little sister (studio)

We started the year with a bang – launching our sister studio, Yatta. The studio was born to pursue our interests in motion and animation. A studio dedicated to doing one thing really well.

Since the start of the year Yatta has worked with the likes of Frontify, Miro, Volvo, The Affordable Art Fair and The Conran Shop. You can see more of what the team at Yatta have been up to here.

👋 New places, new faces

In Spring we moved into new digs, giving a derelict fire station a new lease of life as our new creative home. After a tumultuous year of mostly working from home, our team finally got back together, working under one roof. And it felt really good.

Over the course of the year we’ve scaled up our studio culture and welcomed in new faces – 👋

Hannah Headshot Hannah
Nathalie Headshot Nat
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With a couple of new additions on the horizon for 2022, we’re excited to continue to diversify our creative talent. Every individual brings new energy and a fresh perspective to the work and our culture, and we’re all for it.

Our summer internship programme saw three young creatives join us for 3 months over the summer period. One joined us permanently in October (hey Samuel ?).

Now a core team of 15, we also draw talent from our creative pool of external collaborators. From brand strategists and copywriters, to animators, illustrators, photographers, printers. We’re excited to be extending our network.



?  Flexible is the new normal

Of course it’s not fun all the time. There’s been ups and downs. The past couple of years have presented challenges for everyone – us included.

18 months of working through a pandemic forced us to re-assess and adapt how we work – and we’re all the better for it. To keep the flexibility that working from home allowed, we introduced the hybrid studio. We empowered our team to take control of where, when and how they work. For six weeks we made the switch to a 4-day working week, giving everyone some well deserved time off to enjoy summer – aka Summer Hours.

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☀️ FD Annual Trip

We whisked the whole team off to Porto for our Annual Trip; downing tools for an extended weekend to explore somewhere new as a team.

It was the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past year and check we’re all on board with the direction we’re heading in.

☝️ So, where are we heading?

We’re excited about what the future holds. We’ve got ambitious plans for 2022 with particular focus on strengthening the team and continuing to improve our output.

We’ve also been doing some soul searching, asking ourselves what sets us apart. In January we’ll be making some updates to our brand which better articulates this. Keeping it real simple. Simple is good, after all.

A little while ago, Creative Boom asked our Creative Director Ben, what makes us special? Well. We think we’ve figured it out. (Watch this space).