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Deliver Season's Joy

At some point growing up, we stop listening out for sleigh bells and start listening for door bells. Our Santa still wears red, still fights the elements and the clock, still strives to deliver Christmas joy. Here's to the humble postie.

Working with photographer John Angerson, this year's card is a celebration of often-overlooked doorbell-pushing heroes. A portraiture book of our locals, printed on postcard weight paper and bound with the postman's unassuming red rubber band. Our thanks to Scott Perry for copy, a small army of elves who helped with finishing, and of course our clients and collaborators, for another wonderful year.

A very merry Christmas to you all.

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Spread some Christmas cheer

This Christmas, we were keen to continue last year's theme of illustrating a timeless carol in a new light.

Following an exhaustive search, we managed to locate a local London charity who were in touch with both a Holly and an Ivy. Contact the Elderly, who host social engagements across the country, couldn't have been more helpful - putting us in touch with the ladies and helping with the shoot in their homes.

To help them continue their excellent work, all fees generated in the completion of the project were waived in favour of a combined donation to the charity. Print from Gavin Martin Colournet ensured the ladies looked their best, whilst the engaging photography, shot by John Angerson, depicts Holly and Ivy, both full grown.

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Turn a problem on its head.

The website you're currently browsing through was launched to coincide with our first year in business. To mark the dual celebration - our birthday and web launch - we sent friends and clients a hand-printed, letterpress announcement.

The limited edition prints worked both ways up, initially as a birthday announcement from the three Magpie partners (the three Ms) and then turned upside-down, as a web announcement (the three Ws). We commissioned six different sets of letters, with each set featuring on it's own edition of 25 prints.

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Illustrate our love of all things shiny.

The end of each year brings the same problem - how to deliver a memorable Christmas message that stands out from our client's bulging mail bags.

We chose to illustrate a familiar festive favourite, The Twelve Days of Christmas - a well-worn song that encourages audience participation. We kept hold of the famous five gold rings though (one for each member of staff), highlighting a magpie's love of all things shiny. The simple omission made both the poster and the company name memorable.

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Make a move.

In September 2009 we relocated to a larger studio, just around the corner from our old nest. To announce the move we shot a short film, focusing on the epic journey from one building to another.