What is an SSL? SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. In a nutshell, it provides secure connections for transmitting files. So, if you have a domain like: http://www.thecollectivedesign.co.uk – You’ll know it’s unencrypted and non-secure as it’s HTTP. https://www.thecollectivedesign.co.uk – You’ll know that it’s encrypted and secure since it uses HTTPS. Do I need an SSL? Unlike GDPR, you are not going to lose your home or go to jail if you don't have an SSL. However, our advice if you collect any information / data...

Another year, another great St Albans Film Festival. Very proud of our achievements and success of the 5 years the festival has been running and I adore the working with the amazing Leoni. Bring on 2019. For more information about the festival - http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com We didn't take that many photos this year, but here is a small selection.   ...

Let’s face it GDPR is fast approaching and at a rate not all of us are ready for. Is it safe to have a database? How can we use it? Who can have access to it? What permissions do we need? How do we protect our data? Are we sure of the legalities? Are we at risk of a fine? Are we confident we won’t have a data breach? These are some of the questions that are keeping us and fellow marketeers...

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is for information purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal advice. We encourage you to work with legal and other professional bodies to determine precisely how GDPR might apply to your organisation. What is GDPR? In a nutshell, GDPR: the General Data Protection Regulation is a European privacy law that comes into effect this year. If you have some spare time, this is the official document outlining everything - https://gdpr-info.eu However, we have some of...

OK, it has been a long time coming. But finally we are rebranding the agency. Same name, but a few things are changing. First the logo. And then the website. And then a couple of new ideas and services. But first things first. The logo. We last changed our logo in 2007. Over 10 years ago. That in itself is a little embarrassing, although it does illustrate that good design stands the test of time. But to be fair we have been busy...

We completed our 15th year in business. We helped organise the St Albans Film Festival. We made more video content than ever before. We continue to create digital marketing solutions for our friends at Eagle Moss. We ran our first creative workshops. We made our first drone video. We ran a few park runs. We entered the world of Publishing and helped launch 2 children books. We became a dragon again. We visited and loved the new Design Museum. We loved watching the Fall, the Night Manager, Big Little Lies...

Ok, a post I didn't think I would be writing so soon. But we are moving again. Yes, I know it only seems like yesterday since we moved studio. But we are doing it again. Well, actually we are moving back to our old studio on Holywell Hill. I won't go into the details here, but it does feel very good about going "home" And I promise we will be there for longer than 12 months this time. Anyway time to update the email signatures...

About 5 or 6 years ago I did something, that at the time was a little bit radical. I met someone offline, that I had only knew online. According to the Daily Mail if you met someone from a social media network then the likelihood is that they would murder you. I can assure you this is not the case. So someone I knew via twitter  decided to met for a drink and an offline chat. His name was Sam. And...