Dec 11 2014

Merry Christmas from S8080



2014 has been another wonderful year. We’ve done some incredible things with our clients. From playing a part in helping Welsh Government deliver what is probably the world’s most comprehensive and engaging business information, guidance and advice website through to the hugely successful #Vampireenergy Halloween campaign that helped the Dept. of Energy and Climate Change show thousands of consumers how easy it is to save a pile of cash. The Prime Minister even tweeted it!

Our EPiServer experience continues to attract attention at the very highest levels with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists being launched (thank you guys!) and continuing exciting developments working with the exceptional CITB team.

We also took part in the Swansea Bay 5K (warning – photos of sweaty, puffing developers!), we moved offices and had a number of talented people join our exceptional team.

We are very lucky to work with so many enthusiastic clients who are committed to improving the way people can interact with their organisations using the internet; it makes every single day interesting and rewarding.

The whole S8080 team would like to sincerely thank every single one of our clients for your support this year

We hope you enjoy your Christmas break and we’ll see you in 2015.

Chris, Matt and the S8080 team

Dec 17 2013

Move over ‘Selfie’, here’s the S8080 ‘Elfie’.

We’ve had another exciting year working on some wonderful projects. We would like to thank you sincerely for your support during 2013. The S8080 team and our clients have done some pretty amazing things together this year. Every single day is interesting and rewarding. Here’s to an equally exciting 2014!

We would like to point out that no elves were harmed during the making of this email…no really, we checked with our Elf & Safety Advisor!

By the way, we are looking for a talented graphic designer to join us, so if you know anyone who wouldn’t mind dressing up in a daft costume for next year’s Christmas card, please send them this link!

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Dec 14 2012

Happy Christmas – 11 more sleeps

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. It’s been a wonderful year for us, lots of new clients, great projects and new team members and to celebrate, here a bit of Christmas silliness for you! Click it to see a larger version (if you dare).

s8080 Christmas team photo 2012

Aug 10 2009

Some time with the guys

It’s that time of year again. We asked our team the following three questions…


  • What’s the best thing about summer?
  • Your 2009 Glastonbury highlight?
  • Your tip for modern living?


  • Being able to cook outdoors and experience the wonderful scenery in Wales, from Neath Waterfalls to the amazing beaches and costal paths that are on offer
  • I missed Glastonbury – I can’t keep up with you kids
  • Plan ahead and budget everything. Book all travel in advance and never accept the first offer on anything


  • Making the most out of every sunny minute – spending more time outdoors than indoors doing stuff that my kids will remember when they are my age. Use the time after work wisely – the long evenings give you a mini weekend every day
  • Pendulum absolutely rocked – the crowd went insane. I REALLY wish I was there for that. The Specials made me sing along too
  • Fun doesn’t cost much – skip the takeaway and cook some sausages on the beach. Don’t go to the pub but take a bottle of chilled Cava and a picnic blanket on an evening walk. Dust off your bike and check out the Sustrans website for some great traffic free rides. Go wild camping but leave no trace. Take your kids for a walk in the woods


  • Ice cool beer in the sun on a warm evening
  • Bruce Springsteen (from what I saw on BBC)
  • Avoid computers where possible


  • Long light and warm evenings, walking in the sun to the beach from home – happy days
  • Missed it this year – enjoying a family holiday in Wales
  • Still working on this one…


  • BBQs, homemade burgers and a nice chilled glass of white
  • To be honest I wasn’t overly impressed with the line up this year and missed Blur, so it’s got to be Dizzy. Bonkers!
  • When taking the kids to a Monster Truck Jam and some kind person suggests you take ear plugs – Listen 😉


  • Beach barbecue’s after work
  • Maximo Park. Slim pickings this year
  • Life’s too short to iron bed sheets, tea towels and underwear


  • BST – British Strongbow Time
  • Proposing to my girlfriend overlooking the festival in the Tipi field
  • Twitterers shall inherit zilch


  • Air Conditioning and BBQs with mates
  • Michael Jackson popped his clogs just after his pills. Did you know he was number 1 to 9 in the American album charts?
  • Decking and Coors Light. (You can drink ‘em when The Rockies turn blue)


  • The kids are out of school so that means no traffic jams coming into work in the morning – well, for 6 weeks anyhow!
  • Doves headlining the John Peel stage on Friday night – awesome band that never disappoints. Fleet Foxes were very, very good, and I was quite proud of a friend of mine (Mckenzie Smith) who played drums for Regina Spektor on the Pyramid stage on Friday afternoon. Apart from that, I was impressed watching Bruce Springsteen. I’m not a fan but, he was good and I now know why they call him the ‘Boss’
  • Buy the new Jason Lytle album. Your ears will thank you for it!


  • What’s summer? I though we only had 2 seasons in the UK – Autumn and Winter
  • To be honest TV coverage was all pretty rubbish this year, BBC are televising too many 1 hit wonders that can’t perform live – apparently I’ve got a pretty good chance of making the main stage next with my spoon and triangle act!
  • Breathing in and out has worked wonders for me so far. I’ll let you know if anything changes


  • The weathe…. oh
  • Arriving, our bus took nine hours longer than expected… the bus travelled less than quarter of a mile in two hours, luckily we were in a pub three miles away waiting for it to catch us up. Jamie T was good too
  • The same as retro living, eat, drink, breathe, sleep… you can play around with the order

James B…

  • That odd summer Saturday when the weather is actually good; just sitting out in a beer garden with a cold lager and the sun beating down on you
  • Blur
  • Microwave burgers; put the burger in the microwave but TOAST the bread in the toaster, to avoid that soggy microwave bap!

James F…

  • Slightly less rain than the rest of the year, and long sunny evenings
  • Last year, I didn’t see much of Glastonbury – this year I seem to have seen none at all. However, on a music related note, I’ve just discovered Allison Weiss, and I think she’s pretty awesome.  You can buy her other albums from that last page, too – or they’re on iTunes / AmazonMP3 /etc. I just bought ‘An Eight​-​Song Tribute to Feeling Bad & Feeling Better’, and really enjoyed it.
  • Stay hungry, stay foolish.
    Also, less is more
    Unless you’re speaking in a literal sense, in which case more is almost always more

James P

  • Looking forward to winter when the sun comes out and it’s a bit dryer!
  • When the usual rumours get passed around saying that Mr Jackson has passed away…..nobody believed…
  • Get your shopping and films online – save your time for the important things in life!


  • The footy transfer market and all the ridiculous/hyped stories that go with it
  • Same as last year. When it finished
  • Never pay full price for anything. The Internet will save you loads if you’re prepared to look


  • Going on holiday away from this country.
  • From what I saw on TV, Block party looked good
  • Conserve energy!


  • The weather 🙂
  • Blur and Amadou & Miriam
  • Add the three letters “dis” to the word “service” in any corporate department title
Jan 28 2009

Time with the guys

We asked all 18 members of the S8080 team three questions – New years resolution for 2009, the best thing from 2008 and their fave site (at the moment

Some interesting stuff…



  •  Pass my driving test
  •  Discovered a cider called Cornish Rattler
  •  BBC Website


  •  To have a fruit bowl on my desk (with some kind of real, non-mouldy fruit in it)
  •  Moved into a shared house, with some fairly random people
  •  BBC iPlayer takes my vote (more of a service, but it’s so handy and easy to use (as well as being daring enough to have a black design for a website)



  •  Cut down on the boozing and get back in the gym. If that doesn’t happen then I promise to drink more than before!
  •  Snow boarding in Zermatt Switzerland and making it alive to see another new year
  • purely for the flash and design.


  •  To quit smoking……a bit
  •  (Attempted) Cray-fishing expedition to Cape Point, S. Africa. As we ventured further and further out… with the waves becoming increasingly bumpy… contemplating the possible onset of nausea… and as the rain began to fall from accumulating black clouds above… the realisation set in that this was a very small boat in a very big ocean and home to the odd great white shark. I have a newfound respect for all fisherman!


  •  Work, life, balance 😉
  •  Learnt how to render and pebble dash an external wall! Exciting I know.
  • – Some amazing articles.

James F

  •  A trio of: stop biting my nails / start keeping a journal / do more creative things in my spare time (programming, writing, photography). Currently doing rubbish at the non-nail-biting, so feel free to give me a slap if you see me nibbling away
  •  Graduate from university. It was a lot of hard work, but worth it in the end – felt very proud of myself and my friends

I’m not sure I can pick just one…

  •  Instapaper ( rocks for its simplicity (it also has a native iPhone app) – I have a habit of opening loads of tabs in my browser and keeping them about for ages until I get time to read them (information overload!). Instapaper helps by letting you bookmark pages to read later – you can then access them at a later date via the minimal web interface or the iPhone app. Super-simple, but works brilliantly; it’s like your own personal newspaper
  •  BBC iPlayer ( was invaluable over Crimbo to catch up on Christmas specials if I missed them when they actually aired
  •  I recently took out an Audible ( subscription, and have been listening to their audiobooks for a couple of months now on my walks to/from work. I’m loving them, and it gets me much more value from an hour of my day where I’d usually just be walking
  •  And finally, a trio of sites I use every single day: Google Mail, Google Reader, and Twitter


  •  Don’t make any more New Year’s resolutions
  •  Surf in Fuerteventura with Plumby


  •  Try a different welsh cheese every week
  •  Easy – holding our new born daughter for the first time 🙂


  • Lose weight and do more exercise, same as every year!!
  •  Finally tackled my jungle of a garden


  •  Same resolution I make every year, Try to take over the world
  •  Stopped my nasty social smoking habit at last
  • / Google Reader


  •  I like to be realist in my resolutions and not set ones that I know I will break within a matter of weeks. In line with this I am happy to vow that in the year 2009 I will not die my hair purple.
  •  The cycle trip I did in southwest Italy was amazing. Amazing location, great company, great weather, great food and it was healthy!
  • – it’s brilliant


  •  Eat healthy stuff, take my vitamins and avoid any more flu bugs!
  • Apart from watching my beloved Swansea City winning the league at Gillingham (a long, wet but very jubilant bus journey!), I have to say getting married at the young age of 37 and joining the crazies at S8080!
  •  Twitter – an absolute mine of knowledge / breaking news from friends and professional web developers / designers. Micro blogging at it’s very best!


  •  Never done them, not doing them now… never will do them!
  •  Doing the London Triathlon (2.31… yeah baby!!) which involved wearing all in one lycra outfits in public! Also going sub 1.30 in the Cardiff half marathon
  •  Still Myspace all the way. It provides me with endless supply of new music


  •  At least 50 ‘Chris powered’ miles a week and take more photographs
  •  Taught my two eldest boys to ride a bike – it got me back in the saddle. Got back into photography
  •  Flickr


  •  Not to make any resolutions
  •  Didn’t die (serious comment!)
  • (for the content)


  •  To stop making new years resolutions, as I never stick to them.
  •  Go on holiday to Majorca


  •  Take my keys with me always, especially when the missus is in labour and we need to drive to the hospital. This will save me having to smash windows and panic my other kids
  •  The best thing I did in ‘08 was to buy the missus a new car to get her off my back, followed closely by 42 inches of LCD magic. The best thing I’ll be doing in ’09 is tuning the missus into an XBOX360 and keeping my eldest happy when she realises Fireman Sam isn’t actually at Pontins
  •  Best webs at the moment are smashing, Microsoft/web and Matt Berseth’s Blog. Matt’s got a great approach to programming, but his blog could do with a facelift
Jan 9 2008

Expanding Our Creative Team

We would like to welcome a new member of the S8080 team. James Barry joins us as a digital illustrator, helping us with the ever expanding workload of our Redseal and Chubbs brands as well as interactive Flash assets.

S8080 Creative Director, Chris Cowell said

“It was a very difficult role to fill. Digital illustration is such a specialised field and individuals with real talent are few and far between. We were very pleased that James, who has worked for us before on a freelance basis, has chosen to join the team permanently”.

“We have been turning away so much work recently, but now with this extra capacity, we can now start taking on editorial projects for magazines again as well as the more lucrative and creative advertising and publishing contracts.”

Recent wins for S8080’s illustration brands were a second project for the Grammy Awards in the US, a piece for Cable & Wireless and a large music business publishing contract for an agency in Australia.

Follow this links for a look at the Redseal portfolio.

Feb 9 2007

More New Guys

We would like to welcome Tim Plumb, Dave Bown and Jon Jones to the ever expanding S8080 team.

Tim works on the design side and is an experienced all-rounder who is never fazed by anything you throw at him – one minute he can be up to his elbows in code and the next creating silky smooth Flash assets.

Dave is our new ASP .NET codehead. Close your eyes and imagine a hardcore programmer – it’s nothing like Dave, not a beard or a pocket full of biro’s in site.

Then we come to Jon, an incredibly talented designer who rather likes the technical world of .NET. Jon has a design degree but somehow, he’s been tempted over to the dark side.

Welcome guys!

Aug 15 2006

The new guys

S8080 welcomes two new people to the S8080 team, Al Davies, our South East business development manager and Andy Begley, a talented graphic designer.

Al works out of our Bristol office and looks after our accounts from Bristol along the M4 corridor to London. He comes from a heavy IT business development background and was looking for a more creative organisation to work with. “On the creative side S8080 are untouchable. The clean design, the user centred approach and attention to detail are outstanding. Moreover, it’s the technical and project management side that also impressed me. To go out in the field and be totally confident and comfortable that whatever you’re showing the people is exactly what the people will get, and nothing less – that’s refreshing – and very rewarding for everyone involved. In fact it’s almost as good as Australia beating England at just about every sport you can think of…”

Yes, he is Australian. Thank you Al.

Andy has joined the creative side of the team after more years than he cares to remember in print design. S8080 handles quite a bit of print design for clients who want to maintain a consistency with their online campaigns – but it does represent a very small part of our turnover. Andy is easily making the transition over to new media design, bringing a quality that only experience can deliver.

Glad to have you both on the team!