Stu­dio Man­ag­er Simon Hath­away cel­e­brates his 20th anniver­sary at MicroGraphix

Simon joined Micro­Graphix in 1999 as a graph­ic design­er – at a time when the inter­net was in its infan­cy hav­ing start­ed his career when print­ers were still using heavy-duty mono­type print­ers and hot met­al typesetting.

I’ve enjoyed every minute at Micro­Graphix,” said Simon.

I love my job and enjoy inter­act­ing with clients and my col­leagues.
 
Great design skills and great cus­tomer ser­vice remains the core ingre­di­ents of what we do to this day and it’s what I enjoy.”

Based in mul­ti-pur­pose stu­dios on the Rowood Estate, off Mur­dock Road, the agency has devel­oped an envi­able rep­u­ta­tion for the pro­duc­tion of mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als for firms local­ly, nation­al­ly and internationally. 

Ser­vices include graph­ic design, web­site cre­ation, pho­tog­ra­phy, video as well as brand and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tan­cy.
 
I joined Micro­Graphix when it was only one-year-old, it had its own stu­dio and want­ed to offer a com­plete ser­vice, which appealed to me,” said Simon.
 
It has been great to be part of the company’s growth sto­ry.”
 
Simon com­plet­ed a City and Guilds in Typo­graph­ic Design at the Berk­shire Col­lege of Art and Design and worked at M P Print­ers in Thame before join­ing Micro­Graphix.
 
He said the biggest changes he has expe­ri­enced dur­ing his career has been soft­ware and tech­nol­o­gy.
 
Tech­nol­o­gy is always chang­ing, and we have to ensure we stay on top of best prac­tice and adapt,” he said.
 
Orig­i­nal­ly we sent phys­i­cal art­work to repro hous­es and then onto the print­ers. Print­ing brochures and cat­a­logues required far more man­u­al stages that didn’t involve a com­put­er, which shows how rapid change has been.
 
Ini­tial­ly Quark Express was the only real piece of design soft­ware but more recent­ly InDe­sign has become the favoured prod­uct.
 
Years ago almost every­thing we did end­ed up print­ed on a piece of paper or card in var­i­ous forms, now it is more dig­i­tal­ly focused, and we pro­duce mate­ri­als for mul­ti-chan­nel use.
 
While the tech­nol­o­gy has changed our ethos of great design and cus­tomer ser­vice has always remained and we have retained a lot of cus­tomers through the years.
 
Tech­nol­o­gy has enabled us to be more flex­i­ble and respon­sive to mod­ern busi­ness demands.”
 
Simon pre­dicts tech­nol­o­gy will con­tin­ue to move at pace and the ten strong team at Micro­Graphix will con­tin­ue to adapt where required to stay ahead.
 
And Simon is look­ing for­ward to many more years in his career.
 
It’s a great feel­ing to pro­duce a design for a client and see them use it and then feed­back that it’s made a real dif­fer­ence to their busi­ness,” he said.
 
Mike Linzey, Micro­Graphix direc­tor said: Simon has been part of our jour­ney since the ear­ly days and has expe­ri­enced so much devel­op­ment in our indus­try.
 
We’re for­tu­nate to have so many loy­al and hard-work­ing staff and our thanks goes to Simon for his fan­tas­tic service.”

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