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picture books from Soviet Russia

Picture books from Soviet Russia

At the end of May there will be a major exhibition of rarely seen picture books from Soviet Russia at the House of Illustration.

Soviet children’s books in the 1920s and 1930s revolutionised the picture book form against a turbulent political backdrop. With their perfect blend of typography, design and illustration and with subjects ranging from folk tales and contemporary children’s verse to books on the modern world and Soviet education, the subjects are brought to life with bold colours, dynamic shapes and playful layouts.

picture books from Soviet Russia

picture books from Soviet Russia

A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia starts on 27 May and runs until 11 September 2016 at the House of Illustration, King’s Cross N1C4BH. Full details are on The House of Illustration website:

Video services

Win a two minute video!

Win a two minute video for your website! Entry couldn’t be simpler.

No brain churning required – simply visit Catalyst’s stand at Huntingdonshire Business Fair on Thursday 23rd April 2015 and drop your business card into the pot.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2014

Enter our FREE competition!

Catalyst Design Partnership and Catalyst Video Services will be on Stand No J4 at Huntingdonshire Business Fair on Thursday 23 April 2015. Please call by, have a chat with us, drop your business card into the pot and you may be the lucky winner of a two minute video for your website. Our winner will enjoy:

  • One 2 minute video shot in HD 
  • Video of product, service or ‘talking head’
  • Approx 2 hour shoot
  • Company corporate branding including contact details
  • Background music
  • In video text based price/other details, if required
  • Embedding support, working with the company’s web team to streamline the process of broadcasting the videos on the client’s website.

Unable to make it to the show?

If you or a colleague can’t make it to the show, don’t worry! Just email us your details (name, company name, email) and we’ll enter you into the draw on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

The rules

1. Participants may only enter into this prize draw once.
2. To enter participants must be 18 years or over at the time of entry.
3. The prize draw will run from 08.00 to 23.59 on Thursday 23rd April. The winner will be notified by email on Monday 27th April 2015. The winner will be chosen in front of an independent observer (the “Observer”) at random. If we do not get a response from that email within 24 hours then we reserve the right to offer the prize to another customer.
4. Winners will be notified by email. Catalyst Video Services decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. Once the prize draw has taken place, the winner will be announced on Catalyst’s Design and Video websites.
6. By entering the promotion the prize winner agrees to participate in publicity and material resulting from the promotion if requested to do so by Catalyst Video Services. Catalyst Video Services reserves the right to use the details of the prize winners in any publicity or material.

For full details about the show visit and visit Catalyst Video Services website to see the type of video we can make for you.

Video for websites

Catalyst Video Services, sister company to Catalyst Design Partnership, launched in April 2014 and will be displaying the types of video that will help your website gain ranking with Google (owners of YouTube who just love to promote websites containing video). From the simplest introductory ‘talking heads’ interspersed with company images, through to the full blown full package where we will do everything for you from concept through to finished video, including script, storyboard, filming, editing, voice-over, titling and music soundtrack if required.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2014

Stand J4
Huntingdonshire Business Fair
Wood Green Animal Shelters

Thursday 23 April 2015
10.00am— 4.00pm
Free entry

Please note. The prize is awarded on the understanding that the finished video may form part of Catalyst’s future marketing.

See you there!

Upcycling in high gear – Alex Hamill’s beautifully crafted kinetic sculptures

Just been to see some of Alex Hamill’s work at Cambridge Wood Works in Haslingfield, just outside Cambridge. Alex, once a key team member of Imerge Hard Disk Audio Products, is now a professional sculptor, and has developed bespoke spring-powered mechanisms to bring his beautifully crafted kinetic timber sculptures to life.

Upcycling in High Gear - Alex Hamill's beautifully crafted kinetic sculptures
Upcycling in High Gear

The image shown here is of a large wall-mounted sculpture, commissioned by CWW, using only recycled wood to capture the essence of their operation and stay faithful to their values. The sculpture, at over 3 metres wide, is possibly the world’s largest business card dispenser and is mounted above their office, running all day on a single winding.

There’s more about Alex on his company website

See us at the Huntingdonshire Business Fair – 18th April

Come by and say hello to Krystyna and Paul on the Catalyst stand at the Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2013 in Huntingdon at the Wood Green Animal Shelter, only 30 minutes from Cambridge on Thursday 18th April 2013 from 11.00am – 4.00pm. This year there are over 125 companies exhibiting, and that means lots of business contacts as well as goodies. You won’t want to miss this event, and we would love to see you! For more information about the Business Fair, visit

Win a bottle of Champagne!

Take part in our business card draw for a chance to win a bottle of Champagne. The first card drawn from the prize draw box wins – it’s as easy as that!

Don’t hesitate to call us on 01832 293 175 if you have any questions!