The Big Book of Healthy Schools

A project working with Bristol City Council to create a large format book full of photos and illustrations made by school children to showcase the broad extent and value of the Healthy Schools initiative. It needed to be bright, cheerful and appeal to children and parents as well as other schools not yet part of the scheme.

A scrapbook look and feel were generally agreed on as the right approach - each drawing was individually scanned, photos and illustrations were cut out as needed, words were gathered, backgrounds were sourced, and everything was arranged with infinite care and attention to detail on the page.

When it was finally complete (and I was very pleased that Emtone were engaged to print it – on an uncoated paper they really excel!) the Big Book really lived up to expectations. Everyone was over the moon and we received some great feedback and comments.

"It is not often that the finished product, for a commissioned piece of work, totally exceeds all expectations as significantly as the Big Book produced by TinCat Design. The finished result is a stunning piece of work and I am delighted with it.

The creation of this book was a partnership but I have to praise the considerable design skills of Ruth Wellman from TinCat Design who worked on the layout. This was by anyone’s standards a difficult piece of work. Ruth invested important time gaining a full understanding of our requirements to enable her to interpret our needs successfully and then brought her own originality to the creative task of marrying together a variety of visual images into a balanced page spread. Ruth also demonstrated enormous patience as we agonised over decisions and changed our minds!!!!

The aim of the Big Book is to educate citizens in Bristol about the Healthy Schools programme running in our schools through a visual representation of its impact. A brief glance through the pages of the Big Book and you will see this aim has been totally achieved. The Big Book has been sent out all over Bristol and has had praised showered on it – you can’t help but be impressed.

It stands as a clear testament to the quality of the work of TinCat Design."

Julie Coulthard,
Bristol Healthy Schools Programme Manager