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Is Technology Speeding Up Our Lives?

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Do you get time to stop and smell the roses?

We now live in a world that is saturated with technology, there is no way to get away from it or deny it, unless you are camped out in the middle of nowhere on a Bear Grylls type adventure you are never 10 meters away from a piece of technology that is hooked up to a internet connection and able to receive and transmit gigabytes of data at the touch of a screen.

We are firmly in the “Catch Up and On Demand” era, you can now pretty much catch up on any of your missed favorite TV shows on a device that was primarily designed years ago for making and receiving phone calls, where in the 90’s you had to rely on setting your VHS timer correctly, which if any of you can remember was a major task unless you had a degree from Oxford or Cambridge. We love the freedom that technology has given us, we are no longer chained to the time constraints that we previously had in our lives.

Modern digital technology is a godsend; we are able to communicate with people all around the world in a click of a button, sending mass amounts of data in seconds. Without modern technology the world we live in today just wouldn’t work. Could you really wait for a customer or client to send you information in the post or vise versa? It would be unheard of, customers don’t think that it is acceptable to wait for information and nor should they, especially when in an email you can send product or service information on beautifully designed datasheets, and with hardly any limit on what you can send, customers can be given every bit of information in seconds.

But is this a good thing? Yes, giving customers what they want in an instant shows great customer service, but from a personal point of view is time being given a little extra “push” to move faster by technology? Take the M Media and Design offices for instance, the past three months have flown by. We first moved into our new offices which seem a life time ago, hired our new Account Manager who now feels like he was never not here and the first quarter of 2014 has finished in a flash. Would this time have seemed like it had moved slower if we weren’t always online and we didn’t have access to information via technology 24/7?

We all have the times in the office when the network goes down, or there is a power cut. How long does the time seem from the initial system failure to it going back up? It seems like a lifetime, especially if you have something important you are working on or are waiting on an email to come in, but in reality, more than likely, the network is back up in a flash. It is the lack of having a connection to technology that seems to make our perception of time go slower.

Just take a look around your desk or in the immediate vicinity, you will have a piece of technology close by, we are sticklers for constantly checking social media and news outlets for the next post or story, most of us even take our phones to bed with us. It’s because we don’t want to miss out, we have become accustomed to instant information, we want to know straight away instead of waiting, we will happily spend 10 minutes glued to Twitter or Facebook constantly swiping in a downward motion, forcing our technology to update.

So it is no wonder that time seems to be moving quicker, how many times, honestly, do you spend checking your phone or tablet in a day, and for how long? All that time adds up and snowballs very quickly without you noticing, say you see a post or a tweet that interests you, you click a link that opens a browser, you then read the post in full, but wait there is further recommended articles after you have read the one you are on which then adds further time, all this from a single 140 character tweet! Over a 24 hour day you could easily spend a good few hours using technology and because it is broken down to the odd 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there you don’t actually notice, but if you spent that time concurrently you would soon notice that it is a massive chunk of your day.

This article is almost tongue in cheek, you will most probably read this online, either on your computer or on a mobile device, you might have had it sent to you by a colleague or friend, but you will have taken the time out of your day to read it, probably on a mobile device. We do live in a fast paced environment due to technology, but, because of the advances in technology we are able to release information & data to the masses in seconds, you are able to find and read it on many different devices, you are then able to share it with colleagues & friends and more importantly it will be in the ether forever – you will be able to come back and reread this over and over again without having to keep a hardcopy.

So while technology makes our lives run a little faster, the rate of which we can get access to information is always going to be paramount to us and our needs will increase, we don’t want to hunt around for things we want to read, we want our devices to tell us what we might want to read, depending on our interests, taking out the hassle.

We are in no way bashing technology; we love it, all of the guys in the office love to mess around with the most up to date gadgets like they are the newest action figures from our childhood. We totally understand that as a company of our type we couldn’t work in the way we do without technology, it is a basic requirement of our business. Technology is never going to go away, and that is a good thing, modern technology makes our lives in general a lot easier and while we like to think we could willingly just “turn it all off”, deep down we know we couldn’t or even wouldn’t if given the option, but sometimes it is always good to stop once and a while, to take the time to have a look out the window and smell the roses.


Happy Easter from everyone at mm&d!

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It has been a busy few months at the new mm&d offices, we have now settled into the new offices in Hartlepool and have welcomed our new Account Manager to the team, which have all been part of our exciting expansion plans for 2014.

With the Easter break upon us we have a few little rewards for our existing and new clients.

As you might have seen on our social media outlets have been giving away an Easter Egg away to anyone that visits and likes our Facebook page in the lead up to the Easter break. The competition finishes on Wednesday so there is still time to enter!

But we totally understand that chocolate may not whet you appetite, so for that reason we are also extending the following offer to any of our current and new clients:

  • £25 Off – When you spend £150 or over with us on any design, print or website
  • £50 Off – When you spend £275 or over with us on any design, print or website
  • £100 Off – When you spend £500 or over with us on any design, print or website

Simply get in touch with us to place your order >

The office will be closed for business on Good Friday (18th) & on Easter Monday (21st) but we will all be back in the office on Tuesday April 22nd.

Happy Easter from everyone at mm&d.


Win an Easter Egg with mm&d!

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In the run up to the Easter break we are giving away an Easter Egg every day to one lucky person who like’s our Facebook page from April 8th till April 15th.

All you need to do is visit: and click like.

We’ll pick one winner at random on every week day morning at 9.30am BST. The winner will receive one Easter Egg from mm&d.

To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK where the prize can be posted.

All prizes will be posted out on April 16th to get to you just in time for Easter!

So what are you waiting for? Like mm&d and win!

Good luck 


mm&d working with Middlesbrough Council alcohol and drug recovery service

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Middlesbrough Recovering Together (MRT) is a council service that works to address drug and alcohol misuse offering prescribing services, psychosocial interventions and recovery support in the Middlesbrough area.

mm&d has been tasked with developing new publicity materials for the service launch event in March and new promotional literature to create brand awareness of the new service post event.

mm&d Director Gavin Hatton said “Over the past few years we have worked on a few new public sector projects & services, and MRT is a welcome addition to the existing work mm&d has already done previously with Middlesbrough Council”

If you are a new service, company or are looking to rebrand your existing portfolio of marketing literature or websites why not contact us today?

PHP Developer wanted

We want YOU! PHP Developer WANTED!

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We have big plans this year and in order to help us achieve our goals we are looking for a PHP Website Developer to join the team here at M Media & Design.

Working with M Media is rewarding, you will be able to work in a productive yet easy going environment. You will be given the license to be creative, to express your views and to be a fundamental cog in the development of our business.

You will be expected to work as part of a team on major projects; you will be given the opportunity to express your skills whilst working closely with our in-house creative team.

You’ll have solid experience in building commercial sites and an enthusiasm and an aptitude for learning more. You will be taking shared responsibility for the backend development of all new and existing online projects.

For more details about the role and for information on how to apply click here


We love our clients! Happy Valentines day

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M Media & Design are wishing all of our clients a very happy Valentines day!

We love our clients

To prove it we are spreading the love by offering existing and potential clients money off their next order. Our offers are as follows:

  • £25 Off
    When you spend £150 or over with us on any design, print or website
  • £50Off
    When you spend £275 or over with us on any design, print or website
  • £100 Off
    When you spend £500 or over with us on any design, print or website

Simply get in touch with us to place your order >

M Media Design Fish Tank

A sad sad day for the Tank Team

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(Above – Scene of the accident)

It’s a sad day for the M Media Tank Team, one of our longest serving fishy friends has sadly lost his life. The awful news was broken to all employees of M Media at 9.30am this morning when ‘Perry the Pygmy Corydoras’ was found lifeless behind the tank.

An investigation is being held as to the reasons for the tragedy but early eye-witness accounts from ‘Gary’, a fellow tank mate, suggest that ‘Perry’ was sick of ‘Daves’ (Tank Leader) snoring so he made a leap for it!

All of a sudden, he was gone! – Gary (Perry’s mate)

Naturally it has all been a huge shock for all involved. We have set up a Helpline for any other information that may come forward.

Please call: 01429 874512

It’s a huge Shock, he was such a nice lad – Mark Skirving (Director)

New Team Member at M Media & Design Ltd

New Team Member

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M Media & Design Ltd are excited to welcome a new team member who will be starting with us in the coming weeks, the key role for this employee is to keep our existing clients happy and also seek new business. We have big plans this year which will allow us to capitalise on our year on year growth and take the company even further forward.

We thank all of our existing clients for this success and hope that we can continue to work with you in the future for all Graphic DesignMarketing and Website Design needs.


MM&D Proud Sponsors of Darlington Mowden Park RFC

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Here at mm&d we are proud to be sponsoring local Team Darlington Mowden Park RFC. Seen in the picture are Directors Gavin Hatton and Mark Skirving presenting the Man of the Match to Anthony Harris at the Northern Echo Arena in December where Mowden had a great win against Hull (52 – 7). We are also proud to be supplying all design material for the club, including match day programmes, posters and all advertising.


We’re Moving

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We at M Media & Design are moving due to planned expansion for 2014! We’ve managed to find some swanky offices were we can grow and meet all of our clients needs more efficiently.

Current (local) clients need not worry, we’re only moving to the outskirts of Hartlepool so we may even be closer to you. We’ll be as accessible as always and we invite you all to come and see our new set-up in the new year, we’re sure you’ll be impressed.

The new office address will be:

M Media & Design Ltd
Unit 411 and 413
The Innovation Centre
Venture Court
Queens Meadow Business Park
TS25 5TG

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Contact numbers will also be changing but we’ll keep you updated well in advance.