Mini Office and Mini Office 2

[This article refers to work I did early in my business career in the late 1980s and early 1990s.]

Mini Office and Mini Office 2 software

Mini Office was one of the very first suites of productivity software, consisting of word processor, database, spreadsheet and graphics.

This was how Mini Office was originally packaged in a cassette box…

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…and this A4 colour advert was how the original Mini Office was promoted before I joined Europress…

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The above ad was created in the days before desktop publishing and screen grabbing, so it was time consuming and costly to take photos of computer screens in a darkened room, then have then dropped into artwork.

But I felt it was worth the time and money to add screenshots, so this double page spread advert for Mini Office 2 was one of the first things I wrote the copy for at Europress. I came up with a rough sketch for the design and Heather Sheldrick, the art director, did the rest. The ad ran for more than a year in various Europress-owned magazines…

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Much later, when I was Managing Director of the software division, I commissioned Wendy Barratt to re-design the packaging…

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This is the back of the box I put together for the BBC Micro version…

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I created this A4 advert…

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I also worked with Wendy on the artwork and copy for the Atari ST version of Mini Office Professional, where each program was sold in a separate box to maximise revenue. I could only find a copy of the artwork for the Communications module on the net…

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Here’s the packaging I worked on for Mini Office Professional for the Amstrad PCW8256, 8512 and 9512…

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We brought in Steve Leigh, our local photographer, to shoot this photo to commemorate sales of 500,000 units…

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Here’s how the story appeared in the News section of Electron User magazine…

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