About Paper

We’re a research and design studio. This is who we are...

Who we are

We’re a studio that specialises in Research & Design. Our three founding directors have over 35 collective years of success stories and relevant experience covering our services.

The Paper studio exists to provide a supportive environment for research and design specialists to work with clients, to learn, to create, and to have fun.

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The Humans

A photograph of Jon Rhodes

Jon Rhodes

Jon has been managing digital projects for over 10 years for clients across the UK and Europe.

He's a bit organised and will make sure you know everything you need to with your project.

Jon has managed projects for London Luton Airport, HSBC, learndirect, BigHand, Direct Line Group and Irwin Mitchell.

Away from the studio, he loves being outdoors and taking part in the occasional mid-week microadventure. He's married with two young kids.

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Cam Spilman

Cam is our MD. He’s annoyingly optimistic and enthusiastic but that’s often exactly what our clients need. With an education background in design. His career has spanned videogame design, mobile video, and the last 8 years has been spent in web design.

Cam has worked with clients including; EA Games, PayPal UK, The Wildlife Trusts, UNICEF, Bentley Motors, Capita, Co-operative Bank, Gazprom Energy, London Luton Airport and Westfield Health.

A proud dad of two girls, Cam spends his personal time with family and organising community litter picks.

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Mark Goddard

Mark’s a designer. He works with services and digital products to ensure they have a great experience for users and equally work well within a business.

He’s a big promoter of user centered and collaborative design and has worked with the Home Office, London Luton Airport, BUPA, BBC, Northern Gas Networks and various design agencies across Yorkshire.

He’s a keen cyclist and usually commutes to work on his bike while also cycling for enjoyment.

Where we are

Our studio is in an old cutlery mill in Sheffield called the Globe Works built in 1825 for Ibbotson & Roebank. It’s built in the Classical Revival style and is offset from Penistone road about 10 yards. With the busy lifestyle we now live it’s easy to miss, which is surprising due to it’s amazing front.

As it happens Sheffield has now become one of the major hubs for digital research and design in the UK. Which means we have access to a great pool of talented people and partners.

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How you can find us

We commute into the studio on our bike or by walking but you can visit us via various methods.

Accessibility: Our studio is in an old cutlery factory built in the 1800’s and we’ll admit it’s not easy to get in. If you have access needs please don’t hesitate to let us know.

How are you travelling?

From the train station

There’s various methods to get here from Sheffield Train Station. We recommend the Supertram (that really is its name).

Supertram

Travel time

10 minutes

Supertram instructions

Price

£1.60 each way

How to find it

Head towards the rear train station exit. Catch the Blue line towards Malin Bridge.

What to do

When the robot lady says “Next stop by request will be, Shalesmoor” press the orange button to stop the tram.

Black cab & Uber

Travel time

10 minutes

Taxi instructions

Price

Black cab £5-7
Uber £4-6

How to find it

Use the exit to your left near M&S. This is where the black cabs are and where Uber will collect you from.

What to do

Ask the taxi driver to take you to the Globe Works in Shalesmoor near the Milestone restaurant.

Bicycle

Travel time

10 minutes

Bicycle instructions

Price

Hire from Russells Bicycle Shed for about £5

How to find it

Use the exit to your left near M&S. Russells is just outside the door

What to do

To cycle here turn right towards Park Square and follow the cycle lane on the pavement. Then nip through Kelham Island past the Fat Cat.

Walking

Travel time

20-30 minutes

Walking instructions

Price

FREEEEEE & GREEN

How to find it

Use the main exit and turn right.

What to do

Follow the cycle instructions or use Google Maps as it can be complex to explain. Walking through the centre though is recommended if you have time. Visit the Peace Gardens & Winter Gardens.

Getting the tram

Sheffield has the Supertram (that really is its name). While not quite Clark Kent, it does get around here fast and comes right by our studio.

Blue line

What to do

The Blue Line goes straight past our studio and runs from Malin Bridge and through Hillsborough before reaching us.

Where to get off

When the robot lady says “Next stop by request will be, Shalesmoor” press the orange button to stop the tram.

Yellow line

What to do

The Yellow Line goes straight past our studio and runs from Meadowhall (where there is a Park & Ride) through the city centre and then on to us.

Where to get off

When the robot lady says “Next stop by request will be, Shalesmoor” press the orange button to stop the tram.

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Visiting by car

We're pretty easy to access by car as we're not bang in the centre. We're just off Penistone Road.

From the north

What to do

Use the postcode S6 3AE in your sat nav and get off the M1 at Meadowhall (J34). It's your fastest route to see us. Give us a call on 0114 3603604 when you're here so we can direct you.

Where to park

We have parking available here but let us know you're coming so we can sort you out a parking space as it's limited.

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From the south

What to do

Use the postcode S6 3AE in your sat nav and get off the M1 at Junction 33 and head down the Sheffield Parkway. Give us a call on 0114 3603604 when you're here so we can direct you.

Where to park

We have parking available here but let us know you're coming so we can sort you out a parking space as it's limited.

Riding your bike here

Luckily there are plenty of bicycle lanes around here and there's space outside our studio to lock your bike up.

Cycling in

What to do

We're just off Penistone Road which has a pavement cycle lane all the way down both directions from the centre or from Hillsborough.

How to get in

When you reach the Globe Works bring your bicycle through the tunnel entrance. Our studio is on the left by the stairs (you’ll see our logo outside).

Feel free to lock your bike up under the stairs.

Cycling around

Five Weirs Walk

The Five Weirs Walk is part of the Trans Pennine Trail which comes straight past our studio.

Parkwood Springs

If you want some downhill mountain bike action Parkwood Springs has some great man made trails.

Walking here

We're pretty close to the centre but just enough out of the way for it to be an enjoyable and comfortable walk.

From the train station

Travel time

20-30 minutes

How to find us

Use the main exit and turn right.

Turn right out of the train station towards Ponds Forge and follow the cycle path to Kelham Island. We're near The Milestone restaurant.

From the city centre

Travel time

10-15 minutes

How to find us

If you're visiting from the town hall area head down Fargate (after visiting the Peace Gardens and Winter Gardens of course) and cut through to West Bar near the Fire Station Museum. Then follow the ring road round to Shalesmoor.

When you're here head into reception where you'll be greeted and we'll come find you.

Work from Paper's studio

You can find us on Google Maps and our post code is S6 3AE. Come through the archway into the cobbled courtyard and we are on the left by the stairs (you’ll see our logo outside). Or go to main reception up the sweeping path and they’ll give us a bell.

If you're working with us on a project you're always welcome to base yourself at our studio. You are part of our team and you'll be made to feel like it. There'll always be space for you at our big scaffold table.

Help yourself to the wifi, decent coffee, Yorkshire tea and use the phone as if was your own. We'd love it if you'd contribute to the daily Spotify playlist too (80’s and Motown are always good). Wear what you like.

When you get peckish there are some cracking places to eat and drink nearby. Our favourite is the bhaji shop - ridiculously tasty.

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