"I make words and pictures look good." what I tell my nan.
"I make logos and flyers and other printed things look like they're from the same business." what I tell my mum.
"I could help your community group, small business, start-up, or social enterprise present itself better at every touch point, so your brand message is clearer and you can do what it is you want to do, more easily" is probably what I'd tell you if I met you.
Hopefully my projects and associations speak for themselves.
My design style is quite straight-forward. I have a background in educational publishing and I worked at the NHS, both were influential in developing my attitude towards design: it has to be purposeful, accessible, clean - and importantly - really good.
I take on projects that I feel I can make a meaningful contribution to. I work with people who share my values.
I'm passionate about:
Greener living and sustainability; I won't work on projects detrimental to the environment
Protecting heritage; saving, preserving and improving historic and important buildings or areas so that future generations can enjoy them, as we have
The arts; (quite a broad bullet point) access to art within my secondary education shaped my life/career
Independence. Whether that's independent businesses, community groups doing it for themselves or the co-operative business model (I am part of Loaf Community Bakery) which leads me to...
Building and supporting communities: people are better together. Conversation and openness is vital for community empowerment.
Outside of work you'll find me at my allotment, at Stirchley Community Market (I am Director of Operations) occasionally running cinema nights (Kopfkino) at my local former swimming pool and championing Friends of Stirchley Library.
If you have a project in mind and you think it would be up my street, metaphorically or geographically, then please do get in touch via my contact form.
I don't really do phone calls, I would rather you briefly let me know what it is you have in mind by email, and how you think I could help / how we might be a good fit. We can go from there and schedule in a coffee.
nb. Please don't be afraid to be open about your budget from the onset. I work with clients ranging from small one-person start-ups through to public sector organisations - and I understand these differ. Skills-swaps can't pay my bills but they're not out of the question!
Looking forward to hearing from you, Kerry.
I work with a local, environmentally-friendly printer The Holodeck.
My brilliant portfolio photography is by Jack Spicer Adams. I would recommend his services for any project, especially food-related.
A lot of the projects I work on have been funded by the Arts Council or Heritage Lottery Fund. These enable my clients to do incredible and often groundbreaking work and for that I am grateful.