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small businesses.

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I'm Christopher Dowson and for the last twenty years I have helped clients bring their ideas to life through creative design and code.

I have a traditional design background, having started my career in print and publishing. In 2005, I set up my own studio and have spent the past 15 years working on traditional and digital projects for clients across the world.

I work directly with clients on a remote basis from my attic studio/office (depending who's asking) in Nottingham, England, who hire me for branding and eCommerce design and development projects (usually in CraftCMS).

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“Christopher is very detail-oriented, which is essential in his line of work; he has a keen eye for relevant digital content, and is superb at understanding a brief, communicating his ideas, and delivering standout results on time and in budget. ”

Maxine Hayter, Bespoke Blinds & Poles Ltd

Digital Projects

Branding Projects

About me

Pixels, Paper & Code

A little bit of background

Christopher Dowson | Freelance Designer
I specialise in graphic and digital design projects, with the skills and knowledge to be able to work at every stage from conceptualisation through to delivery.

I started my design career in magazine publishing in the early 2000s, working in-house for a local newspaper and then moving on to a weekly national publication. This gave me a wealth of experience dealing with unmoveable deadlines and short turnarounds.

Being freelance allows me a large amount of time to invest in my skills, and I'm constantly working to enhance the way I deliver projects for my clients; if there's a better way to do something, then I will always find it… It also helps that I'm a massive nerd, so I enjoy the challenge.

I have worked for clients and agencies based all over the UK (and a few based a little further afield) and my very technical and adaptable working methods are often called upon by those agencies and consultancies when a higher standard is required.

How I Work / What I Do

You will find me direct and straightforward by nature, and this is none more evident than in my approach to projects. I don't get hung up on processes for the sake of processes - design is an organic process and every project is different, so I let the needs of the project dictate the flow.

Design isn't a one-sided process, and I work using a system of continual feedback so I expect to ask you as many questions as you will ask me. I can't know everything about what you, and nothing in a project is taken for granted so clear communication is vital.

Graphic Design

I have completed hundreds of graphic design projects over the years but I specialise in brand development; building on a client's initial thoughts and ideas to produce a comprehensive visual language that grows and adapts with them.

Website Design

When it comes to website design projects I'm just as comfortable in Sketch, Photoshop and Illustrator. I specialise in ecommerce solutions - handling the back-end build as well as the front end design and code. Conception to completion.

Typography

Beginning my career as an artworker, I honed my typography skills working with large amounts of supplied copy and not much space to fit it into. I count my type and layout skills amongst my greatest assets - both in print and for digital.

UI/UX Design

Although these are recently fashionable terms, they do describe a large portion of my design process for website and digital work; ensuring that every aspects of a user's interaction and journey through a site is considered and accounted for.

Print & Paper

Years spent working in publishing have given me an expert knowledge of design for print and experience in finding exactly the right paper and finishing choices to make sure you make the most impact for your budget.

CraftCMS

Craft (and ExpressionEngine) are my Content Management Systems (CMS) of choice and I have yet to find a website that they cannot power - from simple brochure sites to complex conference booking systems to ecommerce solutions.

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