Are you an agency looking to outsource digital projects or perhaps a start-up that needs the best in brand development and website design? Look no further, as I currently have the capacity to deliver exactly what you need.
I'm also available to speak at conferences and events - As I have recently at MKGN (Milton Keynes) and DXN (Nottingham). It's been said that I am an entertaining and engaging speaker, and I am always happy to share my experience and knowledge.
Creating an overall brand for Philip von Nell which combined history and high quality products with approachability and relevance for a target market of young professionals was the order of the day, with no short measures.
After updating the logo to something a little more refined and versatile, I chose ExpressionEngine as the basis for the site, as it allowed for some pretty advanced ecommerce functionality to be added to an already very comprehensive feature set.
David Lazaro approached me initially because he was so impressed with the typography and layout of my site at the time, and through initial discussions it became apparent we were on the same wavelength for the aims of the website.
“Chris delivered exactly what we needed him to. As well as being a very talented designer, Chris met every deadline, was always available to advise and was a great guy to have around the office.”Esme A. Fallows, Xposure Creative Brand Marketing
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.
When you meet me, you'll be left in no doubt that I absolutely love what I do, and that I have a passion and enthusiasm for design and the projects I undertake that many of my clients can't help but find infectious. A million ideas you've probably never thought of will spin out of every meeting we have because while I'm obsessed by details, I also know how to see the bigger picture - and keep several steps ahead at all times.
I've had an interesting career so far - Speaking engagements, logos published in design books, one of my previous websites stolen by a former US Marine and I've even been told that Vanilla Ice liked some digital colouring work I did for the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham. It has been an eventful and colourful decade, and it's this wealth and variety of experience that I bring to every project, including the following key areas…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.