A Designers Progress

Devon Dartmoor Graphic Designer

1999 Onwards

In 1999 I made the decision to start my own design consultancy. Moving to Devon (to the house where my wife grew up) was a galvanising factor. It really is stunning here and extraordinarily inspiring. We bought a house in the next village and lived there for thirteen years and then purchased my wife’s old family home. […]...
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Philatelic Experience Security Reprographics

1994 to 1999

From mid 1994 I spent the next five years working for a security printing company, The House of Questa. Primarily, they designed and printed philatelic media – postage stamps and related collectibles. I designed and produced lots of postage stamps for worldwide authorities but my other role was in security reprographics R&D. I was tasked with […]...
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Phipp Street London EC2A

1990 to 1994

After leaving design college I spent a few months freelancing at various design companies. I wasn’t totally sure if this was the life for me. My sights were set high wanting to work for a big name design company or Soho computer animation house; right in the middle of the early 90s recession. Then I got a […]...
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House cleaning, fish and chips and design experience

1988 to 1990

The last two years of my design studies… During this time I worked in a chip shop (great experience + free chips + low rent above the chippy), cleaned a local ladies house and secured work at Centaur Communications, a Soho based publishing house. Centaur still publish Design Week, Marketing Week and Creative Review, all titles which […]...
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Middlesex Polytechnic Airport Lounge at Cat Hill

1986 to 1988

From 1986 I was accepted onto a degree course entitled “Graphic Information Communication” at Middlesex Polytechnic in North London, formerly the legendary Hornsey School of Art. This was a ruse to enable me to study computer graphics, only available in the first year of the course and then full time to post-grads. Mid way through my course […]...
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Designers Progress 1984 1986

1984 to 1986

Sat in my friends house watching Alien on VHS there was a knock on the door. It was my dad. “Get yourself over to the house and get changed. We’re off to Granville College; now”. Okay… This was late July 1984. Aged 16 I’d been accepted on a BTEC Graphic Design course but had a […]...
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