about mike

I am a graphic designer/UX designer/art director/communications worker and trainer with many years experience.  I have a client list which is made up of mainly charities, education, the third sector, the arts and new/start-up businesses.

Design jobs range from traditional graphic and print projects – leaflets, posters, magazines, brochures, book jackets – to large scale exhibitions and media projects. Often I am responsible for creating the illustrations and photography.

My employment has often included a training element. I have designed and run workshops and training courses on all aspects of publishing. In Mongolia I was responsible for six trainees over the two years I was responsible for the project.

As marketing and publicity consultant for Manchester business consortium I supported new businesses with advice, enabling them to engage with professionals in this field.

The process
I provide a range of ideas for your project to get the process going. Using various images, typography and colour palettes you can pick and mix elements to create the next set of drafts – this way I will create a publication which you will be happy with and engages with your intended audience.

I can advise on using images to illustrate the text – I can also take photographs or create images for you.



Freelance designer. 2005 – present
As a freelancer I have created logos and identitities, posters and leaflets, Magazines, brochures, jigsaws, banners and exhibitions. I have produced videos, created animations, illustrations and photography. I have designed and built many websites using Html, php and css.

Graphic Designer Manchester Area Resource Centre (Marc Itd.).
1996 - 2005

I was responsible for all publicity, a bi-monthly newsletter and website.  I ran the design service for the company liaising with clients, creating quotes then carrying through to print. I ran regular courses in design, layout and desk top publishing as well as providing design help to the users on a daily basis.

Graphic designer / IEC (Information Education Communication) consultant Save the Children Fund (US), Kathmandu, Nepal. May 1997
For this four week consultancy I was responsible for planning the production of a photo novella to be used as a health training tool as part of the HIV/aids programme. I organised the development of a story with user groups, storyboarded the project then arranged actors and photo shoot.

Communication worker ACTT Edinburgh. I995-1996
Produced general marketing leaflets and posters.

IEC officer/project co-ordinator World Health Organisation Health Learning Materials Project, Mongolia. 1993-l995
As the designer for the project I was responsible for all in-house materials and the training of representatives of the main health institutes of the country in graphic design, DTP operation and the publishing process. As the project co-ordinator I ran the office and the project printshop.

Graphic designer Sheffield Recreation Department, Sheffield. 1992-1993
I produced visual aids and a range of publicity materials.

Graphic designer/communications worker Save the Children Fund/ Britain Nepal Medical Trust, Nepal. 1991-1992
l produced health education materials for both organisations and ran training courses to develop the design and communications skills of their training staff.

Graphic designer Manchester Area Resource Centre (Marc Itd.), Manchester. I986-1991
I designed and produced all of Marc's printed materials, developed the design skills of the users of the centre through regular training courses and taught the use of the centres printing equipment.

Graphics/resource worker Salford Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS), Manchester. I983-1986
As well as producing all of SCVS's own materials I set up a design and print service for the organisation and its users