After years of working with photography and image manipulation, I spent 8 months living in rural France in 2005 and decided to focus on becoming a graphic designer. I studied Multimedia Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and found a post-grad internship in Preston in 2008. I learned quickly how to produce professional, creative and consistent work appealing to each client’s target audience in a pressured environment.
I returned to Buxton in 2008 and spread the word that I offered design services, gradually taking enough projects to start my own business. I founded FreshSpark Creative with Michael Howe, a local friend who had shown explosive entrepreneurial potential during our teens. We built the business from scratch, bootstrapping and running a low risk model using only revenue and no investment. We secured our first large project, supporting a successful funding application and creating a virtual learning environment which allowed us to rent an office and hire our first employee. This is where I met Simon and Nicola in 2009 and began a positive working relationship, collaborating on the majority of our web development projects before founding MM&B Studio together in 2012.
I have spent the majority of my time in Adobe’s Photoshop designing interfaces and user experience for our online systems, using Illustrator for promotional print such as business cards, posters, flyers and also animation and motion graphics in After Effects and Premier Pro. Gradually I’ve gained experience as a creative director with more senior roles in brand identity, corporate events and photo shoot projects.
I’m now ten years into my professional career and have worked on projects for well known brands such as Zurich, UKPOS, Pets at Home and Pizza Express. The majority of our clients are based in London and we still find time to support local businesses and community projects in Buxton, helping to launch art galleries, restaurants and events that take place during the busy summer festivals. I think we’ve forged the sweetest existence and I’m always happy to share my experience with people who aspire to run a business with web-based operations.