ABOUT

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I am an Independent Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director, based in Sheffield, UK. I help brands discover their voice, develop strategies, design flexible identities, create digital content and design websites and publications. I sometimes put together teams for larger projects and have a strong eye for consistency and strategy across platforms.

I studied Fine Art at university which has given me a confident footing in lateral thinking and concept development. My campus had an excellent Graphic Design department and the design technicians were really generous with their time, so I often ended up in there making exhibition catalogues. The course in general opened my eyes to a culture, literature and a way of seeing that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

Since then, I’ve designed for luxury, beauty and wellness brands, artists, musicians, a stonemason, a record company, charities and huge global corporations. I have eleven years of experience as a Designer, in-house, for agencies and freelance, across print and digital and have been working independently with clients since the beginning of 2017.

Photo—Maytree Photography

I am an independent Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director, based in Sheffield, UK. I help brands discover their voice, develop strategies, design flexible identities, create digital content and design websites and publications. I sometimes put together teams for larger projects and have a strong eye for consistency and strategy across platforms.

I studied Fine Art at university which has given me a confident footing in lateral thinking and concept development. My campus had a brilliant Graphic Design department and the technicians were really generous with their time, so I ended up in there making exhibition catalogues. The course in general opened my eyes to a culture, literature and a way of seeing that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

Since then, I’ve designed for luxury, beauty and wellness brands, artists, musicians, a stonemason, a record company, charities and huge global corporations. I have eleven years of experience as a Designer, in-house, for agencies and freelance, across print and digital and have been working independently with clients since the beginning of 2017.

Photo: Maytree Photography

I am an independent Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director, based in Sheffield, UK. I help brands discover their voice, develop strategies, design flexible identities, create digital content and design websites and publications. I sometimes put together teams for larger projects and have a strong eye for consistency and strategy across platforms.

I studied Fine Art at university which has given me a confident footing in lateral thinking and concept development. My campus had an excellent Graphic Design department and the design technicians were really generous with their time, so I often ended up in there making exhibition catalogues. The course in general opened my eyes to a culture, literature and a way of seeing that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

Since then, I’ve designed for luxury, beauty and wellness brands, artists, musicians, a stonemason, a record company, charities and huge global corporations. I have eleven years of experience as a Designer, in-house, for agencies and freelance, across print and digital and have been working independently with clients since the beginning of 2017.

Photo—Maytree Photography

I am an independent Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director, based in Sheffield, UK. I help brands discover their voice, develop strategies, design flexible identities, create digital content and design websites and publications. I sometimes put together teams for larger projects and have a strong eye for consistency and strategy across platforms.

I studied Fine Art at university which has given me a confident footing in lateral thinking and concept development. My campus had an excellent Graphic Design department and the design technicians were really generous with their time, so I often ended up in there making exhibition catalogues. The course in general opened my eyes to a culture, literature and a way of seeing that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

Since then, I’ve designed for luxury, beauty and wellness brands, artists, musicians, a stonemason, a record company, charities and huge global corporations. I have eleven years of experience as a Designer, in-house, for agencies and freelance, across print and digital and have been working independently with clients since the beginning of 2017.

Photo: Maytree Photography

STUDIO

STUDIO

STUDIO

—Coterie Studio, Beehive Works
I am part of Coterie Studio, a group of creative friends who founded a coworking space, at Beehive Works in Sheffield. We are a collective made up of Photographers, an Illustrator, a Fashion Designer and a Digital Content Creator. We share our building with an incredible pro hair and makeup team and have a beautiful meeting area, one or two friendly dogs and all of the biscuits— so if you are into those things, come and see us!

—Collaboration
As well as our own freelance practices, we work together and with other creatives on client projects, styled shoots and our own brands. Our culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive, which tends to bring out the best in everyone and often leads to innovative and engaging work. Often the most striking and compelling stories come from bringing together different skills and ideas in unexpected ways.

—Coterie Studio, Beehive Works
I am part of Coterie Studio, a group of creative friends who founded a coworking space, at Beehive Works in Sheffield. We are a collective made up of Photographers, an Illustrator, a Fashion Designer and a Digital Content Creator. We share our building with an incredible pro hair and makeup team and have a beautiful meeting area, one or two friendly dogs and all of the biscuits— so if you are into those things, come and see us!

—Collaboration
As well as our own freelance practices, we work together and with other creatives on client projects, styled shoots and our own brands. Our culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive, which tends to bring out the best in everyone and often leads to innovative and engaging work. Often the most striking and compelling stories come from bringing together different skills and ideas in unexpected ways.

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WORK WITH ME

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—How to Begin
My primary concern is always the best experience for your audience and we'll begin by meeting up or hopping on a call to discuss your objectives, hopes and dreams for your business. This enables me to get a thorough understanding of why you do what you do, who you're talking to and what you want to say to them—so that the work we do together is always moving towards that goal. If you would like to make an apppointment, send me an email outlining the scope of your project, your budget, timeframe and a little about your objectives.

—Who I Work With
I work with forward thinking startups, independents, established companies, artists, makers, and agencies.

—Collaborations
I believe in the power of collaboration to move a practice beyond where we can take it alone. I've recently mixed it up with a writer, a musician and a photographer and I'm interested in cross-pollinating with people outside of my industry. If that sounds like something you might want to get on for fun, reach out here.

—Who I Work With
I work with forward thinking startups, independents, established companies, artists, makers, and agencies.

—Collaborations
I believe in the power of collaboration to move a practice beyond where we can take it alone. I've recently mixed it up with a writer, a musician and a photographer and I'm interested in cross-pollinating with people outside of my industry. If that sounds like something you might want to get on for fun, reach out here.

CLIENTS & CAPABILITIES

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—Selected Clients
Royal Asscher Diamonds
Savills
Alkimi & Aura
Nat Johnson Band
Maytree Photography
David Lloyd
Emily Stibbs Makeup
Steve Roche Stonemason and Letter Carver

 

—Selected Clients
Royal Asscher Diamonds
Savills
Alkimi & Aura
Nat Johnson Band
Maytree Photography
David Lloyd
Emily Stibbs Makeup
Steve Roche Stonemason and Letter Carver

 

—Selected Clients
Royal Asscher Diamonds
Savills
Alkimi & Aura
Nat Johnson Band
Maytree Photography
David Lloyd
Emily Stibbs Makeup
Steve Roche Stonemason and Letter Carver

 

—Selected Clients
Royal Asscher Diamonds
Savills
Alkimi & Aura
Nat Johnson Band
Maytree Photography
David Lloyd
Emily Stibbs Makeup
Steve Roche Stonemason and Letter Carver

—Selected Clients
Royal Asscher Diamonds
Savills
Alkimi & Aura
Nat Johnson Band
Maytree Photography
David Lloyd
Emily Stibbs Makeup
Steve Roche Stonemason and Letter Carver

—Capabilities
Art direction
Analogue & digital illustration
Concept development
Building a team & managing a project
Brand Identity
Publications for print and web
Packaging & print management
HTML, CSS and WordPress

—Capabilities
Art direction
Analogue & digital illustration
Concept development
Building a team & managing a project
Brand Identity
Publications for print and web
Packaging & print management
HTML, CSS and WordPress

NICE WORDS

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"Emma was absolutely brilliant in helping me take some loosely formed ideas and turning them into a coherent strategy and I really valued her experience and expertise. She exercised talent and skill in encouraging me to think creatively and worked very diligently to produce wonderful designs that surpassed my expectations. I have had really great feedback from our customers and stockists and the outcome represents our natural brand perfectly.”

Kim Scott, Alkimi & Aura

"Emma took what was a rather vague brief from us and transformed our vision into something even better than we could have hoped for, that also incorporated all of the personal elements we wanted. From the initial idea concept through to printing, we felt incredibly safe in her hands; every step of the way she was professional, patient and responsive. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone."

Amelia Clements, Wedding Suite Client

"Emma has assisted us in the completion of a project to create a brand for a new high end student accommodation building. She completely understood the brief and produced logo images and brand colour palette that perfectly suited the market positioning of the building. We look forward to working with Emma on future projects."

Cat Hipperson, Savills

“Working with Emma was an absolute pleasure. From the original brief to the final sign off, she was clear, informative and her final design was excellent. I’m looking forward to working with her on many more projects.”

Ian Roberts - Make it Rain / Freelance SEO & SEM Specialist

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