It’s been an exciting few months in my freelance design world and as such I’ve managed to neglect this blog a bit. Here’s a catch up of what I’ve been doing and working on over the last few months.

In August and September of this year, I accepted a contract role at the political communication agency DODS. In this position I was given the opportunity to work on the graphics for several high profile events. These included Civil Service Live in Manchester, the NHS expo and the U.K. Party Conferences. I helped the small team at DODS to realise a range of work including event timetables, hanging banners, mail shots, posters and other print and web collateral. Here’s a tweet showing the sort of thing I was working on.

In October I made the decision to move out of London – blog post on this to come. I’m now set to join the grey-faced commuters from Southampton (home of Craig David and the Titanic). I grew up near the area and wanted to be somewhere a bit closer to the country, with cheaper rent that will hopefully enable me to start my own studio in 2016. Most of my freelance design clients are still in London so I needed to live near a mainline station. Fortunately the journey in is only 1hr 10 so it’s almost less stress than the tube.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been offered some more work for my local Green Party and have helped them to design and code a responsive email template. I’ll soon have this project up on the site as I am particularly proud of the outcome.

I had a very busy November working with a new client – ReallyB2B in Portsmouth. They are an award-winning digital marketing agency and cover a range of services including infographics. I worked on several infographics and wireframes for pitches and live projects to clients including Barclaycard, Calor Gas, Adey, Nisbets and Wild Recruitment.

I continue to work with the Digital Marketing agency, Datadial, most recently helping them to produce an exhibition design for the Digital Marketing Show. I’m currently working on a freelance design project for them about natural alternatives to cosmetic products. More about that one soon.

I completed an a3 visual article for Beanie Babies manufacturer TY. This was well received by the client and I hope to work on more projects with them in the future.

I continue to be involved in an alumni sustainability society at University of the Arts London. I offered to help them with the branding, promotional print material and their web presence. The website is currently under construction and I’m looking forward to getting it live very soon. I’ll do a blog post with the branding sketches and process for this job very soon.

I have also teamed up with a friend to set up an ecommerce company selling rope to the rope access market. We became directors of the company back in October. Rope Access is beginning to take off in the UK as a more environmentally friendly alternative to cranes and other methods of access. At the moment I’m working on the product photography and the design of the site. It’s a WordPress build running the ever popular WooCommerce system. I look forward to unveiling the site in the near future. I am responsible for all the design, print and web production.

I’m currently taking on new clients so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to work with me into 2016.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and New Year!