About me
Creative with a wealth of experience across many areas of design, including working in ecommerce, brand marketing, digital products, commercial, customer and consumer publishing.
I've recently been working on a range of client projects including the launch of 'Driving Electric' at Dennis (website and brand design), the Christmas Gift Guide for The Week, and the new issue of Den Of Geek Magazine. I was also recently part of the design team for the launch of GQ Middle East. I'm currently redesigning the BGX app for a client in Dubai - working across UX and UI brand design...
Earlier in 2018, I was the Head of Design at Wunderman Commerce (WPP), working on new ecommerce websites, pitches and products for major clients including Sofa Workshop, Audi, Here Navigation, and Tempur.
For most of 2017, I worked primarily as Contributing Art Director for British GQ - editorial design - creating the look and feel for the Men Of The Year Awards 2016/17, editing videos - adding ident designs and captions for awards footage, designing the GQ Food & Drink Awards collateral, and art direction across several print issues of GQ and GQ Style – including commissioning illustrators, and photographers/stylists for shoots. It was a privilege to collaborate on such a well-known brand with GQ's Creative Director, Paul Solomons. View this work here
From 2013 - 2017, I worked for my own clients in London, on app strategy, digital content publishing, app interface design. During this time I consulted for many London-based consumer and customer publishers, including Progressive, Hearst, Immediate, Condé Nast, on digital content app interface design for major UK titles including Elle, BBC Good Food, Cosmo, Tatler, Vogue, Esquire, T3, Men’s Health & Red magazines. This work also involved training full editorial and design teams in interactive design for mobile and tablet, and the solution software requirements. Some of my work for Condé Nast can be seen here
Previously to my period of self employment, I was at Future plc for over 14 years, and for three years led the design direction for the Technology group’s tablet and mobile apps, managing a team of four. In 2010, I was Creative Lead on the launch of T3 iPad Edition, the UK’s first and best-selling digital magazine. I also led the digital creative solution designs for commercial clients working with world-famous brands from LG, to Panasonic, Samsung, Audi, Ford, Canon, Intel and more. You can see some examples of this work here
From 1997 to 2005 I was design lead on the Manchester United account at Zone/Future - working across publications, books and media products. I also designed AS Roma's kits for two seasons including all the official merchandise! An incredible project and one that I feel so lucky to have been invited to work on. Some examples of my work at Manchester United can be seen here
From 2006 to 2010, I was creative lead on The Gadget Show Magazine, Sky Cinema's Official Magazine (4m print run!) and Odeon Magazine at Future Plus - Future's own Customer Publishing agency.
I've always enjoyed art directing photoshoots, whether it's people, product or places - and have worked on shoots with many well-known names including David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Cristiano Ronaldo, the cast of The Gadget Show, Mark Hamill and more. I've organised and worked on a wide variety of product shoots for Bentley, Gillette, Guinness, Roma FC, GQ, Sky Movies, and more. Please take a look at some examples of my film and art directing work here

Looking for a designer or creative lead for your project? 
Please contact me on email: david@hicksdigital.com and mobile: +44 7931744177
Core Skills
• Creative direction for photoshoots product / people / concept 
• UI design for ecommerce / websites and apps
• Creative solutions & commercial design for advertising clients
• Editorial content design (grids/layouts/typography)
• Design team management, mentoring and guidance, inspiration!
• Brand development + guidelines, style guides
• Events design, eg: brochures, collateral, logos, styling, ideas!
• Training, inspiration, best practice, learning new tools (CMS/Editorial systems)
• App development and iOS submission/launches (using Adobe Experience Manager)

The Tools
Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign (expert since 2004), Photoshop (since 1993), Illustrator (since 2002), Adobe Muse, Sketch, Invision, Adobe After Effects, Video edits and compression tools. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (Certified Expert, Adobe Partner level), Adobe Experience Manager Mobile (Certified Expert), Microsoft Office, Trello, Slack.
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