Creative with 23 years’ experience across many areas of graphic and commercial design, including working in ecommerce, brand marketing, customer and consumer publishing.
Currently I’m focused on my own client projects including crafting new mobile and desktop websites for various agencies and startups as a freelance creative, using Sketch and InVision, and also the creation and development of new brands and guidelines for existing and new clients.
Earlier in 2018, I was employed for five months at Commerce agency Salmon/Wunderman Commerce, as Head of Design, crafting commerce websites and digital products for clients including Sofa Workshop, Here Sat Navigation, Tempur Mattresses. There I managed a team of four designers, and worked alongside the Experience Design Director within the Customer Experience team.
From 2013 up to late 2017, I made a living as a self-employed creative – at an eclectic mix of agencies, major London publishers and on my own client projects. This work focused on app strategy, digital content publishing, app interface design, and also involved speaking at events for Adobe and Woodwing (digital solution providers).
During this time I consulted for many London-based consumer and customer publishers, including Progressive, Hearst, Immediate, Condé Nast, on digital content app interface strategy and design for major UK titles including Elle, BBC Good Food, Cosmo, Tatler, Vogue, Esquire, T3, Men’s Health & Red magazines.
Last year, I worked primarily as a Freelance Art Director for British GQ, on various projects, including 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, and the talented GQ team.
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 five designers. In 2010, I was Creative Lead on the launch of T3 iPad Edition, the UK’s first iPad magazine, which went on to become the UK’s best-selling (and multi award-winning!) content app. I also led the creative solution designs for ad clients.
I've always enjoyed art directing photoshoots, whether it's people, product or places - and have worked on shoots with many A-list names including David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson, Mark Hamill and more. I've organised and worked on a wide variety of product shoots for Bentley, Gillette, Guinness, Roma FC, GQ Food & Drink Awards, Sky Movies, and many more.
For more information, please take a look at my Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hicksdesign
Creative direction (print + digital)
Art direction for photoshoots product / people / concept
Creative solutions & commercial design
Editorial content design (grids/layouts/typography)
Design team management, mentoring
Brand development + guidelines, style guides
Photography - architecture/interiors
UI design for ecommerce / web
Events design, eg: brochures, collateral, logos, styling
Iconography and pictography
Training, inspiration, best practice, learning
App development and iOS submission/launches (AEM/Adobe DPS)
Marketing / promotional design - copywriting and concepts
The Tools I Use
Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign (expert since 2004), Photoshop (expert, since 1993), Illustrator (since 1996), Adobe Muse, Adobe XD, Sketch, Invision, Microsoft Office, Adobe After Effects, Video edits and compression tools. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (Certified Expert, Adobe Partner level), Adobe Experience Manager Mobile (Certified Expert)