Happy Birthday to us
Happy Birthday to us
Happy Birthday to DeesignGeek
Happy Birthday to us

This time last year we opened the DeesignGeek studio's and we can't believe how fast it's gone. On the 31st January 2011 we had a Business Plan. 

On the 31st January 2012 we have a client base that consists of Hello Costmetics, a Bath & Body care company in The Netherlands, a Glasgow based magazine TLG,a family run cake company Lynda Jane Cakes (who very kindly dropped some birthday cupcakes over to us)  Have worked on TShirt designs for two fashion labels. Have a website. Have an online shop. Have filed our first Tax return. Have big plans for 2012!

It's been a lot of hard work but I wouldn't change any of it and I.m looking forward to seeing what this year brings.


Valentines Day is one of our favourite holidays so we decided to create our very first range of cards. We wanted to make sure we had a card that catered for everyone whether you're a sucker for love or you hate the opposite sex with a passion so we opted for Anti Valentine cards that had a bit more sting aswell as cards full of illustrated love.
Take a peek at the Etsy store!http://www.etsy.com/shop/DEESIGNGEEK




I have absolutely fell in love with a multidisciplinary design studio based in Mexico!
They are Savvy (Studio) by name and Savvy by nature. 

They not only concentrate on creating a brand but also the "experience" that will accompany it to generate a lasting bond between their client and the public.

An amazing project that stands out for me is the Branding and Interior design they created for CIOCCOLATO, a pastry boutique that speacialises in custom deserts for special events. They developed a sweet identity that uses brightly coloured elements and memorable phrases, which suits any kind of special event.



As well as freelancing design for print and web and generally deesigngeeking about I also design the layout and features for the underground music and arts magazine, TLG. We have just received delivery of the 3rd Issue and it looks amazing - even if I do say so myself. With copies of it being distributed in Glasgow, Manchester, London, California, Florida and Malaysia - to say I am very proud is an understatement!



Miss Led is one of my absolute favourite illustrators / designers and with a client list of Lynx, Top Shop, Selfridges and The Big Chill Festival its easy to see why. After stumbling over an interview between Hypocrite and Miss Led in Sept. 26th, 2011 I discovered an even cooler person than I thought she was so I decided to dedicate a bit more space on my Blog than I usually do to feature the interview and some images of her amazing work

First of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
I’m doing 2 big client commissions at the moment in Canada, though I’m working from London. 
One is a graphic novel, which is totally awesome as I’ve wanted to draw a comic book since I was about 
10yrs old. The other is a billboard campaign for a public audition for a movie. 
Although its busy days I’m slowly hatching plans for a sizable personal project that involves all the things 
I love, including film posters, pschycadelia, pulp novels etc, but I don’t want to give too much away at this point.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been an illustrator?  
I’ve been an Illustrator for just over 3 years, my home is my family and they live in South Wales, 
which is where I’m also from. I’ve lived in London for 13 years, and at present live in North London 
where I also have a studio.

Who’s the first illustrator that comes to your mind in a second? 
Audrey Kawasaki, as I was just reading a blog on her work.

When you were 13, what did you want to be? 
Me right now.

What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio? 
Being outdoors, the roof terrace at the studio is pretty awesome to just sit and breathe.
Walking and biking around, (not thinking), helps free any tension and I’ll find somewhere nice and start 
writing. That’ll normally do it.

What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way? 
Pure energy, i feel warm, hugely inspired and I have a real springy feeling about me.

Tell me a song that has haunted you 
She, Charles Aznavor.

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to 
Paint a few walls in NY.

Something you want the world to know about you
You aint seen nothing yet.

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people
I find people that are unreliable such a waste of time and energy, I trust a lot in people and have a lot 
of belief in people’s convictions. But I’d rather be pissed off than give up on others and be closed minded.

Your idea about social networks
I wouldn’t be where I am now without them – 
Myspace was such a huge platform for my work and a great way to get my work seen globally and make contacts.

How many hours do you work in a day?
Sometimes 6 sometimes 16, it really depends.

How could you describe that precise moment….The one that makes you say: “Yes! This is great! I did it! I got it!”
I’ve had a fair few moments like that, and they keep coming from winning Secret Wars live art tournament in 2007 as the only girl entry, and again in Barcelona a year later. Seeing my main stage artwork at Big Chill Festival surrounding Massive Attack and Thom Yorke, to Art Directing a huge project for the 2011 LYNX campaign in February. To describe the moment is like heart racing, pure adrenaline, not only is it exciting, but it reinforces that all the hard slog, the heartache and years of free work was worth it all and you think, “maybe I can make it!”

Before you put your work “out there”, do you have it critiqued by someone else, or do you just go with what your heart tells you is right? 
It sounds really funny, but I show my Mum, have done since I started, that’s why I originally created a Flickr account so she could check in.



DeesignGeek recently signed up to the professional creative platform Behance and I'm glad I did as it has introduced me to my new favourite illustrator of 2012, Mr. Joe Fenton.
If British born, New York Artist Joe ever fancied a career change I am sure he could make a pretty good living as a tattoo artist.

In addition to his regular work he has followed in the footsteps of celebrated children’s authors Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak, with his scary children’s books What’s Under the Bed? and Boo.
One of my favourite pieces is Solitude, a graphite, ink and charcoal image which was 8ft x 5ft and which was created from 2010-2011.