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A selection of projects from a range of clients, old and new.
Selected in-depth case studies from a range of client work.
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Design for Print. New look WindowOn23 front cover illustration
Brand Identity. Oaklands Wolves – Sports Teams Visual Identity.
Design for Print. St Dalfour (UK) new product launch for Gourmet Chestnut Spread
Exhibition Graphics. Large Format Foyer Display for the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA)
Design for Print. Reflective Image Magazine redesign (New Masthead Shown)
Photography. Personal Project - Slot Canyons, Lake Powell, USA.
Design for Print. Lafarge 180 page "Handbook for Bags - The Gold Standard"
Design for print. Oaklands College Course Guide 2015 - Take On the World theme
Design for Print. Investors in People (South of England) 'The Framework' quarterly A4 magazine.
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More than 20 years in the design industry, all of them either in full time employment or freelance contract, have afforded me a wealth of skills and understanding that I’m able to utilise for the benefit of clients on a daily basis.
Embracing the mac as a design tool in 1991, my understanding of the various creative programmes and productivity software currently available, has assured me a very interesting and fruitful career to date.
Projects tackled have included exhibition design & implementation, brand identity, advertising, direct marketing, integrated campaigns and corporate brochures & annual reports, utilising print, web, video and radio.
A broad mix of creativity and pre-press production techniques give me the ability to bring creative projects in on-time and on-budget, whilst at all times aiming to exceed client expectations.
My understanding of the project requirements versus available budgets conundrum has resulted in many successful relationships with small, to mid-sized, start-up business that I've been proud to watch grow over the years.
Design Disciplines Covered:
Large Format Graphics:
Exhibition Design and Implementation
Pop-up Banner-Stand Design and Production
Multi-sheet Outdoor Advertising Posters
Lamp Post Banners
On-Site Signage Projects
Design for Print:
Business to Business Communications
Business to Consumer Publications
Magazine & Newspaper Advertising
Annual Report & Accounts
Brand Identity Creation
Website Design and Implementation
HTML Email Campaigns
Animated GIFF Creation for Web
Full HD Vox-Pops Style Video Creation
On-Screen Sales Presentations
As a larger further education college with a hugely diverse and varied curriculum offer we have a broad target market. The marketing team face ongoing and continual challenges with student recruitment at the centre of the future sustainability of the college.
Marketing campaigns need to be relevant to the target market and with shrinking budgets they need to be measurable and more importantly, succeed! Mike has been our go to designer on our biggest and most successful projects including our Full Time prospectus for the past two years and numerous design and branding campaigns. Mike is solution focused and supports from the initial objective and target through to the implementation of an integrated, campaign based solution, that we can show helped us achieve our targets.
Director of Student Experience,
Oaklands College, Hertfordshire
As a civil engineering business you can appreciate that our expertise in marketing and brand awareness is limited. However, this all changed when we met Mike Higgs. We originally commissioned Mike for the the design and installation of a sign for our new head office building in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Impressed with his work, we then asked him to develop a new identity for the company. During the design stages, the presentations were excellent and clearly demonstrated that the dialect between both parties was transparent.
Being a perfectionist, Mike would always explore other possibilities for the design, and most importantly explain the real world application when rolling the new identity across the business. This was fundamental to our brief as it had to be cost effective.
The vision, approach and service provided exceeded our expectations, which is why Mike consults us on all of our branding and marketing. We feel very lucky to have Mike on board.
David N Kearns
Commercial Director, Kearns&Co
As the manager of a busy marketing department, I thank my lucky stars I know Mike Higgs. Firstly, Mike has been integral in our corporate branding projects, he offers a consistent design approach with a logical head. It’s taken some time to roll out our new branding through various channels and our catalogues / material now look fantastic.
Secondly, although we have some design skills in-house, there are numerous occasions we can’t manage something, don’t have time, or want something to look immaculate. Mike is always on hand at the drop of a hat to ensure we meet our deadlines, whilst still encouraging my department to learn for themselves.
On top of this Mike is a lot of fun, and a real pleasure to work with.
Marketing Manager – UKOS PLC
Mike has been an integral part of our team since launch. No job too small - he has delivered (always in a timely fashion!) everything from a website to Christmas cards or labels.
He's not only developed our brand look and feel but been consistent and true to our brand on every piece of work since. His approachability makes it easy to talk through thoughts and designs, meaning we always get a solution we're happy with.
Mike has helped us turn a great idea into reality. We knew we could produce the content for a marketing magazine of real value to our clients, but we needed someone to come in and give it the right look and feel. Mike had an intuitive understanding of what would work from the start, and that gave us the confidence to take our ideas even further than originally planned.
But it wasn’t just the creative input we needed, we wanted to work with someone who could project manage the design and printing process to deliver a great looking magazine every time. From our perspective, once we hand the content over to Mike it feels a relatively painless process to get to the point of signing off the design. We couldn’t ask for more.
It is fair to say Mike has added real value to a pivotal part of our marketing, and added to that he is a pleasure to work with.
Founder & Owner – Shoppercentric
Chameleon HR likes to do HR in a way that’s a far cry from your typical grey-suited HR Consultancy. So, we needed a website that really stood out from the crowd to get this message across to potential clients, whilst remaining professional.
From the outset, and after only the initial brief, Mike completely got where we were coming from and what we were looking for. His style and approach is one that puts even the biggest technophobe at ease!
The speed with which Mike managed to turn the website around (whilst maintaining an excellent attention to detail) was great. The end result is absolutely spot on in terms of what we were looking for. Thanks Mike!
Managing Director, Chameleon HR Ltd
Gold Institute of Sales Promotion Award for Renault UK.
Gold Creative and Innovations Award
for National Blood donor recruitment campaign.
Silver Direct Marketing Award for BSkyB direct mail campaign.
D&AD Silver for British Telecoms’ ‘It’ magazine.
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