Conservation & Wildlife

It has been a wonderful experience working with Creativesmith. John has a flair for understanding complex branding issues within partnerships, taking time to understand and acknowledge individual partners concerns. This hands on approach has allowed John to create designs encompassing everyone’s comments whilst showcasing the new design and its individuality. Mandy Loach, Trans Pennine Trail Officer.

“John is very professional; he is amazing at listening and assessing what you need, and rapidly turns hesitant ideas into brilliant design. His experience and skills have raised the bar by several notches, transforming the project into something truly exciting, which has boosted visitor numbers and engaged people across the board.” Kate Dobson, Trans Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers.

Renewable Technologies

“Creativesmith has created a great mix of integrated marketing materials for Norcroft Energy including a new website, leaflets, direct mail, factsheets, photography, signage and exhibition stands. The design and messaging have helped develop a brand that fits just right for us, and over the years it’s had a definite commercial impact on the business. John is always friendly, reliable, and professional. We’ve no hesitation in recommending his work to others.” Sally, Philip & Helen, Norcroft Energy.

Sustainable Products

Working in collaboration with my consultancy business, Creativesmith has produced some great work for my client Biopac, the UK’s leading developer and supplier of eco-friendly catering disposables. Initially, designing a product brochure involving a rebrand to modernise the look and feel, to better highlight the key marketing messages and display a larger number of products in a format which was clear and easy to navigate. Ongoing projects since have included further product brochure updates, website banners, copywriting, product factsheets, marketing flyers and exhibition collateral.

Karen Randall, Marketing Consultant, Sixothree.

Heritage & Countryside

A commission to produce a booklet about church history that was eye-catching and interesting was a daunting task; but I knew I could rely on Creativesmith to work with me in producing something very special that was visually attractive, beautifully crafted, and in-keeping with the subject matter. Simon Brock, Hoylandswaine Arts Group.

Heritage Crafts

When I started my traditional leather working business, John immediately understood the branding I needed to reflect the values and ethos of my work – drawing on a combination of amazing knowledge about everything from marketing theory to art history. His involvement has brought lasting commercial benefits to my business and I get lots of comments that stem from how well the brand is presented. I’m sure I’d have missed quite a bit of custom if wasn’t for John’s input. Simon Brock, Handmade Leather Goods.

Sport & Outdoor

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team are delighted to recommend Creativesmith for your design needs. They’ve  provided us with highly professional design services to help promote our organisation through, web pages, clothing logos and badges, banners, posters and flyers. Creativesmith provide a consummate, high quality and reliable professional design service.” Philip Newing, Secretary, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.

Corporate Clients

What I like about working with John is that it actually feels like he’s working with me – on my business. He takes time to understand the goals I’m trying to achieve and skilfully guides me through step by step stages. He asks the best questions. Questions to clarify we understand each other but stretching questions that challenge me to the best and most effective way to present my business. Gail Cherry, Torchlight Coaching.


Working with John is not just about the design, thanks to his advice and creative input I have developed a brand that I am proud of, he has taken time to get to know me and my business which has resulted in very effective and high quality work. Claire Moore, Believe & Achieve.

Years & Years of Experience

From HSBC to the RSPB, Tesco to the Trans Pennine Trail, I’m proud of the 25 years experience I bring to Creativesmith, and the long list of brands I’ve been lucky enough to work with. My career has taken me all over the UK from Manchester to London, Sheffield to Nottingham on projects to far off places for some of the country’s best creative agencies. Starting my creative business a few years ago near the Peak District that I love is the best move I ever made and continues to spark lovely work with lovely people. My passions for the outdoors and the Mountain Rescue Team I’m a member of give me skills and knowledge I can bring back into my business, helping Creativesmith to be ready for whatever marketing challenges a client needs help with next.