Graphic design alone will not save you. Build started life with just me (Michael). I left a job at The Designers Republic feeling a little burned out and disillusioned with design. Before that point, design was everything to me, but I had fallen out of love with it. So I left that behind and travelled around the world with Nicky. I always knew I was going to set up something on my own when we got back, but I didn’t have a clue what I wanted the ‘studio’ to be.
I had a name, ‘Build’, a laptop – a gift from [The Designers Republic founder] Ian Anderson – and a good reputation. But I had no clients. After a while Nicky quit her job and worked full-time with me. We ran the ‘studio’ from various flats, houses and a studio space in Walthamstow before moving from London to Leeds where we now work as a team of four: myself, Nicky, our designer Ellie and our marketing and project manager Elena.
We help businesses both big and small across a multitude of sectors to communicate in smart ways and feel confident about doing so – whether that be through graphic design, art direction, website design or typography. Our approach is very simple: always look at things with a modern and contextual point of view. We enjoy the whole design process – from talking to clients, to actually designing and everything that happens after that. We enjoy thinking about both the big picture and the finer details – it’s what keeps us awake at night and what keeps us coming back for more.