Hello, thanks for stopping by.
I'm Denise, a London based creative director and illustrator.
I'm currently contracting as Head of Design at the HMRC Digital Service. Prior to that I was a creative director at BERG, and for the four years prior to that, I was the original creative director for the award winning start up moo.com, creating and defining the brand through digital and physical products.
This site used to be a portfolio of freelance client work—and you can see some of the clients that I've worked for listed to the right. In recent years the type of work I do has varied enormously; from defining the MOO brand in a physical, visual and written form, to developing relationships between companies and online communities, to overseeing UX and behaviours for connected devices. The portfolio which has sat here rather unloved for several years didn't really represent that, and so it's moved on.
Illustration: Cedar Communications, Cuban Council, Dennis Publishing, Dorling Kindersley, Emap Consumer Media, The Financial Times, Haymarket Publishing, Nutella, Q Magazine, Redwood Publishing, Subway, Time Warner, Zenith Media
Design: BBC, BFI, Channel 4, Fremantle media, Future Platforms, Greenpeace, Lynx, Mind Candy, Mojo, Nokia, Optimum Releasing, Scream, Warp Film, Wilson Fletcher, Wyndeham Group, Zoo Weekly.
Talks and Publications
Writing: MacFormat, .net, Computer Arts, Design Week.
Speaking: Future of Web Design 2007, d.Construct 2007, Microsoft Remix 08, Interaction 10 (USA), Shift Run Stop, UX Brighton, Cowbird Graphic Design Symposium 2013, Creative Summit (Sweden), Design Brighton, Creative Process
Publications: b3ta.com and CityCreator have appeared in: Computer Active, Contract Journal, Private Eye, Graphics International, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sun, The Mirror, USA Today and a few more I've lost track of.
B3ta is an online creative community. Launched in 2002, it was co-founded by myself, Cal Henderson and Rob Manuel. B3ta has a weekly newsletter (subscribers numbering over 100,000) and an active messageboard. It's not for the faint-hearted.
Over the years I've done quite a few illustrations, mostly for magazines and books. Sometimes I also draw for fun. I've collected some of my work together—and will hopefully add more to it in the future. You can see the collection here.
While I don't have a personal or professional blog, I do write about—and collect interesting links to—design in all its forms over on Tumblr. Occasionally it wavers off topic a bit, but never that far. Think of it as my digital scrapbook.