Design for Web and Print by David Butterworth

Design isn't just about making stuff pretty, it's about communication too. On receiving a brief, I look for the best way to display the information intelligently, in a clean and clear way. 

I enjoy the process of creating and have participated in many different projects, working for busy design consultancies and varied clients. Inspired by good design, I specialise in graphics both online and offline.

Photo by Stefan Cosma on Unsplash
The communicator from Star Trek, first seen in "The Cage" (1964)

As a sci-fi fan I love the Star Trek communicator. Not a great design but the concept was there. People built on the dream. Sadly it took around 40 years till we got anything like it and these days we are still struggling for that clear signal.

There is no such thing as the perfect design, tastes change and the market with it. I've been designing for a number of years and seen fads come and go, companies constantly tweek and adjust their brands.

Today's web is not set, who knows where it's going? All I can do is keep in touch with tech, so I can offer an insight.

Web development

Designing, building, coding and managing websites in various content management systems including WordPress, Joomla and Shopify. Also producing email flyers and campaigns.

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Experienced

Worked in-house for companies including Stanhope Plc, FPC Greenaways, Leytonstone Children’s Centre, and Waltham Forest Council. Freelanced for major companies including Centrica, Camelot, The Carbon Trust and Willmott Dixon.

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As a designer

I have worked with many print processes and I know how to get the best out of modern and traditional methods.

I have a good understanding of exhibition spaces, producing anything from small displays, to pop-up systems and full stands for national exhibitions, AGMs and political party conferences.

Photographs

I love portraits and having studied the history of photography, I've learnt much from the masters, however I'm just a hobbyist.  But I’ve exhibited throughout the UK and Europe, some of my work can be seen here.

deadlines

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. | Douglas Adams

open mind

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. | Terry Pratchett

common mistake

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. | Douglas Adams

I can’t understand

A child of 5 could understand this. Fetch me a child of 5, I can’t understand this. | Groucho Marx  

others must fail

It is not enough to succeed, others must fail. | Gore Vidal  

Attract Attention

Attract Attention, Maintain Interest, Create Desire. | Elias St. Elmo Lewis

make a place beautiful

Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful. | Hazrat Inayat Khan

nothing

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. | Terry Pratchett

first create the universe

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. | Carl Sagan

annoying bastards

The road to truth is long and lined the entire way with annoying bastards. | Alexander Jablokov  

man exploits man

Under capitalism – man exploits man. Under communism it’s just the opposite. | John Kenneth Galbraith  

you’re right

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right. | Henry Ford

bike

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. | H. G. Wells

if you can trust

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. | Ernest Hemingway  

eye for an eye

An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind. | ???

Get A Life

Fac ut vivas | Latin

intent to reply

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. | Stephen R. Covey

Computers are useless

Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers. | Picasso

I hoped it might

I hoped it might kick-start something – but it didn’t. | Mary Portas  

nothing in your house

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. | William Morris  

weaker than man

Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man | Homer

Now

There is only one time that is important: NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. | Leo Tolstoy

dolphinese

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English – up to fifty words used in correct context – no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. | Carl Sagan  

value of nothing

A cynic is one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. | Oscar Wilde  

makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. | Friedrich Nietzsche

nobody cared

When you are 20, you care about what people think about you, when you are 40 you stop caring about what people think about you, and when you are 60, you realise nobody cared in the first place. | Winston Churchill

never treat a triviality

Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. | Quentin Crisp

Schmonsequences

Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I’m rich. | Daffy Duck

Before machines

Before machines the only form of entertainment people really had was relationships. | Doug Coupland  

A critic is

A critic is a man who writes about things he doesn’t like. | H. L. Mencken  

Okay

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s s not okay, it’s not the end. | John Lennon

by those who could not

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. | Friedrich Nietzsche

trouble with Kittens

The trouble with Kittens is, that they eventually become Cats. | Ogden Nash  

Good manners

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people’s bad manners. | H. Jackson Brown, Jr  

We care

We care. We just have no idea what to do about it. | Carole Cadwalladr

But she knows

She’s uncertain if she likes him But she knows she really loves him. | David Bowie  

ability to learn

Human beings who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. | Douglas Adams