Hi, my name is Kieran Harrod



I'm a Graphic Designer with bags of creativity and a passion for integrity. I work on brands, websites, printed materials and app UI/UX, but whatever the medium I excel both creatively and professionally.



Working Together

That's what I like to do most, work with people like you. Putting your business on the front foot, be that with a striking logo and brand or perhaps a smart, professional website, that's the goal.


If you're looking for great design implemented by someone who sees the value of great relationships in business, then do get in touch.



Recommendations



Kieran has supported Yellow for some years now and during this time he has provided us with all aspects of design support, including design consultancy, branding, website creation, marketing communications material and general design support. He is very creative and an important part of our marketing effort.



Andy Kevins - Yellow Group

Thank you for designing such a distinctive and versatile logo for me, Kieran. I have been able to use the different versions of it for different purposes, whilst still keeping my branding consistent. The logo fully meets the design brief and I am very happy with it. I look forward to working with you again.



Llinos Hobson - Textile Deli

We are really happy with the comprehensive branding solution that Kieran has put together. It was very important for LEL to have impact and be visible to the public as well as supporting the cyclists with essential kit. Kieran seamlessly brought together multiple elements to give the brand continuity and help position LEL as a noteworthy cycling event.



Danial Webb - London Edinburgh London

The work that you carried out for me was absolutely what I was looking for. From concept to completion and in particular what struck me the most was the fact that nothing was to much trouble to make sure I was happy with the end product which has certainly given my business the professional edge.



Chris Poplar - CJP Engineering Services

Kieran did a terrific job with the Henmore Health branding and the solution expertly met the brief we provided. It was great to work with a professional brand designer who offered significant value for money and someone we would be happy to recommend.

Kieran understood the importance of embedding local culture in a brand that enjoys its heritage but is strong enough to venture anywhere. We are proud of Henmore Health, proud of the brand and proud to serve the people of Ashbourne where it was born. Few I think can capture this in graphic design the way Kieran has. Thank you.



Danny Smart - Henmore Health

Sincerely enjoyed working with Kieran.

From start to finish we received nothing but professional and quality customer service. I never once had to chase anything up! The end product was a set of logos that we really love and that met the brief provided.

Kieran was not the cheapest designer out there but there is definitely a high level of quality and service, you get what you pay for!

I unreservedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a talented professional graphic designer! Thanks again Kieran, look forward to working with you again in future!

Mo, In The Bun LTD, Director



Mo Khan - In the Bun

I started working with Kieran a few months back when he helped me brand a new company. I can’t say enough about him. He’s professional, genuine, talented and is very knowledgeable on a range of topics. If you’re looking for a Graphic Designer in the Derby area, contact Kieran.



Liam Cresswell - ChemClarity

…we would like to thank you for all your hard work and patience in designing the new IPC website. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and people think it looks excellent.

So thank you.



Jonny Gibson - International Presbyterian Church

Design services provided by Kieran showed a real understanding of my business and a passion to help it succeed. Even with a short deadline Kieran was able to produce a creative and distinctive advert and a well written expansive editorial about my business. I am always happy to recommend him to others.



Trevor Ellis - Automated Gateways

It was refreshing to work with an experienced, professional graphic designer who quickly understood what we wanted to achieve at Scoops Diner. We provided the bare bones and Kieran fleshed it out to create a spectacular end product design. Aside from the graphic design, I found Kieran to be a warm, genuine, humorous and down to earth chap who pro-actively gave positive and constructive advice on other aspects of our business. I have already and will continue to recommend Kieran to other businesses for his design services work.



Aftab Rehman - Scoops Diner

We were a new business start-up looking to create a fun but professional image for our company. After talking with a number of graphic designers we chose Kieran, who appeared to be the best fit for us. We have since been delighted by all the work he has done for us and are looking forward to working closely with him as our business grows.



Andrew Jenner-Dyer - Skyland Soft Play

Real World Solutions

Strong eco logo for an expanding British business

Logo, Branding & Leaflet for Energy-Safe Buildings based in Derby.

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Promotion of a mobile technology event at Microsoft London HQ.

Branding & Website for TBS Mobility based in Derbyshire.

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Increase holiday accommodation bookings by 25% with website & branding.

Branding & Website for Glenorchy Centre based in Wirksworth.

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Modern cycling logo design with a classic feel.

Logo Design for Les Randonneurs Mondiaux based in France.

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A Few Facts About Me

  • I've been involved in graphic design since 1997.
  • For 8 of those I worked in house for a local branch of a multinational, including 5 years as the Marketing Manager.
  • I've something of an obsession with the design history of the London Underground.
  • If Doctor Who was on every day, I'd be happy. My wife on the otherhand...
  • I ate a fillet steak at a hotel in Cardiff once, I've never eaten anything better since.
  • If time were unlimited, I'd spend as much free time as possible taking photographs
  • And books, I like books. A lot. But don't get to read them as much as I'd like.
  • I am a STEM ambassador with the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership working with local schools to expand opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Technical Skills

Here's a quick overview of a number of the technical skills I get involved in during my design day. It's not exhaustive.


InDesign:90

Photoshop:85

Illustrator:80

HTML/CSS:85

UX/UI:75



There's more detail to be had by downloading my Curriculum Vitae



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  • 11 December 2017, 08:35
     
    Bin lorry as it came past the house this morning. It revealed the reason the @zoella #advent #calendar was so rubbish… #badpun #adventcalendar #zoella

  • 8 December 2017, 22:19
     
    Hey! You can grab a "Manger Things" Tee over Bottle Brook Prints , profit of about £5 to #charity and 10% off with code "MangerTEE17:…⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2kGdbu4

  • 6 December 2017, 10:18
     
    #Kerning is important nota task to ignore… #typography #journey #frame #decoration #badkerning

  • 6 December 2017, 10:01
     
    So for coffee @fresh_basil in #Belper Rather delicious, and great building!

  • 2 December 2017, 09:52
     
    Well, #Derbyshire is looking excellent this morning. #Horsley #Kilburn #Lark

  • 1 December 2017, 21:27
     
    I've created two Christmas flyers for two different churches this year, let me know which you prefer… Here's the full "Tale of Two Christmas Flyers": http://derby.graphics/a-tale-of-two-christmas-flyers #Church #Christianity #flyers #print #Christmas #Xmas #GraphicDesign #brandidentity #churchcommunications

  • 29 November 2017, 16:19
     
    "Manger Things" Christmas event flyers for @christchurchdby arrived today. Looking sharp form @Route1Print!⠀ ⠀ #stangerthings #mangerthings #church #derby #christmas #christianity #presbyterian #printdesign #graphicdesign #red #black

  • 28 November 2017, 11:15
     
    Reading the 2017 @AzaleaLuton Impact Report I designed for the #Luton based charity.⠀ ⠀ The final product looks great!⠀ ⠀ #GraphicDesign #PRINTING #Charity #printdesign #printsnotdead #paper #handson

  • 25 November 2017, 11:08
     
    If you're in #westbridgford this weekend and after a takeaway, head over to @gandhiindiantakeaway who've not just refurbished, but refreshed their menu! The new branding is courtesy of my fair hand.

  • 24 November 2017, 09:58
     
    Nice and sharp. #pen #mechanicalpencil #Staedtler #sharp #kum #kumeasypoint #HB #b
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  • A Tale of Two Christmas Flyers Ah Christmas the season that starts ever earlier! As the final firework leaves the launch tube the commercial arm of the Xmas kicks into gear showering us with adverts tinsel and Michael Bublé. Its December now though so is it OK to discuss a few things festive? Best close the tab now if not because Im going to discuss a Tale of two Christmas flyers. However long we think the run-up to Christmas has extended there are some folks for example those in the consumer products field for whom Christmas commands their time for much much longer. Unsurprisingly churches also have to keep one eye on Christmas from pretty early in the year planning a multitude of events and services often alongside the local community or schools. Ive been designing various things for a couple of churches for a number of years now (one I attend the other I used to) this year I created promotional Christmas flyers for them both. Theyve both been printed and Ive got them in my hands. Theres something striking when you have them together just how different they are despite both being the same format printed on A6 double-sided 450gsm stock. Its also despite the core theology of the two churches being roughly similar (I guess the shorthand would be reformed evangelical or those who were wondering) and despite the ultimate goal getting people to church at Christmas being the same. As I sat considering this I realised it was a good lesson in getting to know your client and ensuring design solutions meet their needs. St Alkmunds Duffield Duffield Church Flyers During 2017 Ive worked with St Alkmunds (and sister church St. Pauls) to develop a new website and brand for the two congregations. Things are nearly wrapped up (and I look forward to sharing that soon) and we developed a promotional flyer for this years 2017 Christmas events. St Alkmunds is a church that can date itself back to the Doomsday book the existing church is believed to have been started by the Normans in the 12th century. It serves a large mostly well-off residential village to the north of Derby. Its a very pretty very traditional looking building and always enjoys busy Christmas events attended by people throughout the village with some seven special events from Christingles to Carols on top of their regular advent Sunday services. The village is also kind of typical middle class and pretty boasting some of Derbyshires best schools (one even ranks exceedingly highly in the national league tables) packed with well-educated residents families and comfortably off retirees. Christmas is always well attended links to the local schools make promoting traditional childrens services easy but the Church didnt want to rest on their laurels and were keen to promote the dates for the 2017 season. Although the church community is modern in outlook the wider village looks tend to prefer comfortable traditional Christmas celebrations with carols choirs and candles. Duffield Flyer Back I reflected this in the flyers with a stylish script announcing Christmas on a teal blue background taken from the newly developed branding colourway. Its a sophisticated and stylish design aimed to appeal to the people of the village. It speaks of a traditional Christmas with well-known songs and crib services. Christ Church Derby Christ Church Manger Things Church Flyer In contrast the congregation of 7-year-old Christ Church Derby meets in a former scaffolding warehouse in the centre of Derby. Theres very little traditional beyond theology at the church. With an age range somewhat younger than your typical church lost of young families and students they have an outlook to match. Christmas services do have a sprinkling of tradition songs youll recognise mince pies and a little nativity scene but theres plenty unusual too no church organ or choir for example. The surrounding community is far more mixed than Duffields with blocks of flats and streets of Victorian terrace houses making up the bulk of the residential stock. Its a typical city community more diverse and mixed than a village or town with generally modestly incomes as well as pockets of poverty. For the Christ Church Derby flyers I aimed for something much more modern and developed a design that picked up on a recent cultural event the release of Netflix Stranger Things. I was mulling over the design as the program was released at the end of October and the wordplay of Stranger and Manger struck me as interesting. I then needed to persuade the client that billing the Christmas event at the church as Manger Things was a good idea! Christ Church Flyer Front - Manger Things Fortunately they loved it so I recreated the Stranger Things title text using the font Benguiat adding the various effects and shadows until Id got something along the lines of the original titles. The finishing touch was to reference the large red 2 in the second seasons titles with a Christmas star shape behind the text. Its a much more modern of the moment design created to appeal to culturally aware city dwellers. Comparisons The two designs then are leagues apart in style targetting two very different audiences. I dont think you could simply swap the two styles over. Using the traditional St Alkmunds flyer for Christ Church Derby would I believe create a false impression that the services are really traditional Christmas visitors may be disappointed that this wasnt quite what they got. Promoting Duffield with the Manger Things flyer would maybe alienate traditional Christmas attendees confusing the message that at St Alkmunds they can expect a recognisable Christmas service. Two very different flyers then both attempting to do the same thing encourage people to come to church at Christmas both great fun to work on and both being distributed to local communities as I type. Id love to hear your thoughts which design do you prefer? Which works the best? let me know below! Duffield Flyers Duffield Flyer Front Christ Church Flyers Duffield Church Flyer Christ Church Flyer Back Tale of Two Christmas Flyers A Tale of Two Christmas Flyers

  • Care in One Place Logo and Branding Integrating 40 years of care knowledge from charity Guidepost Trusts and a collaboration with ISEEU Global Care in One Place provides a one-stop online marketplace where people can assess their personal circumstances to find the right care package and purchase the necessary products and services. With a proven digital platform integrating care products and services for use by health professionals the people at Guidepost Trusts and ISEEU Global have launched Care in One Place to expand and bring this platform into the public realm. Care in One Place is looking to raise the capital to develop the system part of the funding plan is working with Crowdcube a crowd funding investment website. Whilst preparing to launch on Crowdcube the team identified the importance of improving the branding of the campaign from the early in house designs to something that could be applied to an investor deck or slide presentation of the investment offering to a video presentation and a draft website design. I was approached by ISEEU who Id worked with previously to develop the Care in One Place branding and apply it to the investor deck. The final solution combined three key elements: Location: Providing products and services where youre at is the key goal to Care in One Place as well as allowing users to access the site wherever they are. Three recognisable map pins form the shape of the logo mark. Care: The pins combine to form a classic heart shape representing care and love. Everyone: The Pin/Heart mark is dressed in warm hues of the rainbow Care in One Place is for everyone. By bringing these elements together the logo is decipherable at a glance Care in One Place is designed for you whoever you are wherever you are. The three pins are easy differently coloured different people with different needs who can all access the care they need where they need it all from a single online platform. The 3 gradients plus a fourth fuller rainbow gradient become supporting elements and backgrounds. A carefully crafted 1 colour version of the mark can sit on these gradients or can be used if the full colour design is unsuitable due to print restrictions or size constraints. The logo text is rendered in the Omnes font which is a rounded typeface thats neither excessively literal. Selective rounding circumvents the sausage-link effect and non-geometric forms pay homage to 19th-century rounded Grotesques. The result of the branding is a warm approachable brand which meets those with care needs and their families where theyre at and provides a professional design for investors to back. If youre in the position to invest you can head over to read the full proposal on Crowdcube or browse the Care Products and Services beta site at http://kiera.nl/2hVmly4. Finally Id love to hear your thoughts on the branding below

  • Ignite Logo Design Worth peeking at this little project I completed back in 2013 still looking strong!

  • Leigh Timmis Website Design Leigh is a round the world cyclist and speaker. His stories of survival self-motivation and the kindness of strangers have been published in the international and national press (ABC Australia BBC Daily Telegraph) as well as him making appearances on BBC television and radio. Leigh undertook a 44000 mile round the world trip with 5 a day to spend taking on the frigid winter of Tibet the desert tracks of Australia and South Pacific storms. He came face to face with a lion and sang to bears to hopefully prevent attack. Leigh was detained by armed Russian soldiers and drugged and robbed in Singapore His return home required Lee to look how he could leverage his passion for adventure day to day. Leigh chose to combine this passion and joy to provide unique talks and motivational speeches and required a web presence in order to promote his services. Armed with a series of breathtaking images from across the globe as well as a practiced writing art sharpened by his regular reports home. It was these two elements that became the fulcrum of the site design with large expansive image spaces to show off his photography and clean clear typography to allow his blog writing to shine. The whole site is wrapped in a CMS which allows Leigh to create rich image soaked magazine style blog pages recalling his exciting trip and investigating the landscapes and humanity he encountered along the way. The feedback from the Leigh has been exuberant: Excellent Looking great! bloody awesome! Visit: Leigh Timmis Adventurer online.



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The work that you carried out for me was absolutely what I was looking for. From concept to completion and in particular what struck me the most was the fact that nothing was to much trouble to make sure I was happy with the end product which has certainly given my business the professional edge.



Chris Poplar - CJP Engineering Services

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