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



At ValueLicensing we have a very technical and unique product to sell, which is certainly not easy to market and promote. Therefore my brief to Kieran was a complex and challenging one, as we had never had sales collateral designed before. Kieran was incredibly professional, efficient and creative in finding the right solution and imagery for our small business messages. His attention to detail and skills were very apparent, and we will certainly be using his services again for other design projects!

Michael Judd
Head of Sales and Purchasing
ValueLicensing



Michael Judd - Value Licensing

…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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Real World Solutions

Promotion of a mobile technology event at Microsoft London HQ.

Branding & Website for TBS Mobility based in Derbyshire.

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

Branding & Website for Glenorchy Centre based in Wirksworth.

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Strong eco logo for an expanding British business

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

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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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  • 18 June 2018, 16:31
     
    A sneak peek at a new brand I've almost completed for a Speech and Language Consultancy… #cumbria #speechandlanguage #makatonmonday #signlanguage #communication #totalcommunication #speechtherapy #speechies #logodesign #branding #GraphicDesign

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  • 12 June 2018, 10:57
     
    Here's what went into the Amber Valley Ladies FC logo design…⠀ ⠀ Inspired by #British Coal, #ButterlyBrick #ElevenaSide #CoalMining #AmberValley⠀ ⠀ #Football #2018WorldCup #GraphicDesign #LogoDesign #Brandig #Sports #Footie

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    They burst eventually… #b #flowers #peonies #peony #pink #garden #summer #derbados

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    Big batch logo export action today! I think 900ish files for this one by the time it's done! #GraphicDesign #LogoDesign #Branding #Colour #HireServices #WeddingHire

  • 2 June 2018, 19:00
     
    If you've any time tomorrow, visit @lakesidearts #nottingham. If you get there early enough, get in the queue for the luminarium, which is a cool different experience. #notts #kids #festival #wheee

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    Fit to burst. #flower #bud #peonies #garden #derbados #pink #green #b

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    Out with the old… #copper becomes #yellow #leuchtturm1917 note book. Dotted. #b #f #graphicdesign

  • 8 May 2018, 12:24
     
    Only the quality papers cover my award winning - with oversized pictures of my face in the Belper News and Ripley & Heanor News. Worth £1.15 of your hard earned cash money.
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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



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GENEROUS WORDS

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

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How much does a logo cost? »

A logo could cost anywhere from nothing to a six-figure sum and over!

You’re not here to be given a huge ballpark figure, so, along with an idea to be more succinct and direct, logo design starts from £500.


Logo Folio 2017 - Kieran Harrod »

A review of 2017 in logos.


A Tale of Two Christmas Flyers »

How to make sure you design for your audience, told by two very different Christmas flyers.


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