Every creative professional needs a good team behind them.
Happydesigner has developed massively over the last 15 years. I started off in my bedroom with a laptop, and now I have a full time studio with a full schedule of work :). I used to manage EVERYTHING by myself, spending more time on emails than drawing, working 7 days a week, and finding no time for myself. But then, I burnt out…! So I made the call to develop a team of people to help Happydesigner be the friendly approachable business it is today.
So here are the people you will meet along the way:
Illustrator, Designer & Company Director
I’m a happy, positive and well-driven person. I love music, and like a pot of yoghurt raisins on the go (although recently I’ve discovered Candy Kittens sweets…!). I have now been in business for over 15 years, and Happydesigner is like my child. Work isn’t a chore for me; it’s my passion. When I’m not illustrating (which I find hard NOT to do), you can find me sat in my armchair needle felting crazy little characters. Or I might be out enjoying the views on a nice walk. Then again, you may even find me on a stage somewhere, playing drums and keyboards, as well as singing! If you wish, you can find out more about me here.
Studio Manager & Gourmet Tea-Maker
I have known Barry for several years, and when I decided that it was time to employ a studio manager, he was undoubtedly my first choice (well, that’s what he told me to write!). He has worked for various major UK companies such as North Sea Ferries & Swift Caravans, in both customer care & managerial positions. Because of this, he has a wealth of experience to call on. He also ran his own, very successful business for 12 years and has the patience and understanding necessary to keep a tight control of my studio admin. Every day, you can find him beavering away in front of the computer screen, answering emails, formulating quotations, and organising my diary. However, one of his best attributes is his ability to brew some of the finest cups of tea you could ever imagine! He has a good knowledge of the English language and has, in the past, carried out some proofreading for me. In his spare time (when he manages to find some!) he is a bass player, vocalist, songwriter, recording engineer, and operates his very own micro-recording studio.
Studio Fur Baby / cuddle buddy
I have wanted a cat for years now… Well, he arrived in March 2020, and the studio wouldn’t be the same without him. His eye for detail is mind-blowing and he’s also a great listener. Occasionally he may decide that some sections of the studio need ‘rearranging’, or he may wish to move his office to a different location in the room, but that’s fine! In fact, he has claimed several areas of the studio as his own, his favourites being on top of the bookcase and behind the computer, and regularly stakes his claim to these by snoozing in them! Oh, and the studio is a great playground for him too…!
Our Publishing Partner
Deep in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside sits Partnership Publishing. A forward-thinking, creative and innovative, Independent Publishing House with an award-winning team of over 70 years combined experience; who offer a professional publishing & editing service – passionate about sharing untold stories and demystifying the publishing process.