The Guinea Pigs of happydesigner: Meet George, Bungle and Freddie!

Welcome to the Piggle Page!


If you have been following our social media recently (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) you will have noticed some new little friends. Well, new to you! Our Happydesigner Guinea Pigs have been a huge part of the HD family for a long time, and we thought it only seemed right to introduce you to them properly!

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 “I’m George. My favourite thing in whole wide world isHAY! I love it! Especially the dandelion one! I like to amble around as I’m not too agile, and I don’t like mummy to forget FRESH TIME, which is at precisely 1pm every day! As I’m the intellectual one, my studio skills are concentrated mainly around the admin side. I’m in control of the day to day running of the office, and make sure mummy is doing what she is supposed to be doing – paying attention to us!”



“Hi, I’m Bungle. I’m still new to the studio life, but picking it up quickly, and I make sure I voice my opinion on a regular basis. You can often find me at the drawing board sketching the latest happydesigner masterpieces. Like my bessymate George, I like my hay and fresh grub, although mum never gives us enough! Don’t worry though, I make sure I remind her daily about this. These youngsters think they know it all. Zippy thinks he’s the best at everything here, but you should see how high I can jump!”



 “Hello I’m Geoffrey, I’m new to the studio. It’s a bit noisy here! I’m still trying to get used the madness and racket! I’m very nervous and haven’t had much of a happy life so far, but Sarah (Happydesigner) has promised to help me come out of my shell. I’m not too sure what she is on about as I don’t have a shell! I’m also a rescue from Norman Gorman’s, and I hope that in time I can start to enjoy being with all the other pigs more and more.”studio pig-happydesigner-illustrator


“Hello, I am the youngest team member! I’m naughty, loud and I have the biggest attitude! I will take over the studio, one day…It’s just the world is a bit scary at the moment! I’m pretty scared of the world at the moment, but since being rescued by Sarah and Barry I’ve started to come out of my shell a little. Truth is, I haven’t had the best start in life. I’ve had a few problems because of how I was treated but I am learning to trust my new family and I’m so happy to have been helped.”
Keep an eye out as there will LOTS more coming from us!

Also in loving memory of our lost boy ‘Zippy’

Gone but NEVER forgotten, He was a bit part of the studio daily antics and he is sorely missed everyday.
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Keep an eye out for our favourite new book that is coming out soon, The Guinea Pig Detective: The Case of the Missing Carrot.
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Sarah will tell you she’s worked hard on it, but we think you’ll agree it has our paw prints all over it!

 Where we all come from: 

George and Bungle come from a Guinea Pig rescue centre… Mummy (aka Sarah) sponsors and supports the sanctuary as much as she can.
Norman Gormans Guinea Pig Sanctuary

Great thanks to Norman Gormans Guinea Pig Sanctuary, who are fantastic.

A few of my previous clients

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  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy