Hello & welcome

As if you haven’t guessed already – I’m Suzanne. I’ve been obsessed with pictures for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was happiest when I was either drawing pictures or taking photographs, and that hasn’t changed! but, thankfully technology has moved on somewhat since I was given a Kodak disc camera for my 7th birthday.

Now, I’m a Graphic Designer with over 20 years’ experience in creating commercial designs, artwork and visual communication. A selection of recent projects can be found in the portfolio section below. For information about my qualifications, skills and experience please see my LinkedIn profile. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography in 2014, having returned to studying to see what was possible when I bring together my love of photography and my design skills. In one module, I chose to explore how to visually communicate climate change from a child’s perspective.

Since doing my PostGrad Certificate I’ve been busy. Too busy to keep my website updated regularly, so bear with me while as I do that during the course of 2018! And if someone could tell me where time seems to disappear to I’d be interested to know…

I’m a social media butterfly. I flitting between the various platforms looking for something that catches my eye. I’m addicted to Pinterest! To see the full scale of my addiction visit my collection of boards. Or, find me on Twitter as @visualsumo.

Thanks to my daughter, I’ve now got several years’ experience of chalkboard scribbling, sticking and finger painting  – although, in reality, it is more like full body painting! In return, I’ve gained an understanding of art and photography from an 8-year-old art critic’s point of view!

When we aren’t creating we’re out-and-about in nature exploring, going for a swim, messing about in the garden, listening to music, or rummaging around flea markets and charity shops looking for things that might spark an idea for a creative project or just hunting for vintage buttons. And if we aren’t doing any of that, chances are we are cooking, eating or drinking tea, or any combination of the three.

My daughter and I at Butterfly World in Hertfordshire

Recent blog articles

Enjoying printing experiments

I’ve been commissioned to do a piece of artwork based on my Winston design. I’ve been working with a local printer to suss out how to get the artwork printed onto quite a large but lightweight, metal substrate. We are working all of this out before I... read more

Another happy customer…

I enjoy corporate branding jobs – especially when the client is setting out to make a difference in people’s lives. My brief was to design a logo that reflected the client’s business aims. With the insider information that the website’s name... read more

Hope for Christmas

I am very happy to say that Hope, the I designed for Vasculitis Uk for Christmas was an overwhelming success! I sold 4,100 cards and raised £1,600 of Vasculitis UK. I had so many lovely comments from people who brought the cards including: “What a wonderful to... read more

Cambridge Rare Disease Network – Patient Journey poster

Earlier in this year Cambridge Rare Disease Network put a call out for Patient Journey posters to be part of the 3rd Rare Disease Summit (#CRDN2017) in October. They said “Journey maps go beyond the static medical view of a condition by illustrating the patient... read more

Winston goes to The Great British Postcard Competition

Winston was not shortlisted for the Prize for Great British Postcard Competition, but I was invited to the award ceremony “… your entry has been commended by our judges and will be exhibited at the gallery”. So, last night Winston was shown at The Great... read more

Deer stalking in Richmond Park

After the success of Winston, I was asked if I’d like to design the Christmas card for Vasculitis UK. Almost straight away I knew what design I’d like to do, but getting the right source material proved to be a little more tricky. I tried all the normal places... read more

Graphics on the back of the van

Before I started working at Anglesey Abbey the team there had sourced a 1960s French horse box and had it refurbished and transformed into a catering van. The reason for the mobile catering outlet being a horse box is connected to Lord Fairhaven (the man who owned the... read more

Winston

My ‘Winston’ illustration (see the previous post) has now raised over £600 for the charity, Vasculitis UK being sold on over six hundred greeting cards. It still amazes me that a piece of work that I created on a difficult day (with my Behcet’s... read more

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