Postcard Design

Emma from Emma Mackley Private Travel got in touch late Monday evening requiring a flyer or postcard for a lunchtime event she was attending on Thursday. I produce lots of marketing material so was happy to help.  We settled on a postcard design to reflect the industry Emma works in. The brief I received from Emma was clear and precise which was a massive help, she knew what she wanted on the postcard and sent it all over, I had a PDF proof back to her that night.

Quick Turnaround

The artwork was approved early Tuesday morning and sent to the printers who turned the job around in 24 hours. Emma took delivery of her postcards on Wednesday afternoon, in plenty of time for her Thursday lunchtime event!

So if you’re looking for an independent bespoke travel agent with over ten years experience in luxury private travel to put together an amazing travel experience – contact Emma Mackley!

If you’re looking for a quick turn around on design and print for your marketing material in Chester, then please do get in touch with me!

Chester River Carnival

I was approached by Notting Hoole to design a poster for their event, The First Ever Chester River Carnival, happening in July this year. I’ve worked a lot recently with Notting Hoole so was only too happy to take on this exciting project.

The brief was to produce a vibrant eye catching piece. Not too summer/village fete looking and to include Queens Park suspension bridge or the bandstand. And a poster that could be used digitally online to promote the event.

So I popped down to The Groves with my camera to gather lots of images and inspiration. The Groves are situated between the suspension bridge and Handbridge alongside the river Dee. It’s a beautiful area and when the sun is out it’s a great place to relax with an ice cream listening to whoever is playing on the bandstand.

Queens Park Suspension Bridge

I thought the bridge should be the star of the show and set about drawing it in Illustrator. It’s a far more simplified version of the bridge on the poster but is instantly recognisable as one of Chesters most iconic landmarks.

The font used for the main headline has a fun carnival feel. Other fonts used on the poster are those used on previous Notting Hoole publications for continuity.

Here’s the final poster which Sue at Notting Hoole loved and it’s used on all their social media platforms and it’s also been printed and distributed around Chester.

Chester Carnival Poster


So if you’re in Chester on Sunday the 23rd of July make sure you pop down toThe First Ever Chester River Carnival. There will be loads to do for both adults and children and it’s a free event. I hope to see you there!

If you require a digital designer to produce artwork for an event you’re planning please do not hesitate to get in touch. I’m always looking out for fun projects like this.



Unfortunately, the Chester River Carnival has now been cancelled.


I’ve been a resident of Hoole for some years now, and love our incredible High Street – Faulkner & Charles Street. I love to shop locally and use independent traders as much as possible. We have butchers, bakers, fishmongers restaurants and bars in Hoole. I recommend popping down if you ever visit Chester. In 2016 Hoole was awarded best Local Centre/Parade of Shops by The Great British High Street Awards. A campaign I was lucky enough to design for, creating the brand identity and posters for Hoole Life. One of my favourite shops in the area is Chester Beer and Wine. They approached me to design an A5 leaflet to advertise a new venture of theirs. They will soon be offering luxurious holidays to the Champagne region in Northern France. It’s a money can’t buy, once in a lifetime holiday allowing you to get behind the scenes at some of the areas top Champagne Houses.

Leaflet Design

Sam and Sue at Chester Beer and Wine were after a classy understated design but also one that highlighted the luxurious nature of the holiday. We played with the idea of using a metallic fifth colour for the gold and also looked at various different print finishes. Eventually, we settled on the classic gold and black theme and the text created out of four colour. Once the artwork was approved it was printed on a slightly thicker stock than usual, a 250gsm silk finish – printed at We Do Leaflets. The heavier weight gave the final printed leaflet a feeling of quality.  The artwork has also been used on all their social media accounts to advertise the holidays. Look out for the leaflets around Chester. And stop by Chester Beer and Wine in Hoole, you’ll be amazed by their selection, and blown away by their knowledge.