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Hi, I’m Chris Corkin and I make things with pixels. I am freelance creative designer from the North East England. I offer a wide range of applications, which include corporate/brand identity, print marketing, event marketing design, website design and development, electronic communications, trade show materials, document management and printing. I help small and medium-sized businesses refresh and create new ventures.

I began The Design Guru in 2005 as a side project, whilst working in the design industry (for around 7 years). To put it simply, because what I design is based upon the client's brief and requirements. I aim to generate intelligent and creative solutions that enable my clients to stand out from the competition. I try to keep things simple and effective and ensure all my solutions are engaging and appropriate.

  • Web Design & Web Development

    Concept Designs / Navigation Layout / Design Development / Domain Registration & Website Hosting

    A website is an essential part of every business’s brand identity and one day it may become the single most important element of any brand.

    A successful website design is one that gets your information across clearly, simply and creatively. Your content needs to be easily accessible – and your brand needs room to shine.

    I design beautifully crafted websites which are easy to navigate and easy to be found. Whether you need a simple one-pager, or a more complex based website, I can create something eye-catching, professional and attractive that ensures your business stands the best possible chance in the online world.

  • Print Design

    Leaflets / Flyers / Posters / Magazines / Newsletters / Menus / Stationery / Brochures & Adverts

    Print design stimulates all of our senses and therefore has dimensions and possibilities that the digital world cannot; textures you can feel, spaces you can fill and the smell of fresh ink.

    I design custom graphics for a wide range of printed materials, from magazines to menus, flyers to brochures. In short, if you can provide the dimensions, I can provide the stunning designs.

    Should you also need your designs printed, I have excellent relations with a network of printers throughout the country and can confidently offer the most reasonable print/design packages available.

  • Logo Development

    Logos / Branding / Coporate Identity & Brand Management

    Logos are the face of every organisation from Twitter to the local butchers shop. They inspire, inform and educate their audiences, and every single one aims to both attract new customers and encourage user engagement with the products or services they offer.

    I work hard to develop logo concepts that not only look good, but will offer your business a strong platform from which to build your reputation. This ensures that you have the best possible foundation for building your business and carrying out other marketing initiatives.

    If you are looking for a new corporate identity and want to make sure you get the right image, then make sure you contact me today and ask about my logo design services.

  • Infographic Design

    Static / Interactive & Animated

    Over the past few months, I’ve been approached to design many infographics and they have quickly become one of the largest areas of my business.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with them already, an infographic is essentially a way of converting dry statistics into fun, easy to digest illustrations.

    They’re a fantastic marketing tool as they really get the reader involved in the topic, as opposed to black and white written data which they may well just ignore.

  • Photography

    Commercial / Coporate / PR / Education / Interior / Architecture / Retouching

    I have provided product and location photography for clients with experience of over 10 years. This allows me to visualise the required photographs and produce them quickly, without involving other photographers. This method of working is more cost effective and less time consuming for my clients and allows me to experiment with creative photographic ideas, allows me to produce photographs just as the design requires.

    Digital photo retouching and restoration is used by virtually all leading photographers. It adds a professional look that has so much more to offer than the original.

Let’s get together for a cuppa and see what we can do!

Just like an agency, but better!

You'll get a full time graphic designer! I work directly with clients offering the same services as any graphic design agency. I work closely with photographers, illustrators, copywriters and printers – whatever your project demands.

Quality with less overheads

Means more creative bang for your marketing pennies. No fluffy account managers + no plush offices (well not in a swanky glass building on a riverside!) + sleak company cars to pay for = Better rates. Simple.

Just what is in the Design Guru's box?

Me and only me. Everything from the brief taker, to senior creative and finally the account manager in one funky box. One single point of contact from start to finish. No confusion or complexity. Just your project delivered without fuss, but with maximum impact.