Design & Marketing Manager
Emily’s background is as an art director in an award-winning direct response agency with a varied skill set in design, advertising, marketing, PR and web, working with a variety of clients – from blue chip companies to local charities such as HBOS, BT, Daily Mail, PC World Business, RSPB, Dulux and Lakeland to name but a few. Prior to that she took on freelance projects and worked in a fast paced agency creating national press adverts for car dealers.
In 2009 I am Emily Design & Marketing was born when she made the move from North to South and set up her own with a laptop on her dining room table, taking the skills from her previous role including organising and art directing photo shoots, selecting photographers and models, print and art buying, developing marketing strategies and presenting at client meetings and pitches and applying those skills to clients to offer impactful creative solutions that appeal to their target audience and achieve outstanding results.
The business has now grown to include a team of people and a wider network of complimentary businesses and individuals to enable her to provide a full service agency from the I am Emily office in Rochford, Essex. Emily enjoys the buzz of working on a new project and seeing a business grow and succeed knowing that her and her team have played a part in that success.
Emily loves to travel and see new places visiting and touring South Africa, America, India and Europe in her youth, although these days a simple sun bed on the beach is quite an attractive thought! She enjoys the gym, especially a good body pump workout and can be seen most days taking her beloved Sausage dog for a stroll. Emily’s two little girls are her pride and joy, they often come in to the office to do ‘work’ and share her love for Apple products after being exposed from a young age!
Website Designer & Developer
With a degree in Computer Science Chris has a love for all things digital. He is also a qualified teacher after passing his PGCE qualification and his knowledge and levels of patience are second to none, which makes him a valuable resource to the team.
Chris’ career highlights include building the first e-commerce website for BHS and providing search engine optimisation and user experience expertise to an international IT organisation ‘Nerds On Site’. Chris has passed the Google Analytics and Adwords Professional examinations and is a member of the British Computer Society. Having spent 4 years as a self employed IT consultant and over 8 years as a freelance website developer Chris brings a broad wealth of technical knowledge to the mix.
Outside of work Chris can be found with his head in a good book or watching a film, albeit a little interrupted by his two children. He enjoys visiting friends, museums and long walks, although climbing Snowdon for Chris meant getting lost and ending up on the wrong mountain! He has an interest in sporting activities such as baseball, triathlons, weight lifting and cycling and one day hopes to partake in much more.
Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Since graduating in 2011, having studied at both Chelsea College of Art and the University of Essex, Toni has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator, putting to use a vast range of practices to create work ranging from striking on-brand brochures to elegant hand illustrated infographics.
Being a creative ‘all rounder’ allows Toni to have a broad scope of practices and mediums within her creative arsenal, and it’s this range of skills that has afforded her many opportunities for collaboration alongside fellow artists, local designers, agencies & businesses, as well as such established companies, charities and events as the BBC, YMCA, SUBvert Magazine, IdeasTap, the Save Leigh Library campaign and Leigh Folk Festival, as well as many more.
Toni is committed to producing work that conveys a clients’s vision in a way that is engaging and robust, whilst being mindful of their key demographic. With this, many of her passions lie within developing her productive skill set to further this commitment, be it keeping up to date with current trends, or honing her artistic abilities.
Her love for all things visual also works its way into her leisure time too; if she’s not designing, you’ll find her scribbling into the pages of a sketchbook, doodling in Photoshop, or taking Instragram-worthy photos! She devotes many hours a week walking her oversized puppy dog, as well as being an avid weight lifter and general exercise aficionado – all of which burns off those naughty extra calories consumed through her passion for cooking up world cuisines. Outside of this she finds nothing more comforting than a good book, a mellow blues soundtrack and a strong cup of coffee.
Kelly started out after college designing CAD playgrounds and fitted classrooms for a national playground equipment company, before heading back into the classroom herself to study Visual Communication at Middlesex University. After gaining her degree, she worked on the Marketing Team of a British Speaker Manufacturer for five years involved in organising and setting up exhibitions including The Gadget Show Live and Bristol Sound & Vision as well as art-directing photo shoots, advertising and print and online material. Here, she progressed from Junior Designer to Lead Designer, whilst taking on Freelance work to build her skills.
Since 2015, Kelly has focused on her freelance career full-time, which has seen her split between corporate design and marketing, and designing and creating beautiful wedding stationary. Feeding her passion for working with ideas, copy and proven marketing strategies alongside creating tactile pieces and getting her hands dirty with letter pressing. This varied skill set means that Kelly is focused on creating design that works, whilst always being mindful of the final execution.
Outside of the daily grind Kelly is a bit of a foodie, she loves Masterchef and quite fancies herself as the next Jamie Oliver and can be found working off that love of food in a spin class, jogging down the sea front or relaxing in a yoga or meditation class. She is a die hard Game of Thrones fan, a total typography geek and loves getting out and about seeing new places and travelling. If there were more hours in the day Kelly would definitely fill them!
Graphic & Website Designer
Stuart is a digital and print designer working on projects ranging from website design and builds to branding and print design. Starting out at a printers in Southend he then moved on to a website design company where he progressed from a junior position to working on projects for Hewlett Packard, The Post Office and Canadian Club Whiskey as well as designing a financial website which was attracting over 500,000 hits per day. After being made redundant he was asked to go back and join the printers he worked for previously and stayed for many years whilst involved in freelance projects since 2009 for large and small businesses and individuals, including Ranstad Care.
Stuart has a good knowledge and experience of both web and print, which shows in the design projects he completes as he has the skills of the technical side combined with the creativity of the design. Stuart also has a passion for photography taking a variety of different subjects from landscapes to people, wildlife to product shots.
When Stuart is not at his computer or behind his camera you might find him watching the football as a long suffering Southend United supporter and shareholder. Travelling Britain and climbing mountains is a keen interest of Stuart’s along with a love of music. He also shares his time between being a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leader – training young people in navigation, map reading and camping and also as a local Scout leader. Stuart is never one to shy away from getting stuck in!
Bespoke Coder & Developer
Danny has always had a passion for coding, starting at the young age of 7 using Visual Basic Advanced building applications for Microsoft Excel 97, later honing his skills to specialise in PHP Development. He has been completely self taught and this shows in his drive and determination to see a project through offering the latest development techniques and keeping ahead of the market.
With an employment history working in banking, printing and also as a chef before making web development his full time focus, Danny brings customer service and offline design and print knowledge to the table. Unfortunately his passion for cooking has disappeared so we won’t be getting fresh batches of cupcakes brought in to the office anytime soon – probably best for the waistline anyway!
Danny’s spare time is made up of playing MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, in case you were wondering!) and volunteering for the Prince’s Trust as a mentor for young people looking for work and start-up businesses.