Simplify well

We are strategic designers. Our approach to your brand is clear and methodical. From discovery to design to delivery, we put creativity in a framework.

It’s how we find the strongest expression of your rich history, and help you achieve more than you thought possible.

Our Process

We apply our approach of simplifying well to everything we do, whether you’re looking to create a new brand, refresh an old one, or produce a tactical marketing piece.

Review

We begin by listening to your stakeholders and your audience. This gets us to the heart of your challenge.

Define

We use our research to focus on what makes you distinctive and relevant. We clarify why you matter now, not just what you do.

Design

We design all the elements that capture and express the essence of your brand.

Create

We deliver the whole suite of marketing materials. Your brand’s newfound relevance can now drive growth.

The Team

Michael Gough

Michael Gough

Strategy Director

Michael’s background is in fine art. Before founding Sparks with Gary in 2003, he spent nine years working in the charity sector while continuing to develop his art.

Gary McIlwaine

Gary McIlwaine

Creative Director

Gary started out at a design studio in Belfast in the 1990s, after training as a graphic designer. He came to London to work for a new media company in 1999 and established Sparks as a professional design studio in 2003.

David Atter

David Atter

Client Services Director

David is a brand marketing specialist with experience building some of the world’s favourite brands. Lloyds Banking Group, FSCS, BBC, Pepsi and Tango to name a few.

Neil Baker

Neil Baker

Senior Writer

Neil has worked with world–famous brands, corporate leaders, charities, not–for–profits and academics in just about every sector. He’s also an associate partner at Dark Angels, which trains people around the world to use more creative language at work.

Lizzie Kevan

Lizzie Kevan

Designer

Lizzie studied illustration at Falmouth University where she achieved a first class degree. Before joining Sparks in 2014, she spent four years as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

Anouska Craig

Anouska Craig

Designer

Anouska is from York and graduated from Northumbria with a first class degree in Graphic Design. Before settling at Sparks in early 2017, she worked at a large advertising agency in Prague.

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

Studio Administrator

Lisa manages our admin – doing what it takes to make Sparks hum. She has worked at Nesta and Think Global UK having studied English Literature at Queen Mary University. She has also taught in Hong Kong, worked with an American University and various charities focused on education and innovation.

Nichole Farrow

Nichole Farrow

Digital Project Manager

Nichole has 15 years experience in business transformation and digital strategy working with brands of all shapes and sizes from Metropolitan Police, Barclays Capital and HCA Healthcare to start ups.

James Doc

James Doc

Digital Project Manager

James has a background in web design and development, graduating with a first–class degree from the University of Lincoln. He has worked in a variety of contexts from software development agencies, charities and museums. James joined Sparks as an associate in 2018.

Jonny Barker

Jonny Barker

Developer

Jonny is a full–stack web developer with 18 years of experience. With a first–class MSc in computer engineering from Southampton, his interests extend from web and app development to embedded software and electronics. He also plays keyboard in the folk–rock collective Flight Brigade.

Andrew Crick

Andrew Crick

Digital Analyser

Andrew specialises in search engine optimisation (SEO). Since 2003, he’s worked with a wide range of clients, such as Kingsley Napley, to help them achieve top rankings on Google and other search engines. Andrew has a first–class MSc degree in theoretical physics from the University of Exeter.

In Print

Sticky Graphics

Glaser & Knight

26 Treasures

John Simmons

A Grassy Knoll

Icon Issue 053

Sight Specifics

Miser & Now Issue 10

Step on the Grass

Sublime Magazine Issue 4