Sparks Studio

In Brief

Sparks took root in the late 1990s, when a group of designers and artists came together to put on exhibitions.

We drew on our many disciplines – including illustration, fine art, photography and typography – and emphasised collaboration over competition.

From here came opportunities to work with charities and businesses. Often, they wanted to break free from the bland and predictable, from the stale imagery of their industry or subculture. We shared that vision. And Sparks grew from there.

Today, Sparks brings together a strong core team and a wonderful network with specialist skills – some technical, some creative.

Team

Chris Bacon

Chris Bacon
Chris worked in the Foreign Office and as a financial writer for Barclays before running the marketing team in Rothschild’s private client business. He’s been working with Sparks since 2009 and became a director in 2014

Gary McIlwaine

Gary McIlwaine
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.

Michael Gough

Michael Gough
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.

Richard Abbott

Richard Abbott
Richard develops new opportunities at Sparks. He uses brand strategy to help businesses across a range of sectors grow their commercial success.

Lizzie Kevan

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

Orlaith Wood

Orlaith Wood
After studying French in Paris, Orlaith worked at a creative agency in Belfast. Since 2015, Orlaith has been writing and developing brand strategy at Sparks.

Mark Longworth

Mark Longworth
Mark holds a coveted D&AD (Design and Art Direction) award and a first class degree from Teesside University. He’s also had a career as a professional chef. Mark joined the team in early 2016.

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones
Rachel trained as a journalist, writing for the Independent and Guardian. Her published books include a collection of start–up stories and a biography, Moore’s Law (2015). Rachel joined Sparks as an associate in 2016.

Get in touch

Call Orlaith on 0207 033 3538 or email orlaith@sparks-studio.com