- ABOUT -
SK DESIGN STUDIO began in 2014 by Graphic Designer
Samantha Hunter (who was back then a Cornforth); a netball-playing, Parkrunning, dog-loving Geordie with a passion for all things creative.
Six years on since registering her business, Sam has made the shift from working as a full-time in-house Graphic Designer and part-time freelancer, to a full-time self-employed Graphic Designer with SK DESIGN STUDIO as her main business. This has seen Sam acquire many adaptable skills from a breath of experience, making her an asset to any team and an enthusiastic, knowledgeable person to work with.
After studying in Leeds for a Degree in Graphic Arts and Design, Sam moved back to the North East for a few years before venturing down South to live and work for 3 years, and is now based back up at home in the Toon (Newcastle upon Tyne) along the beautiful North East coast, having grown up in the coastal town of Whitley Bay.
In 2014, having been asked by a then work colleague to design his wedding invitations, Sam agreed and muddled her way through her first 'freelance job'....
"Two illustrations, hours and hours spent and a rather hefty print bill later, my beautiful bespoke invitations were delivered to an extremely happy customer; which left a not so happy me with a hole in my pocket! Having paid the printer a fee which exceeded my customers payment (true story!), not to mention the ribbons, envelopes, and all of my time spent applying my skills and knowledge in illustration, layout and typography, I completely underestimated the cost of getting the invitations printed on quality paperstock by a local high street print company, and I ended up out of pocket!
However it didn't leave me thinking I wouldn't ever take on a personal design job again, quite the opposite in fact. I enjoyed the process and journey of creating the wedding invitations from initial consultation through print production to the end product, so much that I knew it was something I wanted to do again; it was so rewarding knowing I played a huge part in gathering the wedding couple's guests together for the best day of their lives!
It was at this point I just knew I wanted to develop my skills further from a creative point of view, and definitely needed to improve from a business point of view too! My main drive was to explore a different type of creative output in design than that which I was working in at the time. I love being customer-facing, working with people to creatively 'problem solve' whilst designing and producing a real, tactile product in print that is not only informative and useful, but beautiful and reflective of the couples personality and up coming wedding."
Not one to give up, Sam continued to grow her client base (at first completely unintentionally) by designing typographic personalised prints; designed, printed and framed for special gifts as requested by her friends, family and work colleagues. Two in-house jobs later, a move down South and back, alongside hundreds of typographic prints and wedding stationery suites created whilst working full-time, Sam found herself busy enough to take the leap of faith into full-time self-employment in October 2018. A move back up North and her third in-house design job (with yet another long commute), made Sam realise that her enjoyment in being a Graphic Designer lay in the variety of creative projects; working with different, interesting people, helping customers and clients creatively problem solve ... things which working in an in-house design role didn't present at the time.
Being her own boss and running her Design business, Sam loves to work with like-minded customers and clients who share her passion for beautiful and practical design.
Sam also experienced a plateau in her career where anything more challenging for her in an in-house role, required management training which would in turn result in less 'creative time', not something she fancied at the time. Being her own boss, Sam loves to work with like-minded customers and clients who share her passion for beautiful and practical design. If that's you, please get in touch - she's dead friendly!
Sam loves everything about Print Design, and is a self-confessed stationery geek. She loves typography and lettering, paperstock, colour as well as creating and strengthening a brand, and loves even more how her favourite things are all a key part of creating a couples wedding stationery suite.
Much like a branding project, Sam is confident in transforming a request and small idea into a beautiful suite of stationery from 'Save the Date cards' to bespoke Wedding Invitations all the way through to the 'On the Day' designs and signage, to the 'Thank You' cards after your big day.
As a wedding-lover too, Sam's enthusiasm and love for great design will ensure you have the most perfect printed wedding designs you'll love; you'll be desperate and excited to share them with your family and friends!
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- FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGN SERVICES -
Sam's experience working in-house for marketing teams, means her understanding of a consistent brand and following brand guidelines is ingrained in her approach to thorough design. Along with her creativity, this makes her perfect for creating your logo and branding to enhance your business identity.
As well as her friendly, professional and helpful manner, Sam is adaptable and versatile; capable of supporting your design team in busy periods of high demand.
Flexible to work from her studio or to join you in your work space, Sam is able to travel to your premises* to work with you and your team as an extra pair of hands and creative brain - the perfect extension to your team.
*Within the North East of England. Subject to availability. Pre-bookings taken in advance will secure your design work / days.
Owner, Graphic Designer
SK DESIGN STUDIO