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Chris Blackhurst Freelance Designer & Marketing Consultant

I love to creatively communicate


freelance web designer, graphic designer, copywriter based in Chester, Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire

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I am a multi-disciplined creative freelance web designer, graphic designer, copywriter, marketing consultant and artist based in Chester & Nantwich, Cheshire, who is passionate about communication in all of its forms.

A career path that has included architecture, journalism, publishing, graphic design, web design and art allows me to consider every creative challenge from a variety of perspectives, in three dimensions, two dimensions, through the written and spoken word, digitally, or with a pencil or paintbrush. I don’t confine myself to one medium. I use words, pictures, art, colour, lines, computers, paints, pencils, my eyes, my mouth and – most of all – my ears.

I am a creative communicator who strives to bring intelligence, imagination and quality to all my work. I believe in collaboration not competition. I love working with agencies, other creatives and clients across the North West, Cheshire, Merseyside, and Staffordshire and am available for freelance design work across the UK.

What I do

Graphic design, web design, brand identity, creative campaigns, social media, marketing strategy, brand consultancy, marketing consultancy, experiential design, event design, SEO, publishing, writing, journalism, production journalism, sub-editing, layout design, newspaper and magazine redesigns, copywriting. Usually a combination of many of these things, occasionally all of them. Sometimes, and that’s the fun bit, none of them. If you are looking for a freelance web designer in Chester or a freelance graphic designer in Chester or Manchester then get in touch.

At a glance

  • Qualified with BA Hons Architecture
  • Designed and created brands, logos, publications and websites for a range of clients from sole traders to blue chips, charities and public sector organisations
  • Art directed events and experiences for the likes of Google, Porsche and Marks and Spencers
  • Trained journalist who has covered news, sport and features
  • Redesigned several regional daily and weekly newspapers
  • Written, edited and sub-edited for national magazines, regional newspapers and national newspapers
  • Sold art all around the world

My tools

  • My hands, eyes, ears, mouth, head and my heart
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXpress
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • CSS3 & HTML5
  • WordPress
  • PHP & MySQL
  • Pencil, Pen and Brushes
  • My Mac
  • My Sketchbook

What I do

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design & Development
  • Print Design & Publication Design
  • Newspaper and magazine design, layout design and redesigns
  • Brand Identity Design
  • Brand Creation & Brand Consultation
  • Logo design
  • Social media management
  • Marketing strategy
  • Brand Consultancy
  • SEO and Social Media
  • Copywriting
  • Writing
  • Journalism & Production Journalism
  • Design Training
  • Sub-editing
  • Art