Choose a designer to work with

Creative work is achieved best as a partnership, rather than as a set of items to be delivered. Find out how best to work with creative suppliers and learn about the skills they bring to Sussex.

Before you commission creative work

 Find out what to do first.

  • How to get started

    The first thing you need to do is chat to the Digital and Creative Media team, who can help you decide the best creative and channel mix to fit your plan. The best way to do that is to fill in our new creative project briefing form. This will come through to the Digital and Creative Media team.

    You can get the best help from the Digital and Creative Media team by sharing information about the project early on. The whole team will then be better able to support the project, for example, by helping you publish content or get branding approval.

    Contact us if you have any questions about briefing creative work or deciding whether you need to write a brief:

  • Marketing plans and planned projects

    If you’re based in a School at Sussex, you’ll need to make sure that your planned materials fit into the Schools marketing plan. Check in with your Marketing Manager before commissioning creative work.

    If you are in Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex Estates and Facilities or Sussex Innovation Centre, in the first instance you should contact your marketing/communications team.

Our creative suppliers roster

The following creative partners are trusted to deliver on-brand creative that fulfils the required brief and resonates with our audiences. Explore the ‘about’ sections to learn about their work and skills they bring to Sussex.


1 Chingford Road
E17 4PW
020 7112 8811

Contact: Jessica Philpott

  • About Babushka

    Babushka specialises in brand identity, art direction and design for print and digital communications.

    Babushka is led by Jessica Philpott, who you will be working with on all University of Sussex projects. Jessica has a background in branding and design – previously working for a decade at agency The Partners (now Design Bridge & Partners) in London and New York.

    Babushka joined the University of Sussex creative in 2018 and has completed many projects for the University, both large and small, from full campaigns to one-off posters.

  • Work for Sussex
    • Campaigns (print and digital)
    • Brand communications
    • Print and editorial design
    • Marketing collateral
    • Photography art direction
    • Digital design and advertising
    • Naming and copywriting
    • Illustration
    • Environmental graphics
    • Signage, maps and floorplans
    • Mini prospectus
    • Merchandise design

Alphabetical Studio

We are an award-winning creative graphic design studio based in London. We collaborate with brands around the world to create engaging communications and experiences that have the power to surprise through innovation and connect through genuine impact.

We work hard to see the full picture of your brand, understanding and defining what makes you, your message and your audience unique.

Our multidisciplinary skillset allows us to offer a wide range of progressive integrated solutions – in printed, digital and physical environments. We never put a limit on creativity and firmly believe in its ability to solve problems and communicate beyond boundaries.


  • strategy
  • visual identity
  • digital
  • motion/film
  • environments
  • exhibition
  • print
  • campaigns
  • branded audio.

Clients include

  • Amnesty International
  • The British Council
  • Design Museum
  • Goldsmiths University
  • The Guardian
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics
  • The United Nations
  • University of the Arts London

Work for University of Sussex

  • Undergraduate 2020 campaign and prospectus
  • Postgraduate 2020 campaign and prospectus.

Other relevant client work

  • UAL: London College of Fashion summit
  • UKMX
  • Byron Arches
  • UAL best practice reports.

Baxter and Bailey

The Colour Rooms
12 Richmond Parade
Brighton BN2 9QD
020 3021 3830

Contact: Dom Bailey

  • About Baxter and Bailey

     We are a multi award-winning creative agency based in Brighton. We combine brand strategy, brand identity, digital design and development to help our clients make a positive impact in the world. Our team of 12 is made up of strategists, account managers, designers and digital developers.

    We’ve always focused on doing work we believe in, and building long-term partnerships with clients we admire. We take great pride in our collaborative approach, working with our clients to deliver brilliant creative results with impact. The point is to do work that matters. Work you care about. Work you can look back on and feel proud of.

    We partner with ambitious clients across a broad range of sectors and industries, from education, the arts and finance, to media, charities and non-profit. Our dedication to producing work with meaning and impact has led to a huge range of projects – from development of brand strategies and propositions, to visual identity systems, broadcast campaigns and progressive web development.

  • Specialisms
    • Brand strategy
    • Digital strategy
    • Brand identity and architecture
    • Messaging and tone of voice
    • Digital design, UI and UX
    • Front end development
    • Campaigns
    • Environments and exhibitions
    • Content 
    • Print
    • Art direction

Chimney Design

25 Brownleaf Road
Brighton BN2 6LD
01273 243387 / 07720 847142

Contact: Louise Harvey

  • About Chimney Design

    Chimney is a Brighton-based design agency offering a creative, professional service, while keeping projects on-time and within budget. We offer a high level of creativity based on clarity and good ideas. Our services include design for print, branding, illustration and digital design.

    Chimney have worked with the University of Sussex since 2007 on a wide range of projects from student recruitment campaigns, prospectuses, and publications such as Falmer magazine, the financial statements and the graduation programme, to research reports, exhibition materials, digital advertising and explainer videos.

    Louise and Emma have over twenty five years of experience within the creative industry.

  • Clients include:

    Since forming in 2004, Chimney has grown a client base across both public and private sectors including Imperial College London, UCL, the University of Brighton, Sussex Learning Network, HSBC, Barclays and The London Book Fair.


4 St George's Place
01273 704040

Contact: Cillian Carton 

  • About Designate

    Designate is a Brighton-based independent creative agency of around twenty people. We offer a top-to-bottom 360-degree service from big thinking around creative and brand strategy to the detail of creative delivery. That includes everything from visual identity work to advertising campaigns across all platforms from TV and outdoor to digital banners and social media.

    We love to trigger bigger thinking with what we do. That means working with you to come up with the power ideas that move and shape brands. And we love working on creative campaigns that will give you a unique identity and voice and standout from the competition.

    Our creative department is full of art directors, copywriters and designers who have a vast amount of experience, expertise and passion for creating and concepting and delivering campaign work. Our love of print, film, digital, typography, copy all fire us up, excite us and get our hearts and brains pumping.

  • Clients include:
    • LV=
    • Brittany Ferries
    • i360
    • dnata
    • MetLife
    • Eurocamp


Babushka specialises in brand identity, art direction and design for print and digital communications.

Babushka is led by Jessica Philpott, who you would be working with on all University of Sussex projects. Jessica has a background in branding and design – previously working for a decade at agency The Partners in London and New York.

So far, Babushka has undertaken University of Sussex projects for the Digital and Creative Media team, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), the Housing Office and the Science Research Policy Unit (SPRU).


  • campaigns (print or digital)
  • brand communications
  • print and editorial design
  • marketing collateral
  • photography art direction
  • digital design
  • naming and copywriting
  • illustration
  • environmental graphics
  • merchandise design.

Work for University of Sussex

  • The Exchange project
  • marketing materials for SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit.

Other relevant client work

  • Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Quietroom publication design
  • Sainsburys Living Well project
  • Future Proof campaign.

Door 22 Creative

86-90 Paul Street
London EC2A 4NE
033 3939 0122

Contact: Emma Nicol

  • About Door 22 Creative

    A small creative team, we are a remote-model agency. We bring in other specialists when required such as Plain English proofreaders, copywriters and editors.

    As a team we always happy help in the briefing (or even pre-briefing) process and seem to relish a slightly awkward project that needs a bit of a different approach, whether that’s a tight deadline or an innovative solution. We are used to discovering the missing pieces and joining the dots so don’t feel as though a brief needs to be a beautifully finalised manuscript.

    We love to help develop a campaign idea or a new brand initiative. We can be well behaved and bring a chunky brochure to life faithfully on-brand but we also like to be bold and cheeky if given half the chance. Print or campaign style projects are our main bag as well as ones requiring commissioning and bringing in photography, illustration and data visualisation.

  • Clients include:
    • NHS
    • World Health Organisation
    • The Association for Science Education
    • EngineeringUK
    • National Migraine Centre
    • SPANA
    • WheelPower

Chimney Design

At Chimney, we deliver quality design that works, with a level of creativity based on simplicity and good ideas. Our services include design for print, branding and digital design, as well as extras such as illustration, copywriting, photography and print management.

Louise and Emma formed Chimney in 2004. Chimney’s reputation has grown steadily with clients including Imperial College London, Visit Brighton and Barclays.

Louise is an experienced art director and designer who works collaboratively to produce consistently effective user experiences. Emma is a successful designer and illustrator, working for clients including Men’s Health magazine and The Royal Ballet School.

We have worked with the University of Sussex on a wide range of projects from student recruitment campaigns, prospectuses, the Graduation programme and the Financial Statements, to course materials and research reports.

Work for University of Sussex

  • UCAS stands
  • Sussex Education Awards
  • Open Day programme
  • Welcome Week booklet
  • Sussex Community Festival
  • Sussex Programme for Quantum Research literature
  • Business School course brochures.

Other relevant client work

  • Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) – website, video, branding
  • University of Brighton – Careers Skills, Healthy Futures Showcase brochures
  • The London Book Fair – branding, advertising, exhibitions
  • HireRight – Benchmarker report.

GOOD Agency

3rd Floor, Harling House
47-51 Great Suffolk Street
London SE1 0BS
020 7738 1900 /

Contact: Lucy Martin / Daniel Webb

  • About GOOD

    GOOD was established almost 30 years ago with a vision to help organisations create a better world. Today, we continue to be an independent purpose-driven agency delivering strategy and creative services to some of the world’s largest brands and charities.

    We are driven by our passion to use brilliant communication to create positive social and environmental change. Our work has helped raise over £1.5billion for charities and has transformed international businesses through Purpose.

    We are an employee-owned company and take pride in being the UK’s highest-ranking B-Corp creative agency.

Irish Butcher

Irish Butcher is a London-based design studio specialising in graphic design for print, 2D exhibition design and creative direction.

Our aim is to generate bright ideas that connect with your audience and communicate your message effectively across all media.

Logic and efficiency mixed with creativity galore are what make Irish Butcher unique. Co-founder – and your contact for Sussex projects – Nadine Fleischer has a long and varied list of projects in both the private and public sector, from her work with Neville Brody to The Guardian and the V&A.


  • 2D exhibition design (temporary and permanent)
  • print design
  • visual identity
  • wayfinding
  • design research and review.

Work for University of Sussex

  • Welcome Week booklet
  • quantum theory installation
  • 2D design for caravan (external and internal)
  • marketing collateral
  • Richard Attenborough exhibition catalogue.

Other relevant client work

  • The Courtauld Institute: Undergraduate and Postgraduate prospectus 2020/21, print design
  • The National Maritime Museum: The Moon, July 2019–January 2020, 2D exhibition design
  • Metropolitan Workshop: 12-year anniversary book
  • Ariadne, European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights: Report design for current issues
  • V&A Dundee: Mary Quant, 2D exhibition design, April 2020.

Irish Butcher

Unit 67, Containerville
38-40 The Oval
London E2 9DT
0790 4029739

Contact: Nadine Fleischer

  • About Irish Butcher

    Irish Butcher is led by Nadine Fleischer who will be working on University projects with you.

    Logic and efficiency mixed with creativity galore are what make Irish Butcher unique.

    Nadine always aims at generating bright ideas that connect with the audience and communicate your message effectively. She is confident in creating unique design proposals and art direction but also happy to artwork and work with existing design.

    Nadine has a background in print design, editorial design and typography and specialises in any creative print design in addition to 2D exhibition design and wayfinding.

  • Clients include:
    • The Tate
    • The Natural History Museum
    • The Courtauld Institute
    • The University of Sussex
    • London Transport Museum
    • UCL
    • Metropolitan Workshop
    • V&A Dundee

Wiedemann Lampe

We are an international brand consultancy based in London. We harness the power of culture to create meaningful dialogue, building brands where communities can flourish.

Through emotionally tuned, detail-driven strategy, technology and design, we elevate brands to a place where vision and connection coexist.

Wiedemann Lampe bridge physical, digital and everything in between. Our diverse team allows us to bring the same expertise and attention to coding and copywriting as we do to kerning.


  • strategy (brand strategy, brand positioning, service design)
  • brand (brand creation, brand identity, brand architecture, brand naming, brand language, innovation, new product development, brand guidelines)
  • activation (creative content, brand collateral, UX Design, interactive design, website and mobile development, digital brand experiences, moving image)

Work for University of Sussex

  • Graduation experience – ‘Your story’
  • Global Review publication.

Other relevant client work

  • Via Hostels
  • Natural History Museum visual identity
  • Russell Group – Advancing Access
  • British Library – Business IP Centre
  • Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Ivana Ćatović Studio

Contact: Ivana Ćatović

  • About Ivana Ćatović Studio

    I am a freelance design lead with over 15 years’ experience, both agency-side and in-house. I have worked for big and small clients, and I am used to fast-paced environments. I look after projects from the initial brief to delivery. I can help define and develop design direction for a campaign and implement it (or oversee its implementation) across all assets.

    I have a lot of experience in visual branding (print and digital) including full company re-brands, new campaigns, and improvements to the existing brand guidelines. I can take on cross-platform campaign-style projects, as well as detail-focused ones. My side-passions are lettering and illustration, which often come in useful on larger projects. I also work as a UX/UI consultant (currently designing a product for a finance company) and would love to work on your website.

  • Clients include:
    • Ferrero (Kinder, Kinder Surprise, Nutella, Tic-Tac, Raffaello, Ferrero Rocher)
    • Vodafone
    • Sure (Rexona)
    • Snog
    • Prudential
    • Aquafresh
    • Electrolux
    • Carlsberg
    • Bentley Motors
    • Porsche
    • Comic Relief
    • Teach First
    • Sony
    • Asics
    • Mars
    • Janssen
    • Sky.

Off the Top of My Head

07971 877551

Contact: John Spencer

  • About Off the Top of My Head

    Offthetopofmyhead was founded by me, John Spencer. I work in collaboration with some of the most talented and experienced people around and bring together the best team of specialists for each project.

    Offthetopofmyhead is creatively led but all our work is underpinned by a sound understanding of business strategy so everything we create is on the mark. Our brand experience has given us a deep understanding of how every aspect of an organisation’s communications needs to come together.

    Offthetopofmyhead waves the flag for instinct, imagination and the sheer joy of doing things which haven’t been done before, working across:

    • Brand positioning, strategy and narrative
    • Brand identity
    • Messaging
    • Tone of voice
    • Printed and digital communications
    • Fundraising and awareness campaigns.
  • Clients include:
    • Aston University
    • Cambridge University Boat Club
    • Cancer Research Wales
    • Royal College of Nursing
    • Sadler’s Wells
    • Teach First
    • The National Archives
    • The Royal Academy of Engineering
    • University of Cambridge

Red Brick Road

58 Great Sutton Street
London EC1V 0DG
020 7575 7654

Contact: David Miller

  • About Red Brick Road

    Red Brick Road is an award-winning creative agency. We shape brand and campaign strategies; and then use creative and design ideas to bring these to life.

    We specialise in strategy, brand advertising and performance marketing; helping organisations to build distinctive branding and clear voices in all aspects of their communications (from posters and brochures, to PR, digital, emails, influencers and social media content creation).

    We create and develop brand personalities and brand worlds, helping to get organisations noticed.

  • Clients include:

    Our clients include big brands such as the Post Office, Hilton Hotels and Amazon; NGOs and Membership groups including British Business Bank, GS1 UK and British Berry Growers; as well as start-up and scale-up brands such as Nix&Kix, NOMO Chocolate and Auddy.

Studio Exon

5 Rose Cottages, Rectory Lane
Timsbury, Bath BA2 0LA
07966 187233

Contact: Tom Exon

  • About Studio Exon

    Studio Exon is one well-connected creative director and designer. I specialise in brand and communications and work with a close and trusted network of creative people across almost all disciplines including;

    • Strategy
    • Planning
    • Design
    • Copywriting
    • Animation
    • Illustration
    • Digital development - with decades of experience to bring to the table. 

    Often you might just need me, but when the brief requires it, I can handpick and lead the team you need, for the job you need to do. 

    Thoughtful, strategic, visual communication is your language that connects you to your students and stakeholders, enabling you to build a strong and fruitful relationship with them.  We’ll ensure that your brand resonates with your audiences through everything you do – whether that’s a large-scale campaign, a piece of print, a social media post or an email signature. We’ll ask the right questions and work with you to shape every brief to mean you meet every challenge head on with helpful, accessible, and impactful design and creative solutions.

  • Clients include:
    Tom has worked with a variety of clients that include: Unite Foundation, University of Gloucestershire, University of Bristol, The National Trust, Cakesmiths, Think Drinks, Celtic Trails, Roche, Amgen and Launceston Town Council.  

Two Pens

Two Pens Ltd
The Annexe, 1 Trinity Trees
BN21 3LA

Contact: Ed Hughes

  • About Two Pens

    We are a small design and branding studio, focused on creating work that connects with people. We love to work closely with our clients to find the best solutions. We have a keen eye (and obsession) for typography and colour; our strength lies in the simple combination of the two. From this foundation we create visual identities, print and digital campaigns, wayfinding, logos and websites (and hopefully all of the above at the same time!)

    We work with clients large and small; from local cafés and businesses to cultural institutions, (including Towner, Charleston and the De La Warr pavilion), international coffee companies and charities. We pride ourselves in producing individual and creative work for every project.

  • Clients include:

    Alongside a wide variety of clients, we have a number in the local cultural sector, including Towner, Charleston, Devonshire Collective, the De La Warr pavilion, Culture East Sussex and Creative Newhaven.

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