Dave Kirkwood has to be the most talented graphic designer I have ever had the opportunity to work with. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for him and he consistently delivers above expectation. Not only that, he also happens to be a really nice guy to do business with.
In the 8 years I have known and worked with Dave, I have found him to be someone who walks the walk, a perfectionist that strives for excellence for his clients and himself. The quality of his work is exceptional, but it’s the journey of inquisitive insights during planning, design and delivery where the real magic happens. Dave has been an engaging speaker, creative coach to the many businesses on the UCLan MORE Programme specifically for Creative, Digital, & Media Businesses, all of whom have developed a cult like following for Dave’s talks & workshops. What I like most is how Dave’s values and personal brand are immaculately woven through creative commercial projects and the 3hunderdand65. The passion, enthusiasm, and motivation you feel working with Dave does change you for the better.
One of the best, if not, the best graphic designer and illustrator I have ever worked with.
Thoughtful, intelligent, innovative and always nails it.
The world’s an oyster
Dave is one of the few people I’ve worked with who can not only make beautiful things, but also ensure that beauty isn’t skin deep. His ability to see worlds in the simplest of stories has taught me that there is strength in harmony. Working with him is like being carried by a giant.
Dave has a unique way of getting straight to the point of the subject you’re engaged in. Not only that he’ll dissect the point, turn it on it’s head and throw in a perspective you would have never seen coming. He is a rare species… he is one of a genuine few who know that good, thought out, well crafted design can make a big difference.
I’ve worked with Dave, sometimes as a collaborator, sometimes as a client, sometimes as a service provider, always as a friend, on and off for the last twenty years. In every case his passion, insight, creativity and ambition provides the fuel for our relationship. Dave’s enthusiasm is infectious – he sees opportunities where others see barriers but always challenges convention.
There are many commercial designers out there who will produce design work for you quickly and cheaply. There are just a few who will interrogate what you need, ask you questions that you probably haven’t thought of, and then deliver original work that will stop people in their tracks, work that people will want to hang on their walls. For me Dave is one of those few.
Cornwall and Manchester
It is fair to say that making that initial contact with Dave to seek his marketing and design expertise has been one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. Dave has been instrumental in the branding of Country Adventures businesses, producing original and inspired design that works and bringing a passion and commercial experience that has been invaluable in driving my businesses forward.
The North of England
I have worked with Dave Kirkwood for several years and his leading edge design work is the most creative I have ever seen.
He is diligent, hardworking and always delivers against the brief, no matter how complex. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending his services.
London, Manchester (Global)
Dave is a talented designer and creative consultant who has used his wealth of experience and unique perspectives to deliver design (and) solutions that make a real difference. He consistently provides valuable insights to help clients maintain a competitive edge. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to conceive and develop more new and innovative support services.
I have no hesitation in recommending Dave’s services across his impressive range of creative disciplines. I’m delighted with the website that Dave built for me and his logo for my Longfella brand was a work of genius. His social media advice has also been invaluable. Dave brings his creativity, passion and drive to everything that he does, with his 3hundredand65 project standing as an outstanding testament to those qualities. Highly recommended.
Dave Kirkwood has been the designer of Littoral’s 3 websites (www.littoral.org.uk; www.merzbarn.net; www.merzman.co.uk) for the past three years, completely re-modelling them visually, and updating the content. He also set up Facebook and Twitter sites in association with the merz barn sites. From time to time Dave has designed beautiful logos and advertisements and posters for our projects. All his work for us has been superb: visually stunning, and produced on time. What is more he has coped with our sometimes excessive demands, changes of mind, etc. with exemplary patience and good humour, and has gone out of his way to meet with us whenever necessary. We can honestly say that you could not find a nicer person with whom to work..
Elterwater Merz Barn
Dave was, without a doubt, a major influence on my approach to business. He is fiercely forward, very challenging and unafraid to ask the questions you hate to ask yourself. The outcome is a revitalised sense of purpose and a a very definite sense of direction.