Ian Hornby DESIGN

About Me

I am a creative graphic designer/art director based in Greater Manchester, with strong copy and headline writing skills.

I’m a good conceptual designer, with the mac skills to back this up. I have won awards for advertising and am used to producing campaigns in different media, corporate identities, brochures, direct marketing, digital design, packaging and exhibitions. (Please click through samples in the WORK section below).

I generally work for advertising, marketing and design agencies, as well as directly for business, pharmaceutical specialists, and the public sector. I can work alone but also really enjoy working on team projects. I am easy to get on with and have good communication skills.


As well as creative concepts and design, I can also provide creative headlines and copy. Please hover over each area below for a more detailed breakdown of the services and skills I can bring to a project.



I have over 18 years experience in the creative industry as a conceptual designer
and art director. I’ve worked full-time for advertising agencies and exhibition designers but have been successfully freelancing for over twelve years.

I have won two Cream Awards: Silver Award – Best Recuitment Advertising,
and Bronze Award – Best Low Budget/Small Client.

Projects I have worked on include work for the following clients: The Alliance & Leicester, Altodigital, BASF, Baxter, BBC Philharmonic, BMW, British Aerospace, The Co-operative Bank, Didsbury Arts Festival, Marshalls, Merck Serono, Mini, Morphy Richards, The NHS, Novartis, Oxfordshire County Council, Perco Engineering, Roche, Santen, The Stephen Joseph Theatre and Toyota.

I have a BA Hons Degree in Graphic Design (First Class Honours) from Manchester Metropolitan University.


I asked four of my regular clients to write a few words about my skills and the way in which I work. Please see their comments below:

  • “Ian is a reliable and dependable source of creative ideas that Madhouse has tapped into for years. His ability to simplify the requirements of the brief and distil the solutions down to impactful concepts that make the proposition come to life is exemplary.”

    Phil Rogerson, MD and Creative Director
  • “I have worked with Ian for over 10 years and believe him to be one of the best creative designers in our industry. His conceptual and structured approach, combined with a strong creative thought process and intuitive typographic sensitivity mean that his work sets the standard in a highly competitive industry.”

    David Walker, Creative Director
  • “Ian is a great conceptual thinker and quickly gets to the core of a creative problem. Importantly, he is able to turn those concepts into strong designs which enable the message to leap from the page and screen. He has produced excellent results for all my clients over the last 10 years – I have recommended Ian to many people, and would happily recommend him again.”

    Andrew Collier, Managing Director
  • “Experienced, hardworking, reliable and fast, Ian has never let us down. If you are looking for a conceptual thinker who is also great at headlines, Ian is your man. When I require a freelance designer I will go to Ian as our first choice. He comes up with some great design ideas and I can be sure he will get the right solution first time.”

    Rob Forster, Creative Director


If you’d like to discuss booking me, talk about a specific job, or see further samples of my work, please send me a message to hello@ianhornby.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call me on my mobile number – 07771 530791