A seasoned designer of the problem-solving kind, having an eye for clean aesthetics and good detail. I work mostly in visual design for marketing and brand communications.
In my digital consulting work, I help clients with new tools and data workflows. I still call it designing, it just uses more of a systems and product mindset. I love tech products and the people in the community, from startups to solo makers and entrepreneurs.
If your business needs help with marketing communications, building websites, designing brand identities or data-driven graphics you can see my work and services at bowley.design.
Does your business needs help with modern digital tools and automated workflows? I can help with training, setup, design and building. Please get in touch for more information.
Brand design for a pre-launch app that connects concerned people with climate campaigns & advocacy organisations.
Brand design update for a web app aimed at design agencies & remote teams.
Brand design & consultancy for a new global collaboration tool for civil servants.
[Website coming soon]
More about me
My career’s core focus has been around making things, and making things better. This is probably why I became a designer and why I try to be useful to others, or build things that are.
I enjoy getting involved in helping business builders in all sorts of ways – both creative and technical. This can mean anything from education and training, project planning and research, ideas and concepts, design detailing, to technical integrations and automated processes.
I started out in the mid-90s designing and developing brands and marketing communications at well known design agencies in London, including The Team, Lambie-Nairn, Brand Union and Turnbull Ripley. You can read more about this part of my career on my LinkedIn profile.
In 2014 I went freelance, spending 5 years contracted to various design agencies across London. This gave me exposure to a huge variety of ideas, work and people, accelerating my design knowledge and teamwork skills.
Between 2009 and 2014 I was mostly contracted in-house for Carphone Warehouse. This involved design leadership (product, UI & UX) on their My Hub web and mobile apps, including a number of trips to California to oversee implementation. Whilst at Carphone I also lead the redesign of the Geek Squad UK website, and provided UX and design planning for a mobile insurance product.
Since 2014 I've worked for my own clients at Bowley Design, in partnership with my wife. We specialise in all forms of marketing communications, from brands, web and digital, to publications and documents.
Design help for online makers & entrepreneurs
In researching design’s role in no-code product making and entrepreneurship, makers and founders have been telling me it’s hard to understand or implement good design practice whilst building their ideas and MVPs.
They currently have limited options. In some tools, they’re are faced with a choice between ready-made templates and a blank canvas they can’t paint on. In others the design is fixed, which leaves no easy way of differentiating your product from others.
If they are to succeed as a new generation of product makers, they need to be enabled and educated with just enough design to bridge the gaps.
How can we enable makers with design skills at the same speed and ease as no-code tools enable them to build?
But that’s easier said than done. They’re taking on so many roles already (engineer, product manager, marketer, etc.) they don't have time to study design too, as a practice. So how can we enable makers with design skills at the same speed and ease as no-code tools enable them to build?
I’m working on how to solve this. If you’re interested in joining me on the journey, please add yourself to this list 👇
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#NoCode Infomercial: Are you great at building, but terrible at designing? Do you pine for design that tells your story beyond, "look how fast I built this thing?" Meet @markbowley, he's here to help. Order now and he will throw in free shipping and handling. #ShipItBetter— Philip Lakin (@PhilipLakin) May 21, 2020
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Digital products & demos
The following are digital products and demos I’ve launched myself.
|Deck of Carrd||Website gallery||Live||2020|
|Croxley App||Mobile app||Live||2020|
|Good Venues||Directory website||Live||2020|
|Calm Corners||Mobile app||Live||2019|
|Moodbot||Chat bot demo||Live||2019|
|Brand Stack||Directory website||Closed||2017|
|Brandpage||Web app (co-founder)||Live||2016|
|Freelance Five||Interview blog||Closed||2011|
|Creative Agency Freelancing||Freelance blog||Sold||2009|