Designer &
Digital Consultant

A seasoned designer of the problem-solving kind, having an eye for clean aesthetics and good detail. I love tech products and the people in the community, from startups to creators and entrepreneurs.

Visual design

Websites, landing pages, branding and data-driven graphics.

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Digital builds

Development of websites and apps, automated workflows.

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Products

Creating my own products, aimed at supporting other creators.

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“Mark definitely delivered.
I was very pleased.”

Stuart Powell – Founder, EcoApp

“Someone you can respect and trust.”

Kevin Sorkin – CEO, Pendragon Intl. Media

“Your advice is always taken to heart.”

Greg Rosenberg

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.

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Career history

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.

Current work

Since 2014 I’ve worked for my own clients at Bowley Design, in partnership with my wife. We help content creators and publishing organisations maximise visual impact and digital efficiency. That can mean anything from brand design, custom graphics and report design to managing digital marketing tools.

Makerpad research

As of January 2021 I’m now an official Makerpad Creator In Residence. This means I’m one of their tutorial researchers and creators. Their tutorials are all based on teaching people to build and operate businesses without using code.

Design content & help

I’ve been working to help fellow online makers with design in the last year. I’ve created the following products as a starting point:

On Deck fellowship

From January to March 2021 I was part of the first On Deck No-Code Fellowship. This is a community-led 10 week intensive learning programme aimed at developing skills and launching products with no-code digital tools.

Design work

EcoApp

Brand design for an app in pre-launch stage, which connects people with climate campaigns & advocacy organisations.

EcoApp

Brandpage

Brand design update and illustrations for a web app aimed at design agencies & remote teams.

Brandpage branding

GovApp

Brand design and consultancy for a new global collaboration tool, created for civil servants.

GovApp branding

See more at bowley.design

Products

Products I’ve built or co-built.

Microbrave

A product I co-created to help indie makers build in public. Built during the On Deck No-Code Programme, this one two awards (Best No-code Build + Demo Day Crowd Favorite)

Tiny Design Lessons

Tiny Design Lessons

A platform and product I’ve created to help indie makers with visual and usability design principles.

Tiny Design Lessons

Maker Design Tools

A database product I’ve created to help indie makers find design resources for their projects.

Maker Design Tools

Starrt

A resources hub for all my inspiration and educational material for the Carrd website platform.

Extras for Carrd

Deck of Carrd

A curated design gallery I’ve created, featuring the best Carrd websites.

Deck of Carrd

See more on my Launch List

Design help for online makers & entrepreneurs

Fellow no-code makers and founders have been telling me it’s hard to understand or implement good design 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 just enough design knowledge to bridge the gaps.

How can we enable makers with design skills at the same speed and ease that 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 I'm working on how this can be solved – how can we enable makers with design skills at the same speed and ease that no-code tools enable them to build?

Update: I’ve now created 2 products as a result of this research:

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Launch list

Digital products and demos I’ve launched myself.

MicrobraveSocial tool (co-founder)Live2021
Creator StoreCurated collectionWIP2021
StarrtCarrd tutorials & resourcesLive2021
No-code ExamplesNo-code inspiration galleryLive2020
House AppMobile app demoLive2020
Maker Design ToolsDesign resources databaseLive2020
Tiny Design Lessons Content platform & ebook Live2020
Extras for Carrd Carrd tutorials & demosLive2020
Deck of Carrd Carrd inspiration gallery Live2020
Croxley App Local mobile appLive2020
Good VenuesVenues directory websiteLive2020
Calm CornersMobile app conceptLive2019
MoodbotChat bot demoLive2019
Brand StackDirectory websiteClosed2017
Brandpage Web app (co-founder)Live2016
ContinuiOS game appClosed2013
Freelance FiveInterview blogClosed2011
Creative Agency FreelancingFreelance blogSold2009