Web design and illustration manchester

I work with companies of all sizes providing design they can be proud of, ideas that get attention and illustration as unique as they are.

Clients include


Commercial illustration commissions welcome . Previous work includes book covers and interiors, digital and TV production, storyboarding, graphic recording, character creation, infographics, editorial illustration, technical cutaways, and all things visual.

Web design and SEO

User-friendly, easily maintainable and websites. WordPress training and support that give, basic SEO. All the tools you need to be seen and promote your company online without getting caught up in technical micro-management.

Recent projects

With over 20 years industry and design studio experience and a dedication to researching the latest design trends and web technology, it’s not just about creating a look and feel, but solving design problems. 

Design is everywhere. It’s my mission to understand the DNA of excellent design communication and pass that on in the work I create for others. I do it with efficiency and impact, and 99% of my work comes from referrals. My portfolio has national and international clients. Ranging from music festivals and production companies to environmental awareness organisations. Will you be next?

I engage people with good design across all media, whether setting up a website that can be easily updated, providing an illustration commission, animation or a cross branded design campaign with online marketing and SEO. JCU is as much about the product, as it is a service, providing great design, and client experience. 


“John was wonderfully proactive and efficient in getting our new website up and running. He took the time to understand our needs and always strove to find solutions. His keen communication sense, positive attitude and good sense of humour made the process of updating our website clear, easy, and even fun!”

Jessica Villat, The Luc Hoffmann Institute

“The work John did on illustrating the Little Book of Anxiety, I felt was remarkable not just because he is a brilliant and imaginative illustrator. For me it was his ability to visualise and encapsulate, sometimes quite difficult concepts. Making them much more accessible to my readers, complementing and reinforcing the ideas contained within my text. Using imagination, subtlety and humour his work went well beyond his original brief. It was a pleasure to work with him on this project.”

Chris Taylor, The Little Book of Anxiety

“John can work fast, to a deadline, and can adapt quickly to a change of plan. Working with him was a delightful experience.”

Arthur Bostrom, Good Moaning France: Officer Crabtree’s Fronch Phrose Berk

“Having worked on the Last Laugh website, we knew John could handle the Wentworth festival website too. Not just the website, but also the graphic design work on the poster, and the logo. A very experienced all-rounder.”

Toby Foster, Wentworth Festival

“John talked me through my options beforehand and made everything very clear, keeping me posted every step of the way.  He clearly knows his stuff but never blinds you with science. The end result meets my needs perfectly.  Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”

Dave Williams, davewilliams.biz

Not only am I over the moon with my website, John made the whole process completely pain-free; he answered my queries promptly, using language I could understand. I would highly recommend him.

Wendy Haigh, willowglowyoga.co.uk

Web design | Illustration | Brand design
Posters and flyers |  Infographics
WordPress support