I’m Claire Byrom (aka artworks54), a freelance designer based in the North West of England. I offer a full range of creative services including artwork, design, illustration, print and project management.

I’ve worked with a wide range of clients producing varied work and have over 20 years experience of doing so. With previous roles including studio manager, design manager, senior designer, artworker and illustrator – I've learnt a fair few things along the way too...

If you’d like to find out more about me, my work, or how I can help you, please do get in touch.

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About… me

A keen ‘doodler’ with a love of vintage cars, retro ads, old books, beautiful typography and crafty kerning. I play Cornet in a local brass band, own a Nissan Figaro (see love vintage cars) and am owned by Arthur, a rather bonkers bengal.

About… my career

I began my training at a printers and learnt my trade the old school way. Creating bromides, spotting out films, hand stitching/collating booklets and making the tea (a most essential element) whilst simultaneously educating myself in the new, and rather magical, ‘apple mac’ way of design (it involved a lot of time staring at a spinning ball on the screen). Besides patience (see spinning ball) working there taught me a lot about the print processes required before you get a finished booklet/leaflet/poster – there’s a lot that has to happen before the ink actually hits the page – plus I’m still quite handy with a tea-bag contrary to what some people may say.

To advance my career, I headed for the bright lights, big city of London town where I honed my design skills. Fun times were had (who doesn’t enjoy jumping on the back of a moving bus?) but the lure of the hills brought me home several years later where my methodical nature and insatiable appetite for detail eventually lead to a role in studio management. As challenging as it was, I missed the ‘nitty-gritty’ of being hands-on, so when redundancy came along to kick-start my career, I took the opportunity to launch myself as freelancer. I’ve never looked back.

I've worked with…

3i, ASDA, AstraZeneca, Breast Cancer Campaign, The Christie, Clarks, Fender, GE Capital, House of Fraser, Intel, John Lewis, Kelloggs, London Fashion Week, Manchester Digital, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester Is My Planet, Manchester International Festival, Matalan, Microsoft, NWDA, Oasis, Orange, Pfizer, PwC, Russell & Bromley, Salisbury International Festival, Shop Direct, SSL International (Durex/Scholl), UniChem, Unipart, Virgin Megastores, Waitrose

I've worked on…

Annual reports, booklets, brochures, brand identities, business stationery, direct mail, exhibition stands, large format graphics, leaflets, national /international advertising campaigns, newsletters, packaging, POS material, product catalogues