I am Ollie Scognamiglio, a graphic designer, and the Creative Director of 10 Creative - a graphic design agency based in Cambridge. My professional passion is for truly wonderful graphic design through the enjoyment of typography and its relationship with an image, but most importantly how that can help individuals and companies to succeed with beautiful and effective marketing.
I became a designer after studying art, having followed my heart from a young age, but I soon realised I needed to re-focus. I turned down two places on Fine Art degrees (at the University of Reading, and University of Oxford - Ruskin School), to concentrate on a broader spectrum of art and design. A foundation course in Liverpool in the 1990s led me more specifically towards graphic design, which I studied at Leeds.
After achieving my degree, I was asked to tutor typography at the University of Leeds. This was a field I had particularly specialised, and become absorbed in during my studies, and I continue to explore the boundaries of type, and its place in design. I turned down the role as I focused instead on my professional career.
My thirst to explore and push new boundaries in graphic design has really been quenched during my career as a professional graphic designer. I am self-employed, and have a wide range of international clients, and have worked on some high-end, and some extremely satisfying, and creative projects for the likes of Microsoft, Royal & Sun Alliance, Deloitte, DePuy, Thomson Holidays, Fine & Country Estate Agents and many more. You will be able to get a lot more information about my professional career from my portfolio.
Having come into the graphic design world from the more artistic side, I believe I bring design elements together more aesthetically pleasing than most, and pay attention to things like composition, and form. I have even been known to get my paint brushes out for branding exercises. My professional ethos is fundamentally about making each day count and to enjoy the ride. I love what I do. To go to work each day is a pleasure in which I feel very lucky.
Other passions include my beautiful wife and extraordinary three children, the great outdoors, cycling, good food, rugby, beer, formula one, espresso, anything with an Apple logo, good photography, illustration and of course art. Before kids travelling was on that list too!
"We have always found Ollie's work exemplary. He has proven to be consciencentious and his work both forward thinking and original, but also extremely effective in its outcome. An example of this would possibly be underlined by the fact that over the first two measured years of working with us i.e. summer 2005 until summer 2006, our business levels increased by 45% and over summer 2006 until summer 2007 by a further 16%. Also, visitors to our website lifted by 66.6% over 2005-06 and a further 8.4% over 2006-07. I have no hesitation in recommending him to you."
Chairman @ AMR
"Liquid just seem to have an incredibly innate ability to pick out the strongest elements in what I do, then somehow professionally and artfully, synthesize the most stylish and up to the minute websites to showcase my services."
Creative Director, Voir Fashion
"We got Ollie involved at an early stage, and he chose our company name, designed everything we needed, and brilliantly changed the way our company was going to be structured. Because of him, we lead the way in our region, and our profit has soared through the roof. We literally have too much work. I can't recommend him enough. I find myself thinking of business ideas just so I can work closely with Ollie again!"
MD @ Dub Tails
"That's a bloody outstanding website and web design you have there - best I've seen in ages - excellent..."
MD @ Fab Records
"I can't thank you enough for the branding and amazing artwork you have created for Blanc. You have truly gone above and beyond for us. I hope we will be working together for many years to come. Thanks again. x"
MD @ Blanc
"I love, love, love it! Thank you so much, I do really appreciate it and well done!"
MD @ Simply Nourish