I am Andy Clarke, a designer, speaker, and writer. My designs have helped companies around the world to increase their sales pipeline and revenue, and charities like Greenpeace and WWF to raise donations. I advise businesses both large and small on how to improve business models, value propositions, and customer experiences
With my wife Sue, I founded Stuff & Nonsense—one of the best-known web design studios, specialising in creative design for digital products and websites—in 1998 and we’ve worked together ever since. From my studio in North Wales, I’ve consulted and designed for clients including Ansarada, Disney Store UK, Fairfax Media, Home Office (UK), Greenpeace, ISO, Nozomi Networks, SAP, STV, SunLife, WIPO, and WWF.
I’ve written four popular books on website design and development—‘Art Direction for the Web,’ ‘Hardboiled Web Design’ and ‘Transcending CSS’—and I’m an experienced speaker, regularly presenting on art direction and digital design at web and UX industry conferences worldwide.
- I’m an experienced creative director, product and website designer
- I deliver critical projects on-time and within budget
- I know how to implement brand and creative strategy across digital products and marketing
- I love sharing my experience and knowledge and encouraging people to think creatively
A long career in innovation
Before a career on the web, I was one of the earliest proponents of digital photography, shot the first digital photograph in the UK—with a Leaf digital camera back—and set up the first British commercial digital photographic studio.
I was responsible for support and training of digital camera backs across Europe at Dicomed, and while working at Silicon Imaging, I brought digital photography to Avon, Book Club Associates, Cadbury’s, Christies, Dixons
Stores Group, and numerous advertising and catalogue studios using Leaf DCB and Sinar digital camera backs.
Before Silicon Imaging, I joined Scitex from The Studio Workshop where I specialised in large format studio photography and worked with many of the top London photographers of the time. I implemented Europe’s first Sinar ‘e’ computer-aided large format camera with a Leaf DCB.
After leaving art school, I assisted photographers at South Bank Studio Center in London and ran their camera and lighting rental service.
Originally from Lancashire in the north of England, I have a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. I really, really, love gorillas.