David-Lee Badger is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Belfast. Upon graduating with a degree in fine art, he created commissioned artwork, participated in exhibitions and ran a small clothing company before deciding to focus in on his design practice. As of 2015, he started a blog focusing on the creative community in Belfast. From there, he began taking on more clients, working on projects for musicians, tattooists, arts organisations, charities and new businesses. He runs the longest established monthly Drink & Draw event in Ireland as part of Loft Belfast. He’s passionate about solving problems through the medium of design.Locked Pro Plan feature
This is the moniker I began using for all of my creative endeavours from 2015 onwards. Deadbeat was born out of the desire to work for myself. It started with the idea that I could document the creative community in Belfast whilst offering my services as a graphic designer and illustrator. I created a blog, interviewing local artists, musicians and business owners, reviewed exhibition openings and films and started hosting events in my city. From there, my client base grew. My clients include HBO, University of Ulster, Visual Artists Ireland, Boundary Brewing Co. and Bia Rebel Ramen.
One of the founding members of this Belfast based studio. The space was formerly used as a working studio by day, but we also curated and managed exhibitions, gigs, drawing events and open studio days. Although the collective no longer has a studio space, I still run a monthly Drink & Draw event in Town Square, Belfast and Maverick, Belfast. Find us on social @loftbelfast.
At Shanway Press, I was the sole designer, creating anything from a logo and branding to magazines, book covers and additional collateral for a diverse range of clients. This role has given me a great deal of independence, improving my project management and client relationship skills.