Elizabeth Young

Creative Director / Co. Fdr of House of—Folk

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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About me

One half of House of Folk, an interdisciplinary design & research collective working at the intersection of branding & architecture. A seasoned and progressive Co-Founder / Creative Director of House of Folk - a proudly independent cross-discipline studio working globally from our base in Edinburgh. I've worked for 18 years in the creative industry, specialising in branding, campaign, digital design and UX/UI environments for the likes of Universal Records, PUMA, Miler Running NYC and numerous SMEs to deliver enterprise-level creative solutions that suit their specific needs. My work has a natural lean towards the music, sports and lifestyle sectors, with a bias for clean, minimal and functional design that is intuitive in its use and conceptually sound in equal measure. An intrinsically curious collaborator, problem solver, and lover of tech; I come with a wealth of experience in eCommerce, SaaS and human-centered design thinking, future-proofing for all environments. I'm a personable, glass half full, real-talking thinker with ambitious ideas and a diverse skill set. When not watching crime documentaries on Netflix, I'm always open to grabbing coffee.

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  • Creative Direction
  • Digital Design
  • Web Design
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Strategy
  • Branding Design
  • Branding Identity
  • Branding Experiential
  • UI Design

Companies I’ve worked with

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    JD Sports

    • House of—Folk

      House of—Folk

      • Design
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      Toptal LLC

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        Polydor Records (Universal Music)

        Work history


        Creative Director

        House of—Folk

        Jan 2019
        • Manchester, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • We are House of—Folk, an interdisciplinary creative studio built to deliver innovative, memorable and strategic brand experiences. We are intentionally small—existing in the worlds of first class creative direction and detail driven design; combining the best of those worlds to bring an exciting perspective on growth. Our innovation is driven by curiosity; forming an intrinsic and cultural understanding of leading modern brands. We match that with critical thinking, where we unpick the models and methods of brands that have stood the test of time. Passionate about creating work that connects with people on all manner of levels, we aim to ignite discussion, emotion and interaction. That means having real, honest conversations on what will truly create positive pivotal moments for the clients we work with.


        Senior Art Director / Website Designer

        Toptal LLC

        May 2018
        • Manchester, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Creative lead/art director on a wide variety of global digital projects, ranging from B2B web/UI/eCommerce design through to brand creation/director on leading lifestyle brands.


        Art Direction / Graphic Design


        Sep 2018 - Sep 2018
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Working with key stakeholders to produce art direction on in-house promotional material.


        May 2018 - Aug 2018
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Created album artwork/art direction for up and coming 'one to watch' musician, working closely with production team to aide both press and digital outputs.


        Head of Design

        JD Sports

        Jun 2014 - Apr 2018
        • Manchester, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • Adidas Originals / Wood Wood / Calvin Klein / Belstaff / Barbour / Albam / Folk / Diemme Woodhouse Clothing's brand proposition endorses the notion of aspirational, contemporary style for the modern man; with a brand mix that comprises directional and commercial labels, WHC combine a notable brand portfolio with a global audience, first class user experience and flawless customer service. - Brand guardian & lead on global creative strategy. - Managed all creative and art direction requirements for WHC, reporting directly to M.D. - Art direction / production on all campaigns, digital flat shoots, marketing, press and digital collateral, as well as managing team creative output. - Design, development and deployment of digital innovations. - Progressively optimising UX and commercial creative operations. - Manager of creative team 5+ years



        MA Design & Art Direction

        Manchester Metropolitan University

        Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
        • Manchester, United Kingdom
        • Masters thesis interrogated the subjective nature of cross sensory experiences (synesthesia), and how the outcomes could be interpreted through the mediums of design & art direction, specifically photography and digital design.


        (BA hons) Graphic Design

        Lancaster University

        Sep 2003 - Sep 2006
        • Lancaster, United Kingdom