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Gareth Hughes

Art Director at AKQA

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Art Director - Creative Director

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About me

— Interviews & features The Dots master class (2015), The Atlantic (2013), MMU Digital Innovation (2012), The Atlantic (2012), Vimeo Staff Pick (2012), Computer Arts (2012), Computer Arts (2011), Wired (2011). Work praised by Stephen Fry (2011). — Summary Hello, I'm Gareth, an Art Director at AKQA. Graduating with first class honours in Graphic Design I joined Manchester's leading agency in interactive innovation, mN, before the inevitable move to London. Since joining AKQA I've been a member of a small multi-disciplinary team focusing on new business as well as leading projects for Virgin Atlantic, Volvo and Nike. I believe in this fast paced time moments are all we have. The greatest pleasure comes from making moments that connect with the people who need them. — Selected clients Nike, Volvo, Studio Canal, BBC, Virgin Atlantic, Arup, Ryanair, GSK.


  • Advertising
  • Art Direction
  • User Experience Design
  • Animation
  • Design
  • Web Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Online Campaigns
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Mobile Applications
  • Conceptual Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Branding Identity
  • Film Scoring

Work history


Art Director


Apr 2015
  • Full Time


Senior Designer


Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
  • Full Time




Feb 2011 - Feb 2013
  • Full Time
  • Designing with a talented team in a highly respected agency. Providing Art Direction and user understanding. Working closely with developers in agile projects to ensure design and thinking is carried through to the final build. Being an integral part of the team in fast paced pitches. While working for mN, I have created work for Arup, Reuters, Visit Manchester and various high level BBC projects such as BBC Sport and The Proms.




Feb 2010 - Aug 2010
  • Full Time
  • Whilst in my final year of university I became part of the team at Shape as a designer. Being part of a small team meant the roll brought with it many responsibilities including art direction. A great agency to start my career in design.



First BA Honors Degree, Graphic Design

The University of Salford

Sep 2006 - Jul 2010