James Kirkup

James Kirkup

Freelance Brand DesignerAmsterdam, Netherlands
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James Kirkup

James Kirkup

Freelance Brand DesignerAmsterdam, Netherlands
About me
James Kirkup is a designer, illustrator, and author working as a visual partner across branding, publication and digital design projects. Since 2006, he’s produced award-winning work for clients alongside highly regarded self-initiated projects.
  • LO.W
    LO.WThe Brief Bring a touch of opulence to the dead-stock furnishings industry, and elevate LO.W by distancing it from its immediate competition. The Idea Here we crafted a unique brand identity, and established a new tone of voice for the company. Rather than shying away from the raw and rugged reality of the products, we set about finding delicate ways to enhance them and show their true elegance. The result was a powerful new expression of LO.W - one that made it stand out from its competitors,
  • Lé Mondrian
    Lé MondrianThe Brief Craft a brand identity for Lé Mondrian that matches the experience of their resort program in the French Riviera. The Idea Here we dictated the creative vision from the outset and formed a complex brand identity that included a detailed customer journey. It was all about getting people excited for the upcoming launch in clever and intriguing ways. We defined the image, created an intricate visual world that matched the sophistication and luxury of the resort, and injected some much-ne
  • CoinGift
    CoinGiftBitcoin gifting start-up CoinGift approached us to create a visual identity to launch their service. We approached the identity with an intention to convey what the brand does, in their identity whether that be animated or static.
Projects credited in
  • adidas EQT x ASOS Pop-Up
    adidas EQT x ASOS Pop-UpCelebrating the launch of adidas EQT, a reinterpretation of the classic 1991 Equipment line, an immersive retail and events space was created for ASOS.
Work history
    Founder & Creative DirectorAn Open Understanding
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    A full-service design studio working alongside brands at any stage of their development. https://linktr.ee/anopenunderstanding Working for: → Picfair, The Game Awards, Science Magic Studios, Known Origin, Twaice, Harper Hotel Group, FiveYards, Fire Without Smoke, David Gandy, Cannes Lion, Kaia Health and Universal Music. Collaborating with: → Fiasco, Rival, Companion, Grizzly, Index and others
    Studio Juice Ltd logo
    Studio Juice Ltd logo
    Lead Graphic DesignerStudio Juice Ltd
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Bringing digital expertise to the team, I lead the studio’s digital output across their client base from Adidas to Camden Town Brewery. My role developed in leading the studio's creative strategy across new business pitches and ongoing client relationships.
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  • Corporate Identity
  • Graphic Deaign
  • Digital/ Print
  • Digital
  • Website Design
  • Illustration
  • 360 Campaigns
  • Strategy
  • UX
  • UI