Lydia Lapinski

Art Director, Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Level
Senior
Location
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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About me

About Thoughts Make Things (previously named Studio Binky) is the independent design studio of Art Director, Graphic Designer and Illustrator Lydia Lapinski. My aim is to produce highly creative, ideas-led work that is engaging, inspiring and beautiful, as well as being functional and educational. I enjoy working on projects that align with my own values of promoting learning, creativity, community and play. I work with a mixture of my own clients and other agencies, offering a variety of services including art Direction, branding, digital design, graphic design, illustration, packaging design, product design and set design. Before setting up Thoughts Make Things in 2008 (previously named ‘Studio Binky’) I worked as a graphic designer, art director and head of design for top design agencies including The Designers Republic, Studio Output, Iris Associates and Pimoroni. I was one of the first designers to work at Studio Output when they started up in 2003, and became the first female in 25 years to be employed as a designer at The Designers Republic. I have worked in design studios, advertising agencies and in-house for brands, gaining experience ranging from designing electronic PCB boards, to chocolate rabbits.

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Skills

  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Packaging Design

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Pimoroni

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      Thoughts Make Things

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        Iris Associates

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          The Designers Republic

          Work history

          Currently

          Art Director, Designer & Illustrator

          Thoughts Make Things

          Feb 2018
          • Sheffield, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Thoughts Make Things (previously named Studio Binky) is the independent design studio of Art Director, Graphic Designer and Illustrator Lydia Lapinski. My aim is to produce highly creative, ideas-led work that is engaging, inspiring and beautiful, as well as being functional and educational. I enjoy working on projects that align with my own values of promoting learning, creativity, community and play. I work with a mixture of my own clients and other agencies, offering a variety of services including art Direction, branding, digital design, graphic design, illustration, packaging design, product design and set design. Before setting up Thoughts Make Things in 2008 (previously named ‘Studio Binky’) I worked as a graphic designer, art director and head of design for top design agencies including The Designers Republic, Studio Output, Iris Associates and Pimoroni. I was one of the first designers to work at Studio Output when they started up in 2003, and became the first female in 25 years to be employed as a designer at The Designers Republic. I have worked in design studios, advertising agencies and in-house for brands, gaining experience ranging from designing electronic PCB boards, to chocolate rabbits.

          2018

          Head of Design

          Pimoroni

          Aug 2016 - Feb 2018
          • Sheffield, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Pimoroni are a company of makers and educators in Sheffield, UK. They are passionate about making fun, accessible and inclusive electronics, hardware and software for anyone from beginner to master. As Head of Design it was my role to oversee the creative output of the company. I art directed and styled photography, produced packaging, story boarded commercials, made online content and invented my own range of wearable technology products.

          2012

          Art Director

          Iris Associates

          Apr 2011 - May 2012
          • Sheffield, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Iris Associates is a graphic design & marketing company based in Sheffield UK. In my role at Iris Associates I was responsible for generating ideas and art directing advertising campaigns, as well as graphic design & illustration. In my part-time role at Iris Associates I worked on projects for clients such as Creative Sheffield, Yorkshire Water and ProCo. My favourite project being ProCo's 'The Helpies' which went on to win a 'DM Creative Excellence' award, as well as winning them a huge amount of new business. See less

          2008

          Senior Designer

          The Designers Republic

          May 2007 - Aug 2008
          • Sheffield, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • The Designers Republic is a design company based in Sheffield UK. In my role at TDR I was responsible for art direction, graphic design and illustration. In my time at TDR I worked on projects for clients such as Coca-Cola, EA Games, Arjo Wiggins, NHS, Art Sheffield, Gatecrasher, Marks & Spencers and Hasbro. At this time I was lucky enough to produce a poster for 'If You Could' which was later featured in Creative Review magazine, and a bag which was later featured in Graphic magazine. See less

          2007

          Junior / Middleweight Designer

          Studio Output

          Aug 2003 - Aug 2007
          • Nottingham, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Studio Output are a design company based in the UK with offices in both London and Nottingham. I joined the company in its early stages and was responsible for projects from initial design ideas through to final artworking. Working in a small team I was also initially in charge of handling all of my clients directly. In my time at Studio Output I worked for clients such as Coca-Cola, BBC, Channel 4, Computer Arts Magazine, Penguin Books, Rotovision and Ministry of Sound. Studio Output also provided me with support to began training in Flash, HTML & Dreamweaver. Whilst at Studio Output my work was published in Creative Review magazine, Creative Review the Annual and Design Week magazine, along with various design books. See less