William Defoe Designs

William Defoe Designs

William Defoe Designs locationBradford, West Yorkshire

(3 Reviews)

As the Creative Director of William Defoe Designs, I can offer a rich mix of creative flair, technical ability and good business sense. I can take on a project from concept to completion, from originating design solutions to the delivery of print-ready artwork, ensuring that your project is delivered on time, on budget and most importantly to the highest professional standard.

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William Defoe Designs Reviews

William Defoe Designs Reviews

Review of William Defoe Designs by Laura Lisk
5 12/05/2018 Laura Lisk

I wasn't the easiest bride to work with. I had a very specific vision for my wedding stationery and was aiming for perfection. Rita was incredibly accommodating and amenable to any tweaks and reworks that i requested. The finished result (save the dates, invites, posters, ceremony readings, guest quiz, table names) wowed not only me and husband to be but all of my guests, who could not speak any more highly about how amazing and beautifully crafted they looked. Her creative flair unified all the different products through reuse of unique design elements and colour themes in each, and my expectations were greatly exceeded. Rita always kept me informed regarding her availibility and deadlines, which was extremely comforting during a highly stressful time, and even helped me source printing options to ensure that the designs came out looking their best. I hope one day to be able to work with her again.

William Defoe Designs replied:
Thank you for your amazing recommendation Laura. It was a pleasure working with you and being able to provide a Design Service to help you realise your special day. It is always a bonus to hear such positive feedback. Many thanks. Rita
Review of William Defoe Designs by GMR
5 11/05/2018 GMR

Brilliant service. Rita was very knowledgable and the design was perfect for our client.

Would highly recommend.

William Defoe Designs replied:
Thank you for your recommendation Gina from GMR. As my first client from Bark, you gave a clear and concise brief and made my job stress free. It is great working with you. Thank you. Rita
Review of William Defoe Designs by Guy
5 11/05/2018 Guy

Rita is a great designer. Her work is innovative, fresh and effective commercially. The other thing I particularly like is that it does not date – clients of mine are still using her work which is several years old. She understands well how a corporate image has to work across all media, web, press, leaflets etc. Highly recommended.

William Defoe Designs replied:
Having worked with Guy at Nacelle for many years, we have built up a great working relationship and have an excellent understanding of the Client's requirements. It is always a pleasure working on Projects with Guy. Many thanks for your recommendation Guy. Rita

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William Defoe Designs Q&A

William Defoe Designs Q&A

Describe your creative process.

I am a traditional creative and always start the creative process firstly by researching and processing the brief. Concepts are drawn in my sketch pad. All chosen designs are then taken to the visualisation stage using one or more of the Adobe Creative Suite. All the designs are incorporated in a PDF Presentation to the Client to be discussed and further developed or artworked. The Final Design will be supplied to the Client in their chosen formats within the desired timeframe.

What information do you need from a client before you can start work?

A concise and detailed brief containing any existing guidelines to be adhered to, any restrictions, images to be used, colour palette, fonts. Also the timescale of the project and budget.

What do you love most about your job?

I love that every Day, every Client and every Project is different. My job is never mundane but a welcome challenge.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have worked in the industry for over 20 years and wanted to have the freedom to choose the Clients and the Projects that were right for me.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a passion for design and always find the right creative solution for the Client. I will always work to the highest professional standard and have never missed a deadline.

Work history from William Defoe Designs

Work History

Creative Director

William Defoe Designs

From 2016 to present.

As Creative Director working on a variety of Design Projects, the most recent being with Peter Best Insurance Services Ltd through Nacelle Ltd. The brief was to refresh the PBIS Logo, Website, Advertising and Marketing Literature. Since the launch of the new website in October 2017 PBIS have seen their monthly visitor activity increase from 2000 to 3500 per month. Please see below a personal recommendation: I’ve worked with Rita for over 15 years and she is always my first choice for design work. As consultants and projects mangers, at Nacelle Ltd it is our reputation which is at stake, so the quality of the contractors I use is critical. Our work covers all the traditional areas of marketing from producing hard copy leaflets, broker and client newsletter, staff comms and most recently web design. Most web agencies will claim strong in house credentials for design and web build, but in my experience, whilst the build is good, the design is often pedestrian, so I have found it is always better to use a specialist designer to create a template for the web v builders to implement. The results speak for themselves, clients worked on have included Santander Private Banking, Skipton Building Society Group and Hiscox, via their broker support initiative. At the other end of the scale, Rita is perfectly capable of producing excellent work for smaller clients such as small mortgage brokers or property search agents. Some of the design work that is now well over 10 years old still looks clean, stylish and effective. Guy Stephenson, Director, Nacelle Ltd.

Creative Director


From 2008 to 2016.

Working as Creative Director on a variety of Communication Projects. The role required the following skills: Client Liaison, Project Management, Design Solutions to Artworking and Print Production/Management. The Projects and Client base were varied Nationally and Worldwide. Mainly working with the Hype Partnership an International Exhibition Design Company designing their Exhibition Graphics for their Clients: General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for Exhibition Shows such as: the Paris and Farnborough Airshows, Eurosatory and Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEI). Other local projects commissioned by Dave West, Chair of Little Germany Action Ltd included: The Bradford Canal: Logo and Marketing Literature and BCCRA: Marketing Literature. Please see detailed below a personal recommendation: I have commissioned Rita Defoe on three occasions to produce attractive and innovative designs for a variety of projects which have all been produced to the highest quality, on time and on budget. I have no hesitation in recommending her – you will not be disappointed! Dave West, Chair, Little Germany Action Ltd

Senior Designer

Pukka Communications

From 2007 to 2008.

To work as part of the Pukka Design Team as a Senior Designer. The role comprised of: Client Liaison, Designing, Artworking and Print Production/Management for a variety of Marketing and Advertising Projects for HBOS and Property Development Company Hearthstead Homes.

Senior Graphic Designer

Face Communications

From 2004 to 2007.

To work as part of the Face Team as a Senior Graphic Designer. The role comprised of Client Liaison, Design, Artworking and Print Production/Management for the Education Sector. Designing Prospectuses for the following Organisations: Leeds Metropolitan University, Roehampton University, The University of Bradford, The University of Gloucester, City University of London, Havering College and Totten College. Also designing Marketing Literature and Special Promotions for Organisations such as The Yorkshire Awards, Icenet and ICtalk.


William Defoe Designs Project

A selection of Design Projects can be viewed at www.williamdefoedesigns.com

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