Meet the pack

Wild Dog is a unique creative animal.

We are more than simply our design concepts and technical solutions developed for clients. We are a very special creative agency who will live and breathe your project as if it was our own. Within our studio beats the heart of an hungry and passionate team of creative, smart, tech savvy, fun professionals who will move heaven and earth to help you realise your objective; and we thought you might like to meet the pack who strive everyday to make it that way.

Michael Hughes

Managing Director

Michael Hughes
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Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Managing Director

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Ran a design & printing business out in the Far East, dealing with advertising and publishing agencies; created one of the first online adventure travel directories, before starting Wild Dog Design in 1996.

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A Managing Director that is still to be found at the coal face of design; never so happy as when in at the project brief, getting to understand the client’s needs and everyday thinks himself a lucky man to work with such creative and fun team of individuals that go to make up Wild Dog.

Loves

Dogs, photography, writing, architecture, design, auction houses, swimming, history, fancy dress, claret and, naturally, his family; and oh yes, dogs.

Is

Most likely to be striding out on the Downs trying to keep up with the dog, photography (hopefully in incredibly uncomfortable, but glamorous sounding locations from around the world) or designing and making (usually badly) something for the house that we don’t really need.

Believes

It is the greatest privilege to be entrusted to design projects for our clients.

It seems a pity that there are not more occasions when one can wear extravagant, self-designed hand made headdresses.

John-Paul Rowe

Production Director

John-Paul Rowe
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John-Paul Rowe

John-Paul Rowe

Production Director

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From photographic roots, JP managed MFI Furniture Centre’s design studio and survived a three-year sentence in a traditional repro company. John-Paul was coaxed by the WD founder to make up the two-man team that was Wild Dog all those years ago – old skool!

Does

In addition to production, JP takes care of all things technical (we think he may actually be able to talk to computers). He also won the WD beard growing competition with his ‘action man’ style beard. Nice.

Loves

Creating anything for the web and playing guitar in his band to a pub full of people. Rock ‘n’ Roll (he has long hair and everything). You might even spot him sword fighting on a fencing piste.

Is

Most likely to say something which will have everyone in the studio rolling around on the floor – although we couldn’t possibly repeat it.

Believes

That replacing an ECC83 with a 12TU7 valve gives you a warmer tone and tames the power output of a Hotrod Deluxe. He gets a much better night’s sleep when the cat is on someone else’s bed.

Stan Walker

Creative Director

Stan Walker
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Stan Walker

Stan Walker

Creative Director

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Gained experience working in Brighton and the South Coast on print, brand and web projects over the last 7 years. Working for and with global and local brands on all manner of briefs.

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As the Senior Designer, Stan’s responsible for ensuring everything looks beautiful and tip top and making sure everything leaving the studio looks like it should (no pressure).

Loves

Being outdoors and enjoying the countryside, usually up a rock face or under the sea, browsing the latest design journals for inspiration or simply searching the ski reports for the newest snowboarding destinations.

Is

Usually found climbing, snowboarding or diving. In that order.

Believes

In making things beautiful, and making things work, and…

In a favourite designers quote “work hard and be nice to people” Anthony Burril – from a lecture many moons ago at college, I even had the signed print at one point.

Liz Squire

Operations Director

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Liz Squire

Liz Squire

Operations Director

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She’s done her bit for charity working for a digital media arts and film organisation, although that was in a past life as she’s now part of the Wild Dog furniture!

Does

Keeps all the clients happy and well fed, handles all the Wild Dog logistics and manages both digital and print projects. She knows where everything is so we don’t like it when she isn’t here.

Loves

Horses, horses, horses! She even has one of her own and occasionally has to get up at 5am to feed him. When she’s not on her horse you’ll find her whizzing along the seafront on her bike or paddle boarding around the West Pier.

Is

Most likely to be galloping with the wind in her hair on the South Downs.

Believes

Happy clients make for a happy life, and..

The same as Winston Churchill….There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.

Tom Dunn

Director of Business Development

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Tom Dunn

Director of Business Development

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Many years as a strategist and digital specialist, most recently as Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation at a top 10 media agency. A job that was combined with being a part time stay-at-home Dad, strategising the upbringing of two young girls.

Does

As in-house strategy bully, Tom works with the team and clients to make sure we’ve got the best possible brief and we know why we’re doing what we’re doing. And is helping to develop the agency for the next 21 years.

Loves

Listening to (and occasionally performing) early music, jazz, opera, either live or at home with a glass of something red and old.

A good bedtime story.

Is

Looking forward to the Brighton Marathon being over so normal service can resume (see above).

Unashamed to be the only person in the office who regularly uses Microsoft Office. A bit of PowerPoint never hurt anyone.

Believes

There’s too much tech-for-tech’s sake. Simple, beautiful and right wins every time.

Happiness is a shared taste in Scandi noir box sets.

In the Night Garden is the work of the devil.

Darran Cox

Head of Finance

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Darran Cox

Head of Finance

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Twenty five years of senior financial experience in varied businesses including software and technology. Helping businesses grow and thrive in a positive working environment.

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Head of Finance dedicated to the continued success of the Wild Dog and ensuring that every client experiences the unique service that Wild Dog Design offers.

Loves

Travelling abroad with family and friends. Playing football, golf, skiing and walking the dog. Going to the theatre, particularly in London.

Is

Trying to enjoy every day and make a difference.

Believes

You need a little luck in life.

Just because you laugh and smile doesn’t mean you are not serious about what you do.

Jim Hollington

Senior Front-end Developer

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Jim Hollington

Senior Front-end Developer

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Worked in various agencies around Sussex and Brighton over the past decade.

Does

“Full Stack” development of sites from server and database to both back and front-end.

Loves

Pubs, cameras, food, pubs, cameras, food and repetition.

Is

Attempting, with limited success, to be more active and actually get some exercise.

Believes

Beliefs are ideas going bald

Tristan Brookes

Front-end Web Developer

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Tristan Brookes

Tristan Brookes

Front-end Web Developer

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Worked as a freelancer and at agencies / startups in Brighton making websites from the ground up.

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Things with the parts of the website you see, making them respond and look lovely.

Loves

Cosying up with my wife and looking after our pet guinea pigs.

Is

Racking my brains about what I probably should have written on my profile.

Believes

I want to believe
But failing that, I believe making websites with nice people is pretty rad

Agata Urbaniak

Web Developer

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Agata Urbaniak

Agata Urbaniak

Web Developer

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Back in Spain she used to work on websites mostly for the medical profession and after moving over to the UK – for the television industry.

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Implements designs and code into the lovely beast that is Joomla.

Loves

Loud and obnoxious music.

Is

Can often be found on all fours searching for that perfect angle of whatever freaky musician she’s photographing live at the many dingy Brighton venues even native Brightonians have never heard of.

Believes

Whenever you solve a problem you usually create one. You can only hope that the one you created is less critical than the one you eliminated. (Wiener’s Law no. 29), and…

Stanley Kubrick wasn’t the one who staged the Moon landing, he had a lot more attention to detail.

Joey Marsh

Designer & Artworker

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Joey Marsh

Designer & Artworker

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Having worked as a dedicated illustrator for an agency in London for several years, I yearned to also keep my hand in with both digital and traditional design. Now happily ensconced in the South East, I’m busy doing concept design, artwork and illustration.

Does

A daily cocktail of artworking, design and illustration.

Loves

Illustration, The South Downs and Chilli Con Carne.

Is

Trying not to wear so much black this year!

Believes

Two people can look at the exact same thing, and see something totally different. and….
A half cup full is always much better than a half cup empty.

Lin Bristow

Accounts

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Lin Bristow

Lin Bristow

Accounts

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Worked in accounting.

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Works in the accounts department on our accounts!

Loves

Accounts.

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Always working on accounts.

Believes

In the power of accounts…

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