…is our Managing Director, Strategic Planner and KLM Unobtainium frequent flyer, which means he’s very often in The Netherlands.
He lived there for seven years as MD of Design Bridge Nederland, and it’s still where many of OP’s clients are based. He also recently worked with clients in Russia, USA, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, France, Spain and Belgium.
When he’s not working he likes to spend time on a mountain bike, on the sofa, or on Spotify. As a result his top 10 favourite songs are all by artists he hadn’t heard of last month. Little known fact: Steve has a PhD in Organic Chemistry, which has come in handy in his career exactly 0 times.
… is our Creative Director and packaging guru. With over 25 years experience working for global brands, David’s been there, seen it, and nicked the cruet set from British Airways Club Class.
Despite his vast track record of successful projects he still relishes the challenge of creating original branding ideas. When is he is not pushing the team to think big, you might find him playing ‘middle class soccer dad’, which involves politely explaining to the referee where he can find a Specsavers.
David comes from a long line of Pikeys (by which we mean men who willingly adopt that nickname), but he does not, to our knowledge, own a caravan.
…is our Senior Designer and another cycling enthusiast. At least until he reaches that big hill in Batheaston.
Jim’s experience at agencies like Blue Marlin and FutureBrand has taught him the value of doing as much brand research as possible. As an expert in design for beers, wines and spirits, this often involves visiting bars, which he manages without complaint.
After design and beer his other great loves are hot curries and his new Labrador puppy Paddy, who already has hundreds of followers on Instagram.
If this all sounds a bit too relaxed, he makes up for it by supporting Ferrari’s F1 team, and whatever football team Harry Redknapp happens to be managing this month.
…is our Account Manager whose impressive cv (which includes a first class degree in media, communication & culture) prompted us to give her two jobs.
Ewa also assists Steve with all aspects of marketing the OP brand: Spotting the trends, writing the blogs, booking the flights, composing the speeches. Wait a minute, I seem to have mixed up Steve and Ban Ki-moon. Anyway she’s a busy lady.
This challenging schedule has not stopped her from managing an eclectic mix of outside interests: Ewa is part of a small team of ‘Future Producers’ at the Watershed centre in Bristol, she is a vegan food blogger, and last year she was driven to compete in (and actually finish) the legendary Tough Mudder challenge.
To keep all of this in perspective she is a keen yogi, which is apparently what people who do yoga call themselves and nothing to do with cartoon bears.
…is an experienced Designer, having joined us from Somerset college 8 years ago, and is by common consent our most fashion-conscious team member.
His urbane sense of style makes him an ideal guide to new trends, from personal grooming to cars, and from watches to apps. It is rumoured that he actually reads GQ.
Leigh’s approach to design can often be described by a phrase from Star Trek: ‘To boldly go where no man has gone before’. But just like the ‘Enterprise’ he always finds his way to a successful conclusion.
When he’s not dreaming up future-proof design solutions, Leigh likes to relax on the golf course or tuck into some properly dark chocolate. Does that make his favourite colours Green & Black?
…is our most dare-devil daring designer, which he demonstrates on a regular basis by burning the rubber of his pimped Nissan 200SX around local circuits.
We employed him straight from college after he sent us his cv in the form of a sandwich box, complete with (very tasty) sandwich.
This was evidence of his healthy obsession with packaging, which he describes as ‘telling a big story in a small space’.
Ironically his first project in the market was for Chiquita’s banana box, quite a big space and also the most global pack we’ve ever designed.
As well as racing cars, Dave is a keen downhiller and a heavy user of hair gel.
…is our latest recruit, having been snapped up by our talent spotters Leigh, Jim and Dave at Weston College’s year 3 exhibition.
We were drawn to two aspects of Sam’s work: Her editorial design for print and web, because we wanted someone to craft our first ever brochure; and her brand sense, expressed in her personal branding as ‘the design medic’, complete with red cross business cards and Brand-Aid plasters. All of this clearly impressed her Tutors too, as she graduated with a First Class degree three months ago.
Since joining OP she has immersed herself in the more restricted, three-dimensional space of packaging design, and she’s really enjoying the creative challenge of this new medium, as well as the opportunity to work on famous brands. The brochure will get finished though, honestly…
Sam is passionate about exploring new places and cultures, so before starting at OP she slipped in a 3 week road trip to America, where she acquired an instant love of the place, and a strange ‘Somerset meets California’ accent. In fact she’s so into travel that she recently bought a car on the spur of the moment. Nothing unusual about that, except that she doesn’t yet drive.
She also likes to visit places in the mind, spending many happy hours on You Tube amassing Vloggers’ tips on ‘Assassin’s Creed’ gameplay. What does that sentence even mean?
…is our Chairman, good friend and the first person we hired 13 years ago.
He brings the bluest of blue chip design experience to bear on our business, having been MD at both Wolff Olins and Design Bridge, as well as Development Director at Fitch.
David is an accomplished handyman and sailor, and so is often in the middle of a project to rebuild a ruin in France, or re-fitting his boat to sail to ever more ambitious destinations. Usually he gets there, but if not he’s good at finding a friendly port to hole up in.
David is very eco-conscious when it comes to food waste, and likes nothing more than challenging guests to a game of ‘eating the yogurt furthest past its sell-by date’.
…is our current ‘Stagiare’ (Intern) from the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, who kindly place their most talented final year students with us.
It seems that she was born to be a fashion designer, having made her own shoe collection from coloured paper at the age of 6. Or maybe a book designer, as she has also designed the covers for her own story collection, The Guardian Chronicles. It’s not about an English national newspaper but dark magical creatures who inhabit London nightlife – a bit like the clientele at boujis then.
Fortunately for us she also loves packaging, which has allowed her to contribute immediately to lots of projects. She’s also our go-to person for correcting Steve’s attempts to invent brand straplines in Dutch. Since starting to study design she has built an extensive collection of empty but very pretty boxes that can never be thrown away (we know the feeling, and so does our cleaner).
In her spare time Lianne relaxes with tea, chocolate and Netflix, whilst planning a future career that will enable her to realise her ambition of visiting every country in the world. Well they all need packaging….
… is an agency we have worked with for many years, in fact we collaborate whenever our clients require world-class structural/3D packaging skills.
Graphic designers are quite adept at dreaming up whizzy new packaging ideas, but it takes a completely different skill-set to create something that’s producible to a specific cost and runs efficiently down a production line, often an existing one.
Some of the projects featured here, such as Sauza XA tequila and Reddy frying oils, have been delivered by our two agencies working side by side. And as our clients will gladly testify, seamlessly so.
Studio Davis are also heavily involved in packaging innovation projects, so for a selection of work they can actually talk about, go here.
Working with us
If you are a senior creative, account director or business development ninja who believes that you could add something special to our team, we’re open to a meeting.
You should be at management team level or ready to step up to this, be prepared to live in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, and occasionally fetch the bacon sarnies on Friday morning.