About

Stay Gold Creative is the home of Leeds based freelance digital designer, Mike Dean.

Having been freelance for well over 5 years I have gained a lot of experience working in the digital arena. From large global agencies to small start ups, I’ve covered the lot! (Including a couple of start ups of my own.)

I see myself mainly as an ideas person, a thinker, but also a strong designer that can take a spark of an idea from a concept to a sparkling design. I’m at my best when given a problem to solve, rather than just to create something pretty. Whether that challenge is as simple as increasing the conversion rate of an existing website or coming up with a whole new concept for a travel booking site – i’m all over it.

Everything I design has a function, a reason for it being there.

Over the past couple of years I have gained a large interest in digital products and services. The potential technology has is incredible, and there is so much more we could achieve than just a website. I have been exploring ideas and working with a range of clients with my other business Total Dudes. We specialise in digital products and services from working prototypes to getting a finished product to market.

Some of these agencies I’ve been lucky enough to work with include; McCann Erickson, Twentysix, MadeByPi, AWA, Bloom Agency, Home Marketing, Enjoy Digital, Squeeze Digital, Turnkey, Ingenious Rapport/Communisis, Outside The Box, Dubit, Digital Welly and L&K Creative. Although I predominantly work with agencies, I sometimes take on private work for a wide variety of sectors.

I have worked on a wide range of projects for clients including, XBox, Disney Interactive Studios/Disney Channel, Seven Seas, ALDI, Hammonds, Barclays, La Redoute, Coral Bet, 188Bet, Genting Casinos, Jet2, Direct Holidays, Nectar, ASDA and Butterkist.

My skill-set is as follows:

Ideas – Strategies, concepts, products, processes…
User Experience
User Interface Design
Responsive Website Design
Mobile Design
Email Design
Typography
Infographic Design
Flash Production
Flash Animation
Advertising banner design/build (flash/gif)
Logo/Identity design
Art Direction

I am very passionate about design and I pride myself on having strong communication skills, a good work ethic and a strong desire to produce the very best possible work for every project I work on.

Testimonials

“We (MadeByPi) have contracted Mike on numerous occasions and find him to be extremely professional and conscientious. His work is always of a high standard and he is solid and dependable as that extra pair of hands. Mike is highly rated within our client services team on account of his proactive communication and production skills and overall professional work ethic, will happily recommend and hire again” Andy Burgin – Head of Systems, MadeByPi

“I’ve looked to work with Mike on a number of occasions over the past couple of years, based on excellent word of mouth recommendations. Over that time I have talked to Mike socially and he’s shown himself to be a enthusiastic yet calm person. His calmness transferred well into the workplace, giving a platform for his skills to offer assurance and set up delivery, which was outstanding. He came into the agency, took the initial loose ends of the project and got on with producing some fantastic output. He was polite, helpful, and started everything off by making sure he understood the brief and took it from there. I have no hesitation in recommending Mike as a short term or long term digital creative designer and digital creative implementer.” Si Wilson – Studio Of Things.

 

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