David’s work for British GQ as consultant art director has been excellent. His enthusiasm for impactful creative and crafted typography is infectious, and his professional and calm approach when under pressure is a real asset. He works well with my design and editorial team, and is never shy of offering a voice or opinion. I’m happy to recommend David for any client project or design management position.

Paul Solomons, Creative Director, British GQ

'I worked with David when Hearst were rolling out the Cosmopolitan UK digital edition on to a new platform, Adobe DPS. David completely re-designed the digital edition enhancing from a flat PDF replica to a fully-interactive version whilst also creating marketing designs and advertising to encourage subscriptions and decrease drop off – clearly understanding the commercial objectives. I'd recommend David to anyone looking for a fresh perspective for their digital content.'


Jane Shackleton, Head of Marketing,  Hearst Rodale

'Coaching, guiding and inspiration, David was a great help in the launch of our digital division. From DPS and AEM Mobile training to best practice and design, he offered a complete creative and digital app solution for the move to mobile - this guy bleeds pixels!'


Brad Merrett, Creative Director,

Team Rock, London

Hicks Design designed and developed a brand new website for our Interopa Sport division. They also created a fresh new Interopa Sport brand extension. The site looks current, fresh, unique, on brand, and more importantly has provided us with the ideal selling tool for our Football Club hospitality business, across desktop, tablet and mobile. We are delighted with the results, and of course won't hesitate to invite David and his design team to assist on further projects.


 James Cuttica, Managing Director, Interopa Holidays

I’ve worked with David for many (many!) years across numerous projects. In fact, when I was Editorial Director at Future Publishing and had my pick of 50+ art directors, it was still David I would turn to. His attitude, talent and ability to turn a spark of an idea into a fully formed and fantastic-looking project were second to none. His grasp of a brief is extraordinary and his positive attitude and appetite for the new continues to impress. David was always my first choice designer for a project and I would not hesitate to recommend him.


Aubrey Day, Product Manager, Netflix

'During the development of the commercial model for digital products at Hearst UK, it was very important to have a talented and knowledgeable creative on hand. David was that person. He helped me to understand this new ad space, the opportunities available and the challenges that designers faced - and he did all this with great patience.'


Allan Tinkler, Advertising Director,
Digital Products, Hearst

'Even if you're only just thinking about producing an app you need to find time in David's diary. Without his knowledge, practical approach and sheer optimism we would not have our app at all. Always willing to push the digital and creative barriers to make your product shine, David can play an essential role in any project.'


Ewan Buck, Design Director, Progressive Content, London

David is an accomplished, passionate and award winning creative.  However, what sets him apart is his ability to understand the strategic and commercial challenges behind the projects he works on.  David is brilliant at understanding the role design plays in increasing user engagement, improving sales conversion or simply wow-ing customers.  David led several product launches and major projects during my time at Future Publishing, many of which went on to win company and industry accolades.


Nial Ferguson, Director, Nial Ferguson Consulting. Previously Managing Director at Future Publishing

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