Portrait

A little bit about Stephen Canning

I love ideas. I think design is more about ideas than any particular skill set.

I like listening to other people’s ideas and seeing things from another point of view. I think that by working together and looking at things from different perspectives we get to see new opportunities.

That’s why I started this little studio almost 30 years ago. DV8 Creative has been connecting with all sorts of people, providing a personal and unique design service. I bring an empathetic, end-user-focused approach along with some comprehensive knowledge and skills.

Before founding DV8 Creative, I worked as a glass artist, working with architects and tradespeople. I would use my skills – sandblasting and other surface techniques – to carve and etch the glass. And I would always bring fresh ideas to a project. Sharing ideas and collaborating with other specialists was always part of my creative process.

Nowadays my projects – usually in brand and graphic identity, print and packaging, web and digital media – follow a similar path. While I might do a lot of small projects on my own, I’m always looking for an opportunity to build a team of people who love ideas, excel in their fields, and enjoy the process.

And I’m always very keen to join a team of like-minded people on a project in order to achieve the best results.

Of course, the essential collaboration in this process is with you, the client.

By starting with a common goal, strong open communication, and focusing on the needs of your audience or customer, we can work together to successfully bring your ideas and products to the world.