Luke Colson, head of Mill Studio, says, ‘The aim of the division is twofold – we will be able offer up a design resource for existing clients and projects and we will also be able to take on pure design work.’
He adds, ‘Design plays a large part in what we do and unofficially we’ve been working on design projects for years.’
The new design division will work on creative direction, art direction, character design, type design, print, branding and identity, concept/style frames and storyboarding. Colson says The Mill has just started work on its first major print-only project.
Former Mill design director Carl Addy becomes creative director, art director Ross Urien becomes head of print and Adam Brandon has been brought in designer.
Colson says, ‘We are very much looking forward to evolving the team and over the next six months our ambition is to more than double our size of in-house talent.’
He says the design division will also work with other staff at The Mill on a project-by-project basis, as well as collaborating with external designers and artists.
Darren O’Kelly, managing director at The Mill, says, ‘Mill Studio has been collaborating on design projects for some time now and the official launch of Mill Design is a natural extension of what we already do in terms of developing innovative and creative design ideas.
‘Our design team will enable us to continue to offer our diverse range of creative solutions across our business and is a great addition to Mill Studio and the whole of the Mill Group.’
Picture caption (l-r) Luke Colson, Carl Addy, Ross Urien, Adam Brandon