Graphic design by Jon Paul Starkey



Jon Paul Starkey

With a life long interest in graphic design and many years doing freelance jobs I have gained many skills fundamental to producing successful design that meets any given brief. I have even been listed as a Mercury Music art prize finalist.

A recent graduate – having achieved a First Class honours degree in graphic design – I also have significant professional experience. Over the last few years I have completed many freelance projects, work experience placements and in the last few months worked at a design agency in York.

In addition to being creative I am inquisitive, analytical and driven by quality and progression.


I have gained much graphic design experience over the years, from the many freelance jobs I have completed, work experience placements and through full time tertiary education.

During the last three years I have honed my skills in creative thinking, visual analysis and technical knowledge. I am now more than proficient in many different creative computer packages. These include but are not limited to:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Dreamweaver.

For examples of my work please see the links below and portfolio section further down this page. My CV and latest portfolio are also available to download below:

Jon Paul Starkey | CV - SP-2014/DM-CV7 download pdf 53 kb
Jon Paul Starkey | Portfolio - SP-2015/DM-V8 download pdf 16.8 mb
Jon Paul Starkey | Portfolio - SP-2014/DM-V7 View online


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Willowman festival

My final project at university and one of my favorites. I decided to rebrand a local music event; The Willowman festival. Full portfolio

Graphics & ethics

My final year dissertation regarding ethical issues in the design industry. I went on to present the essay in a magazine format that can be seen by following the link below Full portfolio

Perky peacock

During my final year I managed to arrange an extended work experience placement with one of York's premier design agencies, United by Design. This was part of my work there Full portfolio


This project saw me create a band name, identity, manifesto and logo. The logo is a rearranged recycle logo, the connotations of which went perfectly with the brand I created Full portfolio

Dressing the screen

Another third year project. Inspired by one of the 2014 D&AD briefs I have created an identity for a fashion film exhibition Full portfolio

The Machine

In addition to graphic design I have an interest in art and illustration. I have exhibited in Lincoln and York, and was even listed as a Mercury Music Art Prise finalist Full portfolio

Mark Stephensons

Another of the projects I worked on during my time at United by Design was for a local estate agents. My design was chosen by the client and will be seen all over Yorkshire Full portfolio

Pop-up Gallery

An identity I created for a Bruce Nauman inspired pop-up gallery exhibition held in York last year. Full portfolio


A branding exercise for a fictional adventure resort in the Yorkshire Dales. One of my favorite projects and one I even created a theme tune for! Full portfolio

Turquoise Giraffe

A womens clothing brand. With the aim of being fun and memorable I came up with the name, logo, colour scheme and even several magazine adverts. Complete with copy and considered tone of voice Full portfolio

Magazine type setting

During my time at university I have had cause to write several essays. These and other projects involving large amounts of text have given me much practice in type setting Full portfolio

End of year show

For our end of year show we had to come up with a memorable and exciting identity. I created three distinct and markedly different approaches. I particularly enjoyed my hand drawn type approach Full portfolio


It is no exaggeration to say that designers are engaged in nothing less than the manufacture of contemporary reality.
Poynor, R. 2001Obey the giant - Life in the image world.


If you have any comments, queries or questions please get in touch. I'm always interested to hear others opinions and broaden experience. So don't wait, message me today! P.S. Having just finished my degree I'm currently looking for work, so if you have a job opportunity... get in touch please!

Jon Paul Starkey

Graphic Designer

Phone :07790 535 485

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