The bit where I talk about myself (awkward!)

Why small businesses and charities?

Why them? Because they are the groups I have primarily worked with. And they’re the groups most likely to work with me in the future.

Big multi-national companies aren’t in the habit of using one man bands. But small businesses value the one-to-one contact they themselves offer.

Most charities can’t afford in-house design teams or the high fees that some ‘studios’ charge so will naturally look for a more cost-effective solution.

We have been very impressed with the ease of liaison and communication with Barry and ultimately the high quality of the end product as a result.

Alastair Jones, CEO, FYT

So what’s the USP?

All companies large and small are encouraged to discover their unique selling point and then shout it from the rooftops. So what’s mine? Well I’m not biggest or the smallest. I’m not the cheapest or the most expensive. If I’m honest I’m not the best but I’m also sure I’m not the worst. At the end of the day the USP is ME.

I can’t recommend Barry at Snap Designs highly enough. Suffice to say I’ve used him for nearly 10 years at various appointments and his most recent work has really improved our web presence. I not only look for suppliers who are excellent at what they do but quality AND value are equally important to me. You get that in spades with Barry. Finally, I also look for human beings! I like dealing with people who understand what we want, who are nice, who are easy to communicate with (in all ways!) and who act fairly. I think that describes Barry perfectly.

Duncan Parker, Managing Director, Ethical Goods

When you ask me to design a website that is what happens – I design a website. I don’t hand it off to a trainee or farm it out to a faceless person on another continent.

When you have a question about your website that I designed it’s me who answers your question. If you ring you won’t get put on hold. Or asked to type in numbers depending upon the nature of your question. It’s my phone that rings and I’ll answer it.

And when you refer me to a friend (which would be nice) it’s me who they will connect with. They won’t have to speak to a sales person who’ll promise something that can’t be delivered.

A bit about me

I have been involved in graphic design for pretty much my whole working life (even at school the only subjects I really took a shine to were graphic design and technical drawing). My first job was in a small in-house print room, where I gained experience in the design and print process from beginning to end. Alongside this I attended the London College of Printing to add a qualification to my experience.

In all the other jobs I had after leaving this first job I have at some point found myself at a computer with design software on screen pulling together flyers, posters, newsletters, magazines, etc.

For a self confessed IT dinosaur, the thought of setting up a website (for my new surveying business) filled me with dread! After a friend recommended Barry’s website design services, I made contact with Barry and he quickly worked out what type of site I needed. He dealt with the whole design process (including my logo) which has resulted in a website that meets all my requirements. It is pivotal to my new business and has already paid for itself! I would strongly recommend Barry’s services.

Kevin O Shaughnessy, Survey Homes KOS Ltd

In 2001 I took up my first full-time role as a graphic and web designer working with Elucid8, a small multi-media production company based in south-west London. When Elucid8 ceased trading in 2007 I was encouraged by the owner to set-up on my own and continue working with the existing client base.

So on Friday 29 June 2007 I switched off my Elucid8 computer for the last time. The weekend was spent moving my gear to a new office in Wimbledon, where a friend had kindly offered me some desk space. On Monday 2 July 2007 I switched on the that same computer and continued where I had left off on the previous Friday.