Chippenham creative agency Milk & Tweed has tempted new Head of Design Jamie Lawton away from the glamour of the film world to help it build on its rapid expansion.
The 34-year-old joins the Wiltshire agency, which specialises in website, brand and logo design as well as digital and social media marketing, from post-production specialist Eikon Group, which has offices in Soho and Los Angeles.
This newly created position will see him focusing on quality control as the company – which has seen business grow by 70 percent in the last year – continues to attract new clients and larger contracts from all over the UK.
Jamie said, “The really exciting thing is that although we are still a relatively small team at the moment, our reputation is growing and the quality of work we are bringing is increasing so we are having to recruit again.
“We have a new digital marketer starting next month, we’re advertising for another designer at the moment and I seriously doubt they will be the last jobs we advertise this year. As we continue to grow, my priority is overseeing the design work, maintaining the quality and presenting it to clients.
“I’ve known Jake Jeffries the Creative Director here since we were at university together 15 years ago. He sold the role to me through the quality and creativity of the work the design team is delivering, as well as the company’s amazing work culture.”
Jamie spent almost ten years in the film industry, latterly as Creative Manager, overseeing teams of designers in London and California.
“We specialised in what is called foreign versioning,” he continued. “We would replace any text on screen, for feature films and trailer campaigns, whether that be main titles, location inserts or even ‘in-picture’ props for bigger budget films, with the local language for foreign markets.”
Jamie added, “Working with other designers sparks something in you, no matter how senior you are. It’s also nice to be working close to home and to be able to come into the office and bounce ideas off the rest of the team.”
Milk & Tweed has a target of turning over £1m within three years and Jake Jeffries, Creative Director, said the new appointment will allow him to spend more time winning new business.
Jake said, “Jamie is a great talent and a brilliant personality fit with the agency.”
“He is already meeting clients and helping shape brand designs and websites that meet the needs of their business. I am passionate about growing the agency without losing the things that have made us successful so far and I have no doubt Jamie will help us do that.
“His work was seen up on cinema screens all over the world so it was vital that mistakes didn’t slip through and I want him to keep that same sharp eye on maintaining high standards here.”
Pictured above: (left to right) Milk & Tweed Creative Director Jake Jeffries with his agency’s new Head of Design, Jamie Lawton