James Sommerville

Born in Huddersfield, James studied typography and print design at Batley School of Art in West Yorkshire, where he met Simon Needham. In 1987, with a start-up grant of £2,000 from The Prince’s Trust Business Program, the guys got together to launch their own design studio, Attik Design.

 

James Sommerville, (co-founder, Attik Design)

NOISE Curator, Graphics and New Media 2008



Born in Huddersfield, James studied typography and print design at Batley School of Art in West Yorkshire, where he met Simon Needham. In 1987, with a start-up grant of £2,000 from The Prince’s Trust Business Program, the guys got together to launch their own design studio, Attik Design.

From humble beginnings, Attik is now a hugely respected, global creative design agency with offices in San Francisco, Santa Monica and of course, sticking to their roots, in Leeds. James is currently the Group Creative Director, working with big name clients such as Coca-Cola and adidas.

Away from Attik, James lectures internationally to the design, business and academic worlds. He regularly shows his support towards young creative talent, including conceiving the world's first creative industry-based Master's Degree course, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, to help nurture postgraduate creatives from around the world into tomorrow's commercial talent. With a wealth of experience, couple with his dedication to supporting the next generation of creatives, we thought it only fitting to invite him onto the NOISE 2008 Curator panel.



I think in every design commercial area, whether it’s graphic, architecture, fashion, every year there’s a new wave of designers coming through colleges and art schools. I think it’s really important for these guys to come through and enter competitions like this for their work to be seen by others, by their peers, by potential employers. For me just being involved in that, if we can give them a little bit of advice and encouragement it can only be a good thing.

James Sommerville

 

 

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