David Barden Creative Ltd
I always knew that I wanted to work for myself, even whilst still an art & design student - I just didn’t see myself as someone reporting into a line manager every day for the rest of my career. But gaining industry experience was crucial in laying the foundations, so employed graphic design roles in publishing, financial services and for advertising agencies provided that, and paved the way to head off in my own direction.
I certainly didn’t do it the easy way - starting a new business in the middle of a ‘financial crisis’ back in 2008! It was certainly a challenge but the company is now 10 years old, going strong, and many of my current clients have been with me from day one - I’m so grateful for that. Maintaining and developing client relationships has been fundamental, and constantly reminds me that it’s not just about the creative output - people are just as important and I love working closely with my clients.
I consider myself lucky to still do something that I love doing after 20 years in the industry, and I firmly believe Tunbridge Wells is the perfect place to continue doing it, with so many other creative professionals in the town. Roll on the next 10 years!
About the business
The founder of David Barden Creative Ltd is (unsurprisingly) David Barden - a passionate and dedicated professional with 20 years experience in the creative industry, utilising his artistic background to compliment the technical skills required in the modern design industry. Starting out in publishing for Informa, David then worked in the internal creative department at esure, working on creative across various media. After a further stint at Informa (this time in the Sydney office), David returned to the UK, freelancing for various advertising agencies before becoming senior designer at a Tunbridge Wells based agency, working mainly with clients in the travel industry.