Chris Wood

Senior Designer

“Joining Parker was an easy decision for me, and working here has given me the chance to really push myself as a designer”

I’ve always enjoyed being creative. From an early age I used to sketch, build and draw nearly every day, but it wasn’t until I was doing my GCSEs that I realised my love for Graphic Design.

The majority of my experience comes from my six years ‘on and off’ working for Shop Direct, the second largest online retailer in the UK. I first entered the studio on work experience during my A Levels, then began freelancing immediately before joining full time as a Junior Designer in 2009.

A year later I decided to go to University, and spent three years studying Graphic & Communication Design at the University of Leeds, while returning to freelance during term holidays. Then, in the summer of 2013, I went back to full time work for Shop Direct as a Graphic and Web Designer. While at Shop Direct, I worked on a huge variety of jobs over the years – web and email design, catalogue design, art direction, interior design and branding, and I was even given the task of designing the new corporate identity before I left for Parker Design. I’d say branding and identity is where my strengths lie, I love the challenge of channelling a company’s values and passions into a living breathing brand that people can relate to.

When the opportunity to join Parker Design came in January 2014, it was an easy decision for me. Parker has given me the chance to really push myself as a designer, working with a wide range of formats and a number of different clients, from small local businesses to big corporate names such as Sage, United Utilities and AstraZeneca.

In my spare time I like to take to the golf course, I think it’s a great way to socialise and get outdoors. I’m also into food, film, gaming and I’m a season ticket holder at Liverpool FC and try to get to Anfield as much as I can. Being a generally outgoing person I’ll give anything a go and love trying new things.