About Garlic

A climate conscious designer, sparking change through creativity. Experience makes all the difference!

“Garlic consistently produces creative designs with a unique energy. Jon is professional and efficient - we love working with him!”

Marketing Manager, Oxford University Press, USA

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My story begins

If every great piece of great graphic design tells a story, then every narrator of that story should have a few chronicles too. It’s chapter 3 of my story so far. I took the leap of faith to start my freelance design career in 2007, having worked in design agencies based in Cambridge, London, Sydney, Oxford – the rest is design history.

the second chapter

Since then I have built up a loyal client base through word of mouth and frequent repeat business. I have a track record of delivering high-quality design work for the arts and culture, education, science and research,  and more recently exploring the climate and sustainability sectors. My clients will say Garlic is passionate about encouraging audiences to engage and discover through key messages and striking design. Fast-forward to 2013 and I evolved the business into Totem Studios – a natural progression, underlining the growth of my agency.

Now as we bravely enter 2021, working in a post #Brexit and #Covid businesses will need to more adaptable than ever. Having spent many years helping my clients’ businesses with their branding, I thought it was about time to give myself a brand makeover. So, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Totem Studios is now Garlic Agency.

Strong, fresh and punchy. Garlic is everything that great graphic design should be. A key ingredient in the marketing mix. I will be working between London and Istanbul (where East meets West) exploring new opportunities in my wife’s home town. Rest assured though, everything else remains the same. Same great design work, by the same designer.

the third sector

I am a designer finding a more sustainable path for myself and my business, whilst creating design work to highlight the path for others. I’m taking a stand to take on climate action and I recently signed the ‘First Things First 2020‘ manifesto. I offer substantial discounts to any organisation working in the Third Sector – climate action, sustainability or raising environmental awareness.

I am proud to be a climate designer.

Business Values

  • Use carbon neutral website hosting
  • Only work with FSC certified printers
  • Helping to plant trees with Ecosia searches
  • Member of Climate Designers community
  • A Catchafire pro-bono project every year
  • Discounts for clients in the climate sector

Personal Values

  • No car ownership since 2017
  • Carbon offset all flights since 2020
  • Buying second-hand clothes online
  • Member of The Tide founded by SeaLegacy
  • Signed 'First Things First' Manifesto
  • Recycling obsessed!

“His good sense of humour, ability to cope well under pressure and excellent organisational skills enable him to produce high quality work within tight deadlines.”

Creative Director, Dewynters

Why choose Garlic?

Let’s collaborate

Send me an email to discuss your new project

Working from either my London or Istanbul studio, I provide my clients with a full stack of graphic design services and support. Use the form below to request an online meeting or a WhatsApp call. Start the ball rolling today