About me

Paul Murphy


Hello. I’m Paul Murphy, a graphic designer based in Wanstead, East London. I’ve been working in the design industry for more than 20 years, across several different design disciplines including publishing, advertising, packaging and branding. People seem to like the particular mix of design, artworking and project management skills that I can bring to a project, and I really enjoy working with new brands and creative people.
I set up Paul Murphy Design six years ago in order to take control of my work and house it under my own brand, and it has allowed me to work directly with some of the world’s best design consultancies and brands including Burberry, Ted Baker, Pentagram, Southbank Centre, Imagination, Interoute and ITV.
Since 2012 I’ve built a close working relationship with D&AD, long-standing champion of excellence in the creative industries. Alongside the Awards Director I head up a small team each year providing in-house design and coordinating production for the D&AD Annual, a 600 page high-end compendium of the most outstanding work in design and advertising.
Previously, I spent nine years at design consultancy Small Back Room working on destination branding, exhibitions, retail interiors and digital communications for clients including The Crown Estate, Haworth, British Land, Mansell, Land Securities, EDF, Bloomsbury Publishing, Raiffeisen, Shakespeare’s Globe and The British Museum.
I’m a believer in functional design and I like subtlety and simplicity in approach. I think good design has a place in all forms of communication as a way to make your message simpler, more direct, and easier to digest and understand.
To me, the technical aspects of work are as important to get right as the creative. I’ve used Adobe Creative Suite software on Mac platforms for most of my working life – it allows me to design, visualise, retouch and artwork everything to the same standards and to keep those processes in-house. I am first and foremost a print designer, so I enjoy working with the physical qualities of inks, paper stock and print processes and figuring out how a box might open or a brochure might unfold. I regularly work with printers and production specialists who keep me up to date on industry standards.
My clients tell me I’m easy to work with – I can get a handle on most jobs pretty quickly and I try to be as realistic as possible with costings and deadlines. I always work carefully with content and context and with real people in mind, and unlike larger companies, I’m able to give you my undivided attention and take a personal interest in your projects. If you’ve got a job that you think I might be suited to, please send me a brief overview and I’ll be happy to get back to you with my thoughts on what might be involved. Then, if you’re happy, we can start a conversation from there.