Make it Happen!

Hey, my name is Ben Young and I run Sequence Design & Marketing,  I guess you’re here because you want to know a bit more about me? Well I’m not great at talking about myself but here goes…

I love working on creative projects and ideas whether that’s a new website for a client or a personalised ‘Desert Island Disc Book’ for my family I’m happy when I’m designing something!

I like gadgets, technology, all types of music, good coffee and I’m a movie fan – my IMDb watched list has 1152 ratings… Before you ask there’s only one 10/10 and as I grew up in the 80’s it’s obviously The Goonies! When I’m not at my desk I enjoy playing golf or taking a hike over a few hills with a nice view and a stop at a pub afterwards with my wife.

The short version of how Sequence Design & Marketing came about is that in April 2016 an unplanned sequence of events got me thinking about what was important to me and what made me happy – that paired with the time to watch a lot of Mel Robbins on YouTube made me realise I could make it happen!  I’m passionate about design and creativity and knew my skills could help people at the same time as doing what I love – a win/win – so I decided to explore the potential of setting up on my own.

When you get to know me you’ll realise that it’s all in the detail, I’m well organised, honest, transparent and loyal – but don’t take my word for it click here to see what my clients say about me!

If you’re interested in working together just get in touch with details of your idea or project and we’ll go from there… or if you’re interested in the long version of my story just keep on scrolling.

Make it Happen!

Hey, my name is Ben Young and I run Sequence Design & Marketing,  I guess you’re here because you want to know a bit more about me? Well I’m not great at talking about myself but here goes…

I love working on creative projects and ideas whether that’s a new website for a client or a personalised ‘Desert Island Disc Book’ for my family I’m happy when I’m designing something!

I like gadgets, technology, all types of music, good coffee and I’m a movie fan – my IMDb watched list has 1152 ratings… Before you ask there’s only one 10/10 and as I grew up in the 80’s it’s obviously The Goonies! When I’m not at my desk I enjoy playing golf or taking a hike over a few hills with a nice view and a stop at a pub afterwards with my wife.

The short version of how Sequence Design & Marketing came about is that in April 2016 an unplanned sequence of events got me thinking about what was important to me and what made me happy – that paired with the time to watch a lot of Mel Robbins on YouTube made me realise I could make it happen!  I’m passionate about design and creativity and knew my skills could help people at the same time as doing what I love – a win/win – so I decided to explore the potential of setting up on my own.

When you get to know me you’ll realise that it’s all in the detail, I’m well organised, honest, transparent and loyal – but don’t take my word for it click here to see what my clients say about me!

If you’re interested in working together just get in touch with details of your idea or project and we’ll go from there… or if you’re interested in the long version of my story just keep on scrolling.

Wow, you want to read the long version… Well, after leaving school I studied engineering for three years and in my final year my Dad pointed out that I was more concerned on the layout and design of my reports than the theories set out in them – he was right, even then I had an eye for sharp typography!

I had the opportunity to take an apprenticeship in engineering however he encouraged me to explore my creative passion and take a course in Graphic Design.

I’ve never looked back… I completed a foundation course at The Berkshire School of Art & Design before going to University and obtaining a degree in Graphic Design. The following 14 years I worked as a Junior Designer progressing up to Senior Designer and for the last nine years as a Marketing Director.

In February 2017 I left my role as a Marketing Director and set up Sequence Design & Marketing… which at the moment is just me. I didn’t take a long time thinking about leaving, the decision was made during an awkward phone conversation and once the thought had entered my mind there was no stopping it! Nevertheless it’s a big decision to ‘hit the reset’ button and start from scratch but it’s something I’m glad I decided to explore.

That’s the story so far and I’m not sure what the future holds but I’ve definitely learnt that sometimes it’s important to be ‘comfortable with uncertainty’.

“Knowing what to do is never going to be the problem. It’s whether or not you have the will to make it happen. So in the areas of your life that you don’t have what you want… just do the things you don’t feel like doing!”

Mel Robbins | The Power of You

“Knowing what to do is never going to be the problem. It’s whether or not you have the will to make it happen. So in the areas of your life that you don’t have what you want… just do the things you don’t feel like doing!”

Mel Robbins | The Power of You

Wow, you want to read the long version… Well, after leaving school I studied engineering for three years and in my final year my Dad pointed out that I was more concerned on the layout and design of my reports than the theories set out in them – he was right, even then I had an eye for sharp typography!

I had the opportunity to take an apprenticeship in engineering however he encouraged me to explore my creative passion and take a course in Graphic Design.

I’ve never looked back… I completed a foundation course at The Berkshire School of Art & Design before going to University and obtaining a degree in Graphic Design. The following 14 years I worked as a Junior Designer progressing up to Senior Designer and for the last nine years as a Marketing Director.

In February 2017 I left my role as a Marketing Director and set up Sequence Design & Marketing… which at the moment is just me. I didn’t take a long time thinking about leaving, the decision was made during an awkward phone conversation and once the thought had entered my mind there was no stopping it! Nevertheless it’s a big decision to ‘hit the reset’ button and start from scratch but it’s something I’m glad I decided to explore.

That’s the story so far and I’m not sure what the future holds but I’ve definitely learnt that sometimes it’s important to be ‘comfortable with uncertainty’.

My Important Dates

Key Dates

2018
August 10

Launched Sequence Clothing – 2018

During the first half of 2018 I developed an online solution for my clients to order their branded clothing, with dedicated ecommerce sites for each. This also expanded into a Sequence Clothing online store with bespoke logotype clothing.

January 26

Launched Web & Email Hosting Service – 2018

Early in 2018 I launched a website and email hosting service for my clients with a new dedicated server after being disappointed with the service from existing suppliers.  Fast and reliable, I’m happy to report a 99.99% uptime. Therefore I can now provide my clients with a solid hosting platform with unlimited web space and email accounts, including exchange mailboxes.

2017
February 1

Sequence Design & Marketing – 2017

In November 2016 I made the decision to hit the reset button, take the plunge and set up on my own!

 

It was obviously a big decision, stepping away from a ‘secure’ full-time role to something unknown but I knew I had to explore it… so on the 1st February 2017 I started Sequence Design & Marketing!

2008
October 1

Marketing Director – 2008

In 2008 I took up a role of Marketing Director and was responsible for managing the design and artwork studio and the production of all printed literature and online resources – it was a varied role and included; monthly news magazine and promotional leaflets, quarterly in house brochures, all corporate identity and the design of adverts for trade press; liaising with the publisher’s, advertising managers and agencies.

 

It also included the management, development and maintenance of online resources including a B2B online ordering portal. The online resources also included weekly email marketing campaigns, intranet and the overall management of the company contact management system.

2006
June 4

Marketing Executive – 2006

I took up a role of Marketing Executive in 2006 which also included a huge amount of graphic design – however it broadened my area of expertise and I was heavily involved with account management and technical processes within the company.

 

In this role I was responsible for launching a B2B online ordering and information portal including email marketing campaigns and back-end integration, this involved organised events across the UK to promote the system.

2005
April 9

Graphic Designer – 2005

I threw myself into my first position and soon after took up a role of Graphic Designer. In this role I was responsible for my first rebranding of a company; new logo and associated media including various corporate brochures.

 

Other projects included the re-design and launch of a company magazine and the design and launch of the company’s first website – it was 2005! I was also responsible for the launch of an email marketing platform to their client base.

2003
October 13

Junior Graphic Designer – 2003

My first position was as a Junior Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant and I was responsible for producing promotional leaflets, point of sale material, editorial copy and magazine layouts – finally my designs were being seen and actually used!

2000
October 2

BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design – 2000

In 2000 I started my Degree and with the experience I’d gathered over the previous two years I was able to focus of the visual language of graphic design and deliver dynamic visual solutions. I furthered my knowledge and explored the relationship with the wider culture through visual language.

 

The time flew by and in 2003 I was equipped to apply my skills, knowledge and creative understanding to a commercial context.

1998
October 6

National Diploma Graphic Design – 1998

I’d decided I wanted to pursue a career in design but had been studying the wrong subjects for the last three years so I started a foundation course to get a better understanding of the subject and develop my creative problem solving skills.

June 17

Finished School & College… What’s Next?

I finished School and Sixth form in 1998 with nine GCSE’s and A Levels in Business Studies, Graphical Communication, Engineering and an AS in Statistics.

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