Creative direction

Studio management

Digital marketing

Brand identity

Comms, PR & social

Photo & video

A ‘break from the norm’ marketing leader fusing design and content to inspire audiences. I have over 10 years’ experience with talented teams and innovative clients in finance, tech, media and retail.

Since 2004, I’ve produced marketing, design, photography, viral PR and comms projects for bold and brave brands.

Leading busy, award-winning (and award-losing) teams, I strive to produce first-class work in environments that foster culture, care and quality.

I head-up marketing at Kyan, a prominent digital product agency working with entrepreneurs, startups and enterprise businesses in fintech. We’re a leading Ruby on Rails studio known widely for our innovative work. And we host our own events—up to 30 a year—from local-level meetups to big, annual conferences.

James Compton


808 The Movie

UK Premiere

Smirnoff Cider

The Tractor Project

Vapouriz Group

Creative & Brand Direction

Tandem Bank


St Marks Studios

Brand Design


Online Launch


Welcome Programme


Rewards Programme

Cathay Pacific

Employee Engagement


Creative Direction


feat. Ben Youngs

Joe Yoshida


Henry David Thoreau

"The price of anything is the amount of life exchanged for it."


User Experience



That’s right, I count every single one. From my very first freelance job (a photoshoot with a goth band in a wet Farnborough underpass) to my most recent (flying to Bonn, Germany to roll out DHL’s global Great Place to Work campaign).

Like tears in rain

I’ve worked client-side, agency-side, integrated, and freelance. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.

To fly, to serve

British Airways said that, and I’ll say it too. My job has taken me from LA to Hong Kong and many places between, like Slough.

Power to the people

As much as I love being at the coalface, much of my work involves leading brilliant teams and individuals.

Little black book

Actually, it’s grey, and not so little. Over the years I’ve built a brilliant contact list of need-to-know creative specialists.

“Ben's delivered some outstanding work for us over the years, from brand identities to numerous creatives used for PR and experiential campaigns. Couldn't recommend him more highly.”

James Herring, Owner & Managing PartnerTaylor Herring

“Ben's expertise, attitude and drive make him an absolute pleasure to work with. He went above and beyond providing service and support. Our increased metrics are testament to his work.”

Sam Reynolds, Digital Marketing ControllerSky

“Ben has produced music artwork, ads, posters—physical & digital—plus much more for me, and I can't recommend him highly enough. A brilliant, inspiring, top-of-the-range creative director.”

Adam Kay, Writer & ProducerBBC

“I've hired my fair share of creative professionals, but rarely do they live up to those two words. Ben is clearly one of them, delivering consistent high-quality solutions at an impressive pace.”

Matthew Carrozo, Director of BrandUnbabel

“Ben’s speciality is his creative skill in design, editing and branding. He's a pleasure to work with – professional, completed before deadline, and excellent communication throughout.”

Dominic Ryan, Senior Product SpecialistGoogle
February 16, 2018

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