I’m Rick Hincks, I’ll keep this short and probably not very sweet, there’s no point in adding any extra fluff.
I’m a designer and a front-end developer (when the situation calls) based in Manchester. My background covers the whole range of digital design, from branding & off-line marketing to web design and video. I’m starting to get back in to illustration and print on the side, but that’s just at the beginning stages.
I’m a big believer in making sure you’re proud of what you and your agency put your name to and not just firing out whatever you can get paid for. This helps nurture creativity and requires being given the time to develop new ideas no matter how big or small or ridiculous and having the time to build them up and see them flourish. There’s nothing worse than churning out the same unimaginative stuff day in and day out.
I’ve spent the last 2 - 3 years on large projects for Coats plc, Unilever and Lexus. My previous agencies include: Freelance (Retrofuzz, Pravda, Red C), Passion for Creative.
Freelance (Retrofuzz, Pravda, Red C), Passion for Creative, Mook
A few ground rules if you need me to freelance for you: Don't ask me to work for free (no it won't be good for my portfolio). Don't ask me to work for cheaper than I quoted, unless you reduce the scope. Don't ask me how much a website costs unless you know what's going in to it. Don't ask me to pitch (note the first point about not working for free). Pay me on time (yes I have bills to pay too). Don't call me in and have me sitting around the studio all day with no work. Did you know that a female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate? How sad is that? Don't ask me to do work and then expect not to pay for it just because you don't like it, I can only charge for my time. Don't steal my designs. Don't ask me to design something if you're going to say "I don't know what I want, but I'll know when I see it". I think that's it, I'll add to this, as and when.