Sunshine Design logo 2021

Graphic Designer, Website Designer and Digital Illustrator
Sunshine Coast and Brisbane

Graphic designer,
Divi WordPress website designer and digital illustrator

Offering the highest quality graphic design and business solutions without agency overheads. Your one-stop WordPress Website Designer and Graphic Designer with one to one attention to detail.

Services include Branding and Logo Design, Photoshop, Digital Illustration, Web (Design, Hosting, SEO), Mailchimp, Social Media, and Print Management, including Book Design.

Small businesses have become a speciality, so if you’re ready to start working for yourself or grow your business on the Sunny Coast or Brisbane, call me to arrange a no-obligation personal consultation. Let me illuminate your brand and turn your next business idea into a profitable reality.

Graphic Design Services 

History of me:
Stuart Flynn – BA Design, Illustration, Award School

Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked in agencies and studios in Adelaide, Sydney, and now the Sunshine Coast, running my own business as Sunshine Design.

Brand manager
Senior Graphic designer – Sydney

While in Sydney I was the brand manager and senior graphic designer for many national accounts at BMF – Agency of the decade and while being part of the most highly regarded agency in Australia I learned from some of the top creative directors and art directors in the business. Some of the familiar brands I have been privileged to work on are listed here;

Client history

XXXX Gold, Commonwealth Bank, Renault(Brand Manager), Foxtel, Aldi, McDonald’s, Toohey’s Extra Dry, MBF(Brand Manager), Adelaide Fringe Festival, BPay, The Smith Family, Dominos, Elle Bache, Ikea, Weight Watchers, Rheem.

Graphic designer roles

Other diverse roles in my career have included – a freelance illustrator and art director for a print broker in Adelaide, 8 months at TVSN in TV graphics on the Photoshop animation team, and even a stint at New Idea Magazine.

Book publisher

Among my proudest achievements was my brainstorming ebook – Extreme nouns which has sold hundreds of copies worldwide. And as a result, I was given my first insight into Google Adwords, analytics, and social advertising.

Award School

In 2008 I completed Award School Sydney. This is an advertising and strategy course designed and run by Australia’s top advertising top working Art Directors and Copywriters. Projects included writing and storyboarding for TV, radio, and print advertisements. 

Need a graphic designer?
Get in touch

I love talking about design, SEO, and advertising as well as meeting new people and learning about other businesses. So don’t be shy. Book an appointment to see me at my brand new office space in Mountain Creek.

For a no-obligation chat about your next online or print project phone me – Stu Flynn on 0414505393

Small business graphic design solutions

The first thing I do is take the time to understand your business and your competition. And to do this, a good brief from you plus a discussion about your goals goes a long way.

What I need to know about the business before starting a design project

  • What would you want to achieve through your advertising?
  • What is it about your competition that is, isn’t working?
  • Your niche – In what ways is your business unique in your industry?
  • Have you tried any strategies to date, and how successful have they been?
  • How are people likely to discover your business (word of mouth, website, social)?

The end goal of good design and advertising

The aim is to get your business in front of as many relevant customers as possible. So we need to uncover your strengths and market them. By starting this process and following through with great graphic design and communication, I help you get the most out of your advertising and design budget. And instead of just giving you what you want, I’ll also deliver what you need. This is done by understanding the big pictuff and setting off in the right directith.

Your brand strategy

Before diving straight into website design, logo or advertising flyer, we need to discover and define your business. And the way I approach this is by uncovering a unique single-minded proposition. That is to say, what is it about the business that will give you an edge over your competition? For example, this may be like ‘The biggest burger’ or ‘WordPress design with page one ranking’ or ‘Physio who combines Asian Qi Gong’.

Without establishing a clear brand identity and strategy, a graphic designer is simply creating something that looks nice. 

So if you want more relevance, more profit, more client interest and ultimately a higher market share within your industry, I advise you to take the time to talk to an expert graphic designer or web designer for your advertising communication. 

How cancer brought me to the Sunny Coast

I was on my way up the ladder in Australia’s leading Advertising Agency (BMF). I’d also just graduated from (Award School Sydney), where aspiring Art Directors and Copywriters honed their skills. My goal was to move from studio design and artwork in the graphic design team to TV, radio and Art Direction within my company. But just when I was getting excited about a potentially exciting chapter in my career, I was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I was in and out of the hospital for 3 years, undergoing chemo and eventually a stem cell transplant and needed 2 more years of ongoing follow-ups. I was also struggling with fatigue and too tired to work full time. My wife and I just started a family, and space in our small Sydney apartment was running ous, I decided to slow down by working part-time and then eventually moving my family out of the big c for both of these reasonsity.

These days I run my own business on the coast. I’ve been here for 6 years now, working as a website designer, high-end logo and brand designer and digital illustrator. 

I look after myself with good eating, exercise, and a coastal lifestyle. The neighbours are great, and the community is very welcoming. And yes, I’m fully recovered and 100% back to full fitness. I even have a website and a book about my experience if you’re interested. It’s called ‘The greyzone’ and a free download on Ibooks.

Index page design - Best Sunshine Coast book designer - Hard-cover-book

Web design – Content is king

Have you ever heard this term from your web designer?

If so it’s for good reason. Relevant and engaging content will greatly affect the user experience and in turn the retention of online traffic. Above all your potential customers need to enjoy their experience on your site.

There are a lot of tips to improve your content, and I’m not going to mention them all. But first of all, there are a bunch of plugins and apps that I use to get the most out of my copywriting. These include Grammarly for general grammar and spelling and Yoast for on-site content analytics. Secondly, I recommend breaking up your content into bite-size pieces. For example, it’s important to use headings (H1 and H2) in particular to navigate around the site as well as keeping paragraphs small and easy to digest. 

But for more detailed advice on how to engage your audience as well as improve your content phone for a free graphic design consultation.

How I get thousands of web visits a year and growing.

Business in the digital world

I specialise in digital design. But apart from that, I’m also a business owner with multiple websites and social media platforms working in that background, marketing my business while I get on with the creative work. So for my own business to flourish, I am constantly improving and implementing strategies for maintaining, improving and growing my online presence every week.

SEO equals phone calls

I have shown steady growth in web traffic and client retention by staying in touch with technology and good design and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) practices.

As a result, I have 3,200 web visits a year and growing at 25% per year. Using proven SEO practice and design optimisation, I can keep my visitors engaged with my site for longer. This translates to phone calls and new business every day. So if you’d like the same sort of results for your business, let me show you how. Phone me on 0414 505 393.

Two types of graphic design clients in Australia

Marketing Companies

I have two types of graphic design clients. The first of these are small marketing companies that outsource specialised skills like graphic design, animation, and illustration. Marketing companies are great because we speak the same language and understand the logistics of the work. Plus I can help add value to their businesses.

Small business graphic design

Secondly, I really love to work with smaller local businesses with their start-up branding design, social media, and WordPress. I enjoy this type of work because there is something great about helping develop a business brand from the ground up. 

So if you have an idea that you’d like turned into reality please phone for a free chat. Stuart Flynn: 0414 505 393.

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