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in 2010 the draw of the freelance life became too much for Ian Cox. Always wanting to start his own studio, Ian knew he needed to educate himself about how today’s studios worked from the inside, before going it alone. Having worked in the industry since 2004, he set about learning all he could about what makes a great digital studio – taking particular note of what doesn’t work, and how his studio could do things differently, and of course better.
“I started with a junior position at a small and fairly new studio in Manchester city centre,” Ian explained. “I had a place at university but didn’t see the point in spending three years in a seminar room if I could get straight into the industry and learn with real clients in real situations.
“Before that I was on a BTEC multimedia course with my business partner at Supremo, Mike Strand (Technical Director). I’ve known Mike since high school and he’s been a friend ever since. Mike’s worked in the industry in development at various agencies for as long as I have. He also made the choice to go straight into the industry. We are both self-taught; watching the right videos, following the right tutorials and reading the right books. Around 2014 I decided that it was time to expand Supremo so I stopped working in-house and focused completely on finding and working with my own clients.”
Mike also commented: “In early 2015 Ian and I met up to discuss how I could contribute to helping move Supremo forward. By the end of the meeting we’d pretty much decided we were going to partner up and take the challenge on together. We’d always shared similar paths in education, a desire to do our own thing and a complimentary mix of skills. However, during our conversations we realised that we now shared a vision of the kind of agency we wanted to work for and we had the perfect opportunity to create it.”
All new studios need a name. For Ian, he had an idea from a very early stage, what his business would be called, as he explains: “The name definitely came first. I’ve always noticed that senior people in the industry are referred to as “creative supremo’s”. It started from there. I liked Supremo as a word too. I could see us ranking on the first page of google for the word so it had some great potential. The domain was more difficult. First, we
I’ve always noticed that senior people in the industry are referred to as “creative supremo’s”