Supremo De­sign

Web Designer - - Supremo Design -

who

Supremo

what

UX De­sign, Web De­vel­op­ment, Mo­bile De­vel­op­ment, An­i­ma­tion and Brand­ing.

where

Sal­ford In­no­va­tion Fo­rum, 51 Fred­er­ick Road, Manch­ester, M6 6FP

web

www.supremo.co.uk

key clients

•So­cial Chain •Proof Drinks • BBC •Vita Stu­dent •Caz­ca­bel Te­qui­lla

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”

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