Thoughts Make Things


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About me
Thoughts Make Things is the online portfolio of Art Director, Graphic Designer and Illustrator Lydia Lapinski. 

I can help you with
Art Direction / Branding / Graphic Design / Illustration / Packaging Design / Product Design / Set Design / Digital Design / Social Media Design.

My experience
Before setting up Thoughts Make Things in 2008 I worked as a graphic designer, art director and head of design for top design agencies including The Designers Republic, Studio Output, Iris Associates and Pimoroni. I was one of the first designers to work at Studio Output when they started up in 2003, and became the first female in 25 years to be employed as a designer at The Designers Republic. I have worked in design studios, advertising agencies and in-house for brands, gaining experience ranging from designing electronic PCB boards, to chocolate rabbits. I currently work part time as a creative director for Eleven Design / Our Favourite Places alongside taking on my own projects. 

Clients I have worked with past & present
Art Sheffield / BBC / BBC Radio 1 / Boots / CBBC / CBeebies / Cinema For All / Coca-Cola / Computer Arts Magazine / EA Games / Hasbro / Hed Kandi / Marks & Spencers / Moshi Monsters / Mollie Makes Magazine / Ministry of Sound / Nicky Hornby / NUS / Our Favourite Places / Paul Smith /Penguin Books / Pimoroni / Rotovision / Sheffield Childrens Hospital / St Lukes / Thorntons Chocolates.

Studios I have freelanced at & collaborated with
The Designers Republic / Studio Output / Kiosk / Eleven / The Cafeteria / Tado / Iris Associates / Sanderson Bob / Dust / Jaywing.

'I employed Lydia to help us work one of our company's most important & exciting projects to date. I had no doubt she'd be the perfect fit. She worked tirelessly on the project from start to finish. Lydia is hard working, thorough, adaptable and agreeable. She more than lives up to her professional history credentials, and I would recommend her whole heartedly to anyone seeking exceptional graphic design and art direction.'
David Bailey
Creative Director at Kiosk

‘Lydia has been working with the Cinema For All since 2012, helping us develop a modern, fresh and unique brand identity. From delegate bags, badges and event flyers to our much loved new logo, Lydia has helped Cinema For All professionalise our materials, whilst ensuring they maintain the sense of warmth and community spirit that our organisation is all about. Lydia consistently presents work that shows a great understanding of the brief — which, when combined with her suberb creative instinct, results in a design that we're always overjoyed with.’
Jaq Chell
Head of Operations and Sector Development at Cinema For All

'Lydia is a brilliant digital creative. She came in to the Team Cooper office’s to help us with a project and ended up staying to help us with three more. Since then we’ve worked a lot together and Lydia is the first person I call if don’t have capacity in house. She has an excellent taste level, a lovely personality, she works fast and never gives up. Lydia has a compelling way of presenting her work so that you know exactly why she’s made the creative decisions she’s made. I fully recommend Lydia for her awesome creative work.'
Emma Cooper
Business Development Director at Team Cooper
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