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Hi, I'm Lydia Lapinski aka Thoughts Make Things, I'm an illustrator, art director and designer based in Sheffield UK. My  aim is to bring play and wonder to every project I'm involved in, making the basic beautiful, the mundane magical and the superfluous simple. 


I work both with my own clients and as a support to agencies on a freelance basis. I have over 15 years experience working as a Creative Director, Art Director and Head of Design for advertising agencies, design agencies and in house for brands.


I've been lucky enough to produce work for television, arts, culture, advertising, theatre, festivals, food, computer games, cinema, education, beauty, electronics, charities, councils, universities, music, publishing, fitness, toys and fashion.

In my spare time I also co-host the Sheffield branch of Ladies Wine Design and am an associate lecturer in Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam University. 



Art direction

Creative direction

Graphic design


Packaging design

Icon design

Mural design

Selected clients past & present…

BBC, Boots, CBeebies, Chanel, Childrens Capital of Culture, Cinema for All, Coca-Cola, Computer Arts Magazine, EA Games, Hasbro, Hope Works, Marks & Spencers, Ministry of Sound, Moshi Monsters, Mollie Makes Magazine, Museums Sheffield, City Arts Nottingham, Nick Hornby, NHS, Our Favourite Places, Paul Smith, Penguin Books, Pimoroni, Rotovision, Site Gallery, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital, St Lukes, Thorntons and VISA.

Selected studios / agency clients past & present…

The Designers Republic, McCann Worldgroup, Eleven Design, Kiosk, Studio Output, Iris Associates, The Cafeteria and Jaywing.


If you are a client who would like to speak to me about your next project,

a design team looking to hire me as a freelancer or a student looking for advice please email

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