Navyblue sees changes to design department

Navyblue’s design team is set to undergo some radical changes following the departure of senior designer Nick Needham.

Needham left last week and is expected to be followed by two more members of the design team.

Already, this year’s Emerging Designer of the Year nominee, Craig Wilson has departed.

Needham said: “I’m leaving to pursue freelance interests, and to fulfill some long-standing personal ambitions. It is a natural time to leave Navyblue for which I have worked for over six and a half years.”

Elsewhere, Lynne Devine who won both Emerging Designer of the Year and Designer of the Year at last year’s Scottish Design Awards will leave at the end of the month, as will Anna McManus who is destined for London. Both have yet to settle on their next career steps at the time of writing.

Jonathan Evans, creative director at Navyblue explained; “We have built a very special team of creatives at Navyblue and have had great success in the last couple of years. However my aim this year was to take this team to the next level. We started this transition by bolstering the design director team and then promoted both Donna Hainan and Dave Raspin to senior designers respectively. In addition we are continuing with our recruitment drive as we aim to add more experience to our creative team at all levels to allow us to service our growing client base more effectively. It is therefore inevitable that along the way there will be people who quite simply want to try something different.”

Joining Navyblue from Edinburgh-based rival, Emperor Design will be David Hunt, who will join as a senior designer.

Kevin Blythe, a recent graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone is another recuit. Both will begin their roles at the end of June.

All of this despite the agency celebrating at the Scottish Design Awards (pictured left).

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