About blue Deer...
Hi, I am Mark. A creative problem solver. I founded Blue Deer back in 2014, with an official full time launch in March 2017. The dream is to take Blue Deer global. Currently we're specialising in branding and monoline illustration.
I have a huge passion for design, big aspirations, and a creative drive for helping businesses in the modern tech era.
Blue Deer is now award winning. Featured in a Logo Lounge book for the first time. We made it into their 10th book published in 2017. Checkout page 110. They even featured a video I put onto youtube about the book, on their blog. This gained a bit of traction in the design community: A flame kindled. (Even though they got my name wrong).
Formal education: Instead of university I chose to jump right into the industry deep end and try to swim. As an alternative to uni I took on the 9 month part-time course at Shillington Design College in London. I was lucky enough to be featured on their blog a few months back... you can find it here: meet mark hirons.
I have been growing as a podcaster for 3+ years now. Recording various shows and series. Currently i'm the host of the Creative Waffle podcast. This has been named 3rd in Creative Boom's top 40 podcasts. I’ve also been featured on other podcasts, such as Passion behind the Arts episode 81.
Did you know that I have 5 Blue Peter badges? the normal blue badge, purple, green, silver, and a special 50th anniversary badge.
Hobbies: Powerlifting! I know it doesn't look like it, but I recently got into powerlifting. I have seen a huge improvement in my mental health and confidence. For more about this see my alternative instagram account... @powerliftingmark.
Favourite quote: "It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be!"