We’ve got more than our fair share of talented web designers in Newcastle.
And it’s a good thing, too.
These days, consumers want quick, smooth and easy access to products and services on all devices at all times. Couple these demands with an endless list of online competitors, and its easy to see why every business needs a mobile-optimised, SEO-friendly website (complete with engaging visuals, blazing fast page load speeds and simple navigation).
In the digital age, effective web design is critical to business growth, functioning as a powerful advertising tool in itself. At this very moment, heaps of prospective customers are combing the internet for an offering just like yours. A well designed website will help you stand out and win them over. A poorly designed site will scare them off (if it even appears in their search results!).
So when it comes to hiring a web designer for your new site, making an informed decision could be the difference between a business-boosting makeover and a lead-losing failure. But maybe you’re stuck trawling through web designer reviews, not fully confident in picking your perfect match.
To help you out, we’ve put together some expert recommendations – your business deserves the best, so that’s what we’re serving. Below, we’ll introduce you to some of the leading web designers in Newcastle (fingers crossed you still choose us to design your new site, of course!) 😉
But first, why is quality web design so crucial?
Put simply, web design can make or break your business. Not only does it entail careful creation and arrangement of your site’s graphic features and functions, but it also demands an understanding of the technical limits and liberties of the web development behind it all.
Yes, web design can involve a pretty substantial upfront cost. But this investment will reap significant profits in the long term – provided you hire a winning web designer! A well-crafted user interface will pull in more leads and a greater conversion rate, in turn generating increased revenue for your business.
38% of users will leave your website if they don’t like its content and layout.
When a new user visits your site, its look and feel forms their very first impression of your brand. And let’s face it: few consumers will trust a business with a confusing, outdated or unprofessional website.
Thankfully, great web design creates brand consistency throughout the user experience. In turn, this design cohesion allows people to build brand recognition and confidence so that they come to you when they want to convert.
75% of users judge a business’ credibility based solely on its site’s aesthetic design.
Then there’s the nitty gritty stuff. In short, many web design elements impact search engine visibility. If your code and content isn’t SEO-friendly, competitors ranking higher on Google will steal your leads with their better-optimised websites. To avoid this pitfall, you need to choose a web design agency or freelance web developer who really knows their s***.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best Newcastle web designers we could find!
Drum roll please…
Ben Lidgard, Senior Digital Designer
An award-winning designer with 20 years of experience under his belt, Ben boasts a shining track record in the graphic design industry!
Since graduating with a BA in Design from University of Newcastle in 1999, he has created innovative and intelligent digital solutions for a diverse variety of clients both big and small. Attractive as they are functional, Ben’s projects cover everything from branding and typography to product design and user experience.
If his collection of awards – ranging from Best Retail Solution Of The Year to Most Inspirational UX For Educational Advancement – is anything to go by, Ben has an impressive skill set spanning across design and technology fields. This powerful blend allows him to zero in on the connection between a target audience and the tactics that fuel their action!
After collaborating with Ben on a few projects, we were stoked to welcome Ben as a more permanent member of the Redback team in 2020. Here are just a couple of examples of the fantastic design work Ben has delivered recently:
Daniel Borg, psyborg®
Founder and Creative Director at psyborg®, Daniel unites engineering principles with graphic design expertise to develop unforgettable brands.
With both an Honours Degree in Graphic Design from the University of Newcastle and an Associate Diploma in Industrial Engineering (as well as extensive experience in both industries), Daniel knows how to build brands for real results. His design studio is “part mind | part machine”, combining creative direction with the technical skill needed to bring your brand to life.
Awarded Australian Catalogue of the Year for his work on the Perisher Blue Snow Holidays Brochure, Daniel has designed and managed digital projects for various national and government clients, including nib Health Funds, Lake Macquarie City Council and Lonsdale London.
Rebecca Geraghty & Kristy Coady, Design Bug
Now for two of the most artistic web designers in Newcastle.
Rebecca and Kristy are the dynamic duo behind Design Bug, a boutique graphic design studio that creates brand and website solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Both holding Bachelor’s degrees in Design from the University of Newcastle, Rebecca and Kristy have been acing all things graphic design for over ten years.
And what they started in a home office has now become a staple in Newcastle’s print and digital design scene! With extensive branding experience and an exceptional eye, these winning designers join forces with top developers to deliver mobile-responsive projects that make businesses stand out from the crowd.
Strong believers in adopting a comprehensive approach to marketing materials, they offer a variety of graphic design services covering everything from business stationary and event signage to logo and website design. That means your branding can stay consistent – a golden rule for any business looking to encourage brand awareness and customer loyalty!
Check out Design Bug’s portfolio or get in touch with the Rebecca and Kristy at email@example.com
Ben Norman, Headjam
Far from your standard web developer, Ben is also a responsive web designer with the expertise and communication skills to knock your digital project out of the park.
After working as Communications Manager at Hunter Water Australia, Ben headed for Headjam. Senior Digital Developer at this creative agency, he specialises in pretty much everything from mobile app development to e-commerce website design, ensuring each build is functional, responsive and easy on the eyes.
Famed for his funny one-liners, Ben can even explain the most technical aspects of design to clients in such a way that they genuinely understand. And he’s not all talk, either. For example, last year he both designed and developed the Edugo Asia Speak Native English iOS app, helping businesses across Asia to learn the English language.
Get in touch with Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda & Scott Kirkman, Shorthand Studio
Looking for web designers in Newcastle with a Melbourne touch?
When Newcastle natives Amanda and Scott Kirkman returned home from Victoria in 2014, they set up a small design studio with the aim of delivering quality over quantity. And Shorthand Studio has certainly lived up to that mission, receiving a Gold Award of Excellence at the Communicator Awards!
An adaptable designer who works across a variety of applied design projects, Amanda has created everything from product packaging to websites. Featured in Women of Graphic Design and The Young Ones magazine, she’s inspiring the next generation of world-class designers with lectures at the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries.
Refining his design game at FutureBrand (one of the biggest brand consultancies in the world), Scott is an outcome-focused designer who drives creative solutions with a gear towards real results. Similar to Amanda, Scott teaches digital design where he once studied it in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle.
Check out their work or get in touch at email@example.com
Dave McMurray, UX Designer
Revered as ‘the person that all aspiring UX Designers should look up to’, Dave is friendly, professional and always driven to produce the highest possible quality of work.
Mastering UX design since 2008, Dave has worked as a freelance web designer and front end developer, as well as a user experience designer at nib Health Funds. A diligent and dedicated expert, he is currently the lead UX designer at Mudbath Digital.
Dave is one of the most methodical web designers in Newcastle. He always begins with the who, what and why, collaborating with each client to design a smart digital solution for their distinct brand. For instance, he holds User Experience Design workshops at the start of each project to build a clear path to success. Tailored to each client, these structured meetings uncover business traits, goals and target audiences, informing the most effective way to structure site content. Now that’s thorough thinking.
Get in touch with Dave here.
Andrew Hopkinson, Freelance Web Designer
A Melburnian through and through, graphic design is Andrew’s lifelong passion. Driven by functional style that serves a real purpose, he balances depth with clarity to achieve clean, meaningful aesthetics – his creations are always carefully-crafted, captivating and customer-focused.
Upon securing his Bachelor of Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Andrew headed straight to Newcastle on the hunt for a creative design studio that supported his refreshing less-is-more approach to web design. After joining the Ronnoco team for two and a half years, he has now gone freelance with Zero Nine Studio.
An expert in logo design, brand identity and typography, Andrew is a Newcastle web designer to watch!
Get in touch with Andrew here.
Anna Hosie, Camplify
Newcastle is seriously lucky to have snatched this ace designer across the ditch! Anna is the senior UX designer at Camplify, Australia’s largest RV sharing community. But this isn’t her first rodeo – she’s been designing unique and results-driven digital experiences for more than 12 years.
Having delivered a vast range of digital projects for clients such as Mastercard and Canningvale, Anna’s designed all kinds of user interfaces and journeys from banking and Ecommerce platforms to not-for-profit and subscription-based websites.
Thorough and professional, Anna believes in going the extra mile to understand each client’s needs, always delivering the goods within budget and on time. Problem solving is her specialty, so she’s always up for a challenge and loves nothing more than pushing the limits to achieve exceptional results!
Get in touch with Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea Brewer, The Brand Pool
Chelsea is Senior Designer at The Brand Pool, a creative agency delivering all sorts of design projects from print illustration to virtual reality platform development!
Nailing graphic design since 2013, Chelsea has worked in several agencies across Sydney, London and Newcastle. In other words, she’s seen, dealt with and delivered it all. As well as managing print, press and digital projects for world-class clients like Vitamix, Sky TV and Moet Hennessy, she’s crafted brand identities for Newcastle Racecourse, the NSW Treasury’s Fire & Emergency Services Levy campaign and Subsidence Advisory NSW.
Now, she designs responsive, attractive and conversion-centric websites to share each client’s unique story.
Discover Chelsea’s work with The Brand Pool or get in touch at email@example.com
Dom & Tom Lacey, Brothers Digital
Tom and Dom Lacey put the Brothers in Brothers Digital.
Dom is the creative genius and lead designer at this one-stop-shop digital agency, with a Digital Media degree from the University of Newcastle. He knows just what’s needed to create an impactful and impressive digital solution! Tom is Dom’s partner in crime – as well as offering his web design expertise, he delivers the analytical and technical know-how to devise a winning digital marketing strategy, taking on SEO, Google Ads and everything in between.
With more than ten years’ experience in designing all sorts of websites, these successful siblings turn big ideas into big results.
Check out their work or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Blomley, Beech & Co
Sam completed his very first freelance graphic design gig at age fifteen and the rest was history! Starting off with posters, he’s always been enthralled by the feeling of having designed something both beautiful and useful. Since igniting this creative calling, Sam has taken every opportunity possible to upskill and advance his career in digital design.
Now, he specialises in entwining art and commerce at Beech & Co, a full-service creative agency that builds brands, creates content and structures smooth online journeys. As part of consistent brand strategies across various media, Sam designs memorable and measurable websites for tech, trade, healthcare, hospitality and e-commerce businesses (plus any other industries out there!).
Check out Sam’s work with Beech & Co or get in touch at email@example.com
Laurie Jones, nib Group
A former Redbacker, these days Laurie is a Frontend Developer and Designer at nib Health Funds. A qualified expert in UI, UX app, mobile, responsive and visual design, it’s safe to say he’s a reliable all-rounder in the digital design sphere!
Dabbling in freelance from time to time, Laurie has been professionally designing and developing websites for eight years now! What really sets him apart is his passion for each digital project – Laurie’s enthusiasm and commitment is second to none and this translates into consistent, engaging and high-quality user experiences.
Get in touch with Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Sneesby, Hyphen
UX/Design Director at Hyphen and Founder of SNO Interactive, Richard has more than 15 years of UX, UI, graphic design and coding experience under his belt.
Before making the move Down Under, Richard worked with emerging technologies and disruptive products for almost every major bank in Norway, including YaBank, SpareBank1, DNB, SkandiaBanken and Eika Group. Not to mention he’s worked as lead UX designer for Telia, Norway’s largest telecom company.
It’s safe to say Richard can take care of digital design at both a conceptual and production level, having mastered every type of platform and website out there. From interactive portals and chatbots to marketing campaigns and complex software solutions, his human-centred designs fuel product innovation.
Get in touch with Richard here.
Kyle Fuhrmann, Redback Solutions
Okay, surely you knew this was coming. Winner of 2018’s Creative of the Year NEWi award, our very own Kyle Fuhrmann is Head of Production here at Redback. With a rare ability to code and do design equally well, our big friendly Fuhr-dog is in charge of all creative direction and final product delivery for our clients.
Having delivered over 1,000 websites to date (literally), Kyle has worked with a wide range of clients from solo operators to government organisations. He has built a career evolving and adapting his designs to ensure each project connects with the client’s specific customer base and boosts their online presence.
With over a decade of web design experience with a focus on UX, mobile and emerging media, Kyle’s designs strike the perfect balance between user-friendliness, style and performance. See for yourself here.
Which Newcastle web designer will you choose?
Your website needs to present key messages and functions along a smooth, engaging user journey – all whilst staying true to your brand and following SEO best practices. Hitting this mark is a lot easier said than done.
That’s why you need to choose a skilled web designer or agency with the creative flair AND the technical expertise to deliver tangible outcomes for your business online. Luckily, Newcastle is home to a variety of awesome, award-winning web designers and developers! So which one should you go for? We’ve armed you with the top candidates – now it’s your call!
P.S. If you’re reading this and feel we should add someone to this list, please let us know 🙂