About

I am a Malta-based freelance designer with over 12 years experience making quite interesting stuff work. I have helped startups, entrepreneurs and businesses to develop their concepts into awesome product propositions. During my years a s freelancer I have helped people on the top floors to pitch and win new business, as well as developing trusted, strategic client relationships through integrated marketing communications.

I have a very broad and rounded skill-set developed through extensive involvement across research, strategy and design. I have worked with a number of leading agencies including McCann and Ogilvy as well as working within multi-disciplinary teams to implement design and branding for clients such as Intuit, Nestlé, AXXA PPP Healthcare, Miss Sixty, Unitrends and Corinthia London.

I am a true Mediterranean in love with the sea and good food. When I am not designing or being a pirate with my two sons, I enjoy collecting typographic ephemera and making art and illustrations.

Currently a product designer at Casumo.


What others say about me

"Derek is one of the most talented designers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. His successful background in illustration and visual arts as well as his absolute passion for typography make him the ideal candidate for any project that requires a sophisticated and high quality look and feel. It was a pleasure to see him brilliantly apply his skills to interface design - he has a natural aptitude for iconography and building textures for amazing depth. More importantly, Derek is not just about eye candy - he is a designer that believes in research. His choices are well planned and he is always willing to receive feedback, test his work and debate the way forward with his peers and colleagues."
Dr David Darmanin, CEO - Hotjar

"Derek is a true designer in every sense of the word. His ability to turn complex concepts into stories and representations people understand is truly exceptional. His work motivates, excites and engages everyone. We were fundamentally changing a business and Derek helped in many ways. From building content to help drive change in employee’s perception about the company and workplace to delivering visual glimpses to inspire our roadmaps for sales, online presence and our products. Derek’s work is amazing. Having worked around the world with designers I can honestly say his work is exceptional."
Christopher Bolin, Chief Product Officer - Absolute Software




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