If you are looking for fresh new ideas with an innovative and really thoughtful approach to graphic design, contact us today to see how we can help

Who we are...

From our studio based in Chelmsford, Essex, all communication from initial project briefing right through to delivering the completed artwork is carried out by Dan himself to ensure continuity and the highest standard of personal service.

The Designer...

Truly bespoke graphic design services

DSD’s founder, Dan Summers, is an independent graphic design professional. After five years of developing his diverse skill set with several design agencies, Dan decided to set up his own agency and DSD was formed in 2009. Even with over seventeen years experience, it’s still a case of who you see is who you actually get!

DSD provides a bespoke design service to all clients, from small start-ups to well-established businesses. Dan creates strong brands that will get your organisation noticed and your marketing messages communicated. He treats all clients fairly and believes they should be able to benefit from well-designed artwork and marketing support materials without paying excessively high fees. Unlike many online design services, Dan’s creative output for his clients is well and truly made-to-measure!

Dan is as happy designing for estate agents, insurance brokers and natural therapies as he is designing for motorsport, leisure & entertainment and social media. With this breadth of design experience, Dan often brings the intangible to life and hence his ability to visualise clients’ ideas and concepts and turn them into real and desirable images and brands.

Where we are…

Studio-based graphic design services

Based in Chelmsford, awarded City status in 2012 and county town of Essex, DSD is perfectly located for clients to visit to discuss new projects, work on existing items or just pop in for a catch-up over a coffee in the fascinating surroundings of our creative design studio. DSD is within a stone’s throw of the iconic Essex County Cricket Ground with its lofty presence piercing the local skyline.

The current space is the third in the firm’s history and benefits from a City-centre location on the town side of New London Road within easy walking distance of the main car parks and Chelmsford’s vibrant shopping thoroughfares and diverse choice of eateries! With an eclectic mix of retro design items, a Manhattan-inspired feature wall and the clipboard Wall of Pride, the studio is an extension of Dan’s personality and a truly inspiring space for visitors to take in and enjoy!

Clients are actively encouraged to visit, with face-to-face interaction being hugely beneficial when it comes to defining the brief for a project, as well as being an environment that provides stimulation for fresh ideas and serious fun!

Our timeline...

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Joanna Ranson

Owner - JR First Aid Training

DSD Essex is a company who I would highly recommend, fantastic and professional service from start to finish. Dan had produced the logo for my business and now designed my business cards and leaflets. I wasn’t sure where to start with any design but with Dan’s ideas we got there and I’m really happy with the end results. Thank you.


Paul Wells

Owner - Mystic Tapir

DSD provide the highest level of service. They are professional and friendly and always understand what I require.
I have worked on many projects with them and am always extremely happy with the final design. They would always be the first company I recommend for all of your design requirements.


Will Good

Business Development Manager - Sassi Lift Systems

We have been working closely with Dan for 5 years now. From inception to final design, I cannot recommend Dan highly enough. Honest and hard working, he always delivers on time and with great results. We started our journey initially with updating the Branding and have since moved onto 2x Product Guides, Full Website Refresh, Full Marketing Literature and numerous Adverts. Its safe to say Dan knows what we want before we do.


Adam Mack

Owner - WildKard UK

Having researched and spoken with several designers before choosing DSD, I was looking for the reassurance that the designer not only understood my ideas and was on the same wave length, but was also enthusiastic, professional and thorough. The designs that Dan produced were fantastic, they completely encapsulated the exact style and design that I was looking for in my brand. Dan is professional, talented and with a wonderful ability to interpret the design brief and produce high quality work. I would highly recommend DSD!


Paul Robinson

Author - Paul Robinson Hypothyroidism Recovery

Dan designed a logo, other branding material for me, as well as a set of pages for a new website. Dan is talented, creative, fast and importantly very easy to work with. Being flexible and easy to work with is critical but Dan is also able to be definite and clear about a design if he is sure it is the right thing to do. I was really pleased with the end result and will definitely contract Dan again when I have more work for him. I won't be looking for anyone else. Great work!


Claire Rich

Owner - Claire Rich

Having had a really bad experience with a previous Designer, Dan reassured me when I met him that he would restore my faith in Designers. Well he certainly did that. He is a real Expert at what he does and his service is professional and reliable. Dan really knows how to translate a brief you give him into a design that is top class. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone. It is a truly enjoyable experience working with Dan.


Stephen Fowell

Owner - Lycian Events

Taking our original logo, DSD has carried forward our brand image utilising the original concept, producing a robust brand for all our extensive signage and publicity material. Dan is a pleasure to work with and has a fantastic turn around time and is able to cope with urgent issues.

As a company we will continue to work with DSD and currently he is designing a number of new brand ideas as we continue to expand into other markets. We cannot recommend DSD highly enough.


Jennifer Ragbir

Owner - DEO Beauty Products

Fantastic service from Dan as always. He has a real understanding of what we require and the turnaround for the work is second to none. We work with Dan on a regular basis and I just couldn’t recommend him enough. Dan is very creative with his ideas, works very efficiently and his communication is excellent. 5 stars all the way!


Rosie Richardson

Owner - Rosie's Retreat

Dan Summers Design provides a seamless service. My logo was designed and sent back to me within a week of me sending the brief. Dan answered all of my questions promptly and has the creative versatility to cover brands across many different industries. I will definitely be using Dan again when I come to develop my materials further. Thank you!

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Michael Hutton

Director - Improve Position Ltd

We are always impressed with the quality of design work at DSD. We have used them a number of times and Dan is fantastic - both his work and his helpful communication. Looking forward to working with him many more times over the coming years.


Adam Stokes

Owner - Miramar Cars

Dan just gets it. I gave him the brief, explained my passion and he came up with a logo and brand which encapsulates everything I asked. Great creative thinker and comes highly recommended - Thanks Dan


Emma Mcloughlin

Business Development Manager - Regal Kitchens

We have been working closely with Dan for about 4 years, he helped us re-brand as well as making sure we have a continuity with all our advertising, very approachable and understands what customers want to see and what the companies want to put out there! 5 stars all the way, always does a brilliant job!


Steven Morris

Director - Morris & Joel Estate Agents

We have been dealing with Dan since we set our business up two years ago. We are absolutely delighted with his refreshing and creative design and the efficiency in producing our marketing material. We would have no hesitation in recommending Dan. Thank you ,we really enjoy working with you!

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Peter Morgan

Director - Key To Mortgages

I had the pleasure of having Dan on board for the design and implementation of my company branding and logo. As a small start up business it's important to have good people around you who very quickly understand what you are trying to achieve and how best to interpret your thoughts and vision. I would highly recommend Dan Summers Design to anyone looking for design work, whether you are a small or large company, established or just at start up stage.


Joanne Cole

Director - Maypole Health

Thank you Dan for everything. From the moment we had our first meeting I knew everything was in safe hands. First class service all the way. Would not hesitate to recommend!


Rebecca Blaker

Owner - Yoga 319

Dan quickly understood my brief and developed a number of great options for my new brand - the whole process from start to finish was seamless and efficient. A pleasure to deal with, highly recommend.

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