Who Am I
Hi, I’m Connor Lyon, a Cardiff based graphic designer—specialising in branding, print design, and typography—who tackles challenging design problems and social issues through visual art and powerful design solutions.
With experience at Stills Branding, Smörgåsbord, and Elfen in Cardiff, I’m a gritty young designer who’s looking to earn his way to the top of the industry. I actively create experimental designs on Instagram tackling subjects such as anxiety, depression, motivation, and other personal topics.
I’m currently looking for freelance work with daring, open-minded agencies and studios. If you are looking for someone to join your team or want to collaborate, get in contact. I’d love to hear from you!
Bronze | Video Moving Image — World Skills Wales 2015
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new — Albert Einstein
My Core Values
Always seek to better yourself through challenges, knowledge, and experiences. You cannot expect to be in a better position if you do not seek to better yourself. Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better.
Honesty & Transparency
Be open, be honest, and be human. False personas are just another way to escape from the truth, and everyone knows it. Stand out and help the world become more welcoming and accepting of personal faults. They shape who you are, don't hide them.
Love What You Do Or Don't Bother
The jobs best done, are the ones most loved. Do not waste your time doing the things you hate because it's very likely you won't do them well. Better spend your time on what you love for the sake of both happiness and efficiency.
Failure = Success
Go do something different, experience new things, and forget the fear of failure. Without failure nothing great would ever have been done. Disney would never have been founded, the lightbulb would never have been invented, and Paypal wouldn’t exist. Just to name a few.
Death To The Ego
Ego is a route cause of unhappiness. It’s a hybrid of entitlement and expectations which only lead to disappointment. Be confident, celebrate your wins, but don’t be an asshole. Life can take you from the top to rock bottom just like that.
Interests: Design, Art, Photography, Psychology, Music, Travel, Language, Fashion, Science, and anything I can become obssessed with.
Failing at: Remembering to water the plants, dieting, avoiding cake, being a better brother, telling people I love them, working out, being more conversational.
Currently listening to: Bonobo, Token, Petter, Ben Howard, The Black Keys, random Drum & Bass mixes.
Favourite Films: Limitless, Lord of the Rings, Snabba Cash (Easy Money), Dead Man Down, Drive, Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Influences: Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica Walsh, Paul Rand, Erik Spiekermann, Wim Crouwel
Currently learning: To be a better human, social skills, overcoming past events, telling people how I feel about them, overcoming anxieties, going out and experiencing more, acting more than talking.
We are all failures—at least the best of us are. — J.M. Barrie
— Missing out on studying in Sweden.
— Not asking that pretty girl out.
— Daydreaming of travelling but not doing it.
— Letting my anxiety stop me from telling people how amazing I think they are.
— Not eating my 5-a-day as much as I should.
— Missing out on a chance to go on a 2-week long expedition in Northern Norway.
— Not having more confidence in myself.
— Overworking myself and missing out on design opportunities.
— Not attempting to enter the University of the Underground Masters course.
— Nabbing work placements in top design studios.
— Getting into both college, and then university.
— Surpassing everything I thought I couldn't do.
— Freelancing straight out of university.
— Completing a mile long swim for charity aged 9
— Having my design chosen for the Penguin Random House Awards 2017
— Keeping a Bonsai tree alive for 4 months.
— Being confident in my skills and judgement despite others to telling me otherwise.
— Joining the RAC, flying a plane twice, and rifle shooting.
Born in Neath, 2nd December 1995, I moved around a lot as a child swapping to Basingstoke, Essex, and Cornwall. I never really fit in during my school years, partly due to frequent relocation, but also because I was, and still am, a little "weird".
I had countless aspirations as a child, apart from wanting to be a Beyblade and Yu-Gi-Oh master, I wanted to be a singer, architect, car designer, guitar teacher, game designer, basically if it was creative I wanted to be it. I loved drawing house plans for my future home and "designing” custom cars using Microsoft Word and Google images—you should have seen how beautiful they were.
My mother and I never saw eye to eye, never got along, and though I respect her for being a single mother and the challenges that came with being so, I wasn’t brought up well. As a result of my upbringing and our relationship, my aspirations dimmed, I learned to hate myself, had poor social skills, lost most of my confidence, and had major trust issues.
Skipping to 2012, after being kicked out aged 16, moving back to my Welsh homeland with my Nan, and now surrounded by Welsh family that loved and supported me, I decided to go to college to study creative media studies. Here I found my love for photography, re-touching, and graphic design. It was also here that I realised I had the upper hand. As much of an disadvantage as my past had been, it had toughened me up. It made me take life seriously, gave me the grit to work, never give up, and to push through towards a future I had envisioned for myself no matter what anyone did or said to me.
Two years later, I finished college and pushed on to university after receiving an unconditional offer from Cardiff Metropolitan to study Graphic Communication. Three years later I graduated with a 2:1, 2-months industry experience with two of Cardiff’s top design studios, and a stronger sense of who I was, the kind of design I want to do, and the type of message I wanted to send out.
Today, I’m here to change the perception of failure, to let others know that they aren’t alone, and anything I can do they can do also. I’m here to prove both to my little sisters, and to anyone who knows or follows me, that no matter what cards they were dealt when they came into this world, they can achieve anything when they put their mind to it.