The Micah Purnell Design Studio +44 (0)161 681 7584 +44 (0)7990 533 749



Micah Purnell


+44 (0) 7990 533 749





Studio 20, 3rd Floor

8 Lower Ormond St

Manchester, England

M1 5QF



Copy | Concept | Naming | Straplines

Logo & Branding

Book | Magazine Design

Album Artwork

Print & Signage

Poster & Outdoor


Micah Purnell is a trained graphic designer and artist who uses both skills to debate contemporary ideology. His work is often concerned with advertising’s postulated values.


Other Activities

Print & Paste was a monthly art space I initiated and curated with friends which featured established national and international designers and artists such as Steve Lambert (US), Anthony Burrill (UK), Hitotzuki (Japan), Anthony Freda (US), Michael C Place (UK) and Christian Wallenius (Sweden).  P&P was an 18 month self funded project which gained awareness internationally cropping up on blogs across Europe and America.

Dear Progress is an open letter regarding issues facing consumers of Western progress written on the billboards of Manchester and Cardiff.

Dear Progresson YouTube

Print Up Paste Up  is a monthly curated outdoor gallery using a space traditionally used for advertising.

Selected Press & Articles

Print and Paste in Creative Review

Dear Progress in the Creative Tourist, Cardiff Times & Wales Online

Put Down Your Phone And Talk To Me featured on Getty Images

Micah Purnell in the Guardian

Micah Purnell's The Finger in the The Aesthetic Trust

Notes From Nowhere Exhibition with Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordan

1998-2000     BA      Visual Art & Culture      Salford University                
1996-1998     HND   Graphic Design             Salford University                
 1993-1995    ND      Graphic Design             City College Manchester            

2015        Book             'It’s Spooks' Shelter50 USA Coffee-table philosophy book.
2012      Billboard        Salvation Army
2010      Window Art    Pizza Express
2009      Corporat Art   NHS
2006      Corporat Art   Pizza Express
2001        Album Art    Elbow V2 Records Asleep In The Back.

2014        £13,500    Arts Council England. Dear Progress. Billboards Art  
2014        £5’000      Arts Council Wales. Dear Progress. Billboards Art  
2014        £5’000      Seedbed Trust. Match Funding for Dear Progress
2012        £2000       Paul Hamlyn Foundation/Cornerhouse Gallery.
2011          £500       Paul Hamlyn Foundation/Cornerhouse Gallery.
09-11     £11’300      Seedbed Trust. For work in a public space

2000             Guardian Student Media Awards. Best Magazine Design
2000             Photography in Oliviero Toscani book, published by Fabrica, Italy     

2014/15   Untitled Stockport Museum & Art Gallery, Stockport
2014        Design Manchester Federation House, Manchester
2014        Thou Shalt, Sheffield
2014        Tour De France, Sheffield
2014        Greenbelt Cheltenham
2013        Untitled, Oldham Open, Oldham
2013        CCapital Freedom, Cheltenham
2012        Twelve and One, Abandon Normal Devises MCR FESTIVAL Manchester
2012        PradaPrint, 2022, Manchester
2012        Notes from nowhere, along side Douglas Gordon Frome
2011        Eat, use, destroy :)  Islington Mill, Manchester
2011        We are all in this together,  Bureau Gallery
2011        Design the future, Manchester
2010        Flypost, Kraak , Manchester
2009        Best of Manchester Awards, Urbis, Manchester
2000        Pulp and on, Manchester
1995        Titillating, Manchester
2014        National Youth Work Conference, Manchester
2013        Creative Activism with Steve Lambert, Purchase University New York
2012        Street Space along side A Girl Called Jack, Birmingham
2011        Does Jesus need new PR? Manchester
2010        Consume, Isslington Mill, Manchester

2013        Stop The Traffik / Manchester City College BA Graphic Design
2009        Design a Poster - Stop The Traffik, Salford University 






"We are so pleased that we decided to go with Micah's recommendation to re-envision, restructure and reword the whole site.  It is now contemporary, bold and strong and Micah caught the heart of what we were looking to communicate and the target audience we are aiming to reach.  Work was delivered to a tight deadline and the website, logo and promotional material were beyond our original expectations."

Katrina Moss. Director. Chaiya Art Awards


  • +44 (0) 7990 533 749





  • Studio 20, 3rd Floor
  • 8 Lower Ormond St
  • Manchester, England
  • M1 5QF



  • Concept | Copy | Naming
  • Logo & Branding
  • Web Design
  • Layout & Composition

2016, School of Thought, Intensive industry advertising course
1998-2000, BA, Visual Art & Culture, Salford University                
1996-1998, HND, Graphic Design, Salford University                
1993-1995, ND, Graphic Design, City College Manchester            


  • 2017 - Tearfund, Web Design, London
  • 2017 - Chiaya Art Awards, Identity, Branding, Web Design, London
  • 2017 - The Human Touch, Manchester Metropolitan University, 300pg Hardback Book Design, Cover - Art Direction
  • 2017 - Movement Day UK, Event Branding, Web Design, Catalogue, Animation, London
  • 2016 - Passion Art Trail, Branding, Web, Catalogue
  • 2015 - Ellelle Film Production, Identity & Branding, USA
  • 2015 - Heath Street, Promotional, London    
  • 2015 - Co North, Identity & Branding
  • 2015 - Shelter50 Publishing, Visual Essay Book Design, USA
  • 2014 - Naked Truth Project, Guerrilla Campaign
  • 2013 - Rose Garden Restaurant, Identity & Branding
  • 2012 - Salvation Army, Billboard (Covered by Press)
  • 2010 - Pizza Express, Window display
  • 2009 - NHS, Corporate Art
  • 2006 - Pizza Express, Corporate Art
  • 2001 - V2 Records, Elbow, Album Art, Asleep In The Back, London


2014 £13,500, Arts Council EnglandBillboard Art/Design, England, Endorsed by Oliver James YouTube
2014 £5’000, Arts Council Wales, Billboard Art/Design, Wales, covered by Wales Online and selected Press
2014 £5’000, Seedbed TrustBillboard Art/Design, England
2012 £2000, Paul Hamlyn/Cornerhouse, Endorsed by Oliver James
2011 £500, Paul Hamlyn/Cornerhouse
2011 £11’300, Public Interventionist Text Based Print 


2009 Special Exhibit, Best Of Manchester Awards, Urbis Gallery, Covered by Metro and various Press
2000 Winner Best Magazine, Guardian Student Media Awards, UK


  • 2017 Buzzcocks OA Reframed, Refuge, Design Manchester
  • 2016 Any Day Of The Week, Part of Be Still, Manchester
  • 2015 Major Solo Show, Untitled, Stockport Museum & Art Gallery
  • 2014 Science of Imagination, collaboration with Oliver James, Steve Lambert (USA) & Neil Boorman, Design Manchester 14, Manchester
  • 2014 Tour De France, Millenium Gallery Sheffield
  • 2013 Capital Freedom, Greenbelt Cheltenham
  • 2012 Twelve & One, Run by Cornerhouse Mcr & Fact Liverpool, Manchester
  • 2012 Notes from Nowhere (along side Turner Prize Winner Douglas Gordon), Frome
  • 2011 Eat, use, destroy :), Manchester
  • 2011 We are all in this together, Bureau Gallery
  • 2010 Flypost, Kraak,  Manchester
  • 2009 Best of Manchester Awards, Urbis, Manchester
  • 2000 Pulp and On, Manchester
  • 1995 Titillating, Manchester


  • 2015 Wake, with US based Philosopher Peter Rollins, Belfast
  • 2015 Hoarding, alongside Malcolm Garrett, Peterborough, England
  • 2014 Streetside, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2014 National Youth Work Conference, Manchester
  • 2013 Creative Activism, Purchase University, New York, USA
  • 2012 Street Space along side TV chef Jack Munroe, Birmingham
  • 2011 Does Jesus need new PR? Manchester


  • 2017 This is the Place. Tony Walsh & friends. Illustrating the line 'In the face of a challenge we always stand tall'.
  • 2016 Segment Magazine, Guest Cover Design, UK
  • 2016 Segment Magazine, Feature, UK
  • 2015 Living Well Magazine, Review, USA
  • 2015 Now & Not Yet. Publication by The Holy Biscuit, theme based entry, Newcastle
  • 2000 Prayer. Visual book by Oliviero Toscani, theme based entry, Fabrica, Italy

2013 Mock Campaign, Manchester City College, Stop The Traffik
2009 Design a Poster, Salford University, Stop The Traffik, Initiated and project managed ‘Design a Poster’ brief in conjunction with Stop The Traffik.
The winning design was available Stop The Traffik International website and distributed on street media sites across Manchester.

Other Activities

Print & Paste was an outdoor gallery | magazine I initiated and curated with friends, David Sedgwick and Nick Chaffee which featuring Steve Lambert (US), Anthony Burrill (UK), Hitotzuki (Japan), Anthony Freda (US), Michael C Place (UK) and Christian Wallenius (Sweden). 

Add Art ’ is a monthly curated outdoor gallery | magazine featuring Anthony Burrill, Yoshinori Mizutani (JAPAN), Andrew Rae, Yenner Torun (TURKEY), Jason Munn (USA)

Selected Press & Articles