Creative Boom marks a decade of supporting the creative community


To celebrate Creative Boom’s 10th anniversary this month, I’ve commissioned 10 leading artists and designers to create a limited-edition poster for a special charity exhibition this September.

Abbey Lossing, Anthony Burrill, Hey Studio, Craig&Karl and Rob Lowe of Supermundane are amongst the international line-up for ‘Creative Boom X’ to mark 10 years of the online magazine celebrating, inspiring and supporting the creative industries.

Their artworks will be revealed at a launch party in Manchester on Thursday 5 September before going on sale online the following day. All profits will go to the British Heart Foundation.

Launched on 24 July 2009, Creative Boom began as a side venture, but today attracts over 700,000 readers each month. What began as a hobby soon became an established online resource for creative people everywhere. My tips and inspiration articles have proved especially popular with graduates and freelancers, not just in the UK but all over the world. It’s wonderful to see how it’s grown.

The full line-up of artists for Creative Boom X includes Abbey Lossing, Anna Parini, Anthony Burrill, Araki Koman, Craig&Karl, David Sedgwick of StudioDBD, Lisa Congdon, Stan Chow, Rob Lowe of Supermundane, and Verònica Fuerte of Hey Studio.

Each of the 10 responded to the brief of “Celebrating 10 years of Creative Boom – A decade of love and support for the creative industries”. Their interpretations will be revealed on Thursday 5 September at a ticketed event in Manchester – venue and details to be unveiled in August.

These are people I feel represent the spirit of Creative Boom, those I’ve previously featured and ones I greatly admire. I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with and share their unique poster designs when we celebrate our birthday this September.

For the Creative Boom X branding, I worked with Nine Sixty and played on the theme of 10 years with a graphic ‘X’. The logo was brought to life by Manchester animator, James Huson. The website was built by my husband and freelance software developer, Tom Cowan.

To find out more about Creative Boom X, visit where you can also sign up to an exclusive mailing list to stay in the loop.