HEY!

I’m Tom, I’m 21, and I was born and raised in Merseyside. I’m awkwardly tall, a bit camp, and I am obsessed with the colour orange. Genuinely.

I’ve been a nerd for design from basically day one - sounds like one of those dumb and cliché things everyone says, but I actually mean it - I was fascinated (ok, a little obsessed) with TV presentation when I was a little kid, and tiny me would ramble on to people about what that year’s Big Brother eye would look like, what TV idents I liked and then trawl through the internet to find more… as any normal kid would ...right?

Nowadays, I love having fun with design and playing around. I’m a sucker for branding and packaging, and I really love dabbling into incorporating bits of weird illustration and type into those. You’ll find my work often being a bit odd, a little cheeky and very colourful, often inspired by my love of pop culture and the early 2000s era of design that I grew up with - it’s my favourite.

I really enjoy trying to experiment and create things in a completely different way than expected, and I like using design for good when I can, having stuff that looks fun - but with a purpose. Being inclusive is especially really important to me personally, and a lot of my work is themed accordingly.

In 2018, I started studying Graphic Design at UCLAN and had an awesome time. Along the way, I won a design competition in 2020 called Fresh Meat (held by the agency Bulletproof) - result!

I graduated in 2021, attending my final year entirely from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When I’m not designing stuff, you can find me with my headphones in (but don’t ask me what I’m listening to because it’s probably k-pop or dance pop and I’ll get all embarrassed), drinking a gallon of tea, gaming, trying to make something in the kitchen, watching Inside No. 9 and The Real Housewives (quite a combo, I know), or just chilling with my dogs and cats.

FAQ
UH... WHY ARE YOU CALLED CULT?

Right - my last name isn’t that complex whatsoever, but i’ve grown up with seemingly nobody ever being able to spell it correctly… so I chopped the end off of it and just use that instead - it's like my kind of brand or psuedonym when I design and it just kind of stuck. It’s fun, sounds cooler, can’t get confused, and gives me my own sense of identity for myself - separate from anything or anyone else. Some people can get a little weirded out at first when they hear anything to do with the word "cult" - but I chose the name because... well, it's my name, and it links back to that whole pop culture vibe that I love or phrases like “cult classics”. Just don't change the L to an N, please...

WHAT'S THAT LOGO ALL ABOUT?

It’s just a super abstract icon of the word CULT - try tilting it upwards if you can’t decipher it just yet. I just wanted something that looked cute, neat and a little 2000s, and so I made this Nokia snake style thing while experimenting with the word. It's technically an ambigram, since it's the same upside down as it is the right way up.

SORRY FOR RAMBLING... NICE TO MEET YOU!