Creative Boom is an art, design & lifestyle blog, offering a daily dose of inspiration and ideas for creative people worldwide. Launched in 2009, we're hugely passionate about celebrating creativity in both work and play.
Exploring the very best work from the fields of art, crafts, graphic design, illustration and photography – we champion and provide inspiration to graduates, independents, freelancers and agencies across the globe. We also share tips and resources to provide further support wherever possible. Beyond work life, we love to cover play – writing about travel and lifestyle ideas that would appeal to any creative heart and mind.
Creative Boom is run by its founder and editor Katy Cowan, who lives in Manchester, UK. A creative herself, Katy started her blog as a little hobby, keen to share her discoveries with the art and design world. Today, her site attracts half a million monthly readers as well as advertisers such as BBC, Adobe, SquareSpace, Vimeo, Yahoo, Samsung and Jaguar.
When Katy isn't writing for Creative Boom, she runs her own business – Boomerang, a friendly Manchester PR agency – and in her spare time loves to dabble in photography, painting and travel. As well as Creative Boom, Katy has written for The Guardian, The Independent and Computer Arts magazine.
Katy Cowan, Founder & Editor
Katy began her career working as a broadcast journalist for various regional and national radio stations before taking the leap into PR in 2005. After a brief stint working for a leading PR agency, she set up her own business in 2007 and has never looked back. Through Creative Boom, Katy especially loves to discover and share the work of graduates and small businesses. And her wealth of experience can be found in our Tips and Resources sections.
Laura Collinson, Assistant Editor
A journalism graduate and PR professional, Laura spent six years in London before moving back home 'up North'. She loves to champion new creative talent and is especially passionate about art, photography and illustration. Laura has also written for both the Huffington Post and The Guardian.
Becci Sharpe, Contributor
Born with a literary name, Becci inevitably fell in love with books at a young age. After studying English Language and Literature at Newcastle University, she went on to work for leading independent publishers in London with writers of every genre. Aside from a love of reading and writing, she also has an interest in art, theatre and dance.
Henry Gratwick, Contributor
An English and Linguistics graduate from Scotland, Henry always felt he was built for warmer climes and ventured south of the border after finishing at St Andrews. He’s edited a dictionary, worked in broadcast and charity PR, and is now part of the team at Creative Boom. Yours for a coffee and a good book, or alternatively a protein shake and directions to the nearest set of dumbbells.
Glenn Hickling, Contributor
Soldier of fortune on the creative front line, Glenn is pitching a novel, working on a screen play and renting out his writing skills by the hour to keep wolves from scratching at the door.
Mark Janson, Contributor
Mark is a Partner and COO at RetroFuzz, and has 23 years experience as a design and communications professional. He has a rich career history working in contrasting sectors from founding, growing and selling an award winning design agency to global brand marketing and promotions. Mark loves to write about leadership, productivity, motivation, and well being.
Anthony Wood, Contributor
Anthony Wood is the Director of Shillington Australia. He has over 13 years of design and advertising experience, working with brands such as O2, Volvo, Jaguar and Green & Black's. His move to teaching at Shillington has been a natural progression, continuing to nurture his passion for design and mentoring.