Umlaut team image featuring Suzie, Ellis, and Ryan

About us

Our story

Umlaut is a graphic design and marketing agency and was founded in 2014 by Ryan. Having worked in a 'proper job' for ten years, he began to realise that corporate life was killing his soul and that, if he were ever going to take a chance, now was the right time to do it.

So, he left the relative security of working for a multi-national, and set up as a freelance graphic designer, working from his back bedroom.

It was tough at first. But soon enough, clients began to see what he was capable of, and liked the not-so-subtle leftfield approach he took to design. Umlaut was born.

Since then, Umlaut has grown into a small, but perfectly-formed, agency. We pride ourselves on being bigger than the sum of our parts, with the ability to cover a lot of ground and expertise with a small team. This means projects are delivered on time, overheads are kept to a minimum, and you get the very best value for money.

We're very proud to do things differently to the standard agency. We don't have a hierarchy of endless middle managers. Our designers work directly with our clients. And we believe heavily in an evidence-based approach to design, whereby everything we do is backed up with research, proof, and analysis before we even start to create anything.

It's this diligent approach to establishing the facts that sets us apart from others. Oh, and we aren't half-bad at design either.

Welcome to Umlaut.

Our team


Creative Director & Founder

Headshot of Creative Director, Ryan

Ryan has over ten years experience in design and marketing, working with well-known global brands across multiple industries, including health and wellbeing, music and entertainment, and food and hospitality.

In his spare time he likes to cultivate an unhealthy addiction for 90s RnB (especially Janet Jackson), and you'll often find him trawling the shelves at vintage fashion stores, or playing a game of D&D. And no, he doesn't care how geeky that sounds.


Lead Designer

Headshot of Lead Designer, Ellis

Ellis is our most recent addition to the team, having recently graduated from the University of Salford, with a first in Graphic Design, BA (Hons.)

When he’s not at work, Ellis is a keen photographer. He mostly shoots on old film cameras, especially whilst travelling.