Andi Best Freelance Designer
Creative Freelancer Andi Best
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator

About Andi Best - London Creative Freelancer

A stone's throw from the Thames in a studio in south-east London sits creative freelancer Andi Best.

Over the past 17 years my business has evolved into a dynamic, client-centric digital boutique, channelling all the power of a mid-weight agency into a competitively priced and personal service. I design and code innovative digital experiences, create illustrated artwork for marketing and merchandise, and help businesses craft their identities through brand development. This multi-disciplinary approach to delivering solutions has seen me work with clients across a wealth of spaces from tech to hospitality, publishing, and the charity sector.
Generally I work remotely from my home studio but should the need arise, I have the capacity to work in-house.

Clients and testimonials

  • Andi's a highly-talented designer, coder and illustrator, with a great deal of experience and a wide range of skills. He takes great pride in his work, has a knack for nailing a design on the first attempt, has a keen eye for detail, and is both organised and efficient. He makes a moderately decent cup of tea.

    Having worked closely with Andi for several years, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so, I can recommend him as both a skilful web designer/developer and as a solid human being.

    Jon Warnes, Online Design Manager Dennis Publishing
  • That is the nuts.

    Mike Hathway, Director, Hathway Hawkes
    (Feedback on a custom artwork commission)
  • Andi is a consummate professional, passionate about great design and dedicated to providing his clients with the very best work. Reliability, enthusiasm and a brilliant finished product is what makes Andi a joy to work with... The only problem with Andi is that he won't take a full time job with us ;)

    Greig Dowling, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Digital Marketing, IFL Science
  • Thanks so much! Believe me, you've managed to accomplish more in a couple of days than the previous agency did in about 3 months!

    Graeme Lawrenson, CRM Manager, Wrap It Up!
  • Andi is incredibly creative - particularly in his illustration work. He always takes great care and has a sense of pride in his work. Applying his knowledge of code and design to create impactful designs for Subscription Marketing campaigns. Andi is very easy to work with and liaised with all other team members well. He has a very friendly character and a very positive person. His work is always to a high standard and he always looked to learn more to achieve a better end result.

    Rebecca Jezzard, Creative Design Manager, Dennis Publishing
  • Andi has been excellent throughout. We will certainly employ him again in the new year. We'd happily recommend him to others.

    Paul Rushton, Head of Fundraising, Wheelpower
  • Andi built Centre 33's Donorfy donation facility on our website. It is the first time we have been able to collect donations and Direct Debits in-house and has made such a difference to the service our supporters receive, our efficiency and the amount donated. Andi was a pleasure to work with - quick but comprehensive, responsive to our specific needs and easy to communicate with.

    Gavin Chappell-Bates, Fundraising Manager, Centre 33
  • We recently worked with Andi on integrating donation tools onto our website into Donorfy. Before, we were having to download the payment reports from Stripe, and upload manually to Donorfy. With Andi's help, now when a supporter donates, it will go straight into their Donorfy record, updating consent preferences, gift aid and campaign all at once. This improves the accuracy of our database, and also means we are able to thank supporters more quickly for their donations. Andi worked with us on setting up various acknowledgement types per campaign, meaning a simple click in the acknowledgements tab was all that was needed to send thank you emails to our supporters. We are very happy with our new system, and would recommend Andi to anyone wanting to simplify or integrate Donorfy into other systems.

    Clare Patterson, Individual Giving and Database Manager, Sobell House Hospice Charity Ltd
  • Andi Best has helped Morecambe Bay Partnership out with the integration between our Donorfy system and taking donations via our website. He is hugely knowledgeable, super quick, efficient and reliable and we look forward to a continued working relationship with him.

    Sophie Cringle, Operations Officer, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Andi has designed a fantastic new donation form for our charity’s website, transforming our basic Donorfy form into something much more engaging. It completely meets our brief, is eye-catching, and much more user-friendly than the previous version we were working with. All delivered in the quickest possible timeframe which we really appreciate. It has been a pleasure to work with Andi on this.

    Eleanor Wilton, Communications &ammp; Project Manager, Alexandra Rose Charity
  • Andi was brilliant to work with. He understood exactly what we wanted quickly, thought of useful things we hadn’t previously considered, communicated promptly and got the work done on time within budget. His knowledge of Donorfy was invaluable and if/when the opportunity arises, we’d love to work with him again.

    Katie Blair, Individual Giving Manager

Skills and services

My digital tool kit:
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript (& jQuery)
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Wordpress
  • Squarespace
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Dreamweaver
I work with both traditional and digital media depending on the project requirements.

More about me

  • I'm a husband and proud father.
  • In my formal education years I gained qualifications in illustration and web development.
  • I'm not one of those pyjama-dwelling, shower-dodging freelancers you've heard about.
  • I'm a member of Mensa.
  • I take great delight in meeting clients for coffee, only, not coffee. I'm a white tea, no sugar sort of chap.
  • I'm an official partner of CRM system provider Donorfy, where I offer up my digital design and marketing services for charities.
  • Where possible I like to avoid web templates and digital boilerplates. I'm a code purist. If we're going to do this thing, we're going to do it properly.
  • I can turn my hand to most analogue drawing materials, with pen, ink, graphite and charcoal being my weapons of choice. I've even been known to draw in 3D.
  • The first 10 years of my career are covered in this blog post which includes my first and worst client experiences.
  • I once wore a different T-shirt every day for a whole year without purchasing a single one.