SSI Ignite Small Business Start-Ups works together with a pool of specialists to help Ignite participants to achieve their business goals.
John Simmons is a designer and musician, who was initially invited to join the Ignite resource team by Specialist Ignite Ability Facilitator Merenia Marin. Mr Simmons had previously collaborated with Ms Marin, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Mr Simmon’s work is creatively-focused and he specialises in a realm of design work, including video production, branding, photography and web development. Some of his previous clients include the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, Oakland Book Festival, The Ocean Agency, Occulus Imagery, E8 Urban, SiteMinder, Civil Logic and many more.
“For the past 23 years I have run my own Sydney based business, Ouch! Media. I have collaborated with many creatives and created content for many different clients and in many different fields,” Mr Simmons said.
When approached by Ms Marin to join the Ignite resource team, Mr Simmons felt an immediate synergy to the cause and was eager to use his talents and passion to help others.
“I share the same social-political values as Ignite so I was happy to help out when Merenia asked me to join the resource team.”
Ms Marin commented on the immense value of having a design specialist in-house to help clients build their brand through professional web development and marketing.
“John has been an invaluable addition to our resource team, highly skilled, infinitely patient and really quick turnarounds,” Ms Marin said.
Mr Simmons has produced logos and websites for many Ignite participants, including Quang Nguyen, Parsa@Work, Media Blast, Adi’s Kitchen Ethiopian Cuisine, Elegant Weddings and many more.
“Client feedback has been good and it is always interesting taking on board cultural variations in design aesthetics.”