Self portrait

Self portrait

About me

Kobolt is a small but capable graphic design agency – personified by me, Johan Siebke – based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. 

This has been my beat since 1999, although clients are both local and far-flung. During these years I have worked as a designer for Virgin Atlantic (1998–2001) and as self-employed (Siebke Design). 

In 2008 I set up Woodhouse Creative together with Paul Lawson and we successfully ran this agency for 10 years until we decided to close it down recently. Paul continues with his other partnership, Woodhouse Communications, and I continue as kobolt.

Kobolt is a resurrection of Siebke Design, now with a shorter and sweeter brand name ("Siebke Design" is neither catchy nor easy to say!). 

When not designing for clients I practise image making with my camera, Photoshop and Illustrator. Select images are and will be uploaded to Alamy stock image library (read more here).

I have opened an artist shop at threadless in the US (worldwide shipping) where I have own designs applied to apparel and home goods and accessories. Visit the shop.

I also practise guitar but with a more questionable result. I am still trying to figure out whether I'm left or right-handed; my pen says left-handed and my guitar right-handed. The confusion unfortunately leaves me somewhat technically challenged on this otherwise wonderful instrument. Another hobby is drinking real ales. That I can do with both hands.

And then there is the blog which will have case studies as well as everyday musings.

Clients of all sizes are welcome – and for those smaller set-ups with limited budgets: I am not VAT registered, which will save you 20% if the same goes for you.

See also these pages: Logo design, Website design, Print design