Who is Urban Reiver?
Urban Reiver is Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer Katherine Butler.
In 2009 I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design from Heriot-Watt University. Not only did I learn how to make wonderful clothes and knit with my own hand-spun wool, I was also introduced to the exciting world of illustration and graphic design. It interested me so much that I found myself a work placement at a great creative design consultancy in Liverpool called Smilingwolf. Here I learned lots about the industry and was taught many tips and tricks to use in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It was after this I decided that design was what I did best and I went on to set up on my own as a freelancer.
After a short struggle to find my first project, I finally secured a contract with a Marketing and Design Agency to design their logo and business stationery. From there I went on to design a book cover and then another, continuing to expand and diversify into different types of graphic work. After working for a while under my own name, I made the decision to re-name myself as “Urban Reiver” – representing all that is dynamic and modern, but still connecting my business to the more traditional and nostalgic part of Scotland (the Border Reivers).
I am passionate about making things look smart, unique and contemporary, always aiming towards the best for my client and achieving perfection if I can!
“I would like to say a HUGE thank you for our project! Everything was perfect – from our first meeting to the final illustration. Your friendliness, charisma, talent and professionalism create synergy and give perfect results. I enjoyed our collaboration so much! You did a great job and helped us to create a very unique and memorable approach to the corporate image. Our big Russian team would like to thank you for the great work and we are looking forward to continuing our collaboration. Thank you, Katherine. We are very lucky that we found you Once again – HUGE THANK YOU from The SCC team, Russia, Siberia”
“Katherine has a rare combination of skills; artistic creativity in design together with the technical skills, quality standards and persistence required to turn a concept into reality. Furthermore, her quiet professionalism made her a pleasure to work with.”
“Working with Katherine on my book cover design, was a joy and a pleasure. A friendly, professional service that I would recommend without reservation.”
Ian Jones, author of ‘Jibber Jabber’
“Katherine quickly understands the Brief, outlines her response – including projected costs and gets on with it. Results come in on time and with no surprises. Good to work with.”