I'm Sam Merrill, former seafront candy-floss-making queen and supermarket shelf-stacking perfectionist. Who could predict, that my old favourite, the pet food aisle, with its perfectly aligned tins – cats, dogs and logos all facing exactly the same way – would go on to feature so prominently in my career as a graphic designer. My candy-floss skills however, have lain dormant.

As well as working alongside some very professional cats, I've also worked with some very lovely people in my twenty-five(ish) year career in Bristol, Melbourne and London. Clients have included: Unilever International, Somerfield, Nestlé Purina, Jacksons of Piccadilly, Chocolatier Australia, Amnesty International, Conversocial, Now Interact and Consumers International.

fortyvenus takes its name from an address in Melbourne, Australia. It's where in 2011, amidst warbling magpies, fruit bats and banksias, that I began working directly for clients. After three years in Australia, fortyvenus landed back in the vibrant London borough of Hackney.  

What can I do for you?
I love effective communication design, whether it be a beautiful package or a serious message.
I enjoy helping businesses grow, inspiring children and getting to know a new client. Here's a brief overview of what I do: logos, brand development, packaging, invitations & stationery, marketing & promotional material, print collateral, infographics.