Leaving Clearleft


After almost five years as a Senior Designer at Clearleft, I’ve decided the time is right for me to move on in search of new challenges and excitements. From July, I will return to the life of a freelancer.

It was a difficult decision to leave such a fantastic, close knit team of great friends behind. I’ve had a wonderful time at Clearleft, and it is without a doubt the best agency I’ve ever worked with. Their standards are far higher than any other agency I know, and I am honoured to have been called a ’Leftie, fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with lovely clients and on projects and conferences like Silverback, Fontdeck, dConstruct and UX London.

My desire to explore the wider world coincided with several events in my personal life which make this the perfect moment to take the leap. In addition to finding new and interesting projects to work on, I also hope to have more time for my own stuff, including both work and family. Wish me luck!

Hire me

I’m available from July for UX work, visual design, front-end build, and general web consultancy. I also intend to keep up the article writing and public speaking — in fact I hope to make more time for those things now than I could when I was at Clearleft.

I have a few fingers tenderly caressing the pastry of several pies at the moment, and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a project or idea (or indeed another pie) for me to get excited about. You should email me on paul[at]paulannett.co.uk

My first priority for this month is to get a portfolio site up of my work. Also, this blog design was rushed together to be deliberately unremarkable — maybe I’ll have time to give it the design it deserves now, too.

Please spread the word (perhaps by retweeting this?), and hopefully I’ll be on your radar when the next interesting project comes along.

23 thoughts on “Leaving Clearleft

  1. Wow, first Simon leaves Erskine and now you’re leaving Clearleft! Not that either of you will have any problem creating amazing work on your own. Congratulations, and best of luck to you, sir.

  2. So it’s finally official! It’s been a real honour to work with you these last few years, and hopefully there will be more opportunities to work together in the future. Will your new found freedom give you more time to spend on personal projects? I do believe there is a certain icon set that needs finishing…

    Wishing you the very best of luck in your new adventures, but please try and not get yourself added to any ‘lists’! I’ll be watching you Nice Paul!


    Evil Paul

  3. Congrats on going freelance! Was always a strong admirer of your work and of course that of all things Clearleft; but excited to see what you’ll be working on next!

  4. Wonderfull news!
    Wishing you good luck would be a waste of time, I know you will rock! Can’t wait to see what will come out of the magic hat.

  5. Good luck Paul,
    I’m sure it should have been really difficult to take such a decision but with this huge experience & skills, I’m sure ou will succed in this new freelance carrer, no doubt on that !

    All the best for you and your future projects ;)

  6. Thank you all for your lovely words of encouragement! :-D I’m really looking forward to next month, when we’re settled in to our new house, new office, and I can get going on some great new projects! Watch this space, as they say.


  7. Paul, just heard the news! It was a pleasure working with you over the past number of years at CL. Hopefully our paths will cross several times again! All the best from everyone here at RMA…

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