I am a Graphic Designer
Hi! I’m Kieran Bond, an award-winning 25 year old graphic designer based in Leicester. I trade under the name Kern and Bond, and have been doing freelance design since 2013. I have worked with a variety of clients in the past, ranging from individuals and small local businesses to community interest companies and charities based up in Salford. I have a graphic design degree from De Montfort University, where I graduated from in 2018 with a 2:1.
I am a gift seller
Katchee Gifts is the name for my gift selling business. Katchee started during May 2020 during the first COVID-19 lockdown. I sell stickers, greeting’s cards, prints, canvas paintings and clothing. As someone who identifies as Bisexual, I create many of these items aimed at the LGBTQ+ audience, but also sell motivational prints and humorous greetings card’s aimed at everyone.
I launch 2-3 products a month over on my instagram so take a look!
I am an artist
I also do hand painted wall art, from paint pours to traditional artwork. My obsession with space, animals and rainbows comes through in my painted work. I also work in other mediums such as traditional printing techniques and spray painting.
I am a photographer
I am a hobbyist photographer, commonly working in both digital and film. I have had my photography work featured in several local exhibitions in the past and recently. I enjoy doing portraiture as well as doing product photography alongside my graphic design business. My photographs have also been featured in The Demon, De Montfort University’s student magazine when I was a student as well as my photos from Leicester pride 2017, 2018 and 2019 being featured in The Leicester Mercury.
I am an Autism advocate an arts tutor
I volunteer at a local arts charity, Soft Touch Arts, teaching disabled and NEET young people graphic design, animation and traditional arts skills. I also teach arts skills to ex offenders, I am also involved in many of their exhibitions. I help run a collaborative project entitled Express Yourself Arts which aims to teach music skills to young people from an underprivileged background in a safe environment, as well as encouraging the participants to gain confidence and skills they will need to work in the music and arts sector.
As someone on the autistic spectrum, I am always aiming to support other autistic and disabled people and their communities with talks and 1:1 support. I have done several talks about autism and how it affects me, as well as having written a book about my experience of autism called The Social Rulebook back in 2015. You can watch one of my talks from a local fashion show entitled The I Love Me Project: Disabling stereotypes of disabilities from 2017 below.
BA (HONS) Graphic Design from De Montfort University Grade 2:1
Level 2 Award in Youth work Practice from National Youth Agency Grade Pass
In the next few months I am aiming to complete a safeguarding course from Drum + Brass and a PTTLS teaching course so I can work further with ex offenders and those involved in the criminal justice system.
Awards and exhibitions
Graphic design end of year show, New College Stamford, 2015
Rejectamenta: We Love Your Books exhibition, entitled Offset (online), 2018
DMU graphic design and illustration degree show, entitled Link, 2018
Print exhibition, Leicester Print Workshop, 2018
Enterprise project auction & exhibition at soft touch arts, 2019
Unlocked 2 Exhibition, Soft Touch Arts & New Walk Museum, 2020
Images of Release, (Online only) Photography exhibition, December 2020
Film Photography exhibition at LCB Depot, Leicester, Feb 2021