Blog Image

I didn't choose this lifestyle. It chose me.


Welcome to my blog. Instruct is the design agency of graphic designer John Owens, based in Central Manchester.

My main work site can be found here:



About Me Posted on Mon, April 12, 2010 22:04:22

Normal service has been resumed over on Tumblr, much easier and quicker to post but i’ll leave this blog up for the time being…

Branding Workshops

About Me Posted on Wed, May 06, 2009 20:27:30

Look at those interested faces! I worked with a group of Architecture students on some branding workshops today and felt compelled to post up a picture, not of me but because of the amazing horse we have at NoChintz

Always a great talking point and a handy light too!

Into the fold

About Me Posted on Mon, March 16, 2009 09:28:38

Exciting times are ahead. As of yesterday my design name Instruct took a big leap and became Instruct Ltd. I have decided to leave my job and dedicate all of my time to freelance, setting up my own small studio in the process. I have been building up my freelance portfolio over the last 4 months and have taken onboard some great clients which has enabled me to make the jump and will also see me collaborating more with my friends over at NoChintz, who I will be working with 1 day a week.

I have a few more days a week with a leading Manchester studio which is equally as exciting and hope to build upon some great relationships I made whilst at Urban Splash.

I will be based in the newly refurbished Carvers Warehouse in the city centre, sharing office space with NoChintz and next door to design agency Four23 so I am in safe hands.

So a busy week ahead, business cards are going to print, meeting my new accountant and I’m lining up some great work over the coming months so keep your eyes on this blog and my website


The next step

About Me Posted on Fri, March 13, 2009 11:09:53

I’ve not been posting that much of late but please stay posted for more regular posts as I’m about to make some exciting steps in the next weeks career wise, so will be a little busy.

No I’m not selling used cars or going into the construction industry although I wouldn’t mind a go at driving that beast through Manchester, the CAT that is!