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Chris Black

Managing Director

One half of Thirst's founding duo, Chris is the driving force behind Thirst’s growth, culture and vision. His love of the drinks industry started when he was Marketing, Sales and Export Manager of a leading Scottish craft brewery, so he knows what it’s like to be ‘the client', so works to ensure every design is commercially right.

Matt Burns

Creative Director

Matt has set the creative vision for Thirst from day one. With over a decade in the design industry, he believes that perfecting the creative process is the key to producing creatively rare work. His guidance sets the right conditions for creativity, ensuring every piece of work that leaves the studio meets Thirst's high standards.

Rachel Porter

Designer

Spanning the full drinks category, Rachel has designed everything from soft drinks and beer to gin and whisky. Her eclectic ideas and keen eye for analogue techniques always bring something new to the table (and onto can).

Hattie Windley

Designer

Originally from Lancashire, Hattie moved to the dark side (or Yorkshire) where she studied Graphic Design at Leeds Art University, before going on to design for a wide range of brands from sparkling drinks to cakes. She always has a side project on the go – whether it’s weaving, embroidery or some good old fashioned painting.

Melissa Preston

Senior Designer

Before even graduating, Melissa had won a student D&AD Award for whisky packaging. Working for six years with clients such as Lipton Tea, Cornetto and non-alcoholic spirit Caleno before joining Thirst, she now has her eyes set firmly on that professional D&AD award...

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Craig Robertson

Client Services Director

Honing his skills across eight years of agency and client side experience, Craig is our man on the ground spreading the word about Thirst. Dedicated to his craft, Craig holds the WSET wine and spirits level 2 qualification (and often a glass of wine too).

Claire Barrett

Strategy Director

Claire has over ten years experience building brands across the globe, working on everything from global rebrands for Coca-Cola to repositionings for Carlsberg. Determining the strategic direction for every project, Claire’s forté is carving out commercial spaces and compelling stories for brands using consumer insight, category intelligence and brand truths.

Kris Wilson

Senior Designer

Kris’s passion has always been with drinks packaging. The brains behind one of Scotland's signature gin brands, his ability to think of the big idea while keeping an eye on the smaller details means his designs are full of substance and finesse.

Ben Dantzic

Account Manager

From Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, the only restaurant in the country with two Michelin stars, to his very own burger joint in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Ben’s worked for some of Scotland’s finest and most exciting restaurants. Spending years on the front line of customer service, he’s learned (more than) a thing or two about building lasting relationships – a skill he’s putting to good use in his role at Thirst.

Lynsey Pritchard

Senior Account Manager

Lynsey is the lynchpin of Thirst, ensuring every project runs like a well oiled machine. With an ability to build lasting relationships through trust, communication and keeping everyone laughing, Lynsey ensures both clients and colleagues are happy customers.

Robyn Colligne

Creative Strategist

After a long stint in Amsterdam writing for brands like TEDx, Adidas and WeTransfer, Robyn decided to return above sea level to (an arguably wetter) Glasgow and uncover her Scottish roots. She’s a big fan of the em dash, loves a terrible dad joke, and is forever overthinking the oxford comma.

Craig Balbirnie

Senior Artworker

Craig has almost 20 years of experience finessing the finer details of brands such as Johnnie Walker. Specialising in art working and production, Craig ensures every piece of work that leaves the studio is perfect. His passion lies in finding ideal print finishes for every job and taking concepts from screen to shelf exactly as envisioned

Louis Peters

Junior Designer

Louis joins Thirst fresh from graduating with first class honours and an enviable D&AD New Blood ‘One to Watch’ title. Originally at Thirst on an internship, he blew us away with his conceptual thinking and level of execution and was quickly offered a full-time role.

Eamon Cameron

Senior Designer

Eamon specialises in creating clever, cohesive brand identities and systems. He looks near, far and wide for inspiration which results in an experimental approach. He also loves to hand craft the finer details, whether that’s illustrating a brand icon or wax-dipping a bottle top.

Strategic

Strategic Services
Positioning
Naming
Brand story and Tone of voice
Category, consumer and brand analysis
Exploratory & creative testing

Design

Packaging design
Brand identity
Brand system development
Brand guidelines and guardianship
Structural design

Brand Realisation

Artwork  and production
POS
Merchandise
Product photography

Chris Black

Managing Director

One half of Thirst's founding duo, Chris is the driving force behind Thirst’s growth, culture and vision. His love of the drinks industry started when he was Marketing, Sales and Export Manager of a leading Scottish craft brewery, so he knows what it’s like to be ‘the client', so works to ensure every design is commercially right.

Matt Burns

Creative Director

Matt has set the creative vision for Thirst from day one. With over a decade in the design industry, he believes that perfecting the creative process is the key to producing creatively rare work. His guidance sets the right conditions for creativity, ensuring every piece of work that leaves the studio meets Thirst's high standards.

Rachel Porter

Designer

Spanning the full drinks category, Rachel has designed everything from soft drinks and beer to gin and whisky. Her eclectic ideas and keen eye for analogue techniques always bring something new to the table (and onto can).

Hattie Windley

Designer

Originally from Lancashire, Hattie moved to the dark side (or Yorkshire) where she studied Graphic Design at Leeds Art University, before going on to design for a wide range of brands from sparkling drinks to cakes. She always has a side project on the go – whether it’s weaving, embroidery or some good old fashioned painting.

Melissa Preston

Senior Designer

Before even graduating, Melissa had won a student D&AD Award for whisky packaging. Working for six years with clients such as Lipton Tea, Cornetto and non-alcoholic spirit Caleno before joining Thirst, she now has her eyes set firmly on that professional D&AD award...

.

Craig Robertson

Client Services Director

Honing his skills across eight years of agency and client side experience, Craig is our man on the ground spreading the word about Thirst. Dedicated to his craft, Craig holds the WSET wine and spirits level 2 qualification (and often a glass of wine too).

Claire Barrett

Strategy Director

Claire has over ten years experience building brands across the globe, working on everything from global rebrands for Coca-Cola to repositionings for Carlsberg. Determining the strategic direction for every project, Claire’s forté is carving out commercial spaces and compelling stories for brands using consumer insight, category intelligence and brand truths.

Kris Wilson

Senior Designer

Kris’s passion has always been with drinks packaging. The brains behind one of Scotland's signature gin brands, his ability to think of the big idea while keeping an eye on the smaller details means his designs are full of substance and finesse.

Ben Dantzic

Account Manager

From Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, the only restaurant in the country with two Michelin stars, to his very own burger joint in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Ben’s worked for some of Scotland’s finest and most exciting restaurants. Spending years on the front line of customer service, he’s learned (more than) a thing or two about building lasting relationships – a skill he’s putting to good use in his role at Thirst.

Lynsey Pritchard

Senior Account Manager

Lynsey is the lynchpin of Thirst, ensuring every project runs like a well oiled machine. With an ability to build lasting relationships through trust, communication and keeping everyone laughing, Lynsey ensures both clients and colleagues are happy customers.

Robyn Colligne

Creative Strategist

After a long stint in Amsterdam writing for brands like TEDx, Adidas and WeTransfer, Robyn decided to return above sea level to (an arguably wetter) Glasgow and uncover her Scottish roots. She’s a big fan of the em dash, loves a terrible dad joke, and is forever overthinking the oxford comma.

Craig Balbirnie

Senior Artworker

Craig has almost 20 years of experience finessing the finer details of brands such as Johnnie Walker. Specialising in art working and production, Craig ensures every piece of work that leaves the studio is perfect. His passion lies in finding ideal print finishes for every job and taking concepts from screen to shelf exactly as envisioned

Louis Peters

Junior Designer

Louis joins Thirst fresh from graduating with first class honours and an enviable D&AD New Blood ‘One to Watch’ title. Originally at Thirst on an internship, he blew us away with his conceptual thinking and level of execution and was quickly offered a full-time role.

Eamon Cameron

Senior Designer

Eamon specialises in creating clever, cohesive brand identities and systems. He looks near, far and wide for inspiration which results in an experimental approach. He also loves to hand craft the finer details, whether that’s illustrating a brand icon or wax-dipping a bottle top.

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