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Inside Surge | John O’Brien

At Surge we believe that developing a relationship with our clients is a key to being a successful company. The first step in any working relationship is an introduction. We have previously introduced Adrian de Cleir the technical director at Surge and now meet our creative director John O’Brien.

Creating something new and unique is something that really interests John. He enjoys a challenge and is always interested in pushing out boundaries.


John studied design at I.T. Carlow having shown a flair for creativity and a keen interest in art and design in school. The major focus of John’s studies was industrial design. Completing the course offered him much understanding of user interaction, problem solving and visual communication allowing him to transfer this knowledge and experience to multiple design disciplines. John started out working with graphics for print and quickly gained valuable project management experience.

During this time John was able to develop his unique ability to get inside both the client’s mind and the minds of the customers the client is selling to. For John, graphic design isn’t simply about making something look nice and presentable, it’s about building a relationship and acquiring knowledge so that the design can send the right message and guide people in the right direction.


Outside of Surge John likes to spend quality time with his wife Jeannine and their four young children in Castletroy. In his free time – which there isn’t much of – John likes to relax by sketching and also by playing soccer, but not at the same time. John is a follower of Southampton F.C. for many years and has never actually met another Southampton fan.

John’s favourite project at Surge has been ALCI. This project was one of Surge’s first and it really gave the company a handle on what we could achieve. “It challenged both our creativity and technical skills and was very satisfying delivering a unique and creative branding solution. It translated to a happy client, which is our ultimate aim at Surge.”

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