Our Story

Downing started with a staff of 2 which became 3 while in Brightwater, growing to 4 when it moved to Monaco and then 7 while in Richmond. We now maintain that number in the Nelson office.

Tony and Vanessa Downing set up Downing Design in Nelson in 1994. Armed with a packet of felt pens and a drawing board Tony started by designing logos and brands for local businesses and then expanded to include advertising, web design and strategic services.

From 1994 to 2004 the business operated from a home office in various locations in Nelson including Tahunanui, Brightwater and Monaco. In 2005 Downing Design moved to a building in the Richmond Mall car park. At that time it was renovated into a studio office.

In August 2009 we moved into the Historic Fields Building in Hardy Street in the Nelson City CBD.  The current office is a significant step forward and offers a bright open creative space. In 2014 after 20 years of doing business in Nelson we simplified our name to Downing with the secondary line of Creative Marketing. Creative Marketing summarises our service offering of graphic design, website design, advertising creation and promotion.

Meet Your Creative Marketing Team