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From Mike McCoy, MEPAT Services, Newcastle:


"At first we gained use of a slightly altered Health and Safety cartoon from Jim for our small family Portable Appliance Testing business, but over the years as we rolled this out further it created a “funny” and instantly recognisable feature of our business – which indirectly has increased safety awareness! We have recently purchased this artwork to use on the branding of our van and new website to great effect.


I would totally recommend having a chat with Jim especially if you are looking for a new business slant, his cartoons/caricatures are very inventive and funny, he is excellent to work with, is a true professional, and yes he is a genius!"

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Was at an event in Edinburgh this morning, led by Gordon White of fatBuzz. He used a video scribble from you as one of his examples. Actual presentation was OK - if a bit of 'death by prezi' - but there were a few video examples of which yours was the best.

David Calder LLB

Director, BITWeb.tv Ltd

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Colin Millar

Chief Executive Officer at SPAEN

SPAEN engaged Jim to develop a series of visual guides for a new project we were working on.

From a fairly open brief, Jim was able to develop concepts; work closely with the whole team, taking various directions and desires and developed and delivered an outstanding and first class product which exceeded the expectations of the whole team.

Jim showed an acute understanding of the sector we were operating in, was able to internalise the values and principles of the organisation which were important to be conveyed in the art work and a deep understanding of the target audience.

I highly and wholeheartedly recommend Jim for any similar projects you or your organisation may be considering undertaking - Jim is an absolute pleasure to work with; a true professional and an accomplished artist with the flexibility and dexterity of a true craftsman.

For any similar projects in the future, Jim will be SPAEN's first choices

'For several years we have commissioned Jim Barker to do cartoon- caricatures to give as gifts for auspicious family occasions. Given a short written brief to set the scene and a few photographs Jim uses his considerable talent and knack for seeing the funny side of life to produce a piece of art that not only brightens up the day but also provides a permanent souvenir to grace any home or office. Jim collaborates with his clients throughout to ensure that the finished artwork is what was originally envisaged and that the subjects are accurately captured. We have no hesitation in recommending his highly original work.

Martyn and Jaqui Bettel • April 2016"