Explainer videos, websites, illustrations and graphic recording by John Cooper

Illustration, Wordpress, motion graphics, branding, graphic design agency in Manchester

Taking your creative projects to the next level.

Rocket Steps is the studio of John Cooper, hello there!
I work directly with clients all over the world, from individuals to large organisations. I help bring your ideas to life with creative, original work that engages customers, wow's audiences and helps your businesses thrive.

Developing ideas, briefs and telling the story of your product or services success. I help  organisations all over the world market themselves with style and a smile. 

If you need unique visual content, you're in the right place. Let's get started.
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Clients include:
NHS Cheshire and Wirral
Willmott Dixon
National fire chiefs Conference
Motion graphics for TV an film
Great value design
University of Bradford
corporate graphic design
Educational design content
Great value design
Motion graphics for TV an film
February 21, 2024
Helping an NHS team tell stories of people with lived experience of autism.
February 20, 2024
Faces on the gallery wall. #homeopen2024
January 24, 2024
Start your year with some creative inspiration
January 9, 2024
Illustration and website SEO for Camden Fringe.
December 12, 2023
I'm now based at GRIT Studios Manchester, an art studio in the city.
December 1, 2023
Poster design for festivals, by someone who knows the industry.
October 31, 2023
Showing off recent work and pushing creative boundaries.
October 31, 2023
Get the most out of your WordPress Website with these 4 top tips.
October 6, 2023
Getting ideas down quickly for pitches and storyboards.
September 18, 2023
A recent book cover illustration for 'Football's Tallest Tales' by Bryan Gibson.
June 27, 2023
Finding new engaging ways to tell your story visually.
May 5, 2023
Illustration and motion graphics for the International Phononics conference.
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With years of industry experience before setting up in 2010, nearly all my new clients today are referrals. I put that down to good humour, experience and a 'Yes and' attitude. 

Listening to clients, collaborating on briefs and creating eye popping original work. If you're looking for a fresh voice for your brand or a new angle on your message, I'll help you find it.

One small step to get in touch, One giant leap into fresh original ideas.

What Rocket Steps does:

WordPress websites that are easy to update.
Motion graphics that hold attention.
Illustration that provokes a response.
Branding that clarifies your mission statement.
Explainer videos that simplify your message.
and Graphic recording for live events.

Based on 19 reviews
Mitch Sullivan
John was great to work with. He was able to quickly interpret what I was trying to achieve and always delivered what he said he would, and on time. Nice bloke too. Highly recommended.
Some brilliantly done and thorough illustrations of a 3 hour event, a lovely bloke, warm and humble and kept focus, very impressed!
Michael Panagakis
Love working with John. His story telling through the illustrations he did really captured the emotion within each character. Sorry for interupting your plans for a holiday and thank you for working under such tight deadlines. We look forward to continuing our journey as we develop our characters and future stories.
Patrick Hurley
Really good quality of work. Incredibly quick turnaround on a tight deadline. And a pleasure to work with. Thanks!
Melissa Worth
John at Rocket Steps helped me with a new website. He understood the brief straightaway and provided clear advice. He dealt with any queries very quickly and I have had a lot of complements about the new site.
Richard Pascoe
It goes without saying that I love how John draws. What does need saying is how much I appreciate how he helps me visualise my ideas in the ways I need. When I need him to take my sketches and form a quality version true to the original, he does just that. When I need him to get creative, to build in his ideas into my sketches, he does just that. When I need him to interpret the barest outline of an idea in written form and turn (somehow) into a brilliant image, he does just that. He just does things incredibly well.
Ben .J Hodge
I asked John to create some resources for the organisation I was working for and boy were we happy! He was so responsive and attentive to the needs of the project and so flexible in working with the voice overs we had prepared. He was so great in working to our deadline and project goals that Ive no doubt the resources he's created (which have already gained a great amount of engagement on our project) will be used for a very very long time! Thank you John, hope we can work together again soon!
Ingenious Fools
John designed our poster for The Undiagnosables at Brighton Fringe, creating comic illustrations of four comedians that look absolutely brilliant!! The turnaround was very fast and he understood what we wanted straight away - highly recommended.
Ashley Boroda
Working with John was a great experience. He understood the brief, he was very happy to accommodate changes, rethinks and new ideas as the project progressed. Nothing was too much trouble and he made me laugh along the way. The end result was even better than I had imagined, my vision plus his. I will certainly recommend John to any individual or business looking for an all action animation.
Toby Foster
Always bang on the money with the work we've given him. Seen as part of our team, not just a contractor.

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