Who or what is
mephisto's cafe?

Mephisto’s Cafe is my dream realised. My own empire where I get to design and make awesome things and attempt to pay the bills in doing so… not a bad dream right?

My name is Alex, I’m a Graphic Designer/Illustrator from the South West of England. Along with my partner Molly Gardner we run Mephisto’s Cafe.

What feels like a very long time ago, I graduated from University and was swiftly plunged into the world of tea rounds, morning meetings, commuting and office politics. Look mum, I’ve made it as a Graphic Designer!

Gradually though, I realised that saving PDFs for my various nine to five positions wasn’t what I thought design should be. Where were the sketchbooks and big ideas? So I decided from there that I needed to do it differently. I still loved design, but I wanted to do it my way.

From this, Mephisto’s Cafe was born. I turned my attention to fulfilling the ideas I had in my head and doing things with as much colour and flair as I wanted. I started truly designing again. From logos to board games, videos, animation, posters and anything I enjoyed.

It really comes down to a simple ethos:

Design cool stuff. Keep clients happy. Pay bills. Have fun doing this.