About Me

Simon Edwards

Hi, I'm Rise of the Monkey (aka Simon Edwards), an independent Illustrator & Creative Director of iced, based in the North-West of England.

I setup riseofthemonkeys.co.uk back in 2009 as a place to showcase my illustration work & also to learn & develop my web design skills.

Please take a look at my showcase


I've been interested in illustration & design ever since I was a kid, I guess I just never grew out of it.

Whilst initially focusing on graphic design (something I still really enjoy to do) I began to realise illustration was something that I really wanted to pursue as more than just a hobby.

I have a wide range of influences including UK & International illustrators & designers, anime, books, comics, film, music & travel.

Over the years this has developed into a passion for Print, Illustration & Vinyl Toys.


To see my Graphic Design work please visit icedgraphics.com


I studied Graphic Design at Cumbria Institute of the Arts
(now Cumbria University) completing a HND & BA (Hons) between 1999-2003.


Express Gifts Ltd

In 2005 I joined Express Gifts Ltd's in house Pre Press department as a Mac Operator.

After 2 years I became a Senior Mac Operator, taking on the responsibility for the catalogue production of the newly acquired company Kleeneze.


Setup in 2009 by my good friend Kev Hoyle, iced are a Lancashire based specialist in Web, Graphics, Interactive Design & SEO.

Shortly after iced was setup I became Creative Director, part of a team of 3 people (2 Creative Directors & a Marketing Manager) where I have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects.

Over the last 3 years we have built up a solid foundation of clients & continue to expand.