Clarkson Design

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  • Shopify Expert since 08/2013
  • Projects starting at $1,000


About Clarkson Design

Howdy stranger!

I'm a web designer based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Not surprisingly, I design, code and customise Shopify stores!

Building a website doesn't need to be a stressful experience, so I work hard to make it a smooth journey for all my clients.

I can do a full website build or small customisations.

I'm often hired to do things like "please make my homepage look more professional".

If you are based in or around Otago I am available to do product photography too.

Feel free to get in touch anytime.


14 Testimonials

the design library

Sam was easy and and a pleasure to deal with. He made our website into what we wanted - even with my very loose and vague instructions (sorry about that Sam!)

What was the most valuable was the instructions and extra files he created at the end of the job so that I can continue updating the website by myself. I can't imagine a lot of design teams doing this off their own bat.

Thanks Sam.

Jennifer Slattery Textiles

From initial brief to job completion, every step of the process was smooth. From word go I felt Sam really understood my requirements, he is an excellent communicator which was particularly important considering we are located on opposite sides of the globe (New Zealand - Ireland). As well as creating a site that is perfect for my business, he has left me with the tools I need to operate my store. I can't recommend Sam highly enough.

Union Jacks Groceries

Sam of Clarkson Design has been very good throughout, always taking the time to explain things clearly and often more than once as I do not have much knowledge and experience of computers and online sales, he has always remained patient and helpful.
We found Sam to be honest, knowledgeable and someone who delivered results on time and took great pride and care in the final look of the website and his work in general.
We would not hesitate to recommend Sam and Clarkson Design to other businesses who were looking to set up an online presence.

Design Build Listen

Sam from Clarkson Design did a great job of taking my basic Shopify template site and fine-tuning it to give it a smarter feel and to ease the navigation around the site. In particular I was wanting a site that was simultaneously clean and modern but also had life and engagement, just like vinyl and my tonearm The Wand.

One of the great things was that Sam was good at listening to what I was wanting out of the site as well as offering his designers eye. So many designers do what they like which may not meet the customers needs. Sam was also able to make some good suggestions about how the information is structured in the site.

I think it is telling that since this upgrade I have had a number of people comment spontaneously how nice the site looks.


We are firm believers in playing to our strengths, so for a couple of girls with no clue, outsourcing the building of our new website was a no brainer. Choosing Sam Clarkson from Clarkson Design to to do the work was equally easy! He had a clear understanding of what we required, with great suggestions for enhancement. He made it all seem very simple and kept us involved and informed every step of the way. We no doubt asked some curly questions and had some potentially challenging requests, none of which ever seemed to be a problem. It was a very collaborative experience and we are really thrilled with the design and function of our new website. He has also provided us with a clear and comprehensive user manual. All of this came at a very fair and reasonable price. We highly recommend Sam from Clarkson Design to anyone looking to create a new website.

Sam has created a great Shopify site for us - thanks Sam! It looks really good, the functionality is good and Sam has been very helpful with guiding us through the process.

Sam is very easy to deal with and the communication has been clear throughout the process.

We can only recommend him.


Sam was fantastic to work with. I needed changes made to my website theme for and he recommended and talked me through it and made sure I was happy with everything. Sam was prompt and got the job done when he said he would and even came under budget! Will definitely use Clarkson Design again for any work I need done.

Steamer Basin

We engaged Sam Clarkson to develop an identity for our small brewery, hoping he could interpret our 'love Dunedin' and 'not beer-y' ideas. Sam did exactly that, doing everything from logo and web design to bottle labels, door signage and product photography. We're thrilled with the result. What we most appreciated, and what we now most value, is Sam giving deep thought and consideration to the smallest details, critical to creating a coherent design. Thanks Sam!

Paul & Karen

dawsons furniture

Sam at Clarkson Design was great to deal with. He was quick and efficient at adding a couple of features to my website that was beyond my skills.

Keepsake Frames

Sam was fantastic to work with right from the start - every email communication was clear, concise and extremely detailed. Even though he had so much work when I first contacted him and wasn't able to help me until I was ready a month later he still took the time to politely email me back promptly and even offer some basic help to get my business heading in the right direction.
Once he started working on the customising of products fields he updated me on the progress of each stage and gave me clear instructions of the steps I needed to go through as an owner to allow him to upgrade the shop. Everything was just so easy with him and what I loved is he took the time to explain things in serious detail so I understood exactly what had to be done.
I would highly recommend Sam's knowledge and development skills to any future NZ or even international shopify shops. I choose him purely on trying to contract someone relatively local (and his current reviews were great too) but it turns out I choose very well and will definitely be using his services again for the next development of my business.

Estelle Flowers

Sam created a beautiful and functional website for my business and continues to offer excellent support and advice. I am extremely happy with my new website and have received many orders, including an overseas order within the hour it was launched. I would and have recommended Sam to other businesses.

Porteno Store

Professional and prompt service. Very satisfied with the work completed for our store.


Sam created a clean and crisp environment for my product, it is exactly what I hoped for...
In particular: Sam got his head around my ranges complex options and simplified the experience for the end user. Clarkson Design operates with clarity and integrity, making my experience of the process a real pleasure.

The Vintage Dress Company

Hi there,

The service that Sam Clarkson of Clarkson Design offers is great. Sam deals with all my queries straight away and has offered some great advice in lots of different aspects of my business - especially with my online store.

I would recommend him to anyone who needs some smart innovative assistance.

Kind regards
Sharon Bratton


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