Dirty Hands Studio/Tim Gough



Dirty Hands Studio/Tim Gough

“Dirty Hands” takes its name from a line I always seem to work into bios any time I am asked to write one. “Getting my hands dirty making stuff” is how I tend to describe what I enjoy doing most in my spare time. The more I noticed the line popping up, the more I realized it speaks to more than just what I enjoy doing--it also speaks to my approach and a larger point of view I hold as a creative. Generally, that creating anything of value takes real work. And also that keeping busy and staying curious is a best practice to sharpening any craft.

This studio is the manifestation of that line and it’s become my sandbox for making and collaborating with artists, writers, and brands outside of full-time roles at places like Philadelphia Magazine, 160over90, and Comcast.

I’m always excited for new opportunities. If you’ve got an idea for a project, reach out and let’s figure out how to make something original together.

Tim Gough has been working as a creative person for various agencies, design firms, and publications for over 15 years. His art and design is influenced by the screen printed process and mid-century graphics. In addition to design and art direction, Tim can be found getting his hands dirty making multi-layered screen prints, drawings, and experimenting in various media. He frequently shows his drawings and prints in galleries across the country. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and dog. 

Selected Client List


Press, Publications, and Awards

(Interview, 2018)

Hi-Res Podcast
(Interview, 2017)

Icon: Social Media Icons Compiled
(Counterprint, 2014)

The Where, The Why,
and the How
(Chronicle 2012)

1000 Indie Posters
(Rockport, 2011)

Gigposters: Vol. 1
(Quirk Books, 2009)

Juxtapoz: Poster Art
(Gingko Press, 2009


2 Colors: Low Budget, High Impact 
(Maomao 2009)

1000 Music Graphics, 
(Rockport, 2008)

Grain Edit
(Interview, 2009)

For Sale
(How, 2008)

How Promo Design 2008
3x3 Professional Show No. 8
American Illustration 31
Society of Illustration 57