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Graphic Designer / Studio Manager: Be Smart Design Ltd (formerly Smart Ideas Design) – October 2004 – Present (10+ years)

Working as Studio Manager / Graphic Designer in a busy, creative design studio on a range of diverse projects from Brand Indentity, Corporate style to Van advertising and Packaging. My job is to ensure all projects are completed to deadline and to a very high standard.

Graphic Designer: Eidetic Publishing Co Ltd
– October 2003 – August 2004 (11 months)

Working as a New Media/Graphic Designer on a range of in-house and client briefs, mainly website design alongside a share of print design working to tight deadlines. Briefs included a new corporate brand i.d for Soundbasis Audio consultants and website. Creation of a new company brand for Eidetic Publishing. Design and creation of UK band Proud Mary’s new website. Design of 2 adverts for Stable Audio for a high profile london based magazine called ‘Boom’ and Various aspects of all in-house marketing material for Eidetic Publishing.

Graphic Designer: DeMontfort Fine Art Ltd
– October 2002 – October 2003 (1 year)

Working as a Graphic Designer on stylish and contemporary marketing material for over 300 international galleries promoting an array of award winning artists. This included exhibitions, launches, invitations, window displays, brochures, artist biographies, advertisements and corporate identities all of which had to be scheduled into tight deadlines. All designs were produced to artwork stage and my role included negotiating with printers, photographers and paper merchants.

Graphic Designer: Chromograph Ltd
– November 2001 – October 2002 (1 year)

Working as a New Media/Graphic Designer on a range of projects including in-house Chromograph design, CD-ROM/Website designing and authoring and building a new corporate brand for the company. External projects included Brochures, exhibitions, art catalogues and promotional information design for companies throughout the UK. All designs were produced from concept to reality under tight deadlines within a busy working environment. Responsibilities included production of artwork, design and photography. An understanding of different print areas was necessary to produce material needed for the variety of clients. 

Skills

  • 17+ years experience with Apple Macintosh systems/network including OS X with a thorough working knowledge of the latest Adobe Creative Suite including: Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe In-Design. Experience and a excellent knowledge in the following software: Fontographer, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Adobe GoLive.
  • Experience in web/internet software with a thorough knowledge of:  Adobe GoLive, Fireworks, Website uploading/management using ftp & WordPress website creation.
  • Excellent creative/typographic skills, with an eye for detail, close attention to detail and a creative flair.
  • 13+ years experience specialising in strategic graphic design/typography, working on a range of campaigns with projects including books, magazines, catalogues, advertising, posters, publicity material, brochures, exhibitions, annual reports, corporate identities, brand identities, corporate styles, information design, and HTML websites including wordpress.
  • Full clean driving license

Education

The University of Wolverhampton: 2.1, BA Hons Graphic Communication – 2000 – 2001
Stafford Art College: BTEC HND (Distinction) Typography – 1998 – 2000
Stafford Art College: BTEC ND (Merit) Graphic Design – 1996 – 1998
Fair Oak High School: 5 GCSEs A-C – 1991–1996

Interests

Film/TV: I’m a self confessed TV geek and enjoy too many shows to mention!.. I also enjoy regularly going to my local cinema every week without fail!
Photography: Iam an enthusiastic amateur photographer with a view to one day turning my hand t it more professionally.
Fitness: I Love to keep fit and run 15+ miles per week. I am also a member of my local gym.
Sport: I love to watch sport on tv and follow my local team Wolverhampton Wanderers going to as many games as I can. 
Design:
I enjoy Reading and exploring Typographic/Digital design books/websites and keeping my website updated on a regular basis.

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