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About Me

I'm a senior designer with many years experience within a mix of in-house and agency environments. With roots in design for print I have crossed into digital design. I love the smell of freshly printed brochures but also the extra dimension designing for digital can offer you, whether for web, email, iPad or iBooks.

Always keen to share my knowledge (and my cookies – the edible kind) and help out when needed. I love working with members of a team to come up with great ideas and solutions to briefs, and I'm not afraid to challenge a brief and present other options where needed. I also keep a drawer full of snacks by my desk ready for those unexpected late nights or early mornings.

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Work History

Intellectual Property Office - Managing Senior Graphic Designer
May 15 - Present day
I manage a team of designers within the IPO design and print department in Newport, South Wales. Day to day I'm still very hands on but I also spend a large percentage of my time developing team members and developing the department as a whole.

Jigsaw24 - Senior Graphic Designer
Mar 12 - May 15
At Jigsaw24 I work with a team of 5 designers covering web, print and video production. Mostly we produce work for the in-house marketing team and business as a whole but occasionally we design for external clients. My role is still very hands-on and I create printed brochures, eshots, PDFs, iBooks and design and code web pages. In addition to this I'm responsible for developing the team's skills, streamlining production, developing and policing the brand identity and managing my own and the teams workloads.

SHOUT! PR & Design - Senior Graphic Designer
Mar 06 - Mar 12
I joined SHOUT! PR & Design with the main aim to concentrate on improving my design skills in a wider range of areas, and for a wider range of business sectors. I was involved in many varied projects in my time at SHOUT! creating logo designs, brochures, exhibition graphics, websites, social media, advertising and branding projects. I'd liaise with clients on a daily basis, taking briefs, making amends and quoting on work. I was often referred to as 'the hub' because of my dependability, knowledge and for my ability to solve technical issues.

Travelsphere Ltd. - Graphic Design Section Leader
Mar 01 - Mar 06
I started at Travelsphere in March 2001 as a Trainee Graphic Designer. Within six months I was given sole responsibility of designing for Blue Chip Travel, a sister company of Travelsphere. At the end of 2002, I was offered the job of Graphic Design Section Leader for Travelsphere. In this position I recruited and trained new designers, implemented new working systems and standards and helped to design and create all of the company's promotional material. The department produced everything from brochures ranging from 8 pages to 132 pages, general stationery and advertising, through to coach liveries and bill boards. I was also heavily involved in Travelsphere's rebrand.

Kall Kwik (Plymouth), Print, Design and Copy - Customer Services Manager
Feb 98 - Mar 01
My duties were to ensure the smooth running of the centre, holding work in progress meetings, liaising with customers, taking briefs, artwork, stock purchasing, customer accounts, cashing up, backing up computer systems, digital copying/printing, finishing and general administration. I also trained new members of the team.

Here are some of the many clients I have worked for:

Jigsaw24
BRE
Phoenix IT
SHOUT!PR
Travelsphere
Page & Moy
Just You
NHS
Sure Start
Kall Kwik
Fibresand International
Ransom Wood
ADR Accident Repair Centres
Town Centre BID
Treasure Trove Toys
Crich Tramway Village
Kingfisher Lighting
Futures Housing
Mansfield Building Society
Skill Force
Mansfield District Council
Mansfield Museum
Mansfield Palace Theatre
Creative Greenhouse
John-Paul Roberts Hypnotherapist
Swim Strength
Party Fairies
Baker Street Kitchens
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Sherwood Swimming Club
What About Me?
SD Products
My Cupcakes
Your Celebrant
Peak Embedded
Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum
And many more...

Key Skills

Creativity
Team management
Team building and creation
In-depth knowledge of design and print
Time management
Problem solving
Initiative
Adobe Creative Cloud
iBook creation
CSS/HTML
Hype/HTML5 Animation

Education

BTEC HND in Graphic Design at Nene College, Northampton.
BTEC ND in Graphic Design at Plymouth College of Art & Design.

 

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