EXPERIENCE

SERVICE GRAPHICSCreative Artworker - February '14 - Present

 

Work within a busy studio of up to 22 creative artworkers and graphic designers. Create, modify and proof read designs for a huge client base which includes Puig, The FA, Adidas, Chanel, Gucci, Natwest, BAA, Sainsburys, Marks and Spencers, Reiss, Paco Rabanne and Prada.


Work under pressure to extremely tight deadlines on projects for both print and web use. I handle the companys busy Gucci account and am custodian of Gucci's brand guidelines and their UK marketing archive - it is my responsibility to ensure all studio output adheres to Gucci brand guidelines. After 1 year I was handed similar responsibility for PUIG - which encompasses Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera and Valentino.


I have put my own stamp on the studio and have introduced InDesign Scripting into the production workflow using my Adobe Extendscript and Automation knowledge. This has drastically impacted turnaround times and saved hundreds of hours of studio time by allowing our artworkers to automate complex and repetitive tasks. These take the form of software utilities which run within InDesign and Photoshop. I can custom develop these to a brief.


Key Personal Achievements:

The senior member of the Luxury Brands Department, creating campaigns for Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Valentino and Nina Ricci. I personally developed workflow procedures and InDesign scripts for handling large brand marketing campaigns. The new automations have drastically reduced production errors, eradicated unnecessary repetition and ensure large campaigns can be delivered in a fraction of the time.

PRONTAPRINT

Creative Artworker - March '10 - February '14

 

Created artwork from initial client brief - designing logos, branding, adverts, garments and packaging for both print and online use. Artworked and pre-flighted supplied files by preparing PDF proofs and liaising with print buyers and business owners. Ensured press operators were provided with print-ready artwork and work schedule to meet all deadlines. Responsible for the centres internal marketing material including its e-commerce systems and online products.


Key Personal Achievements:

Brought my web skills into the company, incorporating e-commerce and web marketing by building a new website, adding an important additional source of revenue.

FREELANCE

Creative Artworker - August '09 - March '10

 

Provided a freelance creative design, print, illustration and web design service. Developed and maintained more than twenty business websites and specialised in creating professional branding, advertisements, packaging and logos for a multitude of international businesses. Greatly expanded my creative design portfolio.


Key Personal Achievements:

Gained the versatility and education required for being self-employed including administration, outsourcing, marketing, copywriting, networking, liaising with clients and basic accounting.

KALL KWIK

Creative Artworker - September '07 - August '09

 

In-house Graphic Designer and Artworker. Expanded the companies' range of services by introducing a website design service into the centre. Later trained an apprentice in preparation for my departure.


Key Personal Achievements:

Designing for organisations such as NHS, Sri Lankan Airlines, ASDA, UPS, and Pernod Ricard I gained experience of design and marketing for larger, corporate clients using brand guidelines.

My first position as sole Graphic Designer, I progressed my interpersonal skills along with my design ability by taking design briefs, meeting with clients and performing site surveys.


REPROPOINT

Creative Artworker - February '05 - August '07

 

Responsible for all graphic design requirements for the Heathrow branch of a UK wide digital printer. From November '06 managed the Large Format and Exhibition Department; producing posters, canvas prints, signage and banner stands.

To further my artworking and design education, I was crosstrained in the production factory - including the operation of various digital presses on a huge range of substrates, vinyl cutting, laminating, encapsulating, guillotine, mounting machines, creasing, folding, binding and book making.


Key Personal Achievements:

Experienced first hand how the technical accuracy of artwork will impact every stage in a projects workflow. By seeing a broader overview into so many printing and finishing techniques I am now able to tailor and correct artwork for its purpose, avoiding common design pitfalls, bad habits and misconceptions.

THE PRINT RESOURCE

Junior Artworker - September '03 - January '05

 

Worked under the guidance of the Senior Designer, fulfilling the pre-press and design requirements of a busy litho printers using industry standard software. Gained an understanding of the dynamics of a design studio and commercial printroom, learning printing methods, disciplines and terminology as well as the quality standards demanded for designing artwork to a professional level.


Key Personal Achievements:

During this time I became an expert on setting artwork for older, more traditional printing disciplines. This includes Spot Colour Printing, film and plate making, foil blocking, spot UV, and thermo - skills still used in the trade in niche areas, but no longer widely taught to designers.

SOFTWARE ABILITY
EDUCATION
HND GRAPHIC DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHYUniversity of Arts London

DIPLOMA IN (X)HTML PROGRAMMINGICS Learn

A LEVEL GRAPHIC DESIGNTwo Rivers Academy
CREATIVE ARTWORKER AND AUTOMATION SPECIALIST