Coventry Schools King Henry VIII 1986-1991
Binswood Hall, Leamington Spa 1991-1994
Midwarwickshire College of Further Education 1994-1995
Bradford College 1997-2000 - attaining a Ba(hons) Communication Design, grade 2:1
01/2010 – present: Multimedia Designer, The Youth Association, Wakefield.
01/2008-01/2010: Editorial Designer & Webmaster, Country Publications, Skipton.
06/2007-11/2007: Graphic Designer, ICM Creative, Leeds.
07/2004-06/2007: Graphic Designer, Otto-UK, Bradford.
10/2002-06/2004: Graphic Designer and Web Development, Veda Marketing, York.
2/2001-9/2002: Graphic Designer, Creative Marketing Services, Bradford.
8/2000-11/2000: Junior Designer, Advance Visual Communications plc, Cleckheaton.
Quark Xpress: 9 years
Photoshop: 11 years
Illustrator: 9 years
Freehand: 7 years
Director: 5 years
Dreamweaver: 9 years
Indesign: 4 years
Premiere: 4 years
Afterfx: 2 year
Wordpress/CSS: 3 years
I am also proficient in the Microsoft suite of programs.
While at Advance Visual Communications plc I was involved in web, print and new media design. I worked on
powerpoint and director presentations, cd-rom GUI and was involved with a range of work from the conceptual stage
through to completion.
I then moved to Creative Marketing Services in Bradford, working on print based advertising for clients such as Fox's
and the Leonard Cheshire charity. This included direct mail, print campaigns, billboard and poster advertising as well as
web marketing. CMS was also one of the nations largest NHS recruitment advertising agencies. I helped expand their
new media potential, which involved winning the Evening Telegraph/Calor Gas award for best village website for our
work for East Keswick.
I then became the Graphic Designer and Web Manager for Veda Marketing, a part of Veda-UK, one of the largest
distributors of custom installation, hi-fi and audio visual equipment in Britain (now Armour Home Electronics). I worked
with the Marketing Manager to produce a range of material, printed and web, to promote both ourselves and the many
brands we distributed.
These 13 prestige brands, including Linn, Soundstyle, and Arca, all required individual attention, as did the Veda brand
itself. I was responsible for all promotional material, from business cards, packaging and stationary to print adverts,
managing and developing B2C websites, brochures and stands at large exhibitions. We rebranded the classic prestige
phonograph brand Goldring, coinciding with the launch of a new turntable, as well as updating the Veda brand.
Due to Veda's relocation I became a Graphic Designer for Otto-UK, producing 'living' pages for Freemans, Grattan and
Look Again catalogues, as well as internal and external promotion material. I was responsible for style setting,
artworking, art directing and advising on a number of product areas including homewares and small electricals along
with white and brown goods. This involved working with repro, photography studios, marketing and outside agencies to
help produce the main catalogue, sales leaflets and promotional campaigns. I was also involved in various brandings for
the company, from vacuum cleaners to MP3 players.
I then spent a brief but constructive time at ICM Creative, a small agency in Leeds. I dealt with packaging, direct mail,
brochures, press advertising, branding and all things print for business to business and business to customer clients.
Upon redundancy from ICM, I then moved to Country Publications Ltd as Editorial Designer, responsible for all visual
work to leave the company, including design, illustration and photo editing for four regional best selling magazines per
month plus all associated websites (including e-commerce), all promotional material, internal graphics, exhibition stands,
book covers and layouts, the branding and material for Yorkshire based awards ceremonies and offering training and
support to team members.
I then moved to The Youth Association, Yorkshire's longest running youth work charity, as Multimedia Designer.
Along side the design work of producing new brands, annual reports, promotional sales material, multimedia
presentations, learning tools, websites (both html and Wordpress driven CSS), flyer design, film making and editing,
motion graphics, information design, podcast recording and even vehicle liveries, my roles and responsibilties spread to
communications management, CRM development, marketing strategies and project management. I have delivered
elements of these to third party organisations on a 'sub-contractor' level, seconded by, or working from The Youth
It would be an understatement to say it has been a varied and rewarding position, not least working with groups of
young people. It has increased my ability to manage deadlines, team members and budgets across a range of media.
In my career I have been lucky to experience work in agencies, in-house, as part of a large and small teams and as the
sole 'creative' and enjoy the different challenges that each role involves.
As well as my day jobs, I have been involved in projects for charities, small organisations and record labels (even running
two as a hobby for a period) in a freelance or volunteer capacity.
tl:dr - i am frickin awesome. can i haz job?