A place for me to showcase my interests, achievements, capabilities and academic background.
I am passionate about design, graphics, web, typography, illustration, photography and cinematography. "The media and tools of my craft". A creative forward thinker, thriving on the execution of strong communication strategies, finding the balance between innovative, original concepts and practical deliverable solutions. The development of modern ideas through new media technologies. I am a team player, and enjoy working closely with other designers, developers, UX and QA engineers. Comfortable working on multiple projects and tasks at any one time. Enthusiastic, innovative, highly motivated, proactive, self-improving and posse a strong work ethic and excellent time management skills. I have a strong production knowledge and can offer a rich variety of creative solutions for any media challenges.
For me, it all started with logo designs. The branding of business or the business of branding? In the beginning a seal was used to make an impression in wax making a document authentic. You can never under estimate the value of good branding. From a single glance a customer should have a succinct impression as to what kind of company the logo belongs. A mark of reassurance, quality and reliability.
I believe a logo should always make an impression. Be a seal of approval. A mark of class and distinction.
From there I found that my clients were so happy with my work that they came back to me requesting web sites and more…
I continued taking on small outside projects while working at The School of Sound Recording (S.S.R) (aka Spirit Recording Studio) and The Technics DJ Academy before moving to the The Guardian Media Group PLC as a Production Assistant. I then left the news paper to dedicate my full attention to web design and landed a job at Party Delights as their sole designer. Several years later I find myself as the Senior designer at a company that is growing exponentially and in a studio that is doing the same.
I currently work as the senior designer at Party Delights Ltds. and Delight Direct. "The UK's leading online party retail store".
Working directly with the CEO/Creative Director, Managing Director, Technical Director, UX, Marketing, Social Content and Buying teams.
Working with the design team to oversee an evolving set of design challenges for a growing list of features for the main site and several dynamic and responsive white labels. Including Parties"R"Us (Toys"R"Us), Funk Party (Funky Pigeon) and Tesco Party. EU sites for Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Amazon and Ebay.
The production of site content design, photography and videos for over 30,000 product lines. Marketing material for Email, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and other social media platforms, bus stop and billboard advertising campaigns, Tesco Direct catalogue and numerous other publications. Design of in-house documents, signage and retail trade fairs stands.
In-house product design were I am involved in the procurement of Licenses from numerous companies including Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Lego, One Direction and Carte Blanche (Tatty Teddy). Using their artwork to design full party product ranges including invitations, tableware, room decorations, balloons and a range of personalised products. Headed the design and development of the personalised section of the site from front to back. The designed templates for banners invites and cards for the in-house printing process. Producing a range of personalised products including cards, confetti, invitations, balloons and banners.
Working closely with the Production Manager designing adverts, setting advert's and inserts for over 29 of the North West local weekly News Newspapers, including the Manchester Evening News, METRO Newspapers, Home Search Magazine, Job Search and Channel M Manchester Television.
Before that I was the sole in-house designer for both The School of Sound Recording (S.S.R) (aka Spirit Recording Studio) and The Technics DJ Academy. This required me to write a syllabus on promotional design and advertising and setting design briefs as part of the student course pack. Liaising with both musicians and DJ's creating promotional materials including press releases, advertising material for Mix Mag and DJ Magazine, bus stop poster, large wall poster and flyers to tie in with the students course requirements. Orchestrating all aspects of the design and development requirements of each brief. Working the concept through photography, art direction and preparation of finished work. Assuring that all students have the correct information and materials that they need in time to complete the project and pass their course. I also designed marketing material including brochures, flyers and poster for both the recording studio and DJ Academy.
Involved in all aspects of projects, from conception to completion. Working closely with all members of the team, mainly the stylist.
Imagination design is my creative outlet. A place for me to showcase abilities. A body of work that represents the creative thinking, problem solving and simple solutions I've developed and delivered for both clients and under full time employment.
Soroptimist International UK, ISg PLC, Pizza Express, Zest Bar and Grill, The British Gymnastics Association, Jeweller Solutions, Mouth Guards for Sport, Swann Micro, Business Logix, Kiss Telecom, Finch Product design, www.88222.com Arabian Nights Mobile Casino. Goodie Gumdrops Fashion, The Jewellery Studio, Barrands of Manchester Electricians, Britannia Car Leasing, Oldham Coliseum, "Clothes Show Live" Birmingham, Dry Bar and Zinc Manchester.
My HND course was mainly practical and project-based. A strong emphasis was placed on Sketchbook Development and Typography. Other specialist subjects are listed below.
Developed core skills of Communication, IT and Problem Solving, the course also included Contextual Studies, Research, Conceptual Thinking and Digital Media.
In my ND course I worked through the design process and was involved in a range of projects, including 'live' briefs, (set by outside companies), and competitions. Concentrated on the generation of ideas in response to creative briefs, alongside the development of practical skills, including: creating visuals and software skills. This culminates in a Final Major Project and exhibition.
On my 1st National Diploma course I developed the fundamental elements of art and design practice, namely drawing skills (including life drawing), making and digital imaging as well as generic skills (writing, research methodologies etc.)
I have a strong production knowledge and can offer a rich variety of creative solutions for any media challenges. A progressive forward thinker, thriving on the execution of strong communication strategies and the development of modern ideas through New Media technology. I'm enthusiastic, innovative, highly motivated and posses a strong work ethic.
With my mixed media capabilities, strong production knowledge and a bit of imagination I can offer a wide variety of creative solutions to any media strategies.
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