CDS (Corporate Document Services)

(March 2008–present)

I am the main illustrator and acting senior graphic designer at this end-to-end communications company. I am happy taking a job through from conception to publication (including providing quotes, taking a brief, and liaising with printers, and checking final proofs) and am equally confident carrying a project alone, or taking the lead on larger collaborative projects.

I have developed excellent working relationships with our key clients, and prepare and attend major bids and client presentations. I have helped secure significant new contracts, won an Award of Excellence at the 2010 IoIC (formerly CiB) Awards, and consistently receive extremely positive feedback from clients and colleagues alike.

I have developed commercial intellectual property for the company, including creating a proprietary illustration system aimed at a low literacy audience, and a training programme in its use. I work closely with writers and internet services to develop cross-channel design solutions, with the sales team to develop new marketing strategies, and with other seniors and the Creative Director to improve studio working practices and techniques.

Originally designing primarily for print (including specialist finishes and effects), I am now more frequently finding ways to offer electronic and interactive solutions, providing both economic and ecological benefits.

I specialise in:

  • creating bespoke illustrated characters and illustration suites, "Easy Read " communications, technical illustrations, maps and infographics;
  • designing corporate literature (such as high-concept annual reports), print and web campaigns, exhibition materials and innovative internal training material and communications (working to existing brands, and creating one-off campaigns);
  • developing new visual identities, with full supporting brand guidelines and templates.

Clients include: London 2012 Olympics, MOD, NHS/ProCure21, Environment Agency, ODI, DWP, JNCC, UKCES.

 

Curved Spaces Design

My own freelance design company
(June 2002–June 2008)

Commissions: Corporate identity (company logos, additional themes, styles and concept visualisation); Promotional materials (corporate literature, exhibition stands, flyers, posters, animations); Illustrations (humorous, narrative and scientific) for press, web and large scale print; Corporate stationery; Website themes, icons, imagery and banners; Album and CD artwork; Book covers.

Clients include: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Live and Breathe, Farfield Scientific Ltd, Farfield Group Ltd, KM Ventures PLC, Tecmentor, Deadtech, Gog Promotions, RJ Barker (author).

 

Sports Publications Ltd

(July 2005–December 2007)
3 days per week, Mon–Weds

Graphic designer covering two magazines (National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer) and associated websites. Headed the redesign of Lady Golfer magazine, including development of new overall branding, page layouts and templates. Role included drawing original humorous illustrations, creating concepts and graphics for special features, laying out articles, image search and selection, photo retouching and editing, designing press adverts, prepping and proofing for print.

Download a PDF of my full CV:

ABCV-2011-web.pdf