Experience

mk

Head of Design
March 2016 – Present

Head of design for one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing gift and gadget company. We have two high street brands Menkind and RED5 consisting of nationwide stores and concessions in Hamleys, John Lewis and Selfridges, also with a strong online presence.

Heavily focused on packaging design, we bring an extensive range of products to the market each year, from concept creation through to art working and project completion, with a great deal of new product development. Products ranging from all aspects in the gifting market.

I manage and give art direction to a small team of designers as well as our in house photographers on my projects. With a extensive workload and many multiple projects on the go at once organisation and time management are essential. I have creative systems and workflow proceedures in numerous ways to make the work flow as smooth as possible.

Brand and store pos and graphics are also a big part of my responsibilities. I am responsible for coming up with marketing campaigns and graphics for key calendar market potentials for us such as Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Black Friday, Christmas, sale and student promotions as well as the store and brand graphics and pos outside of these events, creating and driving business and impact to the customer, either this being by pos, custom pos, store advertisement and general company literature.

I am responsible for budgets in my department, and organise and lease with freelancers when needed. I have strong relationships and deal directly with printers and external suppliers. Most of our products are imported from China, so I have experience in dealing with international factories.

I am also head of design for our wholesale business The Source Wholesale. This consist of a variety of work to push our brand and growth in supply all types of clients, working with some of the biggest names in the high street from John Lewis, Boots, Debenhams, WH Smith, Ryman’s, Robert Dyas to name a few to smaller independent companies.

The design elements consist of 2 catalogues a year, 3/4 trade stand show design and graphics at events such as the NEC Spring and AutumnFayre, Toy Fair, . Extensive new product development and packaging for the majority of our products. Presentation materials to pitch to clients. Adverts, advertorials and promotional material to advertise our brands and offers. Point of sale in numerous formats. Creating exclusive packaging ranges for clients such as Boots, Hamleys, Ann summers, Merlin entertainment.

SP

Creative Designer
October 2015 – January 2016 (3 month contract)

Designing and producing creative designs through to artworking and ready to print. Various POS, advertising materials, event campaigns and promotional elements for big high street brands in the retail sector. Helping to drive sales and maximise customer awareness.

G

Freelance Graphic Designer / Artworker
August – September 2015

Designing a range of advertising material and POS to promote offers and new release campaigns to promote launches of certain games such as Fifa 16, PES2016, Mad Max and Lego Dimensions.

Producing creative designs through to artworking ready for print.

sg

Freelance Artworker
July-August 2015

Setting up and artworking items for print for companies such as National Grid, Aston Martin, Royal Mail, Berkeley Homes, Sainsburys and M&S.

s

Freelance Graphic Designer / Artworker
June 2015

Artworking advertising material and designing/creating digital assets.

G

Freelance Graphic Designer / Artworker
May-June 2015

Designing a range of advertising material and POS to promote offers and new release campaigns to promote launches of certain games.

Producing creative designs through to artworking ready for print.

Working on promotional elements for the launch of Batman Arkham Knight and Lego Jurassic World video games.

dh

Graphic Designer
May 2005 – March 2015

After university I entered into the design industry with Design Hive, where I spend almost 10 years from 2005-2015.

A creative agency that taught me all aspects of design. From the initial brief all the way to the final design and production. Being taught more about typography, layout, concept thinking, presenting, business, software and project management skills.

A agency who took pride and great attention to detail in our work, I was always taught how to artwork designs the correct way, clean and tidy with attention to detail and setting all artwork up for a smooth transition for print. In my time I learnt a great deal, enhancing my previous knowledge taking me a to a professional level with in-depth knowledge of design and the software. Moving from a junior into a senior level designer, within my time there.

I always used the latest computer software to produce a variety of design work from initial concepts through to it’s final production, gaining ten years solid experience in areas such as packaging design and artworking, brochure, brand identity, posters, leaflets, advertising materials, POS and exhibitions.

Below is a range of tasks and experience within my role.

Producing a large array of creative print for a variety of clients from within the gardening, dentistry, lifestyle, medical, retail and charity sectors.

Working with one of the biggest brands in the gardening sector, UK and international work.

Meeting with and developing professional relationships with clients to discuss job objectives and requirements and continue liaisons to ensure initial concepts and ideas are developed to the full.

Taking responsibility of my own projects from start to finish, alongside producing projects as a team.

Creating designs, artwork and promotional materials for shows such as Chelsea Flower Show and Glee exhibitions and several other gardening campaigns.

Rebranding packaging campaigns for major clients including Miracle-Gro, EverGreen and a variety of Scotts brands and products.

Liaising and creating good relationships with suppliers and printers.

Surrey

BA Graphical Communication 3D Branding and Packaging
2001-2004

After my two years at college I attended The University of Surrey Institute of Art and Design – Farnham from 2001-2004, having accumulated enough grade points to go straight onto the degree course.

I studied what the original course was called packaging design (later changed to Graphical Communication 3D Branding and Packaging) for three years. Achieving a high 2:1 degree.

In my time the course was split up into various 6 weeks projects, achieving A grades in most. This consisted of taking a brief from concept to completion. Starting with research, then the brand name and design of the identity, the structure design of the product, the graphics cutter guide to go on the structure, the graphics and design to go onto that, produce the final product in the workshop, create POS and advertising material to support the product. A presentation was then created and presented to piers and teachers to promote and explain the new product and design.

Each project was for a range of different consumer and target audience. For children, teenagers, middle age and the older generation as well as different sectors, such as health and beauty, food, drinks, services, fitness, FMCG, washing products – so a good variety of projects and experiences.

I produced work for competitions such as YCN, D&AD and live projects, which I received an award for a Milk product that I designed from YCN and an award for a children’s healthy take away range.

A good three years gaining a great deal of experience in all elements of the design process, being fully creative, developing scamp and computer skills as well as presentation skills, which put me in good frame and position for the future.

Sixth Form

A Levels – Graphic Design, Graphical Communication, Geography and General Studies
1999-2001

After Art at school, I proceeded with my design career by attending Farnborough Sixth Form College from 1999-2001, Studying A-Levels in Graphic Design, Graphical Communication, Geography and General Studies.

This provided me with a range of stills from technical drawings, CAD, Architecture, Frameworks and overall technical design. Graphic design knowledge of all aspects of design, from packaging to brochures and advertising material, Typography, layout and computer skills along with presentation techniques. Achieving high B grades in my design work.