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Key Skills:
• Layout and typography for print, screen and web reproduction
• Artwork production including illustration, photo manipulation and picture research
• Thorough understanding of typefaces and fonts
• Pre-press production including automated colour management systems, PDF production, pre-flighting and soft proofing
• Experience in production schedule management
• Barcode production from scratch for print publications from ISSN or EAN
• Proficient in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, MacBarcoder4, QuarkXpress
• Product photography and studio work using Broncolor lighting system
• Comfortable working in either OSX or Windows7
• Creation of production workflow from print-ready files to app (mobile) files
• Creation of in-house training materials
• Liaising with editorial, production management, sales and reprographics teams
• Liaising with external translation companies for foreign language titles
• Working with overseas distribution offices
• Building of PCs from scratch, including installing hardware, software and operating systems
• Knowledge of press production, including Pantone colours, spot UV and press passes
• Proficient in Content Management Systems (CMS) and Project Management software (Quark Publishing System)
• Basic understanding of html
• Organisation of work files across machines and servers, including making back-ups
• Preparing and packaging files for overseas licensing
• Design and production of magazine supplements, inserts, bag artwork, in-house design (subs forms, etc.) belly bands and show graphics
• Calm disposition and good at tackling multiple tasks in a highly-pressured environment

Employment History:
Graphic Designer, Aceville Publications Limited, April 2016 – present
In my role as Graphic Designer, I work within a loose, flexible team across multiple titles. My duties include, but are not limited to:
• Creation of page layout and typography while ensuring both are on-brand with the relevant titles
• Cover design
• Data backup
• Pre-press production: PDF production, pre-flighting and soft proofing

Art Editor, Haversham Publications Limited, May 2006 - April 2016
In my role as Art Editor, I designed and produced six magazines in total. The last two I was responsible for were among the UK’s biggest hair and beauty titles – Hair and Blackhair. Previous titles I have also worked on in the company are: Hairstyles Only (Europe’s #1 selling hair title); Hair Now; Perfect Hair and Nails and Tattoos Only. My duties included, but were not limited to:
• Creation of page layout and typography while ensuring both are on-brand with the relevant titles
• Processing of advertising artwork
• Product photography
• Cover design
• Barcode production
• Production schedule management (liaison with editorial teams, etc)
• Data backup
• Pre-press production: PDF production, pre-flighting and soft proofing

Graphic Designer, Haversham Publications Limited, March 2002 – May 2006
In my role as Graphic Designer, I reported to an Art Editor and worked on various assignments for Blackhair, Good Health, For The Bride, Bliss For Brides, Hairflair and Beauty and Low Carb Energy magazines. I was responsible for page layout and typography, product photography, retouching and photoshop work, illustration and communication with the relevant editorial teams.

Designer, Red House Design, June 2000 – July 2000
I undertook a one-month work placement based in Mortlake. I designed and produced a variety of different projects including an annual internal report for a local hospital, an in-house CMS, logos and business cards, letterheads, a proposal for an in-house video presentation, a rebranding proposal for a clothing retailer and getting quotes from printers.

BA(Hons) Graphic Design
Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth, October 1998 – June 2001.

BTEC Foundation Studies: Art and Design
Braintree College, Braintree, September 1997 – June 1998.

A-Levels: Art and Design; Design and Technology
The Sandon School, Chelmsford, Essex, 1995 – 1997.

9 GCSEs grades A-C
The Sandon School, Chelmsford, Essex, 1990-1995.

Bringing Hair magazine in-house: I had to organise a work flow and bring together from an external designer all of the resources necessary for the production of the magazine into Haversham Publications. I had to meticulously rationalise all layouts from previous issues of Hair in order to make its production work at a fundamental level.

I was responsible for and successful in bringing Hair Now and Perfect Hair and Nails in-house into Haversham Publications, with only a copy of each issue and the correct fonts for the magazines’ logotypes as guides.

When I was responsible for Blackhair, Hairstyles Only, Hair Now and Perfect Hair and Nails, I estimated that I was designing and producing over 3,900 pages per year.

I handled all of the design and artwork for the inaugural issue of Tattoos Only.

I was a member of an electro-indie rock band for 16 years. I play keyboards, piano, write lyrics, music and sing vocals. I also engineered, mixed and produced our recordings and produced all necessary artwork and design for the band. Our music has been played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Essex and is still available on iTunes and Spotify, among other services.

I’ve proven myself a trustworthy employee as demonstrated through my ownership of one of the three main keys to the main building at Haversham Publications.

In 2007 the then publisher at Haversham Publications gave me positive acclaim in my ability to implement both the creative and technical aspects of graphic design.