A CHAP WHO DESIGNS STUFF
I’ve been a graphic designer for over twenty five years, falling head first into corporate design in 1991. During my career I’ve worked in publishing, computer graphics, security printing, reprographics, graphic design and web design.
I used my first Apple Mac in 1984 (really) and went on to work for Centaur Communications in the latter half of my design studies – 1986 to 1990. Okay so I should have been at college during this time, but Centaur paid me £150.00 per day to work there and I left design school debt free. Not many students could produce professional artwork on computers at that time; I could and got a freelance job off the back of it.
After leaving design school, 3 years were spent working 14 hours a day (on average) in London for a corporate design studio. The studio, sadly no longer in existence boasted an enviable client list: Rolls-Royce, BOC, Panasonic, Lloyds Register, Alcatel and so on. My teeth were well and truly cut here using the latest Apple Macs and designing to the highest standards.
Then I spent the next 5 years working for a security printing company, The House of Questa. Primarily, they designed and printed philatelic media – postage stamps and related collectibles. I designed and produced lot’s of postage stamps but my other role was in security reprographics R&D. I was tasked with creating new technologies that could be patented for use in security printing. Very unusual and very interesting.
And now I’m a design consultant and web designer based in Devon (a grand title for a chap who designs stuff). I took the plunge in 1999 and built my first website in 2001 – back then it was mostly print work, branding and advertising. Now it’s virtually all web and internet work, however, other media is still alive and kicking. I cover geographic areas like Plymouth, Exeter, Barnstaple and Torquay and work much further afield outside the west country in London and the Midlands.
WHAT I DO…
I design all sorts of ‘stuff’. Not just on paper or a computer screen but also movie quality props and a bit of electronics work. The last 8 years have mainly been spent building websites, specifically online shops, ecommerce websites and content management systems (websites you can publish content into yourself).
Here are my main disciplines:
- Websites: design / development / strategy / planning
- SEO: search engine optimisation / web marketing
- E-commerce: shopping carts / online shops / integrated shopping systems / payment gateways
- CMS: content management systems (CMS) / WordPress
- Flash: animation / interactive content / presentation
- Corporate Design: identities / logos / brochures / literature / manuals
- Advertising: trade / retail / consumer
- Exhibition: design / planning / installation
- Photography: digital / art direction
- Artwork: digital / publishing / planning / retouching / comping / illustration / typesetting
- Copywriting: advertising / technical / general
I’m a straight forward and direct chap. I don’t say I can do it when I can’t – however, my experience means I can usually adapt to most kinds of projects. Technically, if it’s not in my skills range then I’ll work with a fellow professional to achieve a solution. I work in the real world and know what will and won’t work, especially within your budget.
The Transparent Marquee Company
The European Movement
Squirrel Design Associates
The Joshi Clinic
Dan Pyne, Artist & Designer
Boiler Services South West
Drax Dearman Associates
Angel Fish Soho
Ford New Holland
Philip Morris International
American Chamber of Commerce