About (CV)

I am a Graphic Designer & Production Controller specialising in newspaper & magazine layouts; book covers; spot illustrations; and surface patterns.

2015-current: Surface Pattern Designer, Freelance
Design repeat patterns for retail of fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap via spoonflower.com. Enter weekly contests, and often place well through public vote.

1999-current: Designer & Production Controller, Hymns Ancient & Modern
Create print-ready layouts of a weekly newspaper, plus several periodicals including journals and magazines; cover design for books; print and web advertising; and marketing collateral.

Working in a department of 3-4, I work closely with editorial, advertising, marketing, and book-publishing teams. Also routinely liaise with external IT development/support, freelance contributors, and printers.

1998 – 1999: Pre-Press Operative, The London Pre-Press Centre
Oversaw production of several periodicals on varying time scales, including page layout, typesetting, image manipulation, digital and film print preparation, liaised with printers and oversaw junior staff.

1997 – 1998: Advertisement Salesperson, The Methodist Newspaper Company Ltd
Selling advertisement space and setting copy, page layout, liaising with pre-press, and handling accounts.

1996 – 1997: Library Assistant, Finsbury Library
Public-facing, information point, issuing items, telephone enquiries, shelf stocking, children’s homework club and story time, IT support to public.

1992 – ongoing: Freelance Illustrator/Designer
Alongside the jobs listed, I have also regularly produced work independently and on commission (including handmade greetings cards, magazine illustrations, logo designs, promotional print products, and signage). You can see details on these web pages.

Education and Qualifications
1991 – 1994:
BA(Hons) Graphic Design, Liverpool John Moores University

1990 – 1991:
Art Foundation, Sir John Cass School of Art

1987 – 1989:
A Level Printmaking, London College of Printing
A Level English, City & Islington College
A Level Art, City & Islington College

1982 – 1987:
7 O Levels including Maths & English, Islington Green School

Key Technical Skills
CS6: Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator; Quark XPress; MS Office; HTML and web upload; Touch-typing ~70wpm with excellent accuracy; confident user of PCs, Mac (laptop and desktop), Android, networked drives, printers, scanners, digital cameras, numerous email systems and web browsers, cloud storage systems.