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
Designing repeat patterns for retail of fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap via spoonflower.com. Entering weekly contests, often placing well through public vote.

1999-current: Designer & Production Controller, Hymns Ancient & Modern
Creating 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.

In a creative department of 3, 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
Overseeing production of several periodicals on varying time scales, including page layout, typesetting, image manipulation, digital and film print preparation, liaising with printers and supervising 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: 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
Adobe CC: Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator; Quark XPress; MS Office; HTML and digital upload; Touch-typing ~70wpm with excellent accuracy; confident user of Mac OS, iOS, PCs, networked drives, printers, scanners, content management systems, numerous email systems and web browsers, cloud storage systems.