I’m a professional designer and like everything and anything creative. With over 20 years experience within various aspects of design. I’ve always displayed a natural talent for illustration in some form or another which did ignite my passion for sketching, painting, computer aided design and desktop publishing.
At University I trained as an industrial designer. Even though I’m not currently paid in this area of work, this experience gave me a unique insight into the world of design and allowed me to apply these learnt skills to all sorts of design projects and applications using an industrial design flare for problem solving, user experience and of course making things look beautiful. In addition to this I have a master of science (MSc) in multimedia design. This practical hands on course let me take all my skills and apply them to a modern digital platform. This area of design is continually evolving and is primarily driven by technology. I stay abreast of these advances and follow changes in practice and apply them to my work flow where possible. Natural progression in my career has led me to look at management. I recently completed a management degree at Durham University. These skills have given me an understanding of the workings of business and a comprehensive look at the theoretical inner workings of people management and also project management.
Being a designer is a highly competitive industry, as a prerequisite those involved in this industry need to be committed to life long learning, adapting and improvising. I have had a number of roles over the years the most recent at Amec Foster Wheeler (www.amecfw.com). I am employed as a graphic designer and report directly to the head of communications for Europe, Middle East and Asia. I enjoy this role a great deal. It has given me a wholesale experience in working on a large brand and a successful brand (our company made the 2016 super-brand shortlist in 2016). No day is the same and I am frequently working on different aspects of the business using different mediums. Even though I am bound to the brand guidelines I am always successfully seeking to create fresh saleable work for my clients to our stakeholders.
When starting at AMEC my role covered Tees Valley Centre and business projects located at seal sands. Since the merger between AMEC and Foster Wheeler to the new company Amec Foster Wheeler I have now found myself covering a global arena including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Americas. I have repeat customers from plc the owner of the Amec Foster Wheeler brand and find myself doing a wide range of graphic related work from high level global brochure sets, to different types of marketing collateral covering not just the Amec Foster Wheeler brand but also Amec Foster Wheeler subsidiary companies with their own brand guidelines RHi, qedi, SES and Ingen. In addition to this I also have to work closely with our partners on their marketing materials my time paid for by BP, Shell, Exxon, Preem, Black Cats and SABIC to name a few. Print related work either goes to the in-house print rooms in Reading or Aberdeen or various print bureau’s across the country. I always look for quality and cost effectiveness.
I am able to use Adobe Creative Suite (CS) to an expert commercial standard including:
- After Effects
- Animate (formally Flash)
- Acrobat DC
- Also Captivate (eLearning)
I can also use Microsoft Office including:
Regarding web design, I haven’t done much in my recent role however my last roles throughout my career in chronological order involved web design:
- Alphagraphics (Business Catalyst, Edge and web to print using 451)
- DISC (Dreamweaver, Muse, Visual Studio (MVC)
- Sapphire Technologies (Dreamweaver, Flash and Coldfusion)
- Kirton Playworks (Dreamweaver)
All these companies utilised my web skills which was the crux of my multimedia applications post graduate masters degree. I’m competent and able to implement corporate websites from concept, beta versions and testing user experience through to making them live. I am also fully able to use content management systems and make changes to that content whether it be video, animations, images, copy or CSS/HTML tweaks. I hope that this website will testify to that.
In addition to design roles my senior marketing officer role at DISC provided me with a greater insight in marketing and design. Here I was responsible for PPC, advertising, analytics, SEO and of course web design. My other responsibilities included leading DISC’s marketing department operationally through job allocations and planning meetings. I had full autonomy over implementing DISC’s online strategy including writing and executing our social media action plan (twitter: disc_services, facebook: DISCservices).