I am a committed hardworking professional, who is self motivated, creative with a good eye for detail. I have experience and skills in a broad range of graphic and computer aided design software in the areas of digital web design and search engine optimisation (SEO).
I have excellent team working skills and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team. I contribute positively to group projects and client/team meetings. I appreciate and understand the value and importance of good designer – client relations.
April 2014/Ongoing: Front-end Web designer
Employed at Freemans in Bradford.
Responsible for building pages for and maintaining the brand www.kaleidoscope.co.uk
September 2013/February 2014: Contract Front End Web Developer
Employed at GNG Group in Wakefield.
Responsible for building and maintaining mobile sites for their two main brands; www.memoryfoamwarehouse.co.uk, www.komfi.com and also looking after any improvements that could be made to their desktop sites. The majority of their sites are built using the eCommerce platform Magento, but some of their sites are built in WordPress; www.zensleep.co.uk and www.safety-pads.co.uk. As part of a small but busy marketing department at GNG I worked closely with the other team members and the skills I gained whilst working there are; Magento frontend design/Development, Responsive design, mobile site design, CSS 2/3, HTML 4/5 and Hand Coding.
March 2012/August 2013: Contract Web Designer
Employed at JD Williams Head Office in Manchester.
Responsible for interpreting design briefs and transforming the business requirements into design concepts in order to create visually appealing online designs for online shopping sites, using HTML/CSS/JQuery. Once the designs are developed I am responsible for extracting the relevant code to add to their CMS. As part of a large team of designers, I am responsible for working with buyers and marketing staff to develop their marketing and business requirements. The majority of the work involves creating web pages for JD Williams’ multiple brands and products on their shopping sites and ensuring the designs are regularly updated. In addition, I design and build email templates. www.jdwilliams.co.uk
January 2011/February 2012: Graphic Design Manager
Worked for Multibrands International in Bradford.
Designed brand websites, catalogue adverts, e-flyers, posters and brochures. Managed a team of designers, ensuring they delivered project briefs on time and to the required specification. Worked regularly with the sales team to produce effective designs and graphics for sales promotions. Managed about 14 multibranded websites, including hosting and domain names. Responsible for sourcing and negotiating prices with printers and dealing with quality control of printed material.
October 2009/December 2010: Website Designer/Graphic Designer/Printer
Worked for Leading Edge Creative in Cleckheaton.
Responsible for designing and building websites, the design and print of vehicle graphics, business cards, leaflets and stationary. This role gave me the freedom to learn new technologies in website design using jQuery and printing stationary, business cards, letterheads and brochures using Adobe Illustrator. I gained further experience and skills using HTML/CSS.
April 2008/September 2009: Website Designer
Worked for The Telegraph & Argus newspaper in Bradford.
Designed, created and ensured search engine optimisation for websites for local businesses. Responsible for all the digital banners/sky scrapers/mpu’s. An example cms website I designed and built is: www.waltercbrigg.co.uk Developed skills in Photoshop, Dreamweaver Flash and HTML programming. By designing business to business websites I gained knowledge and an understanding of the needs of SMEs.
Sept 2004/August 2006: Website and Print Developer
Worked for B2creative in Huddersfield
Developed quality commercial websites and print design from concept to print for B2creative, a small design and print business. A selection of my work can be seen below:
Designed a new logo and developed a website through to vehicle designs for a New York contracting company. Designed a logo and a full coloured brochure and developed a website using Adobe Flash for two luxury property developments in Cyprus www.pinevalleycyprus.com, www.goldencovecyprus.com.
Started my own freelance business specialising in the design and development of commercial websites (www.b2bstudio.co.uk). In addition, designing corporate stationary for small to medium sized businesses.
2000-2004: University of Huddersfield
• 2004: BA (Hons) in Creative Imaging (Advertising)
• 2002: Diploma of Higher Education in Multimedia Design
1997-2000: Northallerton College
• Advanced GNVQ in Art & Design at Distinction Level
• Intermediate GNVQ in Art & Design at Distinction Level
• 8 GCSE’s (including Math’s and English)