Below I have tried to quantify my skill level on each piece of software I currently use. some I have used for years and consider my self at an expert level. These are still not at 100% as there are always new things to learn. Some I don’t get as much time to explore so consider myself at a beginner level.
I have then looked at my personal professional skill set and again illustrated a measure of my competence. All these skills in software and personal development I am constantly improving on as I acquire new interests in software and expose myself to new challenges.
My graphic design background is from both agency and publishing. I have worked on a huge variation of project medium a snap shot of the list is as follows:
Corporate identity and stationary. Magazine design and creation. Magazine advertising. Packaging design and engineering. Garment branding. Event design and graphics, which can include anything from large format graphics to non rip luggage tags to note pads to direction signs etc. Exhibition design and graphics. Vehicle livery including paint, decals and wraps.
Working for a design and events agency means pretty much any request is dealt with, and when you work for a small agency with big clients those requests are dealt with yourself directly with the client.
Through out my career I have had the responsibility of leading the creative in a team. I find this process hugely rewarding. Unlike the role of an Art Director where you project your own ideas on to others to carry out, the lead designer’s role, as the title suggests is to steer a design team. The process starting with brain storming a brief, then as the ideas flow, critiquing and managing what is appropriate and achievable. Enthusing your team so you produce an end product you and your client is proud of.
A large part of my recent role is that of a Studio Manager. Responsible for a permanent team of two CAD designers, two web developers and four graphic designers. Distributing and managing the workload from 6 account managers with the help of the online management tool Trello. I would be responsible for all scheduling of work to meet deadlines, working closely with account managers and designers to make sure both side where happy with progression, quality and budget. I would employ the use of freelancers dependent on workflow and the use of specialist talent like illustrators and photographers when the need arose.
I have worked on many web design projects over the past ten years. I started out trying my hand at html but now concentrate on look and style working closely with a web developer. My most recent web projects have been through WordPress, which this site has been created in. These projects have mostly been brochure sites and shopping websites. I find anything more complicated should be built with a web developer.
My presentation experience isn’t extensive but have worked on some great projects. I have worked for the most part with Powerpoint but have worked in Keynote also. As I am from a graphic design background and not just a presentation designer my presentation design and animation skills are always met with delight by my clients.
My experience in event management has always been onsite support. Working for an event company as a designer does mean that on occasion you are taken out of your comfort zone. My role was firstly to make sure our kit arrived and installed without a hitch then to support the client in their event.