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Andrew Rees

Freelance Graphic Designer & Art Director

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Art Director - Creative Director

About me

Along with a background in illustration, I have a wide range of design skills for both screen and print. Having over a decade of experience in national newspapers has taught me a lot about print & typography, from traditional basics through to modern reproduction. Although primarily a designer & illustrator, I also have a great deal of experience in troubleshooting and production knowledge. I am a responsible team member and enjoy working with others on large, shared campaigns, but am equally happy to take on a project and see it through to completion alone. I have management experience in my current role, with responsibility for overseeing artwork, arranging and undertaking PDRs and client meetings. As a Lead Designer I have developed several specialisms, including the conceptual work and design/coding of Flash advertising. I also have a great deal of Apple Keynote knowledge, putting together both high-level corporate presentations and impactful client-facing sales presentations. I'm used to working as part of a large team, and love being part of a big project. Equally though, I find it satisfying knocking a few small jobs out of the park as quickly as possible. I'm relied upon for helping out with quick ways to do things and sorting out Mac problems. As an Art Director, I enjoy overseeing projects, getting them to print and receiving great client feedback. I find heading up a team of designers really satisfying and thrive and giving them encouragement and developing their skills. Outside of work, I enjoy sailing, film, art galleries, and all the usual stuff designers should take an interest in. I can also make tea like a champ.

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Skills

  • Adobe CC
  • Art Direction
  • 1. Branding Identity
  • Flash Animation and AS3
  • Apple Keynote

Work history

2016

Creative Art Director

Metro Newspaper

Mar 2015 - Sep 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Overseeing all creative output from Story, Metro's in-house creative commercial- content team. Responsible for heading up a team of two content/features writers and four designers, producing branded content, advertorials and promotion pieces for major advertisers in-paper. Working with the Creative Partnerships team to produce pitches to sell Metro's creative possibilities. Creating and overseeing Metro’s marketing materials.

2015

Creative Manager

Mail Newspapers

Oct 2014 - Mar 2015
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Responsibility for the project management of all creative delivery to ensure it is aligned with the commercial and strategic objectives of the Mail Newspapers Marketing Department, plus creative concepts and execution, budget handling and staff management.

2015

Lead Graphic Designer

Mail Newspapers

May 2014 - Sep 2015
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Responsibilities include artwork creation, concept work, project management and a wide range of design requirements servicing Mail Newspapers.

2014

Lead Graphic Designer

Create Agency

Jan 2011 - May 2014
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Create was the in-house creative agency for dmg media, home to Mail Newspapers, Metro, MailOnline, Wowcher, Jobsite, and may other leading publications and services. As part of a 20 strong team of designers, copywriters, moving-image specialists and project managers we were responsible for the creation of a wide variety of campaigns and marketing material.

2011

Senior Designer

A&N Creative

May 2006 - Dec 2011
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Senior Designer, in-house creative agency. Responsibilities include artwork creation, concept work, pitching to clients and campaign delivery including direction and sign-off.

2006

Graphic Designer

Group Design

Jul 1998 - Apr 2006
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Senior Designer, Creative Services in-house design department. Responsible for visualising & creation of artwork from concept stage to production.

Education

1997

BA(Hons) Graphic Design Illustration 2:1 Upper Second Class

Middlesex University

Sep 1994 - Jun 1997
  • London, UK
  • Graphic Design, Scientific & Technical Illustration