Darrell Chandler

Graphic Designer

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I’m a graphic designer and art director with creative industry experience of over 16 years. Professionally I am skilled and able to work creatively in the online digital environment, in print, photography and film with advanced visual and typographical awareness. Creative process is exercised in consideration of a client sensitive commercial agenda. Initially working as graphic designer on a select of notable style and street culture magazines I progressed to working as art director on ‘special projects’ in creation of new print product launches. I then chose to diversify and further advance my career, utilizing my skillset, extending into the advertising agency environment. A wealth of experience of working hands on building brands, working individually and as part of a team, handling projects from conception though to completion. Awarded and recognized for creative contribution in design and art direction of the following products; Jack Magazine (MDA Award for Design), Grazia Magazine (MDA Award for Design), The Observer (Newspaper Production Award & SPD Award for Design), TLQ Digital Magazine (DMA Award for Best News & Business Magazine) and more recently the Westbrook Frames e-commerce website (Communicator Awards for Visual Appeal). An experienced conceptual thinker I have spent several years working in creative partnership with numerous talented copywriters in generation of ad campaigns. Awarded the title of Key Creative (plus $5000) by the Open Ad Creative Agency in 2004 for the successful pitching of an award winning campaign idea for Easyjet budget airlines as judged by internationally renowned advertising executives and creatives. LinkedIn profile link: www.linkedin.com/in/darrellchandler

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Design
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Photography
  • Digital Design
  • Conceptual and Creative Thinking
  • Digital Online Design

Work history

Currently

Freelance Art Director

Ad Agencies Include Harmon Group VMG Creative

Feb 2015
  • Design and art direction of an Italian jewelry brand website. Also design of architectural brochures for print.

2015

Art Director

DMA United

Nov 2013 - Jan 2015
  • Creation of visual art for BBC Earth and Drama ad campaigns. Design and art direction of website, print and online banner ads for Zappos Couture. Photography, design and art direction of award winning Westbrook Frames e-commerce parallax website build. Also design and brand development for numerous clients including NBA, CFDA and Meet.com.

2013

Graphic Designer

Smack Creative Digital Agency

Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
  • Design of feature pages (including creation of photographic compositions and typographical animations) for DMA award winning iPad platform magazine. Also web page and logo design for key clients.

2012

Photography & Art Direction

Tomato

Jun 2011 - Nov 2012
  • Photography and creation of LP and EP artwork (including inlay / iTunes artwork, online and promotional print material) for Warner Music Japan.

2012

Designer & Art Director

D237 Creative Agency

Aug 2012 - Nov 2012
  • Creation of original print material, logo design and online banner advertising.

2012

Contract Designer

The Observer The Guardian

Aug 2004 - Sep 2012
  • Design and colour proofing of newspaper and magazine pages including features and covers. Also responsible for resizing and redesign of templates and pages to Berliner print size. Responsibilities carried across a number of products including The Observer Newspaper, Review and product magazines (OM, Food, Music Magazine), The Guardian Weekly and The Guide.

2011

Freelance Art Director

Tangible

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
  • Responsible for the art direction and redesign of all graphical elements of Trust Magazine for Baillie Gifford client.

2008

Freelance Designer

SPF15

Aug 2008 - Sep 2008
  • Idea generation and design of lastminute.com print and online advertising strategy.

2008

Freelance Designer

The Guardian Creative Department

Apr 2008 - Jul 2008
  • Design and art direction of magazines and supplements for The Guardian including creation of templates, design and proofing of pages and covers. Also responsible for picture editing, commissioning of photography and illustration.

2007

Freelance Art Director

The Sunday Times

Feb 2007 - Feb 2007
  • Solely responsible for the conception, design direction, creation of identity and style sheets for proposed luxury mens magazine.

2005

Freelance Designer

EMAP Publishing

Sep 2005 - Nov 2005
  • Responsible for creation of design direction and feature sections for successfully pitched weekly women’s magazine as launched in 2006.

2005

Freelance Designer

News International

Sep 2005 - Nov 2005
  • Working on design direction of successfully pitched women’s magazine for launch in 2006.

2005

Freelance Designer

Grazia Magazine

May 2005 - Oct 2005
  • Design of magazine pages for MDA award winning magazine.

2004

Art Director

IFG Publishing Bizarre Magazine

Aug 2000 - Mar 2004
  • As art director I coordinated the design department, managing workflow, hiring designers, illustrators and photographers as required. Responsible for monthly design of covers and feature pages I also managed the periodic redesign of the magazine. Further to this duties also included idea generation, planning and art direction of cover shoots. Also colour proofing of pages, resolution of pre-press issues, overseeing the print process and press passing the covers.

2003

Freelance Designer

IFG Publishing Jack Magazine

Jun 2003 - Aug 2003
  • Design of magazine templates and pages of MDA award winning magazine.

1999

Designer & Art Director

Touch Magazine

Aug 1997 - Sep 1999
  • Responsible for successful design and redesign of the magazine. Duties include the design of all pages, creation of new fonts, hiring of illustrators and photographers and arranging / art directing photographic cover shoots.

1997

Junior Designer

Trace Magazine

Mar 1997 - Sep 1997
  • Design of magazine pages, photography, image manipulation and preparation of pages for pre-press.

Education

2010

Masters in Visual Arts

Camberwell College of Arts

Aug 2009 - Jun 2010
  • Graphic design, art direction, screen printing, letterpress, website design, sculpture, 3d type.

2007

Studio AND Location Photography

London College of Communication

Aug 2006 - May 2007
  • STUDIO AND LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY

1995

Graphic Design

Central Saint Martins

Sep 1993 - May 1995
  • Graphic Design

1993

B-tec HND Fashion Design Technology

London College of Fashion

Sep 1991 - May 1993
  • Fashion design and pattern cutting.

Awards

2015

Communicator Award for Visual Appeal

  • Recently awarded for photography, design and art direction of the Westbrook Frames e-commerce website (Communicator Awards for Visual Appeal 2015).

2011

Canon Accredited Photographer

  • Accredited by Canon for my documentary fashion photography work as submitted into a competition in 2011.

2004

Open Ad Creative Agency 'Key Creative'

  • Awarded the title of Key Creative (plus $5000) by the Open Ad Creative Agency in 2004 for the successful pitching of an award winning campaign idea for Easyjet budget airlines as judged by internationally renowned advertising executives and creatives.