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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
Design and art direction of an Italian jewelry brand website. Also design of architectural brochures for print.
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.
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.
Photography and creation of LP and EP artwork (including inlay / iTunes artwork, online and promotional print material) for Warner Music Japan.
Creation of original print material, logo design and online banner advertising.
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.
Responsible for the art direction and redesign of all graphical elements of Trust Magazine for Baillie Gifford client.
Idea generation and design of lastminute.com print and online advertising strategy.
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.
Solely responsible for the conception, design direction, creation of identity and style sheets for proposed luxury mens magazine.
Responsible for creation of design direction and feature sections for successfully pitched weekly women’s magazine as launched in 2006.
Working on design direction of successfully pitched women’s magazine for launch in 2006.
Design of magazine pages for MDA award winning magazine.
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.
Design of magazine templates and pages of MDA award winning magazine.
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.
Design of magazine pages, photography, image manipulation and preparation of pages for pre-press.
Graphic design, art direction, screen printing, letterpress, website design, sculpture, 3d type.
STUDIO AND LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY
Fashion design and pattern cutting.
Recently awarded for photography, design and art direction of the Westbrook Frames e-commerce website (Communicator Awards for Visual Appeal 2015).
Accredited by Canon for my documentary fashion photography work as submitted into a competition in 2011.
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.