I have worked as a designer and teacher for 20 years. Initially, trained as a fashion designer, I worked in the clothing business designing graphic and surface print designs for garments. Later I gained experience in the digital media industry, producing and designing websites. I have a wide range of experience in the creative industries most recently designing promotional material for Jim Jones and the Righteous Minds. I have also produced design work for the Stow Festival and Kensington & Chelsea College. In 2003 I trained as a teacher and was Course Director for the BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design at Kensington and Chelsea College for 16 years and I also teach Visual Communication pathways on Foundation Art & Design and all Adobe Graphics software. In 2018 I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication at UAL/LCC and I am looking for exciting projects that I will utilise my skills - especially in the fields of music design and print. Please check out my work.
- Bread or Fresh AirWork exhibited at Croydon Art Space December 2021-March 2022. The work addresses the cognitive dissonance experienced through imposed restraints and explores where comfort and hope are found in troubled times. https://www.croydonartspace.com/ https://www.gillifdesign.com/exhibition
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London, United KingdomFreelance
I have a wide range of experience in the creative industries. Recent projects include publicity material for the Stow Festival and Kensington & Chelsea College. I also help run the ‘Pop Up’ Art School at Vintage Festival.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Indesign
- Layout Design
- Poster Design
- Branding Design
- Leaflet Design
- Logo Design
- Fashion Print
Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual CommunicationUAL LCC
- London, United Kingdom
The Post Grad course allowed me to consolidate both my teaching and design practice and inspired me to produce work that whilst within the framework of a project allowed me to produce experimental and personal response to a design problem. We were asked to design an A3 publication combining text and image with the Theme of ‘City Structures’. As music is a passion of mine I decided to create a ‘song book’. I chose 16 songs that had a connection socially, structurally or materially to buildings. Whilst researching illustrators I found the work of Miles Donovan who creates stencil style digital collages. This inspired me to create a series of collages that I could use across the publication. This method allowed me to play with cropping and scale to create dramatic contrasts between the lyrics and the images. I used design based on the Barbican Art Gallery tiles to form the 8 x 5 grid I used for the layout which is revealed on the introduction and credits pages. In the final designs the text sits in a quiet, minimal way against the brash, oversized textured images. The design reflects the nature of the lyrics that are often overwhelmed by city living. For my professional context project I wanted to explore branding design, it is an area that I am familiar with however I wanted to take the opportunity to contextualise my designing and produce an entire brand redesign. My project aimed to create a new identity for ‘The Stow Festival’. I have worked with the festival since 2013 but I inherited the current logo, which now feels dated, so this was a good opportunity to consider a new visual identity to take them forward to the next phase. I felt it was important to retain the yellow colour that had been associated with the festival as it is a strong identifier but to also integrate other colours that could represent different stages or music. I was initially inspired by Landors redesign of Melbourne’s city logo and the More 4 Logo by 4create and Man vs. Machine. Both these designs have a modular grid system that give flexibility and integrate colour in a diverse manner allowing for a variety of solutions whilst keeping the brand identity coherent. To present the designs I decided to produce a poster that would show the new design in context and a brand guideline book that would give an overview of the design and how it would function in a range of situations.
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