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James Darton

Copywriter, Content and Brand Strategist, Journalist

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCopywriter - Content Strategist - Journalist

Projects

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About me

I work with companies from start-up to blue-chip on crafting a digital presence that truly resonates. I write and speak about culture and the wider world for some of the world’s most influential publications and platforms. My editorial writing lends conviction to my client work. My client work lends expertise to my editorial writing. Companies Adidas // Aitor Throup // ASOS // Being Hunted // Blyszak // BMW Mini // Children 1st // Diesel // Dita // Floom // Foxall Studio // FvF // Gore-Tex // Hostem // Investis // Knomi // Leisure Center // LN-CC //Maison Margiela // Microsoft // Mixcloud // Mr Porter // Nike // Oyuna // Rolls-Royce // Semaine // Siemens // Symrise // The Builders Club Publications Der Tagesspiegel // Freunde von Freunden // i-D // Mr Porter Daily // Protein // Thump // Vice

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Skills

  • Fashion
  • Marketing PR
  • Presenting
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Web Content
  • Online Campaigns
  • Communications
  • Creative Thinking
  • E-commerce
  • Ideas Development
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Copy Writing and Editing
  • Brand Creative Strategy
  • Journalism
  • Arts Journalism
  • Moderation
  • Conferences
  • Event Hosting
  • Branding
  • Interviewing
  • Video Scriptwriting

Work history

Currently

Senior Copywriter

MAKE Beauty

Apr 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • It's a pleasure to work with the New York-based beauty and skincare company, MAKE Beauty - not least because 10% of all their revenues go to female-led cooperatives. I help them out with all sorts of written comms, from (re-)branding exercises such as new taglines to marketing campaign copy.

Currently

Feature Writer

MR PORTER

Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • MR PORTER were nice enough to give me a new monthly column to talk about various pieces of culture I'm interested in, tied together around a particular topical theme of my choosing. The first edition went live the week of the presidential inauguration, inspired by the departing Obama and his belief (like forebears Lincoln and MLK) in America as a 'great unfinished project.'

Currently

Feature Writer

VICE

Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I write in a freelance capacity for Vice Media on subjects that range from the arts to current affairs.

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Feature Writer

Freunde von Freunden

Jul 2016
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Freelance
  • Freunde Von Freunden is an influential platform for long-form writing on culture as well as an agency working with a roster of international companies - I work for both sides of the business on written content, crafting features on everything from architecture to fashion for their editorial platform and clients such as BMW Mini and Siemens. In December 2016, I hosted their inaugural day-long 'creative conference' in Berlin, The Sooner Now. I spoke and moderated on a variety of topics around the central theme of 'the future of urban spaces.'

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Feature Writer

i-D

Jul 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Founded by Terry Jones in 1980, i-D is one of the world's most iconic and influential fashion/youth culture publications. I intermittently contribute expansive/in-depth features on a range of subjects that pique my interest, sitting alongside the incredible visual content they've been creating for almost four decades.

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Features Editor

Floom

Jan 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Floom is a beautifully curated and innovative online marketplace for florists, heavily backed to topple the homogeny of the current corporate flower-sellers ruling the roost. I worked with its inspiring founder from pre-launch to help craft the brand and tone of voice, before continuing to contribute a wide range of assets, from editorial content to newsletter campaigns.

2016

Senior Copywriter

Investis

Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I was called upon by the corporate marketing agency Investis to work on a relatively large-scale relaunch project for their client, Rolls-Royce. I worked predominantly with the Head Of Content and the Creative Director on crafting a new tone and company for Rolls-Royce.com, and my work spanned everything from landing page messaging to content pages to copy for digital campaigns across a range of platforms. The focus was primarily on helping the brand to speak to a new generation of 'digital heroes' - those bright young minds who may not necessarily see Rolls-Royce as pioneers within the digital arena.

2016

Senior Copywriter

ASOS

Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I was called upon by the corporate marketing agency Investis to work on a relatively large-scale relaunch project for their client, ASOS. I worked predominantly with the Head Of Content and the Creative Director on crafting a new tone and company for ASOSplc.com. The focus was primarily on finding ways to make a wealth of corporate-facing material stay relevant to its primary audience whilst also reflecting the more youthful energy of the customer-facing business.

2016

Narrative Copywriter

Microsoft

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I worked with the supremely talented guys at Builders Club on a commissioned film for Microsoft Research. I wrote the script, in the form of a voiceover narration.

2016

Brand Marketing Manager

Oyuna

Oct 2013 - Jan 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Originally hired in a consultancy capacity, I took on a full-time position in order to help this globally established luxury brand with their short and long-term aspirations. - Working directly with the Managing Director and Creative Director to identify and exploit new opportunities that would stay true to the core values of the brand whilst offering meaningful growth. During my time at the company, notable new accounts to begin stocking OYUNA have included Selfridges, Barneys, Liberty and many more. - Taking ownership of the e-commerce platform, content creation and communication through multiple channels, for B2B/B2C/press audiences. - Recruiting and managing a varied team of contractors to execute both creative and functional briefs: from graphic designers, photographers and models to freelance PR, printing presses, logistics companies and web developers. - Balancing the creative aspirations and multichannel requirements of the brand with the budget and resources available across a wide range of long and short term projects. Including: production of all printed/digital materials, improvement of oyuna.com UX (ongoing) and production of ‘events’ such as Paris Fashion Week presentation and London Design Festival exhibitions (included in Wallpaper*’s Top 20 of the entire festival, 2014).

2013

Senior Copywriter

Hostem

Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I worked with the founder and creative director of this pioneering fashion company to help launch their first ever womenswear offering. It was my job to distil their vision down to the written word, in a suitable format for PR communications.

2013

Senior Editor & Content Manager

LN-CC

Aug 2011 - Jun 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Starting as a product copywriter, within 3 months I was promoted to a senior role within the content team. As a key member of the founding team I worked directly with the partners in a period that saw staff grow from 15-60 persons, revenues increase approximately 10-fold and a host of international accolades including a Design of The Year nomination from the British Design Museum. - Responsible for planning and writing/editing all major written content/communications across various channels. - Overseeing all copy-related content on the site including the management of two in-house copywriters and a translation team of 5+ working in 5+ languages both in-house and remotely. - Involved in all aspects of the LN-CC brand development/evolution from buying to marketing to e-commerce.

Education

2011

Media and Modern Literature

Goldsmiths, University of London

Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
  • London, United Kingdom

Awards

2018

Bronze Award for 'Best Use of Digital'

Corporate Content Awards

  • Awarded for the 'Robot Racing' campaign that Rolls-Royce ran in 2017 . I helped shaped the written content for the campaign and contributed copy that was used across various channels.

2018

Gold Award for 'Best Content Aimed At An Investor Audience'

Corporate Content Awards

  • The asosplc.com site for which I worked on the narrative structure and written content won Gold in the ‘best content aimed at an investor audience’ category at the 2018 Corporate Content Awards.

2017

'Best Use Of Digital Communications 2017'

IR Society Awards

  • About a year ago I worked on the narrative structure and written content for the new ASOS corporate website, asosplc.com – it was a nice surprise to find out it won an award for ‘Best Use of Digital Communications’ at the 2017 IR Society Awards last month.

2016

Freunde Von Freunden Best Of 2016

Freunde von Freunden

  • My feature on the Hampstead-based weaver Amy Revier was chosen as one of the top five pieces to be published on Freunde Von Freunden in 2016, shortlisted from many hundreds of pieces.

2014

Wallpaper* Top 20 of London Design Festival

Wallpaper*

  • An exhibition that myself and the Creative Director of OYUNA put together was chosen as one of Wallpaper* Magazine's Top 20 of the entire exhibition, from the 350+ showing. http://www.wallpaper.com/london-design-festival/2014/preview

2013

No. 1 in Complex Magazine's 'Top 50 Best Stores In The World'

Complex Magazine

  • LN-CC took the number one spot in the influential lifestyle magazine's rundown of the best shopping locations in the world. http://uk.complex.com/style/2013/08/best-stores-in-the-world/ln-cc

2012

Design Museum, Design Of The Year

Design Museum London

  • LN-CC shortlisted as one of the Design Museum's Designs Of The Year 2012, featured in their accompanying exhibition. http://2013.designsoftheyear.com/tag/ln-cc-store/