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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationDagenham, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Photographer - Art Director


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About me

To create something from nothing and looking for a different outcome in design is a personal goal of mine. I have always wanted consumers and clients to enjoy my work and criticise it with their opinions. I am a believer that a good design will sell whatever the product is. In my work and personal life I use various techniques to capture unique images and to help me become flexible in my creations for book covers/designs, flyers, logos and web banners etc. Matching typography to the correct image, captured on screen/page you can not only convey a message but one of feeling, and when you get it right it is perfect. This is something I try to achieve in my work and will not stop until I feel satisfied and until the client is too. My influences come from different sources in my work, the diversity of culture, London, Music, Theatre and Film. My use of social media (tumblr, wordpress, flickr) helps me stay in touch with new work being produced around the world. I also am interested in fashion illustration I find it a great resource for looking at contemporary life. Huge Influences are Quentin Blake, Geoff Grandfield, John Romita Jr, Jim Lee, Jonas Garcia and the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Stan Lee, I draw great inspiration from their respective works and hope that my personal work is a combination of these succesful people.


  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Art Photography
  • Editing
  • Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Word

Work history


Production Manager

Oberon Books Limited

Jan 2010
  • I work within a small team that maintains a huge turnover of work and profit year on year. I have had to maintain high standards in quality and relationships internally, and externally with major theatres and production teams including the National Theatre, Royal Court, Royal Opera House, Michael Grandage Company, Out of Joint and also with our US parter TCG (Theatre Communications Group) and various theatre magazines. More recently I have had the opportunity to manage an assistant and teach them various skills and ideals that are held at Oberon Books. This has allowed me to spend more time designing and illustrating our titles, and making our production of our titles seamless and more user friendly. My role on a day to day basis: • Project managing several titles (print and digital) and design projects at one time • scheduling deadlines and managing deliveries with printers and theatres around the country and overseas • Design, typeset and copy edit front list and back list titles • Started and maintain Reprint, Print On Demand (POD) and eBooks, systems for back list and front list • Designing templates and covers for new and upcoming playtexts, ballet books, guide books and in house catalogues • Designing, illustrating and photographing for use on new and old trade covers on a daily basis • Editing and artworking and photo retouching images for Royal Opera House photographic/dance titles • Liaise with printers in the UK and overseas (proofs, scheduling, paper, different methods of printing) • Scheduling new titles with the Senior Editor and sales team • Helping S&M manager promote the company through advertisements, order forms, signage, Press Releases • Helping our SEO with online marketing • Liaising with Authors and Theatres over their manuscript and programme texts to hit opening nights • Organizing a heavy workload and adapting to various new tasks put in front of me • Dealing with costing’s for unit prices and print costs of various books for theatres


Sovereign Publications

Production Assistant

May 2007 - Dec 2009
  • worked within a B2B publishing company based in Shepherds Bush, and I was producing several in house magazines. Such titles Nuclear Technology, Women’s Health, International Investor, NAPC Review, Airport, Auto and many more. Activities and skills used: • Design and layout corporate features and advertisements within magazines • Editing and proofing features to clients • I create design templates, media packs and adverts for future and current publications • Working with Marketing Managers and Managing Directors on a plethora of design materials • Dealing with clients and colleagues queries, covering Managers duties, on holiday or away from desk. • Working to deadlines and time managing my workload, and I am very flexible with my time.



VCD Illustration

Middlesex University

Aug 2003 - Apr 2006


    BTEC Graphic Design

    Barking College

    Aug 2001 - Apr 2003