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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Designer - Art Director - Creative Director


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About me

I'm an award-winning designer with 16 years in the industry under my belt. I've recently left a high-profile job in a music media company to establish my own design company and I'm looking for new problems to solve. I spent the majority of my career working for media companies and publishers producing market-leading print products, branding, event assets, marketing, merchandising, packaging and digital products. Initially focused on print media, I spent many years honing my love for high-end typography, information hierarchy and slick design. Being able to commission and art direct world-class photographers, illustrators, digital artists and other designers has given me an extensive range of applications and I'd like to take those skills and work with passionate people on challenging projects, big and small. Recently I've been working on projects for Wunderman, The Green Party, Sony Music, Universal, Robinsons Brewery, Oliver Sweeney and Iron Maiden.

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  • Packaging
  • Events
  • Visual Arts
  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Typography
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Marketing Design
  • Scamps

Work history



Black Finch Design

Jul 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • After many years on the frontline of the music industry Art Directing two marketing-leading music media brands, I have forged ahead with my own company, Black Finch. Currently working with Sony Music, Chord Electronics, The Institute of Directors and Ramblin Man' Fair but will always find the time and resources for new projects.


Art Director


Apr 2014 - Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • As Art Director for TeamRock's two major brands - Classic Rock & Metal Hammer - I act as brand guardian and guide both creative teams in fulfilling their potential and producing market-leading content. I'm an multi award-winning designer with 15 years industry experience currently working for an internationally focused content and data driven music media company.


Art Editor


Oct 2006 - Apr 2014
  • Full Time
  • Creative Lead and brand guardian for Future's leading youth rock title, I led a creative team of full-time and freelance designers in solidifying the brand as the market leader and ensured all visual aspects of its products were focused and innovative.



Design: Typography

University of Plymouth

Sep 1996 - Jul 1999
  • Graphic design degree course with a focus on typography, print and the design fundamentals.



Music Design Award - Publishing


  • The Music Design Awards presented me with the award for Publishing for my work on the Metal Hammer Star Wars project in conjunction with Lucasfilm.


PPA - Consumer Cover Of The Year


  • The largest publishing awards scheme in the country presented me with the award for Consumer Cover Of The Year, pipping Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazarr, Radio Times, Esquire and Stylist to the post.


PPA Maggies - Consumer Cover Of The Year


  • I was presented with the award for Consumer Cover Of The Year for our multi-disciplined cover project for the band Slayer. The project involved a multitude of creatives including the official BBC photographer for Doctor Who and a prosthetics artist from the Harry Potter movies.


Cover Of The Year / Designer Of The Year


  • Multiple nominations and wins for both catagories in the Future Publishing editorial awards schemes ranging from 2002 - 2008.