Jen Cogan

Freelance Art Director/Art Editor/Designer

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I am a passionate, creative and hardworking Art Director and Designer who is reliable and totally committed to their work. With over 18 years experience, I am con?dent in all aspects of design, layout, photography, repro, production, print and digital campaigns with a versatile range of skills. I am a personable and enthusiastic team player, a good communicator with an analytical and logical mind and an excellent timekeeper and organiser who thrives under pressure.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Typography
  • Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Outdoor Campaigns
  • Print Campaigns
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Film Video

Work history

Currently

Senior Designer

The White Company

Mar 2015
  • I currently work as a Senior Designer in-house for this high-end British interiors retailer. Responsible for all printed design collateral for the brand, the role also entails art-directing shoots and ensuring the photography remains on brand and on budget. In addition, I work on a range of seasonal creative projects that market the brand and promote its growth and awareness, from magazines and advertising campaigns to POS and product packaging.

2015

Freelance Art Director, Art Editor and Designer

Self-employed

Nov 2014 - Mar 2015
  • Worked as a Senior Creative in-house and agency-side for a range of different clients and brands across print and digital campaigns on work ranging from catalogues /magazines to POS, digital, marketing and promotion.

2014

Senior Designer

Phillips Auctioneers Gallery

May 2013 - Nov 2014
  • Managing the Art Department in London for this art gallery and auctioneers, I was responsible for the concept, design, layout and production of all print and digital material for the brand and promotional collateral for every auction - including catalogues, magazines, invites, digital editions, advertising campaigns, POS and signage.

2013

Head of Design & Art Director

Alison at Home

Jan 2012 - May 2013
  • As head of the art desk and manager of the in-house creative department, I was responsible for the entire visual identity of the Alison at Home home interiors, publishing and lifestyle brand. This encompassed the concept, design and layout of the quarterly supplements for The Daily Telegraph, quarterly magazine, product packaging for the homeware range, product catalogues, website and marketing collateral. My role also included art direction of all brand photoshoots and video content to ensure visual consistency across the brand and its photography. I also managed the retouching, repro and production of all print projects in-house.

2011

Art Editor & Designer Freelance Contract

Medicine Man

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Whilst on contract at this communications and branding agency, I worked primarily on print campaigns for British Airways, Royal Bank of Scotland, Compass Group and Restaurant Associates. This included work on material such as internal magazines, invites, promotional material, signage and POS.

2011

Mid-weight Print Designer Freelance Contract

Momentum Worldwide

May 2011 - Sep 2011
  • Whilst on contract at this global advertising agency I worked on major campaigns for Subway, Rowntrees, American Express, Windows Phone, HTC & Microsoft Xbox.

2011

Designer & Artworker

DAD

Jul 2010 - May 2011
  • I worked with clients such as BSkyB, Vodafone and The Prince’s Trust on a range of material from magazines and publications, DM, packaging, POS and in-store theatre to press and national advertising campaigns.

2010

Freelance Art Director, Art Editor and Designer

Self-employed

Mar 2010 - Aug 2010
  • During this period, I freelanced across a range of different projects in the publishing and advertising industries for a range of di?erent publications, brands and clients.

2010

Designer 7 Month Contract

University of Westminster

Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
  • Whilst on contract at the University, I worked on the design, launch and roll-out of the new brand identity across a range of different media to all corporate materials. All projects included budgeting, project management and sourcing photographers and illustrators.

2009

Designer & Production Editor Freelance

Guardian Guardian Creative

Jan 2009 - Aug 2009
  • Worked within the Guardian’s in-house creative agency on a number of creative projects and sponsored magazine supplements for both the editorial and commercial departments. I also worked on the national advertising campaigns for the Guardian and Observer brands (Weekend Magazine, Observer Magazine, Observer Food Monthly) as well as work on partnerships such as Glastonbury Festival and Hay Festival.

2008

Art Editor, Production Editor and Senior Designer

The Guardian The Guardian Weekly

Feb 2003 - Dec 2008
  • Leading the creative department, I was responsible for the entire visual design and layout of the Guardian Weekly and monthly supplements. I also managed the day-to-day running of the art desk, the creative budget and workflow. In addition, I organised all contributors and photoshoots. As Senior Designer, I was the lead creative on all design work for the promotion of the newspaper across a multitude of different media.

2003

Senior Designer & Production Editor

HH Media

Sep 2000 - Feb 2003
  • In my role at this publishing and media company, I worked on the design, layout and production of four quarterly nationwide magazines. This included all imaging and repro work, which was completed in-house.

Education

2015

Graphic Design

Central Saint Martins

Jun 2013 - Jun 2015
  • Short Courses taken: Graphic Design - Intermediate 100 Design Projects Letterpress Moving Image in Graphic Design

1998

A-level

Northwood School Sixth Form

Aug 1996 - Jun 1998
  • 3 A-levels: Business Studies French English Literature

1996

GCSE

Nower Hill High School

Aug 1996 - Dec 1996
  • 10 GCSE's A-C Grades