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Freelance print & digital art director

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCreative Director - UI/UX Designer - Website & Digital Designer

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About me

I’m a London-based print and digital art director with 13 years experience, working with some of publishing’s biggest brands: British GQ; Wired and Empire and specialising in working with elite brands across publishing, mobile apps, UI/UX, web design and motion graphics. An experienced video and photography art director with a portfolio that includes the world's leading actors and film directors.

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Skills

  • Print Design
  • Digital Design
  • Publishing
  • Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Direction
  • Photographic Direction
  • UI Design
  • UX
  • Adobe Create Suite

Work history

Currently

Freelance Art Director

Self employed

May 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Working with various clients to deliver high quality work across a number of different disciplines, whether print or digital, harnessing the experience gathered from over a decade of working with some of publishing’s biggest brands. Key projects • British GQ, Men Of The Year 2016 – Event video design • Condé Nast Britain / Zendesk – Web design, UI/UX • Glamour, Women Of The Year 2016 – Event video design • Little Forest Folk – Web design, UI/UX • British GQ / Mercedes Benz – The Best-Dressed Men 2017

2016

Digital art Director

British GQ

Feb 2013 - May 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • As Digital Art Director at British GQ, I had the pleasure of leading a team of designers and production staff in creating the magazine’s multi-award-winning digital editions for the iPad, iPhone and Android. I also project managed all of British GQ’s digital output, including 2016’s relaunch of gq.co.uk, the redesign of British GQ and GQ Style’s apps, launching the magazine on Apple News and Facebook Articles and project managing British GQ’s video output. Working alongside Condé Nast Digital, I had a lead role in developing a new CMS driven design and production system for creating iPad, iPhone and Android editions of the magazine in fully responsive HTML, not only to be used for British GQ, but also across all Condé Nast Britain’s major brands, including Vogue, Glamour and Wired. I have extensive experience in meeting client briefs for international brands that include Armani, Audi, Bentley, Hackett and Hugo Boss. These involved collaborating on joint ventures, such as creating branded supplements, sponsored features and videos. Key achievements • Winning Men’s Lifestyle Magazine of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards 2013 and 2015 • Nominated for Cover of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards 2013 and 2014 • Overseeing an increase British GQ’s digital readership

2013

Digital Designer

Wired

Sep 2011 - Feb 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Working as one of three senior designers, I managed the design and production of Wired’s digital editions, including the iPad and new launches on Kindle Fire and Samsung tablets. The role involved designing award-winning editorial pages throughout all digital versions of the magazine as well as art directing video and photo shoots and commissioning illustrators, motion designers and other creatives. Key achievements • Winning Technology and Gadget Magazine of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards 2012 • Nominated for Cover of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards 2012 • Overseeing an increase Wired’s digital readership

2011

Art Director

Empire

Feb 2006 - Sep 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Joining as Junior Designer and progressing to Art Editor, I oversaw the design and production of Empire’s print and digital editions, managing a team six designers. The role involved designing exciting magazine layouts, on occasion including the cover, directing and organising photo shoots and commissioning illustrators, photographers, videographers, 3D artworkers and other external creatives. In 2010, on release of the first iPad, I led a team to design and launch one of the first ever interactive digital magazines to launch in the UK Apple App Store. Key achievements • Creating concepts for and art directing part of Empire’s 20th anniversary issue portfolio. This included art directing photo shoots with: Jack Nicholson; Arnold Schwarzenegger and reuniting The Goonies cast alongside director Richard Donner and producer Steven Spielberg • Also part of the 20th anniversary portfolio, reuniting Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster for Silence Of The Lambs. This photograph was nominated for Portrait of the Year and hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London • Alongside the Photographic Director, negotiating the world’s first look at Avatar, appearing on the cover of Empire’s October 2009 issue and the world’s first look at Heath Ledger’s Joker, appearing on the cover of Empire’s January 2008 issue • Winning Innovation of the Year, Bauer Media Awards at the Bauer Media Awards 2011 • Nominated for App of the Year at the PPA Awards 2011 • Nominated for Best Use of Mobile at the AOP Awards 2011

Education

2004

BTEC HND Graphic Design

Batley School of Art & Design

Sep 2002 - May 2004
  • Dewsbury, United Kingdom

2002

BTEC ND Graphic Design

Batley School of Art & Design

Sep 2000 - May 2002
  • Dewsbury, United Kingdom

Awards

2015

Men’s Lifestyle Magazine of the Year

Digital Magazine Awards

  • British GQ, iPad edition

2013

Men’s Lifestyle Magazine of the Year

Digital Magazine Awards

  • British GQ, iPad edition

2012

Technology and Gadget Magazine of the Year

Digital Magazine Awards

  • Wired, iPad edition

2011

Innovation of the Year

Bauer Media Awards

  • Empire, iPad edition