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About me

Hello there, I'm an award winning art director with fifteen years experience working in editorial and digital. I've worked at Sport magazine as art director for the last seven years. Sport was a weekly magazine with over 300,000 issues distributed around the UK. I'm more than comfortable dealing with brands, agents, big names and the occasional big ego. I've had the pleasure of commissioning some of the most talented photographers and illustrators in the industry on a very limited budget. I also worked in the commercial side of the business delivering innovative creative editorial and digital solutions for major brands including: Adidas, Amazon, Apple, Barclays, British Airways, Budweiser, Casio, Electronic Arts, ESPN, Heinz, Microsoft, Netflix, Nike, Panasonic, Proctor and Gamble, Racing Post, Red Bull, Royal Navy, Samsung, Shinola, Sony, Swatch Group, UK Government and Volkswagen.

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Work history

Currently

Magazine Art Director

Sport Magazine

Sep 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Art direction of magazine, brand and events • Develop editorial ideas with Editor and Feature Editors • Art directing photoshoots in studio and on location • Liaising with agents, brands and talent to set up interviews/shoots • Fashion styling of cover stars • Regular redesign of magazine to keep design current • UX and UI design of Sport Apple iPad app • Manage development of mobile apps • Design of Sport magazine website • Commission photographers and illustrators • Manage editorial fashion pages

2017

Creative Art Director

Virgin Radio

Jan 2016 - Feb 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Commissioning and art direction of photoshoots and promotional material for relaunch of Virgin Radio.

2017

Creative Art Director

talkSPORT

Jan 2010 - Feb 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Art director for talkSPORT Magazine, an online only magazine which developed into the Youtube presence for the brand with over 350 million video views. • Layout of magazine • Direction/commissioning of video shoots • Direction/commissioning of animation • Brand management

2010

Freelance Art Director

Chelsea Football Club

Jun 2008 - Jan 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Freelance work for several titles including: Which? Group • Design of Which? Holiday • Commissioning photography and illustration • Also worked on Which?, Which? Car & Which? Money magazines Chelsea Football Club • Designed matchday programmes & monthly magazine • Art directed shoots • Brand management for Chelsea FC

2008

Art Director

The World's 50 Best Restaurants

May 2007 - Jun 2008
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Production of all material including • Graphics • Video sequences • Awards • Photoshoots

2008

Magazine Art Director

Restaurant magazine

May 2007 - Jun 2008
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Designed fortnightly magazine and supplements • Brand management • Managed art budget • Art directed portrait and food shoots • Commissioned photographers and illustrators • Managed reprographics

2007

Magazine Art Director

IS! Magazine

Mar 2005 - May 2007
  • Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Designed IS! Magazine • Managed music section • Designed advertorials and copywriting • Arrangement of celebrity interviews • Music photography, bands and live gigs

2005

Senior Creative

Tayprint

Jun 2004 - Mar 2005
  • Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Design of billboards / banners / building wraps including work for Argos, Nike, EMI & BMW • Managing printing schedules

2004

Junior Creative

Tayport Printers

Apr 2002 - Jun 2004
  • Tayport DD6, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Design of football programmes for Dundee United, Dundee & St Johnstone • Designing gig posters / typesetting album artwork

Awards

2015

Nominated for Art Director of the Year

BSME

2012

Magazine cover of the year

PPA

  • Won magazine cover of the year for Paul Gascoigne portrait by Jon Enoch