Kirstie Ballard

Junior Graphic Designer

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About me

 

As a multidisciplinary graphic designer, my practice mostly leans towards a digital nature in terms of production, but also considers non-technological methods of working, often combining both.

Skills

 

  • Packaging
  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Typography
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Visual Communication
  • Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Layout
  • Photography
  • Branding Identity

Work history

Currently

Junior Graphic Designer

Hybert Design

Aug 2014
  • - Multi-disciplinary graphic design work for various clients, including: Book layout and marketing for Historic England Marketing for Routledge and Cambridge University Press Journal and book cover design for McGraw-Hill Education, the IET and ICE Publishing Packaging design for Avro Pharma Web design and development for Class Publishing - Proofreading and preparing documents for print and web purposes. - Generating prices for jobs to be invoiced. - File management so that all work and imagery is easily accessible within the company. - Social media updates and enhancing our online presence. - Building relationships with clients and gaining their trust through producing effective creative solutions. - Working for a small company has enabled me to gain a large amount of responsibility early on. - Networking through events such as The London Book Fair 2015. We have designed the exhibition stand and marketing for IPAC at the LBF 2016, which we will also be attending. - ‘IPG: My Job and Me’ blog post regarding my design work for publishers. - Developing my HTML and CSS skills using online courses on Treehouse.

Education

2014

BA(Hons) Graphic Design and Photography

Kingston University

Aug 2011 - May 2014
  • - Focussed on communicating concepts visually and memorably through the medium which was most appropriate and effective. - Presented ideas and projects, both individually and as part of a group, in peer critiques. - Participated in a live brief for Greenpeace to help raise awareness for endangered animals. - Shortlisted in the RSA Student Design Awards 2014 for our response to the ‘Innovation in Giving’ brief with Clare Stevenson. - Dissertation titled ‘The Impact of Technology on the Decline and Revival of the Postcard as a Form of Communication’. - A trip to Berlin to meet creatives’ in their workspaces, including Eboy, Gestalten, Rob Meek and Research Studio. - ‘Pilot’ exhibition at Hoxton Gallery, London (2012). - ‘_ing’ exhibition at Candid Arts Trust, London (2014).

2011

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Richmond Upon Thames College

Aug 2010 - May 2011
  • - Experimented with different materials and processes which could be used to communicate my ideas. - Exhibited my final major project ‘The Routine of Life Through Image Manipulation and Transformation’ in the end of year show. - I regularly visited galleries and museums to gain inspiration from other work.

Awards

2014

Shortlisted in the RSA Student Design Awards 2014

  • Our submission