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Laura Bilsby

Graphic Communication and Illustration Graduate

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsIllustrator - Graphic Designer - Administrator

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About me

I currently work as a freelance graphic designer/illustrator and part-time receptionist, however, I’m looking to build my skills and experience as a professional graphic designer and gain a permanent role in the creative industry. I’m extremely hardworking, prepared to take initiative and use my knowledge and creativity. I have a great passion and admiration for international visual culture and contemporary communication, this has made me determined to build a successful career in the creative industry.

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Skills

  • Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media
  • Digital Design
  • Creative Typography
  • Photography
  • People Person
  • Creative Research
  • Wordpress

Work history

2018

Feb 2018 - Mar 2018
  • Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Rd, London W10 5JJ, UK
  • Internship
  • During this job, I provided administrative support to the team and carried out general office tasks. Managed the office agenda and team meetings. I also liaised with the managing director, producer and accountant to maintain the smooth operation of the office. My role also involved assisting the photographers and keeping their portfolios up to date. I assisted in managing the social media for the agency via WordPress and Hootsuite for Instagram posts and blog posts. I also found high quality artists and designers to feature on the agencies emerging artists blog.

2018

Oct 2017 - Feb 2018
  • London Wall, London, UK
  • Freelance
  • The role involved communicating with different companies via telephone and email to gain information for clients. This required excellent oral communication and telephone manner. I used Excel and Word to collect data. This also included liaising with the research department and keeping briefs and records in order.

2016

Publications and Memberships Intern

Association of Illustrators (AOI)

Sep 2015 - Jan 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • The role involved providing administrative and creative support to the publishing team. My responsibilities included; writing content for newsletters, multiple blogs and social media posts - using Wordpress, ChimpMail and Hootsuite. Assisted in the publication of Varoom magazine; researched artists to feature, proof read articles, resized and edited images. Gained basic understanding of law and business practice in the creative industry.

Education

2017

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication and Illustration

Loughborough University

Oct 2013 - Jul 2017
  • United Kingdom
  • Over the course of my degree I gained a wealth of communication skills. I established skills of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content for a range of briefs. I worked with print and digital platforms, experimenting with type, form, layout and image-making. I also gathered an excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite which help strengthen my creative process. University also assisted in my development as a researcher, designer and creative thinker. I achieved better time-management skills, improved my practical skills and the overall experience increased my passion for visual culture.

2013

Art Foundation Diploma

De Montfort University

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
  • Leicester, United Kingdom

2012

A Levels, Art & Design, English Literature and Film Studies

Tanglin Trust School, Singapore

Sep 2010 - Jul 2012
  • Singapore