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Since 2003 I have worked in versatile and fast paced design environments throughout Ireland. In that time my design career has been varied, gaining valuable experience within creative agency, corporate and publishing environments. I have worked for clients in retail, hospitality, not-for-profit organisations, publishing, as well as developing inforgraphics, corporate branding for SME's and designing within global brand guidelines. Whilst working full time, I also work on freelance projects, expanding my design experience outside of my current role. Other areas of experience gained in these roles has been project management, editorial planning, sub-editing, coaching and mentoring. I currently work as a Lead Graphic Designer for EY in Dublin and lead the creative direction for their highly successful Entrepreneur Of The Year programme.Locked Pro Plan feature
Creative Design A lateral thinker skilled in concept development across multiple channels; print, digital, events Brainstorming facilitator High end print production Project Management Leading and executing the design of large scale events and projects from a creative perspective Budget focused Problem solver Client Management Proven track record in developing and nurturing strong relationships with clients and stakeholders Leadership Providing guidance to junior designers Initiating and managing creative incentives; Offset, IDI Membership, bespoke Design Labs
My Senior Design role with EY is to liaise with senior management, directors and partners, across all service lines and departments such as Marketing and BD on design projects for the firm, for both offline and online. All designs produced must be brand compliant with the overall EY global brand identity. I work in a fast paced environment with multiple projects ongoing at any given time. I have been instrumental in bringing all creative direction and design for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme in-house. Up until 2016 all creative work for their major milestones in the year were handled by an external design agency. This has been a highly successful transition and EOY are now one of my primary clients within EY. I lead the creative direction on this project and work with other designers within in the team to support their busy and demanding schedule throughout the year long programme. I am also lead the project management on the logistics of all creative collateral developed throughout the year.
No. 1 Media Group is a Cork based publishing company. I was the sole designer and worked on a variety of publications that included social, business and wedding genres. I was responsible for all the editorial layouts, handled all the advertising design that was required for these publications, as well as readying and sending all publications to print. In addition I took on editorial responsibility and developed content for the social and wedding magazine in conjunction with the Editor and Sub-Editor. I took on the responsibility of project managing all of these magazines as well to make sure that each department (sales, editorial, accounts, publisher) knew what I need and when I needed it. In addition to my roles as designer for the magazines I also worked on graphic design projects for other sections of the group. The Little Island Business Association and The Ireland Consular Corp and The Polish Consulate (Cork) are other projects I worked on when required. I was in charge of all the corporate identity, brochures, stationary and signage for both.
As a graphic designer for RSVP Magazine I gained experience in developing page layouts for articles, creating advertisements for clients and print production methods. I worked as part of a multi-faceted team responsible for this monthly publication.
In working for this Photography Studio my duties included processing and developing their photographs through Aperture and Photoshop, designing layouts for magazine styled albums and compiling albums. I helped provide a valuable back-up photographer service to the company when required during this time too allowing me to develop skills within the field of reportage photography. Other responsibilities included taking appointments, customer care and interaction.
During a period of unemployment I started taking commissions as a freelance photographer. During this time I gained experience photographing weddings, both studio and lifestyle portraits, commercial and food and drink photography. A lot of the photos taken during this time would of been been published in several niche magazines both nationally and locally in Ireland. I would of assisted in styling the shoot with a designer within a very limited budget.
I began working with Warpten Design after my graduation and within two years was working on all major projects within the company. I handled large corporate and not-for-profit clients and worked on design briefs from concept to finish for Corporate ID, Direct Mail, Advertising, Magazines, Retail Marketing, Annual Reports, Corporate Brochures, Hospitality, and Web Design. I also handled certain aspects of project management such as media buying, quotes and client liaison.
I worked as an interactive graphic designer as part of my work placement from University. My main duties were to storyboard interactive graphics for E-Learning packages and while working with Subject Matter Experts, create fully animated stories for larger e-learning projects. All animation was done in Flash.
An eleven week, part-time course in Introductory Letterpress. This course covered the basic techniques of letterpress printing: type setting with metal and wood type, locking up for print, registration, lino cut, multiple colour relief printing and producing short editions using a proofing press. I undertook a number of short projects which mostly took the form of posters. This was a non-credit course.
Recognised for work done for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Ireland. I was instrumental in bringing all creative direction and design of the programme back to the in-house team and leading out on the year long marketing campaign. Significant cost savings were brought during this process as well as demonstrating exceptional client service, research, innovation and business development.