Marie Schulz

Freelance Graphic Designer

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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Skills

 

  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Production Management
  • Creative Direction
  • Print Campaigns
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Graphic Design
  • Microsoft Office
  • Branding Identity Design
  • Creative Suite
  • Brand Guidelines
  • In-house Senior Designer

Work history

Currently

Freelance Graphic Designer

Design Marie

May 2016
  • After 12 years working as an in-house designer and design manager, I have set up as a freelancer to widen my horizon and explore a different way of working. I found that my passion for design has fired up and I’m enjoying the broad set of task as well as clients and projects that self-employment made possible for me.

2016

Senior Graphic Designer & Design Manager

The Governance Institute

Apr 2004 - May 2016
  • ICSA is the professional body for governance. It supports its members with a wide range of guidance and activities, from qualifications and technical advice to conferences, training courses and numerous publications. I spent 12 years at ICSA, enjoying the broad spectrum of design projects and treasuring a team of supportive and fun colleagues throughout the company. For ten years I was the only in-house graphic designer, designing a large range of print material and digital artwork. After a thorough rebrand, in which I was heavily involved, I was promoted to Design Manager. I was the guardian of the corporate design guidelines, making sure they were adhered to by other designers and colleagues. For a few years I outsourced excess design work but then became the line manager to another graphic designer. Although design was still a big part of my day-to-day job, I concentrated on project and design management as well as art direction and instructing printers, photographers and other suppliers. Design projects: « Corporate design and branding « Design strategy « Brochures and leaflets « Annual reports « Exhibition stands and displays « Adverts and posters « Book covers « Stationery and certificates « Web banners and imagery « Photoshop comps of web layouts « Simple HTML/CSS files (without javascripts) « G+C magazine and various print and online supplements « Forms « Powerpoint presentations « Word templates Design management: « Implementation and improvement of production processes « Line management of another designer « Instructing photographers, freelancers and printers « Picture research/optimising pictures « Close teamwork with the editorial and marketing team and other departments « Negotiating best print quotes and overseeing the print process

2004

Graphic Designer

Rephoto Publishing Ltd

Aug 2002 - May 2004
  • Magazine design (including original template development): « Auto Vending: monthly magazine for the vending industry « On the Button: monthly magazine for the car equipment industry « EuroBev News: monthly magazine for the beverage industry Other graphic design: « Monthly magazine supplements « Client ads « In-house filler ads « Brochures « Exhibition displays and signage « Picture research and optimisation Management of the design and production process: « Optimising the print production process « Negotiating and dealing with printers « Training and instruction of the junior graphic designer « Setting up new Macs for the design department

2002

Graphic & Web Designer

Werbeagentur Frank Bode GMBH

Jul 1994 - Aug 2002
  • Graphic design, marketing and production: « Design of print artwork, html webpages and multimedia CD-Roms « Market research for clients « Design briefs « Product branding and corporate identity strategies « Picture research, purchase and editing « Controlling the production process « Production of high-quality scans, 4-colour film processing and cromalins And the bigger clients were: « Opel (Vauxhall) « Robert Bosch « Mercedes « BMW « Wartburg-Sparkasse (Bank) « Council of the Town Eisenach « Sportclub ThSV (1. German Handball League)

Education

1997

Graphic Design Apprenticeship

Werbeagentur Frank Bode GMBH

Aug 1994 - Aug 1997
  • I was lucky to receive the German equivalent of a university degree in graphic design: a three-year-long apprenticeship which included solid professional training in a design studio and theoretical studies at a design college. I was taught by a senior graphic designer who provided practical coaching on all standard design software. The apprenticeship also included work experience in print and pre-press companies. Important subjects and training: « Design studies and practical design coaching « Marketing and advertising « General business studies « Practical pre-press and print training

1994

English, German, Sciences

Ernst-abbe-gymnasium

Aug 1991 - Aug 1994
  • The German equivalent to A-Levels is Abitur. I studied the following subjects: « Art « English « German « Russian « Maths and physics « Biology and chemistry Activities and societies: voluntary art course, school newspaper

Awards

2011

MemCom Award for Best Rebranding

  • In my position as in-house graphic designer for ICSA: The Governance Institute, I won the MemeCom Award for Best Rebranding after I had successfully moved the institute's visual identity to a new level.