Matt Ferguson

Junior Graphic Designer

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  • LocationKingston upon Thames, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I love producing compelling reportage and socially themed work. Lived in Asia for 3 and a half years in both South Korea and Japan, worked for a range of clients producing editorial illustration for publications, poster design and illustration for advertising. Clients include Crypton Future Media (Japan) and Battersea Arts Centre. Love Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo and Taiyo Matsumoto.

Skills

 

  • Teaching
  • Events
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Design
  • Excel
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Premier Pro
  • Traktor Pro
  • After Affects

Work history

Currently

Freelance Graphic Designer

Battersea Arts Centre/the Agency

Mar 2015
  • Working on their board game concept "Life is What U Make It" on a freelance basis. Identity and branding, Illustration, Packaging Design, Graphic Design

2014

Pre-sessional Teacher

Newcastle University

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
  • At Newcastle University I taught on their pre-sessional course, which involved getting foreign students' English up to scratch for starting a masters degree. The vast majority of students were Chinese, with a small number from the Middle East. The job involved marking, testing and planning to improve their IELTS scores.

2014

English Teacher

English Avenue

Mar 2013 - Apr 2014
  • I worked as an English teacher at a small private school in Sapporo, Japan for about a year and a half. I taught a very broad range of age groups from very small children up to elderly students, tailoring my classes to their individual needs.

2013

Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Crypton Future Media

Mar 2013 - Mar 2013
  • I designed a door hanger to be used as a free gift displaying Crypton's main mascot 'Hatsune Miku'. The door hangers were then distributed at Crypton's event at the South by South West trade show in Austin, Texas.

2012

Graphic Designer & DJ

Strut

Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
  • Created a logo and branding for an events group based in Masan, South Korea. We regularly organized club nights in the neighboring city of Busan with a range of DJs. I produced the logo and illustrations on each poster design, along with doing the warm up set at the beginning of each event.

2012

English Teacher

Epik

Dec 2010 - Dec 2012
  • I worked as an English teacher in the southern city of Masan in South Korea for 2 years as part of their national 'EPIK' program. During this time I rotated between 3 rural schools each week, 1 of which was a middle school and the other 2 elementary. I taught their English curriculum and also created and ran their summer and winter English camps.

2012

Graphic Designer & Performer

Super Color Super

Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
  • Accompanying a range of other artists and musicians, I produced a VJ style set to go with a live band. The idea was to use an analogue method, so all the artists involved produced their visuals using an old fashioned projector, manipulating the light in different ways. Additionally we designed posters to advertise across Busan in South Korea.

2012

Freelance Illustrator

Groove Magazine

Mar 2011 - Apr 2012
  • Provided editorial illustration for a range of articles and reviews.

2011

Freelance Illustrator

Novel Magazine

Dec 2010 - Dec 2011
  • Provided editorial illustration for a range of articles and short stories.

Education

2015

MA Graphic Design Communication

UAL Chelsea College of Art

Sep 2014 - Aug 2015
  • A more conceptual design Masters offering a broad range of projects open to experimentation. Concept driven and heavily researched based, the course gives students the option to explore any medium from print to animation or digital media. There are also additional briefs on offer as extra curricula activities.

2010

Trinity TESOL

Woking College

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010
  • A 1 month full time course preparing students wanting to teach abroad on how to do it professionally in a classroom environment. Extremely full on and difficult, the course quickly provides the training necessary to be able to work in a broad range of classroom environments and teaches many key strategies on how to be effective as an English teacher.

2009

BA(Hons) Illustration and Animation

Kingston University

Aug 2006 - May 2009
  • A 3 year BA giving students the option to specialize in either illustration or animation. The first year allows them to branch out into both areas, studying animation basics like walk cycles whilst also learning book binding, architectural drawing and how to make a children's book. Second and third year are more heavily involved with developmental work in one of these two key areas.

Awards

2014

ShowCase 100

  • I was selected for Hire An Illustrator's ShowCase 100 illustration exhibition at the Framer's Gallery, London. I beat over 1000 candidates to be selected and the work was on show during April 2015. The selected work was also published as a book. http://sc100.co.uk/

2014

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship Award

  • A scholarship offering students wanting to do a Master's Degree at UAL a grant covering 50% of their fees. http://www.arts.ac.uk/mypostgradfuture/?utm_source=underground&utm_medium=posters&utm_campaign=vcscholarships

2009

Brill Award

  • During second year studying Illustration and Animation at Kingston I won the Brill Award for architectural drawing. The award itself has been ongoing for many years and the commission requires selected artists to draw a piece of local architecture that's in danger of disappearing.