Michael Stephens

ART DIRECTION – CREATIVE STRATEGY – BRAND PARTNERSHIPS

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me

 

A strong creative lead with senior management experience across brand design, marketing, partnerships and events. An artistic international background with a robust understanding and overview of the luxury markets. Excellent organisational and communication skills with a proven ability to manage multiple projects whilst maintaining consistently high standards and meticulous attention to detail. Absolute capacity to work in a team and lead by example, always retaining an upbeat positive attitude. A confident problem solver, anticipating and resolving complications calmly and quickly. Always commercially aware and determined to surpass expectations. Acknowledged as one of Drapers illustrious ‘30 under 30’ industry figures to watch in 2016. “Michael is a great trend-tracker, super-smart and a wonderful ambassador for Liberty the brand. I have every confidence he will be one of the industry’s major influencers. He has all the ingredients for success: brains, talent and an ability to work across categories and with different personalities.” Ed Burstell, Managing Director, Liberty

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Copywriting
  • Account Management
  • Budgeting
  • Design
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Creative Direction
  • Print Campaigns
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop

Work history

Currently

Creative Art Director

Ted Baker

Apr 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • As Global Deputy Head of Creative leads the team responsible for design elements related to sales tools, retailer merchandising, industry events, website, social media, photo-shoots, ad-campaigns, copywriting, company branding and packaging - print and digital collateral. As a Brand Guardian, also maintains continuity and experience across all projects and platforms.

2016

Head of Graphic Design

Liberty

Aug 2013 - Feb 2016
  • Full Time
  • The Liberty Graphic Design Department acts as a busy creative agency within the marketing department that services the entire business, the three own-developed international wholesale brands, as well as many external b2b clients, providing 360°, commercial, innovative solutions. The agency oversees all brand creative, draws on a diverse range of resources, supports multiple channels and delivers substantial revenue for the business.

2013

Advertising & Production Manager

VICE

Apr 2013 - Aug 2013
  • Full Time
  • Simultaneously handled the in-house magazine production for the highly regarded global media and news platform; Vice Magazine, after both popular culture media giants united under one roof. Worked closely with each department (Design, Editorial, Advertising and Accounts), establishing and maintaining efficient organisational and communication processes.

2013

Production & Creative Projects Manager

I-D Magazine

Jun 2011 - Aug 2013
  • Full Time
  • For over two years handled the in-house magazine production and the project management of external creative and commercial collaborations / events / exhibitions for well-respected British fashion magazine, i-D. Worked directly with the Editor-in-Chief and closely with each department (Art, Editorial, Digital, Advertising and Accounts), managing various projects, media platforms and deadlines simultaneously.

2012

Art Director

Suitcase Magazine Ltd

Jun 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Full Time
  • Art Directed and designed issue 2 and 3 of this international fashion and lifestyle magazine.

Education

2011

Fine Spanish and French

Newcastle University

Sep 2007 - May 2011

2007

Art Foundation

Loughborough University

Sep 2006 - May 2007