BA (Hons) Graphic Communication 2:1 With a natural flair for creative design, my peers would say I’m a hard-working individual with an analytical approach to graphic design. I have considerable work ethics and a desire to achieve quality outcomes. Using market research reports and keeping up to date with trends helps inform my decisions. I enjoy problem-solving, gaining insight from research and forming ideas and strategic solutions to suit client and audience. I love planning designs and piecing together all the elements of a project, especially symbolism, the aesthetic expression of concepts, and creative writing. I’m an active listener and communicator, with an ability for successful time-management and multi-tasking. I can offer valuable insight from direct experience of life’s rich tapestry and a variety of completed projects (see portfolio @ https://nikkilaw.co.uk ). My passion is colour, and I have a broad understanding of the meaning, psychology and communication of colour for branding, which I studied in depth for my degree dissertation. My grades and feedback demonstrate a proven ability to produce high-quality artwork. As a recent graduate, I am familiar with a variety of printing techniques and have prepared artwork ready for printing, including communication with local printers. I have a mature, polite and empathetic approach and my experience with communicating on a professional level will help build trust and confidence among clients. My interests include digital photography; pattern design for fabrics, interiors and fashion; colour grading in Adobe Lightroom Classic and painting (a few works in public exhibitions). I keep up to date with trends and new developments in design, paper and print through Design Week, AIGA Eye on Design and other methods. I believe I’m a suitable candidate for any Junior Graphic Designer position. I would relish styling, editorial composition, book cover, pattern collection, and social media marketing positions. I’ve had a long career break due to raising children (one with special needs and disability). I have re-trained and gained a BA Degree. I’m seeking an entry-level position in ﬁelds relating to art and textiles, interior design, botanical, jewellery and beauty. I’m keen to work with a team and follow designs and artwork from their conception to final sign-off. I believe my previous work experience and interests offer potential in Art Direction. Available from October 2019Locked Pro Plan feature
Recent graduate in Graphic Communications (BA Hons)
I’ve had a long career break due to raising children (one with special needs and disability). I have re-trained and gained a BA Degree. I’m seeking an entry-level position in ﬁelds relating to art and textiles, interior design, botanical, jewellery and beauty. I’m keen to work with a team and follow designs and artwork from their conception to final sign-off. I believe my previous work experience and interests offer potential in Art Direction. I have not included all of my historic work positions here
° Designed advertisements and produced press releases; organised an exhibition at the industry’s annual conference ‘SMECON’ at Birmingham NEC - communicated with design agency regarding the stand design. ° Set up a new training department. Developed a two-day course incorporating: Database, Call Management, Stock Control, Contract Administration, Purchase Order Processing and Invoicing. ° Introduced new administration procedures for scheduling and booking courses. ° Delivered courses to customers. Recruited admin staff and conducted interviews.
Designed new adverts for clients. ° Regularly achieved Sales Person of the Quarter. ° All targets hit successfully. ° Generated new business via leads and cold calls. Client base - St Albans, Harpenden and outskirts.
° Day-to-day management of the Training department which included training schedule and invoicing. ° Delivered a range of Optim in-house training courses to clients at Director/Management level (Database Management, Call Handling, Stock Control, Contract Administration and Purchase Order Processing). ° Designed and structured new courses to correspond with ongoing software development.
° Delivered Olivetti Word Processor training courses in-house and on-site throughout South East UK. ° Evaluated new releases and competitive software. ° Wrote course notes for new and updated software.
Studied this course at Bedford College. Final Major Project: ‘Keato’ a new concept in café culture that required an identity/branding/logo design/packaging design and promotional campaign. The duel café retreat introduced a different high street shopping experience to the general public in order to help reduce the incidence of diabetes. Research included the design of two surveys. Dissertation: ‘The Gap between Design Education and Required Skills in the Creative Industry’ “The dissertation reads as a powerful and valid piece of work, which is to be commended.” Alan Parsons, Supervisor.
Learning how to create appealing, harmonious colour palettes using colour consultancy ‘Colour Affects’ system of classiﬁcation (seasonal palettes). Top colour consultant Amanda Wright designed this course which is delivered by Colour Consultant Karen Haller. Validated by the University of Leeds Colour Science Department and accredited by the Society of Dyers and Colourists.
Student Representative for 2 years. Projects focused on ideas generation; cultural referencing; professional practice; design method, implementation & evaluation; typographic skills; corporate identity; digital environment; drawing techniques; processes in art & design; editorial design and advertising campaigns.