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Graphic Designer

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCreative Graphic Designer

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About me

I am an outgoing and enthusiastic, bilingual designer with a passion for typography, which probably stems from growing up in Switzerland. I have a 2:1 in Graphic Communications with Typography from Plymouth University (specialising in branding in my final year), am a YCN Student Award winner and have worked for two years at Spencer du Bois for a wide range of clients within third sector. Additionally, I have created the brand of a number of Swiss-based organisations on a freelance basis, including Swiss Netball, the national association for netball in Switzerland. During my time at Spencer du Bois, I worked as part of a small design team creating brands and campaigns from concepts right through to implementation and guidelines. As well as creating the visual graphics, I was also frequently asked to developed tones of voice for brands and slogans for campaigns. I am very ideas-driven, constantly trying to find as many different solutions to a brief as I can, to ensure that I find the right one to answer the client’s specific needs. I am now available for work and am eager to take on a new challenge in branding and campaign design within an agency, where I will be able to work on a variety of projects and thrive in a creative environment.

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Skills

  • Branding
  • Campaign Design
  • Copywriting
  • Adobe CC
  • Website Design

Work history

2016

Junior Graphic Designer

Spencer du Bois

Sep 2014 - Sep 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • I joined Spencer duBois straight out of university on a 3 week internship and then became a Junior Designer working as part of their design team developing brand identities from concept through implementation. The variety of projects really allowed me to build my design skills not just in terms of software but also my idea generation skills, improving my knowledge of semiotics within branding. I was also able to develop my writing skills, developing unique tones of voice for brands, and creating language for campaigns. This quickly became one of my core strengths, especially as it tied into my passion for typography. Key brands I worked on: Volunteering Matters (Third Sector Award 2016 nominee), Recovery Focus, Watford Borough Council and NUS: FE unplugged campaign.

2016

Freelance Graphic Designer

Swiss Netball

May 2014 - Aug 2016
  • London, UK
  • Freelance
  • I was asked by Swiss Netball, the national netball association in Switzerland, to do a rebrand for them and have since completed several follow-on projects including further developing their brand, designing their national team kit and designing and developing their website (in collaboration with a web coder) at www.swissnetball.ch.

2013

Graphic Design Intern

Creaphisme

Jul 2013 - Jul 2013
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Internship
  • Creaphisme is a small design and communications firm in Geneva. I worked with the head designer on brand implementation projects for clients including Eurovision.

2014

Freelance Graphic Designer

ASK

May 2013 - Aug 2014
  • London, UK
  • Freelance
  • ASK is a Geneva-based charity helping children with special needs. I developed a new brand and worked closely with their marketing and digital team to implement the brand, create guidelines and develop their website at www.allspecialkids.org.

2016

Freelance Graphic Designer

Turkana Education Fund

Mar 2013 - Aug 2016
  • London, UK
  • Freelance
  • The Turkana Education Fund is a Geneva-based educational charity working in Kenya. An initial small branding project for them grew into a series of awareness campaigns and (most recently) the creation of their website (in collaboration with a web coder) at www.turkanaeducationfund.org.

2013

Graphic Design Intern

Wonder Room

Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
  • Plymouth, UK
  • Internship
  • Wonder Room are a design consultancy working within Plymouth University on a number of projects focusing on sustainability within the local area. I undertook a 5 week placement, working with 4 fellow students branding and implementing the “Food for Thought” café at Plymouth University.

Education

2014

Graphic Communication with Typography

Plymouth University

Sep 2011 - May 2014
  • Plymouth, UK
  • Final Mark: 2:1 Award Option: Identity and Branding University Societies: Designer, Plymouth University Design Society: September 2013 - May 2014 Created promotional materials for the different society events throughout the year. President: Plymouth University Design Society September 2012 - May 2013 My role included organising the guest lecture series through the year, during which I persuading Derek Lockwood, Worldwide Director of Design, Saatchi & Saatchi, to give a talk whilst he was on a business trip to the UK. I also led a team of 12 fellow students, responsible for running the society (social events, competitions, etc) and made a profit of £300 by the end of my presidency, which allowed the society to host more events the following year.

2011

BTEC Foundation Art and Design

City College Brighton and Hove

Sep 2010 - May 2011
  • Brighton, UK
  • Final Mark: Merit

2010

International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma (IB

International School Geneva, Nations Campus

Sep 2008 - May 2010
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Bilingual IB Diploma (English/French) Studied Art, English A1 and Geography at Higher Level & French A2, Biology, and Maths Studies at Standard Level.

Awards

2014

YCN Student Award

YCN

  • An international design award, based around a range of live creative briefs, written each year by a number of different partnering organisations. The award was for my awareness campaign for the Royal Albert Hall, (see www.ycn.org/awards).