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Ricky Simmonds

Freelance Graphic Design and Visual Communicator

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsVisual Branding Assistant - Graphic Designer - Social Designer


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About me

As a designer with a passionate interest in ethics, values and grassroots activism, I believe in the implementation of honest, functional design to foster positive social change whether through education, empowerment or simply giving people something that they need in a manner that is right for them. I have a mature, pragmatic approach to print and digital design that values function over form, balancing principles of usability, legibility and succinct, purposeful communication with a close eye for detail. With a background in internal communications, brand communications and strategy, I have the experience and the knowledge to help brands reaffirm their core values, from volunteering with the smallest charities to working with the biggest companies. I have worked with clients including AXA, IKEA, Unilever, SIG and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, primarily in the field of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility reporting.

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  • Indesign
  • 1. Branding Identity
  • Editorial
  • Social Design
  • Communications
  • Branding Strategy

Work history


Graphic Design Intern


Apr 2017 - Jul 2017
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Internship
  • Primarily developing this small Social Design studio’s own brand refresh whilst working on various other branding and community design projects.


Graphic Design Assistant

The Ayres

Dec 2016 - Apr 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Artworking, art direction and editorial design connecting predominantly in the sustainability reporting sector for large clients including Unilever and IKEA.


Graphic Design Intern

Dorling & Kindersley

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship


Internal Communications Channel Manager

AXA PPP healthcare

Jan 2011 - Sep 2013
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Primarily responsible for the design and publication of the company’s strategically focused internal magazine, intranet, weekly internal news channels, quarterly manager meetings and annual employee briefings. This included managing stakeholders within the company to encourage employee engagement with the company’s strategic vision. The role included in both internal and external brand refresh programmes as the company looked to change its image and purpose to gain a majority market share.



Diploma in Professional Studies

University Of The Arts London

Sep 2016 - Jul 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • An industry placement year that requires students to work a minimum of 24 full weeks in design roles that are sourced and organised by the student with minimal support. During the year I conducted two lengthy internships whilst working on a number of self-initiated, collaborative and pro-bono projects for a variety of clients.


BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, First Class Honours

University Of The Arts London

Sep 2014 - Jul 2018
  • London, United Kingdom