Simon Whittaker

Illustrator and designer

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About me

 

I'm an illustrator and designer with 9+ years experience. I currently work in-house as a graphic designer, previous to this I worked as a web designer/front-end developer, so I'm comfortable designing for both print and web projects. During my career I've been involved in creating large volumes of artwork for print & web to tight deadlines, as well as being involved in a number of in-house projects & trials including training creation & provision, customer liaison & video production. I'm a member of the Association of Illustrators, currently available for projects, collaboration & commissions. I specialise in bold & bright vector character designs & texture heavy pieces. My tools of choice depend on the task in hand but mainly revolve around some combination of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, HTML, CSS, JQuery and PHP. Specialties: Graphic Design, Illustration, Hand coded CSS & (X)HTML, Web Design, Animation, JQuery

Skills

 

  • Print Design
  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Silkscreen
  • CSS
  • Design
  • Html
  • Pen Ink
  • Logo Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Jquery

Work history

Currently

Illustrator

House of Deadleg

Sep 2010
  • Freelance
  • Illustration and graphic design for print and web. I specialise in bold and bright vector illustrations and character design suitable to any application, but I have an adaptable style and am happy to work across mediums and software applications. I have a particular interest in animation and children's picture books, something I'm currently working on developing further for my portfolio. Recent clients include: Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach Beverley Literature Festival Artwaves Festival Ginger Wildheart Yu Magazine

2012

Frontend Designer & Developer

Save9

Jun 2011 - Nov 2012
  • Full Time
  • Primarily designing and developing websites from concept to final builds, working closely with a back-end developer/programmer, using (X)HTML, CSS and JQuery. Also designing apps, logos, direct marketing emails and print designs as required, attending meetings and pitches with clients and providing customer support over the phone and via email.

2011

Graphic Artist

Yell Adworks

Aug 2005 - Mar 2011
  • Full Time
  • • Primarily producing speculative visuals and adverts across a range of mediums and software, to a high standard and within a strict turnover period. Producing accurate artwork first time with minimal corrections enabled increased throughput and made sure targets were met without financial penalties. • Involved in numerous projects and trials, including; - SID (Strategically Intelligent Design) Working as part of a small team to provide an agency-style service for key customer accounts, creating bespoke branding and advertising solutions for print and web and liaising directly with customers and sales representatives. - Visual Portfolio • A high profile trial developing portfolios of artwork for customers, including printed adverts, video and a website collected together in a video presentation. • High demand for the product led to reduced throughput due to inefficient processes. • New templates were created to speed up website creation, CSS snippets were produced to enable quick and easy styling and key tasks were automated to speed up production of time consuming tasks, resulting in increased throughput and targets being met. • Oversaw the training of newcomers to the project and acted as point of contact to assist other members of staff with issues regarding website creation, utilising knowledge of HTML and CSS. - Illustrator Training Tasked with creating training materials for a national rollout of Illustrator throughout the business, learning new software skills to enable the creation of demonstration videos.

Education

2000

Art Design Specialist

York St John University

Sep 1997 - Jun 2000