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Creative ArtworkerLondon, United Kingdom
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Thomas Smith

Creative ArtworkerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Hello! I am Tom, a Creative Artworker for the Financial Times. Graduating from the London College of Communication with a first class degree in 2018, I have had previous experience at How to Spend it magazine, Quadrille publishing and the i newspaper. My skill set covers Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, with proficient knowledge of AfterEffects, alongside a working knowledge of Google Web Designer. I started life out as an editorial designer, but grew in to branding exercises, website mockups, presentation design and generalised artworking/design tasks. I have a particular interest in news, politics and current events. Feel free to enquire for more info!
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Projects credited in
  • FT x Zenith Watches — A forgotten treasure
    The online, social and print campaign is centred around the 50th anniversary of Zenith's iconic watch 'El Primero' (1969). In order to create something unique and unexpected for this luxury brand we partnered with Cosey, the celebrated Swiss comic book author, to create a scrollable digital comic strip that would tell the story of the destiny of the world’s first integrated and most accurate automatic chronograph The main deliverable for this project was a responsive bespoke one-page scroller
  • FT X Mitsubishi Heavy Industries — Managing the energy transition
    The project is an authoritative and prescriptive guide providing readers a review of the state of where we are, regarding energy use, state of the climate, the global economy. There are six chapters grouped by topics such as leadership, transport, investors, manufacturing consumption, energy producers and citizens as stakeholders. The approach taken is an illustrative one. The consistent elements throughout the series are the green land (nature), the bright sky (future) and the overall colours
Work history
    Creative ArtworkerFinancial Times
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    As a creative artworker at the Financial Times' Commercial Design branch, I am responsible for creating mockups of FT Paid Post products which are then pitched to potential clients; these can range from templated work to fully bespoke offerings. I am also responsible for creating pitch decks, traffic driver and user journey mockups, sales sheets and advertorials included in How to Spend it magazine, alongside more irregular work such as animated videos and 3rd party ads. During my time at the Financial Times, I have also covered another colleague’s maternity leave on the Brand Design team, for a period of five months. Within Brand Design, I worked on in-house campaign HTML traffic drivers, internal communications including assets across print and digital, artwork for events and various presentations. The FT also supports the charity Room to Read, and so I was responsible for laying out and designing their fundraising booklets. Furthermore, part of my role was to ensure that all work created sufficiently met the requirements set out by FT brand guidelines.
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    Design AssistantQuadrille
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    At Quadrille publishing, I was responsible for a variety of design tasks, many of which involved assisting the marketing and publicity departments. These tasks included; physically mocking up books, photographing books, designing menus, social media signage, social media assets, posters etc. I also made small movie clips to promote certain books using AfterEffects. Aside from those regular tasks, there was occasionally larger promotional tasks for me to get stuck in to, such as a bus advert and a window display at the flagship Waterstones store in Piccadilly Circus. For the design department, I laid out books and stationary designs, whilst also making corrections to pre-existing designs and adjusting them to certain specifications. Alongside these design tasks, I also assisted with reception cover and helped to run book launch events. For the design department, I lay out books and stationary designs, whilst also making corrections to pre-existing designs and adjusting them to certain specifications. Alongside these design tasks, I also assist with reception cover and help to run book launch events.
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Skills
  • Designer
  • Graphics
  • Graphic Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Abobe Illustrator
  • Indesign
Education
    BALondon College of Communication, UAL
     - London, United Kingdom
    At the London College of Communication I studied Graphic and Media design, where I focused on editorial design, particularly in regards to news and politics.