- Full-time employee at a digital agency. The client-management, solution-based approach requires me to have both client-facing and technical skills. - I manage the Hodder & Stoughton, Hodder Headline, Hachette Children’s and Head of Zeus accounts and I am the direct point of contact for publishers, producers, editors and designers. My titles have included Nadiya Hussain and Gordon Ramsay cookbooks, David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest and children’s activity books such as the National Gallery’s Great Art Activity Book. - My primary task is to prepare industry-standard, print-ready pdfs for a variety of published material ensuring that digital assets are ready for press. I create pre-press materials from open files assessing and editing each image or source on its own merit and applying a creative and technical solution. - I retouch and profile images based on my detailed knowledge of colour management. I am proficient in page make-up and optimisze images using web curves, understanding how physical printing techniques and variety in paper stock affect affect colour, ink tack and image atmosphere. - I work on proofing; page make-up, especially for illustrated books; text/image corrections; creating marketing materials; creating and resizing covers; scanning sources, including transparencies; plate sections; and reprints. - I use a variety of workflows, FTPs, which all vary depending on publisher, and Digital Asset Management systems. I have a detailed knowledge of GMG software and VIP and CITO softwares, which I use to create a flatplan of pages for digital production. - I provide administrative support preparing invoices with extensive use of PROAD software, costing, data entry, filing, maintaining computer records, making and answering telephone enquiries and I am also responsible for the colour calibration and smooth-running of the proofing machines.
Devised and implemented the storage management system in use for the whole art fair. Maintained accurate logs, coding system and security protocols: required a heavily methodical approach. A largely client-facing role: I liaised constantly with project managers and gallery owners. This required a forward-thinking and problem-solving mindset and excellent interpersonal communication.
Editing text: I work extensively editing caption content for non-fiction books on history and culture. I have a great eye for detail and a consistent approach in formatting text and organising its relation with images. The books I work on include buyer’s guides which require a high level of in-depth research. I liaise continuously with the team of editors and project manager to coordinate workload and objectives. Editing images: I edit detailed images to achieve a high-res end result. I am highly skilled with Photoshop. I have exceeded the expected workload on a recent project on world silver marks, managing to edit thousands of images within weeks. Managing input of data: I coordinate the input of information and data onto the company database using internal company software. I am able to prioritise the relevant records and tag and integrate them accordingly to progress deadlines. I have high standards of data entry and enjoy the research and organisation of metadata. I am able to eliminate duplicity and inefficiency to achieve a streamlined end result. I developed a unique coding system for images to streamline the input of data and metadata. Administrative support including data entry, filing, making and answering telephone and email enquiries, updating computer records and writing documents and reports with extensive use of Microsoft Office.
Editing text: I worked to edit the text of non-fiction cookery and craft books to a consistently high standard. I worked with multi-author sources to maintain consistency and accuracy. Comparison and correction of English and American texts. I worked to transcribe English editions of non-fiction books to American standards of measurement, spelling and publishing specifications.
Sales representation and product promotion for high-quality Scandinavian furniture products: this required rapid learning of the brand and strong interpersonal skills and verbal communication.
Collection and assimilation of international communications data via interviews and research. I worked extensively to liaise with the communications and acquisitions teams whilst learning Swedish language. Market research: I researched international market competitors with regards to pricing, branding, product descriptors and product placement. I compiled market research documents for ongoing use within Xylem and presented my work to senior company members.
Digitisation: I photographed and scanned a diverse array of primary sources and documents to help the museum's programme of creating a digital archive. I edited, uploaded and applied relevant metadata to contribute to this digital archive which provides a fantastic base for wider public access to history and a foundation for research. Curation: I helped with the curation of the Bubbles and Bankruptcy temporary exhibition for the Department of Coins and Medals. I researched extensively for the blurbs of this exhibition. I also worked with the mounting and installation. I made object lists and helped with the ordering and organisation of the exhibition material. I learnt the relative importance of specific information for exhibitions and also how to liaise with a diverse array of museum staff to achieve timely results. Writing and editing museum website and exhibition content: I researched extensively for the museum’s public website. I also sourced and edited complex archival material to help the museum’s objective of making records public. I worked to industry standards to facilitate records being made available for experts and the public. Editing images: I scanned and edited images for museum website. Working mainly with coins and notes from the French Revolution, I gained significant Photoshop skills. I also researched each object and was responsible for writing descriptions of the objects by conforming to the museum’s complex description standards.