I have always had an eye for design and detail, which led me to pursue a career in graphic and web design. Following my education, studio and freelance work, I feel this is an ideal role for me to continue my progression.
My record of achievement so far includes the following:
After sixth-form, I undertook a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to prepare for university. This was central to my development as a graphic designer, as I was introduced to new software, thought processes and project skills.
As a student at the University of Derby, I flourished as a designer, building on my raw skills and passion for the subject. I sought out a wide range of design briefs, including competitions and corporate work, as well as projects set by my tutors covering areas such as branding, exhibitions and advertising campaigns.
Since university – and despite working full time – I have continued to take on graphic design projects as a freelance designer. This has kept my portfolio fresh and sharpened my skills in a highly competitive working environment. In particular, while working for a cocktail bar, I was given responsibility for marketing and the design of posters, flyers, menus and business cards.
As regards charity work, I enjoyed a six-month role as graphic designer for Oxfam’s music-based charity Oxjam. This involved creating a logo to represent Lincoln, producing art work for funding events, and branding Oxjam’s main event, the Oxjam festival. I also liaised with printers and other members, communicating feedback and ensuring guidelines were followed.
In terms of studio experience, I worked as graphic design assistant for my Students’ Union, working on poster campaigns using InDesign and Illustrator, in liaison with other officers. I also updated and installed software, and was a “troubleshooter” fixing computers, internet connections and printing problems.
In 2011, I benefited from a three-month placement with Nottingham-based visual communication company Vanishing Point. I worked closely with the head graphic designer, photographer and studio stylist on projects for Dunhelm Mill’s website and the Next spring catalogue.
As regards my skills development, I have successfully completed an Adobe Certified Web Design course in Dreamweaver and Flash. I have also become skilled with Adobe Muse, which I used to create my personal design website.
Regarding my most recent full-time role, I was appointed Corporate Digital Design and Engagement Officer at Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) in February 2013. This has enabled me to put to good use everything I had already learnt and, crucially, to develop into a more rounded professional.
I was an integral part of a small team dealing with digital communications, and enjoy the teamwork this involves. At the same time, I was the sole contact for the entire council for all things design, print and brand-related, giving me a fair degree of independence.
I worked across a broad spectrum of services with very different requirements, such as Children’s Services, Adult Care and Economic Development. I was also responsible for creating important policy documents for local and central government. Overall, I had to be very adaptable and capable of dealing with high-pressure scenarios, which is something I thrive on.
Being the brand guardian helped me develop a greater understanding of how integral guidelines and consistency are to the reputation of a brand. To share this awareness with colleagues, I often had to present branding advice to services across LCC, highlighting at the same time the high-quality design and print services I provided.
Looking to the future, after three years at LCC, I feel absolutely prepared for a new challenge such as the role you are advertising. I would also be excited at the prospect of transferring from the public to the private sector.
On a personal level, I have always intended to live and work in London. I have recently moved to North London where I am looking forward to spending the next chapter of my life in this city.
In terms of my career, I am determined to pursue my passion for graphic design. I would relish the opportunity to develop my creativity and use my skills to maximum effect.
- After Effects
- Adobe Muse
- Microsoft Office