Kristopher Bell

Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Location:United Kingdom
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/kristopherbell
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I’m passionate about what I do, providing attention to detail, new and innovative solutions to what ever my next task may be. I have gained experience in many different areas of design from stationary, catalogues, adverts to illustration, photography, 3D design and multimedia applications. For many years I have taken responsibility for projects from concept, through to production and have a proven history of successful leadership within creative teams. I thrive in fast pace environments, especially one that require fast thinking and problem solving. Having fun is important to me and feel that being positive in the workplace makes everything run smoother and inspires success.

I have permission to work in Australia and hold a permanent visa. Looking for a company who is seeking someone who is hard working and posses the right skills and attitude.

EMPLOYMENT

Graphic Designer / Photographer
Card Factory
Wakefield
April 2006 – Present date

Card factory is a greeting card retailer in the UK. I was appointed during the infancy of its creative department after the company decided to create its own design studio 6 years ago. Working closely along side the creative director and studio manager, my responsibilities have included the design of seasonal and everyday cards, Humour cards, Stationary packaging, 3D Gift products and packaging, Calendars, Gift Wrap, Point of Sale, Shop window graphics, Illustration and Photography. Team-leading projects to ensure work gets to the printers accurately and on time. I was also involved in building and managing a small photographic department. Other duties include the training of new designers, to bring them up to speed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Explaining both studio workflow and any software training they may require.

Key Achievements:

o Producing Conceptual designs and taking responsibility through to pre production level
o Understanding of print methods and finishing techniques
o Implementing and managing a photographic resource for the studio
o Team leading multiple projects
o Training new designers in all aspects of the studio workflow
o 3D visualisation for new store layouts and in-shop graphic design

Graphic Designer
Saville Audio Visual
York
October 2002 – April 2006

Saville Audio Visual is a supplier of audio visual solutions to both government and private sectors. I worked under the marketing manager to produce adverts, mailers, magazines, website and annual catalogue designs. Also the production of visual presentations to help with contract tenders. Being involved from the start of this creative department was a valuable experience, giving me the confidence to work in a fast paced environment with the ability to achieve consistent results.

Key Achievements:

o Learning new software enabling the studio to produce its own 3D visuals to clients
o Increasing the number of tenders won through improved presentation styles
o Conceptual catalogue work
o Design and maintenance of a monthly Ministry of Defence catalogue

TECHNICAL SKILLS

As well as using traditional methods of art, I am proficient in graphic software both on Mac
and PC platforms such as;

o Photoshop CS5
o InDesign CS5
o Illustrator CS5 + 3D plugins
o Corel Painter 11
o Adobe Lightroom 3
o Adobe Acrobat / Distiller
o Macromedia Dreamweaver MX
o Macromedia Flash MX
o Maxon Cinema 4D R13

In addition, the camera equipment I use is a canon EOS 5D mk2 with professional light set up.

EDUCATION

EDEXEL
Sheffield Norton College
HND Graphic Design
2000 - 2002

EDEXEL
Wakefield Thornes Park College
B-Tec National Diploma in graphic Design
1998 - 2000

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I am a keen photographer and have been lucky enough to photograph weddings and family functions. This is a lot of fun but also challenging, as it requires a certain amount of organisation. I enjoy off-roading in my 4x4 which takes me round many parts of the country, meeting new people and learning mechanics. I follow premiership football team Liverpool and a much more recent interest in rugby league. I also try to keep as active as possible - this could involve playing squash, football, gym or just going for walks.

REFERENCES

References from current and previous employers are available on request.
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Illustration