As comfortable providing art direction as taking projects from concept to delivery. Confident and approachable, creating visual impact for digital and print using either Mac or PC.

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David Gillis Online Portfolio: Tel: 07787 594379 Email: Skype: gillsansultra ABOUT ME AND MY WORK: Predominantly self-taught and continually adapting, influences and interests which fuel my imagination include music, hot rods, languages, martial arts and literature - to name a few. Fortunate enough to enjoy many creative disciplines, I take enormous pride in my work, attaching the highest level of commitment and energy - successfully marketing campaigns for businesses, organisations and individuals including: • Brocket Hall • Kodak • Hertfordshire Constabulary • AsusTek Computer Inc. • North Herts District Council • Xerox Corporation • Technika Mums Magazine (Baltics) A prominent highlight being awarded gold at the Newspaper Society Advertising & Digital Media Awards, for Retail Advertisement of the Year 2008 - featured in Campaign magazine. COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE: • Archant Herts & Cambs 03.2002 – 03.2011 Creating effective and stylish layouts for a range of magazines and publications, ensuring all are delivered on schedule. Collaborating closely with editorial to get the best possible visual solutions for the text, mindful of content and audience, engaging the reader. Offering solutions and ideas for articles as part of an ongoing development and review process. Most recently responsible for creating interesting and innovative layouts for Cambridge Explorer magazine and website - refreshing and updating the printed product, producing promotional material for the website re-launch and supporting sales tools. Contributing to team meetings, working with colleagues and other departments to improve and develop the magazines and publications, developing and maintaining strong internal and external contacts. Managing the production of effective display, marketing and exhibition material from artwork through to finished product, using external reprographic agencies where necessary. The position has responsibility for undertaking creative design tasks, with a degree of creative independence and flexibility, as contribution of ideas and imaginative input are encouraged within the bounds of the individual task. Functioning as a member of the editorial department, required to establish effective working relationships with various departments including production, distribution, marketing, training, sales and other creative design teams, advertising centres and external agencies. The role can be demanding, as it requires maintenance of high standards, whilst dealing with a high volume of work within fixed deadlines. Providing a full range of deadline-driven services as a Graphic Designer, between January 2005 – November 2010, developing a fluency in design for a wide range of published and online media. Time had to be used effectively, due to high customer demand and tight schedules. Co-ordinating with sales and supporting marketing teams from multiple sites, contributing to an array of awards and events and both printed and online publications, with promotional, branding, logo design, illustration, animation, presentation documents, stationery and advertising. Through working with the Creative department between 2002 and 2004, recognised the importance of design standards and accuracy, improving quality and sustaining high levels of workflow, creating fit for purpose promotional material. Self-reliant and motivated, ensuring personal skills and knowledge are updated, with a high level of commitment and enthusiasm. Decisive and able to prioritise under pressure, understanding the relevance and importance of team work and offering professional support to colleagues. • FMS Design Consultants, Hertfordshire Freelance 01-03.2002 Editing original artwork for many high profile accounts, working closely with company directors. • Flare Group, Hertfordshire 10.2000 - 01.2002 Client facing and liaising with suppliers, artworking and producing publicity materials. • Limetime Services, Essex 01.1998 - 08.2000 Branding and logo creation, designing point-of-sale, DVD packaging and exhibition stands for national events. TRAINING & EDUCATION: City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ IT Qualification 2010 Vocational It software and trouble-shooting training modules. Studying for entrance to the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer examinations (MCSE). Major Training, London 2008 Adobe Flash Animation Course. Havering Technical College Of Further & Higher Education, Essex 1990–1992 B/TEC National Diploma In Graphic Design. Typography, Contemporary Design, Art In Culture, Printmaking, Illustration, Cad, Photography And Filmmaking. Animation Sequence Submission To The Cannes Film Festival. Brittons Sixth Form, Essex 1988–1990 A Level In Graphic Design. Industrial Design, Advertising, Typography, Communication In Design. A Level Art And Illustration. Traditional Drawing And Painting, Art History, Composition, Technique And Form. Brittons School, Essex 1983–1988 A/S Level In Graphic Design. A/S Level Art And Illustration. GCSE Level Qualifications: Art & Design, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, History, Science, Geology.



Newspaper Society Advertising Design & Media Award for Retail Advertisement Of The Year 2008