Starting in a night shift role working to strict guidelines to produce Direct Marketing for the Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank. I worked from either annotated pdfs or designers scamps. The role required a deep knowledge of print production and self reliance.
I moved to the Legal & General account in a satellite office for a position on days and I also served in a ‘fire brigade’ role moving to other sites on a ‘ad hoc’ basis when workloads dictated.
With the break up of the RBS group the WorldPay account was created and I was asked to step in to take on the role of producing all the artwork. The work is varied, covering everything from Direct Marketing to promotional one off items for internal use.
The role also requires some customer facing duties, such as taking briefs directly and discussing production requirements and timings. I am also responsible for the flow of work through the office including booking jobs in, releasing work for approval, despatch to printers and archiving of completed work.
Some freelance roles producing packaging before accepting a full time position with The Think Tank as Studio Manager.
My role included Server management (including the mail server), Technical support, and Lead Operator producing artwork for advertising, point of sale, reports and product brochures.
A varied role that required a broad knowledge of Pre-press and Printing. Progressing through various roles from art working, running the studio, training staff and technical support.
I was seconded by the development team so that I could help develop bespoke plug-ins/extensions for the automated processes we were creating in house. This included beta testing development builds of software, analysing the results and making recommendations.
Due to my experience with the software, I became responsible for ensuring all members of production staff are kept up to date with changes in procedure and software as result of the automation. To support this I produced in house manuals and documentation.
As a major client moved all their production files to InDesign I was tasked with setting up a training course to ensure operators are conversant with InDesign. While Team Leader for Point of Sale and Special Packaging I assisted in the roll out of these new processes across both our production sites in London.
Sample documentation for special packaging special_packaging.pdf (17.5Mb)
Responsible for creating packaging for pharmaceuticals (labels and cartons) and information leaflets for patients. Assisted in setting up procedures and work flow with a new print supplier in Ireland. Provided some technical support for the Macintosh machines. After moving to TM (AGI), I continued to work for Norton on a temporary freelance basis.
Implemented a coherent back up strategy and involved in the introduction of a modern network and the change from Mac OS 7.x.x to OS 9. Continued to carry out my duties as a typesetter/art-worker and repro operator, liaising with clients and taking design briefs.
Design and production of publicity material for a variety of companies from original concept to final film. Liaised with outside designers and make their files print ready. I was also responsible for ordering materials and organizing the servicing of equipment. Developed and implemented a back up strategy.
Various positions in Derby.
• Designing brochures, leaflets and flyers for local businesses and organisations.
• Gained modern qualifications in DTP and AutoCAD.
• Produced artwork for a local magazine.
• Producing films for confectionary packaging and gift wrapping paper.
• Film separations for personalised cheque books from High Street Banks.
• Tickets for National Express Coaches and other forms of security printing.
• Dark Room practice, generating half tones, reversals and bromides.
• Production of local free news papers.