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PERSONAL PROFILE & KEY SKILLS

Over ten years’ experience in visual design, UI design, online advertising, branding and website design. I’m available to start work immediately. To view my portfolio visit www.boucs.co.uk

  • Passionate about making user interfaces easy to use and more effective
  • Research, planning and turning wireframes & briefs into great user experiences
  • Excellent problem solving skills and strong attention to detail
  • Creating layout ideas and solutions with strong Photoshop skills
  • Confident in understanding and following brand style guidelines
  • Liaising with producers, project managers and developers to deliver successful results

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Digital Senior Designer – Ancestry (Online family history resource)
10/2014 – 09/2015

  • Developed creative solutions for the Easter, Bank holiday and Engagement digital marketing campaigns, strongly focused on landing pages, on-site promotional banners and emails. Extending campaigns into other channels, including social media, mobile, display and other global markets
  • Collaborated throughout projects with creative directors, copywriters and marketing team partners to take direction, go beyond what is asked and constantly challenge myself to create fresh compelling design across a wide variety of projects
  • Responsible for the quality of all visual work assigned, ensuring that it stayed on brand, follows identity/brand standards and best practices with the objective of reaching the target audience
  • Take complex information and concepts and develop them into engaging user experiences that are easily understood by our target audiences and inspire them to engage with our brand
  • Gained strong interpersonal communication, organisation and time management skills, by constantly working across the international teams in the US, Ireland and Germany
  • Able to be flexible and adjust to changing priorities through the varied and diverse project ranges
  • Main skills used: Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Reasons for leaving: Position became redundant

Designer – Oli and Zoe’s Food Co.
07/2013 – 09/2014

  • Worked on the branding, logo design, ideas generation and development for the product
  • Created the packaging design for the product
  • Designed all things digital for Oliandzoe.co.uk, creating web pages, branding and graphics

Designer – Kuoni Group
01/2011 – 06/2013

  • Websites worked on – Kuoni.co.uk, Apollo.se, Octopus.com (Online hotel booking website)
  • Worked on the Kuoni.co.uk site designing page layouts, developing graphics and functionality throughout the site, whilst maintaining brand consistency
  • Designed the Octopus.com site including the home page, search results page, ho­tel details and booking path pages, improving the user experience and bringing a more direct approach to making bookings
  • Created website graphics forcom including merchandising banners, landing pages, finding suitable images for all sites and promotions, delivering to a high standard and working to tight deadlines
  • Designed advertising banners while working with the affiliate and marketing team, to help drive traffic to Octopus.com. Banners promoted the Octopus brand, latest offers and hotel destinations
  • Designed and coded email templates
  • Brand guardian, making sure the Octopus brand wasn’t compromised
  • Designed sites and merchandising banners for Kuoni and Apollo following brand guidelines
  • As the only designer for Octopus.com I was responsible for all creative requirements, working with all members of the team, including the MD, trading team, marketing team and product team
  • Main skills used are Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash & Dreamweaver

Freelance Designer
04/2009 – 12/2010

  • Kuoni Group (see above)
  • Barkers (Recruitment advertising agency) – Website design & online advertising for Hampshire Council

Career break – Travelled around South America
10/2008 – 04/2009

Interactive Designer – Barkers (Recruitment advertising agency)
02/2006 – 10/2008

  • Main responsibilities included designing websites and digital advertising (flash banner designs, email designs and general animations). Main skills used are Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator
  • Designed and worked on the McDonald’s ‘Our Lounge’ intranet home page, the ‘My McJob’ digital advertising campaign (banners, emails etc) and an interactive mini flash site & flash intro
  • Produced banners, emails and a website (including a flash intro) for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Designed career websites for Toyota graduates, Croydon College, Imperial Tobacco, The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Balfour Beatty and Hillingdon Youth Work
  • Worked on digital advertising campaigns for MI6, Microsoft, Middlesex University and Accenture
  • Liaised with the campaign management team to work out schedules and timings, meet technical specifications and work to tight deadlines for online advertising projects
  • Worked on pitches and successful in winning new business for the company
  • Promoted to an interactive designer from a junior digital designer
  • My work was shortlisted for the CIPD awards – online category
  • Successfully completed training in Flash (intermediate level) and also usability & accessibility courses

Freelance Designer
04/2002 – 02/2006

Barkers (Recruitment advertising agency) – Designed and built websites, emails and online advertising

  • Them (Integrated advertising agency) – Worked on animations and website development
  • AK Designer (my own company) – Work included designing brands, logos, websites, icons, presentations, flash animations, product leaflets & posters. Built up a list of clients, achieved lots of repeat business, working budgets out for clients and organizing projects from start to finish
  • Complete Genius (Financial software developer) – Website design, development and build for Scottish Life, RBS, Natwest, London College of Printing and Thames Valley University

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2000 – 2001 – Direct Computer Training – IT Training in HTML, JavaScript, Photoshop and Flash

1999 – 2000 – Somerset College of Arts and Technology – Ba (Hons) Design (Packaging) – 2:2

1996 – 1998 – University Of Salford – HND Graphic Design – Pass

1995 – 1996 – London Guildhall University – Art Foundation Course – Pass

REFERENCES

Supplied upon request

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