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A brief chronological history of my working life over the last 20 years
Prior to working in the graphic arts industry I developed experience in general
management and eventually in setting up franchises in the UK and the US. Much of my
work then was as a specifier and buyer for design and print. It was during this
period I discovered my fascination for the industry; from the use of computers for
artwork creation to the dirty mechanics of the print trade.
I began my business servicing local printers who were mostly without modern
typesetting and design facilities, learning a great deal about lithographic
printing and finishing on the print room floor along the way. As I picked up larger
print jobs, this experience gave me the expertise to manage both pre-press and
complex production on modern offset litho machines. At the same time I developed
clients as a designer, starting with small local businesses and eventually with
regular clients including charities, local authorities, health service departments
and advertising agencies.
Unlike many graphic design studios, I use
PC's for design work in-house, while using Macs for freelance or on-site work. Being
technically-minded, I developed an expertise in cross-platform support in
installation and troubleshooting for printers and designers, as well as developing a
specialisation in Microsoft product customisation for business, and programming on
the Windows platform in general. I have a long association with Millharbour Digital Print who were early
adopters of large format digital printing. Through them I became involved in refining
PDF workflows, colour profiling and all types of digital print production for
advertising and exhibition displays.
Driven by an interest in new technologies
and techniques, more recent work has included database-driven website development and
content management in addition to conventional brochure sites. I've also developed
skills in 3D architectural visualisation and was involved in preparing visuals for
the Olympic Games site in Stratford.