CV2011

Name: Stephen Constable

Address: 35 Lister Road Ipswich Suffolk IP1 5EQ

Mobile: 07939 229 212

e-mail: work@stephenconstable.co.uk

website: www.stephenconstable.co.uk

Positioning

I've been a communication freelancer for ten years, during which time I've built up an envious collection of skills including; print and online design, art direction, brand guidance, client expectation management, project management, print buying, financial reporting, account management and a detailed understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) that only daily use can provide.

I have created not only the visuals - including either taking the photography or art directing it - but in some cases also written the copy for a number of brochures, folders, websites, emailers, leaflets, newsletters, catalogues and adverts. For the vast majority of these I was the client's main contact, achieved sign off at each stage of the process and managed the project life-cycle from start to finish.

Key Responsibilities

  • Creative direction
  • Creative team management
  • Creative production
  • Brand creation
  • Brand management
  • Initial client contact
  • Project scope and costing
  • Presenting and definition
  • Briefing and team management for both creative and technical disciplines
  • Client account management
  • Financial control and reporting

Technical

  • 20 years use of Apple computers and Operating Systems
  • Daily use of Adobe Creative Suite (In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Daily use of Quark Express
  • Daily use of Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
  • Good understanding of HTML and CSS software
  • I have a lot of hands-on experience with print preparation and print-ready artwork, including colour separation, and have experience of working in both a digital and litho print environment.
  • I understand the general technical, social and accessibility issues surrounding interactive development, including usability and architecture, and understand Search Engine Optimisation principles alongside Pay-Per-Click and e-mail based campaigns.

Work Experience

2006-Present - Freelance Designer/Project Manager/Writer

I am currently, amongst other things, looking after the marketing and design for the Ipswich Film Theatre. Before that, I completed a 6 month contract putting together a marketing strategy, brand revamp and guidelines on the build and integration of a new website for a garment printing company. I encouraged a more up-to-date approach to promotion, making a number of recommendations that the company are hoping to implement over the next 12 months.

Other projects included providing regular creative direction and design input for a printers, designing and project managing a new eCommerce website for a global health food company and designing, artworking and print managing a 24 page brochure for a theatrical services company. My wife and I also spent 6 months traveling, including visits to America, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

2004-2006 - Project Manager, Creative Company

Creative Company offered both traditional and new media skills to the market. My contract within the company was to manage all projects within their new media offering, called 'Squaremackerel'. Key responsibilities ran from initial client contact to project scope and costing, through to team management and financial control. Most projects would start with establishing requirements, providing the team with a design brief, constructing the written proposal and pitching creative ideas and costs before agreeing timescales, project deliverables and milestones. Once agreed, my task was to manage the team, the workload and the process, ensure deadlines were met and costs were adhered to. I managed outside suppliers, negotiated fees and submitted financial and project reports, but the main focus was to deliver a results driven, financially successful project.

2002-2004 - Freelance Designer/Project Manager/Writer

During this period I worked with a number of design companies, on projects such as marketing campaigns for Suffolk County Council (including writing and voicing radio ads), and exhibition design and management for companies like Mattel and Atco. I worked alongside B&Q on the branding and placement of products in stores for Binatone, and I also continued to write music related articles for the East Anglian Daily Times, and Word Magazine.

2001-2002 - Design Director, turQuoise/4eN

turQuoise was the design communications arm of 4eN, and initially, the role was to create a brand (both online and print) for both 4eN, and turQuoise. Design responsibility for projects in general followed - including art directing photo shoots; managing brainstorms and dealing with clients - and the role grew following the departure of the Creative Director to encompass line responsibility for four people.

1999-2001 - Lead Creative, Amaze Ltd

Responsibility for the graphic design and navigation of large scale projects, in parallel with a lead developer and a producer. Client facing, the role included attendance at pitches, presentations, running meetings and managing workload for designers assigned to projects. A lead also became involved in preparation of documentation for projects. Clients included Proctor & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi and the DfEE.

1996-1999 - Senior Creative/Project Leader, L&H Ltd

Provided creative solutions and managed the design and development process of new media projects for a number of clients including; BT, bgplc, BAA, and Government departments. The responsibility was all encompassing - from first client contact through proposal and managing the process, controlling the budgets and person hours and delivering projects on time and to budget. Projects included visits to clients in Houston TX and New York City.

1990 - 1996 - Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer

Provided traditional and new media design services for a number of clients including BT and Carat Interactive. Projects ranged from newsletters, brochures, exhibition stands, and branding communications to video direction and production, art direction, CD-ROM's and online projects for clients such as BT, Volkswagen and NatWest.

1987 - present - Freelance Journalist, East Anglian Daily Times

1988 - 1990 - Project Manager/Office Manager, ID&D Ltd

1986 - 1988 - Draughtsperson, Suffolk County Council

1984 - 1986 - Sales Assistant, Andy's Records

©2011 Stephen Constable