Pen Paper Pixels

Pen Paper Pixels

Pen Paper Pixels locationOundle, Northamptonshire

Excellent design is a vital part of any businesses brand and a striking visual is the most important way to hit the audience’s mind so that the message remains etched in the viewer’s memory. It is important that people get a feel of what your business is like before they decide to make contact. A thoughtful design captures the audience’s or a potential customer’s attention. With over 13 years experience in the design and print industry I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring life to your project. Working with you from start to the final printed product I can pull out your initial ideas to create a product that will hit the mark. Whether that be a new logo, a magazine or brochure or a whole new brand identity. I have worked with a number of high profile companies such as Disney, England Rugby, NBA, World Snooker and Manchester United to name a few, who require the highest standards met. These are the skills and experience I can bring to you.

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Pen Paper Pixels Q&A

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What information do you need from a client before you start work?

What do you need designed? (logo, poster, leaflet, stationary etc)
What words need to be included?
What images/logo do you want to include?
Do you have any preference of colour schemes and fonts?
What turnaround time do you need the project completed in?

What sorts of printing projects do you usually cater for?

Stationary (business cards, compliment slips, letterheads, envelopes)
Magazines
Brochures
Leaflets of all sizes
Promotional materials (pens, pencils, usb sticks, t-shirts etc)

Describe your creative process.

Once establishing your initial ideas and concepts I will look at your competitors in the market to ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
I will design up to 3 initial designs to then be submitted to you to review and then work on the second stage once I have received your feedback in what ways you would like to progress the design. Once this is complete and finalised I submit the final artwork files to you and if needed send the printers.

What information do you need from a client before you can start work?

What do you need designed? (logo, poster, leaflet, stationary etc)
What words need to be included?
What images/logo do you want to include?
Do you have any preference of colour schemes and fonts?
What turnaround time do you need the project completed in?

What do you love most about your job?

I love being in tune with the visual world more than the average person and using those skills to help others. I love the fact that I can look at a logo and cringe or gush about it. I love creating things out of great concepts and the sense of accomplishment that goes with it.

What inspired you to start your own business?

With a lack of challenging work in my day to day job I wanted to reach out for more exciting opportunities. Having a brain and a computer is all you need to realise all the other opportunities out there in the world to make like more exciting and challenging.

Why should our clients choose you?

Having a design career of over 13 years has given me a lot of knowledge and experiences to impart on new customers projects. I have never missed a deadline and the goal is always to make sure the the customers ideas are brought to life in the way they envisage.

Services provided by Pen Paper Pixels

Pen Paper Pixels Services

Print Media

I am a specialist print designer, anything from logos to magazines is my speciality.

Work history from Pen Paper Pixels

Work History

Senior Graphic Designer

Bauer Media

From July 2014 to present.

Bauer Media is Britain’s biggest magazine publisher. I work within the B2B department specialising in the fleet and automotive sectors,designing a number of magazines and supplements within this area. Working across such a number of publications simultaneously means working pro actively to maintain the magazines are on schedule and that copy and photography is received in time to meet multiple print deadlines. Recently I have completed a redesign of Automotive Management to bring new life into a outdated magazine that had progressed editorially but was stuck in an old design. It is now fresh and vibrant and designed to match the new editorial content which has now been added, aiding the reader to flow through the magazine with ease. On a daily basis I work closely with the editorial team to keep up to date with new content that is being commissioned and with the proofing stages of designed pages ready to preflight and send to press.

Art Editor

ProgrammeMaster

From November 2012 to June 2014.

ProgrammeMaster is one of Europe’s leading sports publishers. With a wide range of clients in the Barclays Premier League and many prominent global sporting bodies producing high-quality magazines, match day and event programmes. Starting off as a Senior Designer I quickly progressed within the company to Art Editor working alongside clients such as World Snooker, NBA and England Rugby to produce their event programmes and commercial magazines. On a daily basis I liased with the editors of the publications to design and proof the editorial pages to ensure that the publications hit tight deadlines. Client list: World Snooker, Liverpool Ladies FC, England Cricket, The British and Irish Lions, Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur, NBA, Scottish Professional League Football, Manchester United, England Rugby, RBS 6 Nations, West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur, Carling Cup, Johnston Paint Trophy, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Middleweight Graphic Designer

eMC Design

From June 2011 to November 2012.

eMC Design Ltd is a graphic design studio based in Bedfordshire specialising in book design and production. My role as a Middleweight Graphic Designer consisted of being responsible for all aspects of book design from initial concept design and layout, text formatting, proof corrections, artwork and photography commissioning to the completion of press ready files. I worked on projects for some of the UK’s top publishers such as Macmillan Education, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, all offering different challenges to the design of their publications. Responsibilities and duties: ■ Book design from initial concepts through to press ready files ■ Text formatting for initial layout of publications ■ Proofreading and corrections made to English and foreign language books ■ Working on multiple publications at any one time and meeting deadlines and 100% accuracy to publication proofs

Graphic Designer

H Bauer Publishing

From August 2008 to June 2011.

H Bauer is one of the largest consumer magazine publishing companies in the UK and my role as Graphic Designer consisted of the design and layout of the UK’s No.1 selling consumer magazine TV Choice and also TV Quick and Total TV Guide. Our workflow is taken upon ourselves to complete all editorial pages by our deadline date and we must work with all departments within the team to create the most striking and exciting layouts possible. Being able to work within a large corporation has given me valuable experience of working with strict brand styles and guidelines, working with them to create outstanding magazines designs. Responsibilities and duties: ■ Design and layout of TV Choice, TV Quick and Total TV Guide magazine editorial pages in InDesign from concept to production ■ Optimisation of all images used in Photoshop ■ Consistently maintaining the magazines brand guidelines

Graphic Design and Production Assistant

Lema Publishing

From July 2007 to August 2008.

Lema Publishing is a leading publisher of trade magazines. It encompasses a range of magazines from Gifts Today and Toys ‘n’Playthings to Picture Business as a few examples of the 11 magazines published. I worked closely with Disney and Hit Entertainment to create supplements to work alongside the trade publications. This involved me working on location from the Disney headquarters to work with their consumer products and creative team to adhere to Disney’s brand guidelines. Responsibilities and duties: ■ Design and layout of 8 trade magazines from concept to delivery of press-ready files ■ Working out-of-office with Disney and Hit Entertainment for supplement magazines ■ Prioritisation of workloads and schedules ■ Design and creation of client advertisements for inclusion in all 11 the companies publications ■ Completion of proof corrections from editors ■ Providing designs to other departments for company stationary

Graphic Designer

Watford Electronics

From July 2006 to March 2007.

Watford Electronics was an IT and electrical E-Tailor. My position as Graphic Designer required me to be creative in all aspects of the business including Watford Electronics subsidiary companies of PrintPod, Redten internet and Travelfone. My day-to-day tasks included the design of magazine and newspaper advertisements, corporate identity and branding, leaflets, brochures and web graphics. I was the sole Graphic Designer for the company, which enabled me to work under extreme pressure working to tight deadlines and meeting each and every one of them on time. Responsibilities and duties: ■ Design and layout of all Watford Electronics magazine and newspaper advertisements, leaflets and brochures ■ Design and creation of all website graphics and email advertisements ■ Assigned as Graphic Designer to 3 of the companies subsidiary companies

Graphic Designer

Corporate Creations / Digital Print Bureau

From July 2005 to July 2006.

Corporate Creations is a creative agency and digital printers. My role involved working on both sides of the company. This offered me the opportunity to work from start to finish on every project and also required me to prepare files for print. I dealt directly with clients from the delivery of the brief, throughout the development to the end product. From the digital printing side I have gained experience in print buying and quoting, having a full knowledge of the print industry. Responsibilities and duties: ■ Design of corporate brochures, stationary, leaflets and packaging ■ Second in charge of running the digital print studio ■ Liasing directly with clients regarding design development

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