Van Der Sluis - Graphic Designer - Bellville, Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Sean Van Der Sluis

Bellville, Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Summary

Designing is not just talent, it’s also believing in your ideas, understanding the customers’ needs, having determination to complete a project, getting up again when a project doesn’t make the grade, learning from the experience and doing something new and different next time, continuously changing.

I prefer quality to quantity and like to do a project as accurate, precise and perfect as possible. Some has described me as meticulous, and I am very mathematically orientated. I work well towards deadlines, and can handle pressure, the more challenging the project, the more I enjoy it. Doing research and combining various ideas is part of whole project, even before the design starts.

I offer 12 yrs experience in above and below the line advertising, advertorials, editorials, graphic design (retail & commercial,) using various applications such as Macromedia Suite, Corel Draw, and Adobe CS on both PC and Mac platforms. Experience includes troubleshooting & problems solving in terms of PC and MAC networks, as well as software and hardware installations. I have experiencing in designing projects ranging from printed media to large format design, including signage, screen printing and basic web design. I am a quick learner with a philosophy of learning something by working with it and doing it. Always striving for new and innovative designs and ideas, believing in translateral thinking.

I like laughing and making other people laugh. I do not drink or smoke and have very high standards and values. I enjoy meeting new people and quite often start conversations with strangers when in a queue or a crowd

Services

Graphic Designer

Summary:

In 1998 I decided to take a hobby of drawing pictures on a computer and turn it into a career. After doing a small course in Graphic Design with Quark, Freehand and Photoshop on a Mac, I was thrown in the deep end in my 1st job doing Corel Draw on a PC. Since then I build my career using both platforms as well as various design and DTP applications. I also worked out ways of crossing over files between the applications on both platforms.

Work History

Graphic Designer

Awesome Tools cc

December 2006 - December 2006

Corporate design/branding of Awesome Tools
Marketing products via press releases
Conceptualise and designing media advertisements
Web design and management
Basic IT support & troubleshooting of MAC/PC network and related problems
Layout and designing of: Point of Sale (POS) materials, Pricelists
Large format design
Engraving and laser etching:
Reproducing Logos for Engraving
Proofing of engraving Materials
Setting up and running barcode printer
Creating Product Catalogues
Creating Spec Sheets and Sell sheets for SA Market.

Graphic designer

Cape Flag

August 2006 - November 2006

GENERAL DUTIES:
Designing of flags
Acquiring approval
Setting up of positives and screens
Overseeing Production
Stock Control
PROGRAMS USED:
Coral Draw 10
Freehand MX
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Graphic designer

Smart Pages

February 2006 - July 2006

GENERAL DUTIES:
Designing of adverts
Acquiring approval
Design and layout of magazine (Incl. Front -page, index, puzzles and horoscopes)
Pre-flight of magazine
Preparing and completing final print ready and burning final print to CD
PROGRAMS USED: Adobe in Design CS2 & Photo Shop
Coral Draw 10
Macromedia Fireworks MX & Freehand MX
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Graphic designer

Mighty Group Holdings

May 2005 - January 2006

GENERAL DUTIES:
Designing of Educational posters, books, flipcharts
Designing adverts for educational range and stationary range
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe in Design CS2 & Photo Shop
Coral Draw 10
Macromedia Fireworks MX & Freehand MX
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Graphic designer

Grosvenor Branding Solutions

May 2004 - April 2005

GENERAL DUTIES:
Responsible for Screen-printing design and positives
Assistance on design and production for vinyl cutting
Design and layouts for digital printing
Application of vinyl signage
Office IT maintenance
Website Design and Maintenance
Assistance with the installation of signage
General Office Administration
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe Photo Shop
Coral Draw 10
Macromedia Fireworks MX, Dreamweaver MX & Freehand MX
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Administration Manager

Enhanced Web Management

June 2003 - April 2004

GENERAL DUTIES:
General office administration
Reception
Financial Assistant to the MD
Web design
Marketing Strategy Banner design
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe Photo Shop
Coral Draw 9
Macromedia MX Suite: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Freehand
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Graphic designer

DigiGraphix

April 2003 - May 2003

GENERAL DUTIES:
Large format printing assistant.
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe Photo Shop
Coral Draw 10
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

graphic designer

Electrontic Touch Systems

March 2000 - October 2002

GENERAL DUTIES:
Designing Membrane switches
Graphic overlays
Flexible circuits and Labels
Redrawing and Recreating unserviceable panels and membranes
Redesigning Circuitry
Redrawing Bitmaps and Jpegs to vector format for a silkscreen printing process
Setting up Files for the Laser-cutting of Spacing and Adhesive material
Operating Laser-cutter
Managing small LAN Network
Computer Maintenance
Purchase and upgrade recommendations
Setting up and maintaining Company E-mail.
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe Photo Shop
Coral Draw 8, 9 &10
Macromedia Freehand
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

graphic designer

The Sign Studio

October 1999 - March 2000

General Duties:
Redrawing Bitmaps and Jpegs to vector format
Recreating Logos
Scanning
Touch-up and printing Large Format Prints, up to A0
Designing Displays for Show Stands
Designing and printing props for Television
Designing various Business Signs
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe in Photo Shop
Coral Draw 8 & 9
Macromedia Freehand MX
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Digital Department Manager

PostNet (Fourways Mall)

April 1999 - September 1999

GENERAL DUTIES:
Running Digital Department, Internet Services and IT
Designing and printing of Business Cards, Posters, Brochures, Invitations, Letterheads,
Large Format Printing Solutions
Copying, Binding Laminating and Postal duties
Monitoring, Reporting and fixing of Electrical and Digital Equipment e.g. Faxes, Computers
Ordering Media and supplies for the Equipment
Scanning, Retouching, Printing and
E-mailing of Images for clients
Hardware and Software installations;
Managing group of 5 Post net’s IT
Consultation on various Applications like: Corel 8 & 9, MS Word, MS Excel,
Managing Customers Internet usage and e-mailing
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe Photo Shop
Coral Draw 8
Macromedia Freehand MX
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

graphic designer

Amourette Vorster Marketing Consultants

March 1998 - February 1999

GENERAL DUTIES:
Graphic design
Desktop publishing and layout Of MIMMOS & OCEAN BASKET Newsletters
Computer and network Maintenance
Photography
Converting Bitmap Images to Vector format
PROGRAMS USED:
Adobe Photo Shop
Coral Draw 6 & 8
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)

Projects

Adverts over the years

A selection of advertisements in various publications for our products

Banners

Designing a range of roll up banners for our products.

The Grif

Creating a fantasy image from a selection of photographs.

Framed Pegasus

Using various images, I created a Pegasus escaping from the picture on the wall.

Awesome Tools Catalogue 2012-2013

Designing our 2012-2013 products catalogue of 80 pages. It had to be designed in such a way to facilitate easy adding and removal of products, It is a large file, please be patient when downloading it.

Qualifications & Certifications

Certificate of Proficiency

AAA School of Advertising

L Th Diploma

Berea Theolgical Colege

Hartbeespoort High School

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