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Cooper - Freelance Creative Artworker - Garforth, West Yorkshire, UK

Mark Cooper

Garforth, West Yorkshire, UK

Summary

Having over 20+ years on the Macs with skills in all the major graphic applications I can hit the ground running. Having experience in taking design to print ready artwork, working on DM, POS, packaging and corporate literature with a constant creative eye to produce the best looking product.

Services

Freelance Creative Artworker

Work History

Freelance Creative Artworker/Retoucher

M

October 2009 - October 2009

Clients including:
BBC Future Media (Design)
Banana Kick (Creative Artworking)
The Black Hole (Creative Artworking/Repro),
The Brand Nursery Ltd (Packaging design/visualising)
Smiffy's Creative (Retouching)
Elmwood Design (Retoucher/packaging artworker)
Hôme Advertising (Retouching)
490ª (Creative Artworking)
Five Talents (Creative Artworking)
Technik (Packaging Artworking)
Savvy Marketing (Creative Artworking)
Intermarketing (Creative Artworking
One Voice (Creative Artworking)

Freelance Designer/Creative Artworker/Retoucher

BBC Future Media

From October 2009

Clients including:
BBC Future Media Cadburys
Hallmark Kraft
HSBC Kenco
HBOS Asda
The Leeds Building Society Morrisons
Allied Irish Bank Sainsburys
Royal Sun Alliance Napolena
Lloyds TSB Brakes
Yorkshire Bank Argos/Homebase
Adidas BT
UGG TalkTalk
OTTO Group 3G
LaRedoute Proctor & Gamble
Mamas & Papas Unilever
Jet2 Glaxo Smithkline
Great Rail Journeys Motability
Superbreak Diabetes UK
Cumbrian Cottages RSPB
East Coast Trains
employment history )

Senior Creative

Artworker

June 2006 - March 2009

Retoucher/Repro Operator due to restructuring.

! Duties included the creation of artwork from concepts and brand
guidelines for a number of larger clients including: Barclays, Halifax,
Bank of Ireland and DWP.

! Whilst I had been at Communisis PMS I had been involved in the induction of seven different server systems which included training in
new operating software and hardware. I was also involved with the creation of skill assessment programs for performance management and training purposes.


Up to 1996! Previous employment includes:- Account management, various
managerial roles within graphics and production departments and roles as Visualiser/Creative Artworker


voluntary
! I was a trained member of the internal auditing team at Communisis
PMS for the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards as well as being a member of the Technical Improvement Group which involved assessing current
systems/procedures/software to make efficiency/financial improvement through the use of new technology. Trained In IiP appraisals. I am also
trained as a company fire martial and in the use of fire extinguisher
equipment.

Retoucher/Repro Manager

Artworker

March 2001 - June 2006

within the Barclays department working days. Creating and preflighting
supplied artwork, training new staff on servers, proofing equipment and procedures.

Senior Creative Artworker

Communisis

April 1996 - March 2009

Originally employed as Repro Manager Nights then promoted to Pre-Press manager Nights. Redployed to manage the repro output within the Barclays department working days, creating and preflighting supplied artwork, training new staff on servers, proofing equipment and procedures.
June 2006 - March 2009 Redeployed as Senior Creative Artworker/Retoucher/Repro Operator due to restructuring.

Duties included the creation of artwork from concepts and brand guidelines for a number of larger clients including: Barclays, Halifax, Bank of Ireland and DWP, hi-res image creation/photo retouching, Hi-end scanning, proofing.

Whilst I had been at Communisis PMS I had been involved in the induction of seven different server systems which included training in new operating software and hardware. I was also involved with the creation of skill assessment programs for performance management and training purposes.

Communisis Print Management Services

April 1996 - March 2009

Night Shift Manager Managing and supporting a team of artworkers,
repro operators and prepress operatives, hi-res image creation/photo
retouching, hi-end scanning and proofing.

Account Handler/Account Co-ordinator

Hill Meyer Allen

January 1995 - January 1995

Handling accounts for a number of blue chip clients including Halifax and British Rail and co-ordinating production for three Account Directors.

Studio Manager

Colbear Advertising

January 1993 - January 1995

Managing a strong team of artworkers working on TTL clients. Also managing the mac systems and servers.

Senior Creative Artworker

Ad Workshop

January 1992 - January 1993

Studio Manager

Principles Studio

January 1985 - January 1989

Senior Finished Artist

AB Marketing and Advertising Group

January 1981 - January 1985

Independant Team Leader with Utility Warehouse Discount Club

Freelance Creative

Projects

Jet2 Holiday Brochures

Working for an agency in Leeds I was engaged to develop templates and an automation system for the creation of page layouts for the range of Holiday brochures for Jet2 Holidays. This involved liaising with a developer in creation of a suitable spreadsheet populated with information that was uploaded to a DAM by the client. Using the spreadsheet and the Datamerge facility in Indesign I managed to semi automate the page production incorporating all descriptive copy, descriptor copy, prices including pricing tables, hotel specific logos, special deal graphics and all the individual hotel specific images. The only manual intervention being swapping of page layout for right and left and colourways. Overall a time saving of 60-70% was seen using this process.

UXD

I was involved in the initial updating of the BBC Knowledge & Learning infographics for web based application to a new design style to be implemented in mid 2014. This initially involved working in house in Salford appraising & feeding back to the internal editorial team on infographic designs for UX compliance and usability which were supplied by external agencies. Subsequent to this I was then commissioned as an external Infographics Designer to produce the graphics from scratch again following the styleguides.

Qualifications & Certifications

Garforth Comprehensive

C+G 7303 PTLLS

Joseph Priestley College

Certificate; GCE 'A' Art; Art

Garforth Comprehensive School

Garforth Comprehensive School

Wakefield District College

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