Pettipher - Art Director - Gordons Bay, Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Mark Pettipher

Gordons Bay, Cape Town, WC, South Africa


Art Director

Work History



August 2012 - August 2012

DPS is a Design and Photographic services company.
But it goes beyond that - it offers a full turn key service, copy writing, editing, design and layout of books, magazines and brochures, through to print buying.
Photography wise we offer industrial, commercial and editorial photography ranging from pack shots, delicate food to chunky mucky get amongst it industrial work.

General Manager (Cape Town)

Media Nova

March 2011 - August 2012

Ran the day to day requirements for the production of Property Magazine - 4 editions a month, Sandton Magazine, Property Review and Property Developer, as well as Promo Magazine.
Carried out all print buying and handled all communication with printers and third party suppliers.
Carried out the functions of a General Manager, which involved managing cash flow, staff and editorial as well as the production process.

General Manager

Media Nova

March 2011 - August 2012

Group Creative Director

Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing

December 2008 - March 2011

Responsible for the Group's public visual image, the creative department and all external client work. Working with a team of 12 talented individuals the creative department is responsible for advertising artwork which goes into our 10 or so titles, Exhibition work from stand design through to exhibition collateral. External client work consists of Annual Reports, Corporate brochures and specific advertising campaigns for our trade titles.

Editorial & Publishing Manager

Al Hilal Publishing Marketing Group

November 2008 - December 2008

* Produce editorial synopsis for publications and monitor agreed editorial and production schedule
* Raise estimates for the production of each publication and monitor budgetary progress
* From an agreed content menu gather and research editorial material and images
* Write the editorial text and when necessary take the original photographs
* Conduct interviews in person or by phone when required
* Liaise with relevant departments on design and production requirements to ensure that printing deadlines are met
* Monitor the advertisement artwork progress using the current system we have in place
* Where necessary commission freelance contributors, photography and other creative work, other than would be undertaken by the design studio

Country Manager

Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group

June 2005 - November 2008

Primarily business development and looking for publishing opportunities in Qatar, responsible for getting revenue from the Qatar Market and for advertising sales in 12 of the Group's publications. Gulf Construction, Gulf Industry, Oil and Gas News, Travel and Tourism News, Arabian Knight, Arabian Lady, Middle East Medical, Middle East Interiors, GEM, Gulf Daily News, Gulf Weekly and Ahkbar Al Kaleej,

Retail Marketing Manager

McCann Erickson - FP7 - Bahrain

March 2005 - June 2005

Investigated brand positioning and point of sale placement, wrote sales incentives and submitted strategies for implementation of the BATELCO telecom and Gulf Air airline brands into retail outlets.

Head of Studio and Art Director

Euro RSCG - Bahrain

January 2002 - January 2005

Set up studio in Bahrain and ran it, met with client, took briefs from client and produced whatever visual material was required for both ATL and BTL campaigns. Carried out 'pitch' work and ran with clients once won.

Publishing Manager and Senior Art Director

Euro RSCG - Dubai

January 2000 - January 2002

Looked after the design and photography for a variety of inflight duty free magazines, namely Gulf Air, Kuwait airlines, and Lotus, Midwest and Shorouk airlines in Egypt.
Also responsible for the design and art direction of the Chaloub Groups loyalty magazine Seasons. Wrote some articles photographed the luxury brands to go into the publication and carried out the design and finished artwork.

General Manager

Digital Design Services

January 1994 - January 2000

Similar to DPS - this was a full turn key design studio, working with clients such as lloyds Bank, EMI music, Emirates airlines and Ernst & Young.
Produced POS material and Arabic adaption of product for the Middle East Market, BTL material for Ernst & Young as well as implementation of new CI requirements across all literature for the Middle East. Produced Holiday Brochures for Emirates Airlines.

Art Director

Motivate Publishing - Dubai

January 1993 - January 1994

Designed and produced books, brochures and magazines

Design Studio Manager

MacMillan Publishing - London

January 1991 - January 1993

Designed and Produced Advertising and Marketing material for all of MacMillans magazines...

Senior Designer

Medicine Group - Abingdon near Oxford

January 1989 - January 1991

Design and Layout of medical publications and conference papers

Art Director

Motivate Publishing - Dubai

January 1984 - January 1989

Designed books, brochures and magazines

Art Editor

Morgan Grampian Publishing - Woolwich

January 1983 - January 1984

Designed two trade press magazines

Assistant Art Editor

Benn Publications

January 1982 - January 1983

Main task was to layout two magazines, Large Mixed Retailing as well as Nurseryman and Garden Centre, under the guidance of Anthony Essam, the then Art Editor

Studio Junior (Vacation training)

National Magazine Company

January 1976 - January 1981

General 'dog's body', assisting with PMT's, artwork and layout initially on Good Housekeeping magazine, but then later on She and Harpers and Queen magazines.

Al hilal Group

Creative Director

Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group

Qualifications & Certifications

Post Grad

Brighton Art Teachers Collage


Maidstone College of Art

Maidstone College of Art

Guinea Fowl

Guinea Fowl High School

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