About

Skills

BRUSH
Artworking, layout, packaging, POS, stationery, logo creation, website design and implementation
PAINT
Retouching, image creation, visualising, colour balancing, colour change
COMPUTER
IT Support, Apple hardware and software, networking, troubleshooting

PEOPLE
Production Management, team management, extensive print knowledge

Career Summary


A highly motivated individual with excellent hands-on studio and project management skills, complimented by creative and technical skills including packaging artwork, retouching, visualising, colour management, multimedia, web implementation and extensive troubleshooting IT skills.

Over 20 years within the design industry have honed good interpersonal skills enabling Neil to manage and build good relationships with clients and suppliers as well as build strong skilled teams around him. His roles have involved strategic brand planning and development, client briefings, developing, reviewing and implementing new production and artworking procedures. He is a hardworking, a dedicated team player with a good sense of humour, even under pressure. Neil is always ready and willing to learn and develop new systems. With an appetite to push the bounds of technology.

Experience


Freelance senior creative artworker, retoucher, visualiser, Mac IT troubleshooter and production management.


Agencies: Burberry, Lothar Böhm, Brandme, R-Design, Ziggurat, Liquid Marque, Wonderlandwpa, BTL Brands, Relish Design, Liquid Marque, Tjark & Tjarks, Identica, Dew Gibbons, Geometry Global, Illumination (LFH) and G2 Joshua.

Clients and Brands: Lucozade, Burberry, Morrisons, The Sanctuary Spa, Kronenbourg, Orangina, Kerry Foods, Lidl, Tesco, Aldi, BAT Dunhill, Cadbury, Vodafone, Nectar, HSBC, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Philips, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Knorr, B&Q, Nestlé, Yoplait, Universal, Hamleys, Suchard and LTA.


Head of Production and Senior Creative Artworker


Vivid Brand is a Shopper Marketing Design Agency, working with some of the world’s largest brands, including: Philips, Coca-Cola, Hamleys, Nestlé, Colgate Palmolive and Universal. Vivid specialise in the complete shopper experience from POS to packaging. Neil’s role included the hands-on management of production personnel (full time and freelance artworkers, retoucher, visualisers) and IT resources.

Clients: Philips, Coca-Cola, Hamleys, Nestlé, Colgate Palmolive and Universal.


  • Hands-on artworking, visualising, image creation, retouching and colour balancing.
  • Building interactive PDF and presentation tools and developing client web sites.
  • Managing and IT support, budgeting, planning and implementing all hardware and software upgrades for a network of 25 mac’s and servers.

Project Manager and Senior Creative Artworker


LFH is a Design and Print Management Agency working for 4 different Unilever food and non-food categories, Neil’s was one of two hands-on the Project Managers on the SCC category (Spreads and Cooking Category) for the European markets. Brands included ‘Flora’, ‘I Can Believe it’s not Butter’ and ‘Stork’. LFH developed and used the latest artworking, repro and proofing techniques and used the ArtPro and NEXUS workflow systems for final repro, and using the KODAK Approval System for proofing accurate press ready proofs.

Clients: Unilever and Coca-Cola.


  • Leading and project managing a team of between 6 to 12 full time and freelance senior artworkers.
  • Hands-on creation and management of over 1200 artwork builds and releases per year.
  • Project development and implementation with clients and suppliers, involving strategic brand planning and development, initial client briefings and stretching known technological constraints and boundaries.
  • Developing, reviewing and implementing new internal production and artworking procedures.
  • Part of the senior management team.


Studio Manager and Senior Creative Artworker


Volcano was a below-the-line creative agency specialising in FMCG packaging. Neil’s role included the day to day running of a busy studio, using my full working knowledge of repro, print and new media production and IT to advise, create, oversee and signing off all production artwork.

Clients and Brands: ABF: Ryvita, Crackerbread, B&Q, Dairy Crest, Gerber: Libby’s Organics Juice, Fruit Passion Fairtrade Juice, UmBongo and; UmOgnob, Kalido, The Little Big Food Company, LTA (The Lawn Tennis Association), Nelsons, Nestlé: Nescafé, Sun-Pat, Gales, Crosse and Blackwell, Nesquik, Herta, Rowntree’s, Suchard and Yoplait/Weightwatches.


  • Visualising 2D & 3D images, high resolution image creation, retouching and colour balancing.
  • Building websites and interactive CD Roms. Including the full implementation of the www.livevolcano.co.uk web site.
  • Managing and training a team of 3 artworkers and a member of the executive management team.
  • IT manager and support for the network of 20 mac’s and 5pc’s, including all telecommunications.


Studio Manager and Artworker


David Tauber Graphics was promotions agency specialising in a wide range of low cost paper products such as hats, masks, goodie bags and die cut paper 3D models.

Clients: Esso, Proctor & Gamble, Renault, Ford, Peugeot, McDonalds, Virgin.


  • Creation of visuals, NPD, designs and artwork, including retouching, illustration, design layouts.
  • Full IT systems support for network of 10 Macs.

Print Centre Manager and Artworker

The Lewisham Print Centre provided a high quality printing and design service, offering a complete design and print service. Neil managed print centre with five staff and IT system support.

Education and Qualifications

1984 to 1986
B/TEC Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design
Sheffield City Polytechnic, Sheffield

1982 to 1984
Datec National Diploma in General Art & Design
Barnet College of Further Education, Barnet, London

1977 to 1982
St Marys C.E School
Hendon, London NW9

Software

Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Acrobat CC, Adobe Bridge CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe Flash CS6, Apple Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Microsoft Office 364, ArtPro, Apple Remote Desktop, Apple Workgroup Manager, Parallels Desktop 5, Filemaker Pro 6.

Systems

Over 20 years of user experience and IT support for Apple Mac studio networks, up to and including the latest OSX and managing company wide networking, servers, email servers, internet solutions and communication systems.