About

Career Summary

I am a freelance creative artwork specialist, creating print-ready artwork files for the packaging and print industry.

With over 25 years of print knowledge and experience and 9 years as a freelance creative artworker, retoucher, visualiser, production management and IT troubleshooting. I have worked on many national and international brands, working with many of London’s top agencies. My roles differ at every agency, from creating a bespoke product, through to a  50+ SKU global roll-out project. Predominately I work on FMCG packaging briefs, including drinks, food, non-food categories. But I can also turn my hand to brand guidelines, POS, literature, websites and presentations, all using the latest Adobe creative suite of applications.

Working to strict briefs, understanding all the different print processes, helps me to take a project through to its final stages, checking separations and proofing where necessary for final sign off.

My can-do attitude, creative skills, an eye for detail and working knowledge of the print are an asset to any team and I can apply these skills to any project I’m given. I am set up to work onsite or remotely and works with clients and agencies of all sizes.

This website showcases my work and if want to discuss your project and need help bringing your print-ready artwork to life then please get in touch.

Experience

August 2011 – Present | Freelance

I am a freelance creative artwork specialist, creating print-ready artwork files for the packaging and print industry.

With over 25 years of print knowledge and experience and 9 years as a freelance creative artworker, retoucher, visualiser, production management and IT troubleshooting. I have worked on many national and international brands, working with many of London’s top agencies.

Agencies: Bloom, Brand Design Lab, Brandme, BTL Brands, Burberry, Dew Gibbons, G2 Joshua, Geometry Global, Hart D’Lacey, Honey, Identica, Illumination, Interbrand, Liquid Marque, Lothar Böhm, Lucozade, Pathworks, R-Design, Relish Design, Stage Brands, ThreeSixty Design, Tjarks & Tjarks, Williams Murray Hamm, Wonderland, Ziggurat Brands.

Brands: Aldi, BAT Dunhill, B&Q, Burberry, Boots (No7 Cosmetics), Burts Bees, Beiersdorf (Nivea), Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Hamleys, Kerry Foods, Kronenbourg, Lawn Tennis Association, Lidl, Medela, Morrisons, Nectar, Nestlé, Philips, PZ Cussons (The Sanctuary Spa, Fudge Cosmetics), Orangina, Sainsbury, Suchard, Tesco, Unilever (Knorr, Flora), Universal, Vodafone, Waitrose and Yoplait.

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.

  • 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.

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

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’t 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.

  • 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.

Clients: 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/Weight watchers.

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.

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

Clients: Esso, Proctor & Gamble, Renault, Ford, Peugeot, McDonald’s, Virgin.

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 & Systems

Full working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Dimensions and Bridge.

Over 25 years of user experience and in-house IT support for studio networks, up to and including the latest OSX and managing company-wide network infrastructures and servers, liaisoning with external suppliers on internet solutions, copiers and communication systems.