// My latest adventure

18 08 2009

Image courtesy of In Habitat.

I’ve been so caught up recently with various things, including freelance work, and the Sydney Challenge that I haven’t had a spare moment to blog about my good news!

After months of hearing about the recession, and the current state of the British economy, my hard work of applying to job vacancies, contacting design agencies directly and walking four miles to get my Jobseekers Allowance has paid off. I’ve been offered a job! The company itself seems brilliant, they’ve produced some awesome work for some seriously big clients, the location is great and those who I’ve met so far seem extremely friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to start!

So why, I hear you ask am I including a stereotypical photo of London with this post? I do live in Leeds, after all. Well…the new job is in London! To date, the furthest south I’ve ever lived is Grantham where I spent my teenage years, but I’m really looking forward to a change of scenery, and what is undoubtedly a fantastic career opportunity! I know there are lots of things in London to keep me occupied, and it has to be said that I’m excited about the prospect of having so much culture on my doorstep. So….feel free to recommend ‘must see’ London things (art galleries, the London Eye, general touristy things etc) for when I move down there in September.

I’m going to be based in South West London, but with such excellent transport links the entire city really is my oyster.


// Looking for work

29 06 2009

I live and breathe graphic design. I can commit myself 100% to a project, whether it’s a logo development, a multi page brochure or promotional material. I immerse myself in it, not surfacing until I’ve created something I’m happy with. Something I’m proud of.

Since graduating in 2006 I’ve worked in both a studio, and an in-house environment, as well as on a freelance basis and over the years I can look back over what I’ve produced (sometimes whilst cringing, sometimes not) and know that over the years, I have undoubtedly refined my skills and striven forwards. I have improved. I know I have.

Last month, this changed. Out of the blue I was made redundant and found myself amongst the 600,000 people estimated to lose their jobs during 2009. I’ve since gone through the process of sprucing up my CV (it looks pretty damn good if I say so myself), bulking out my portfolio with my best pieces of work; some old, some new and sending off work samples along with my CV to a multitude of job adverts and companies I like the look of.

All I need now is an opportunity to show my portfolio off to someone!