Unemployed but never idol

Just starting a BA(hons) in Graphic Design

Completed Level 5 HND in Computing and Systems Development

Working as a volunteer engineer at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
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self employed

graphic designer 1991-96

Now a free man, I signed on and began my journey into self employment. I began with a business course known then as the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, one of Maggie's ideas to get people to work for themselves. The course gave me extra money to attend a one day a week meeting with like minded people and learn some business skills, accountancy etc.

I had some very small projects on the go in the early stages, some stationary. Some work needed outputting to Linotronic to produce high quality artwork. We had a bureau in Bexhill called Core graphics that I used for this, and there I met my future co-workers, Chris and Brian, very interested in what I did and the speed in which it was achieved. Brian was a print farmer, had worked for various companies in and around London and more importantly new a lot of customers, something I lacked. So our professional working relationship started, he dealt with the customers, and I did the work and got the films and artwork output. Most of our work was for a couple of print firms in the city, one of whom I hated, always effing and geofing down the phone at us and blaming us for mistakes. And the other much easier to deal with, we nicknamed him 'Scud' very expensive and no one knew where he was going to land.

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thorn lighting

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This was a very enjoyable job, the Thorn EMI Lighting News, simply copy fit with proportionate photos, the only hitch back then was the we could fit copy but the photos were only key lines, photos were dropped in to film before plate making. So, we only saw the photos after it was finally printed, nice surprise.

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bentham bentham

Typical technical brochure and leaflets.

After a couple of years the relationship fell apart, the print farmer had financial problems and I ended up doing just a few small jobs again, but I gained some equipment, scanner and printer, then a call from London. There was another chap I knew, doing the same as me and I'd worked with him before. He had been working for a client on a holiday brochure for former Yugoslavia, just before the war, and he had just lost everything off his computer. He was desperate to get all thirty plus pages back to a finished format with all photos placed as per last laser having had it all proofed and signed off. I jumped at the chance, I received a fax with all the copy, re-entered it and began the page layout in Quark. Mostly done, I packed and shot off to London and spent the next three days and nights steaming away over a hot Mac.

Job done, and having literally fallen asleep over the keyboard during the third night was woken the following morning by staff and the client. Oh God, its him, that blooming printer I hated. But we smiled and he thanked me loads and offered me more work. Would I like to work at his office in Wilmington? I paused and was given time to think on it, I laid down some conditions and moved my computer to his office and started my next five years.

The work was pretty good on the whole, I worked with many clients in the timeshare holiday industry, or as we call it in the trade 'crime share', and there were a few perks along the way. Here is my Port Folio, enjoy.

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cyprus dellarte

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Had to set some Russian stuff.

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hever castle

Sandals, as seen on TV.

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Warwick University's Student Cinema Film Catalogue.

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LSI, RCI one of the biggest Timeshare Holiday companies in the UK.

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Ultimate Holidays, had to deal with the directors wife, what a pain, everything was different, she had bad taste, and then once you decided on design, it all changed again. No corporate identity. Thankfully they went to the wall until they set up Grande Journeys, then we gave them an identity.


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LDI, new company, required everything, corporate brochure, four resort brochures with constitution in several languages, with some clever editing, we kept a common set of colour plates for photos and separate black plate for all the copy. No, I don't speak any foreign languages but I can type it.

ldi bro eng bac ldi bro eng fro

Corporate Brochure in English,

ldi bro fre ldi bro ger ldi bro ital ldi bro span

Then French, German, Italian and Spanish and then Russian.

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Various other leaflets.

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ldi hol opt


And the resort brochures. In five languages. Torrent Bay Club, Ibiza.

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tor04 tor05 tor06

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Ses Fontanellas Club, Ibiza.

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Los Claveles, Tenerife.

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The Harbour Club, Costa Del Sol.

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This classy exclusive brochure was costing late nights and time on the phone, so I was sent to Florida to finish the job with a well earnt holiday all inclusive. We came up with the name, designed the logo, the whole corporate identity. Nice looking job with spot UV varnish on top of high resolution photos. The cover had satin laminate with a spot UV logo over three quarters of cover (which you can't see here) finished with a gold hot foil motif. And the holiday was pretty good too.


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While working on the brochure I stayed with Mark Western, owner of MarQuest (spin on name) and we visited Disney World and Sea World to finalise usage of photos. Also had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Aldrin, ex Indie Car Racer, brother of Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, and visited a Skip Barber Race Track and I saw the Space Shuttle go up.

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sea world orlando sebring florida

My marriage with the London printer ended badly after I found out how much he owed me, £4000 plus. I read him the riot act and walked out after he refused to pay.