Curriculum Vitae

My first fulltime job was for Winerite, a beverage distributor, as a graphic designer. I created own brand beverage labels and advertising materials.
3D animation has always been my passion, which was sparked by watching pop videos such as Dire Straits ‘Money for Nothing’ and playing computer games. This lead me to Newcastle College School of Art & Design, where I studied Time Based Media. After graduating with a distinction, I landed my first 3D animator job at Creative Convergence, a Leeds based agency. Back then you needed an expensive Silicon Graphics computer to produce the goods, which this opportunity gave me. I also learnt a range of multimedia skills, which included programming.

Later I furthered my career by moving to Reflex Communications in Manchester. I was their multimedia department, doing all design, animation and programming. This included creating CD-ROMs, touchscreen kiosks, websites, 3D set designs, corporate animations and videos.

The logical next step was to setup on my own as a freelancer, which I am still doing to this day.

I have recently been collaborating with the artist Darren Neave on various projects. These can be seen on his website:

Finally, I've been branding and creating content for turntable gallery:

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September 1992 - June 1994
Newcastle College - School of Art & Design, Maple Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7SA
HND: Time Based Media – Distinction

July 1991
Hanson Upper School, Sutton Avenue, Bradford, BD2 1JP
A-Level Art & Design - C
A-Level Computer Science - D
A-Level Mathematics - N
A-Level General Studies - E

June 1989
Hanson Upper School, Sutton Avenue, Bradford, BD2 1JP
GCSE Mathematics – B
GCSE English – C
GCSE English Communication – 2
GCSE Art & Design – A
GCSE History – B
GCSE Physics – C
GCSE Chemistry – C
GCSE Information Technology – D

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October 1999 – Present
Self Employed
the design shack

September 1998 – October 1999
Motion & Interactive Designer / Programmer
Reflex Communications
Arden Hall, 66 Brooklands Road, Sale, M33 3SJ

September 1997 – September 1998
3D Animator
The Look, Creative Convergence
2 Burley Road, Leeds, LS3 1NJ

August 1994 - September 1997
Multimedia Designer / 3D Animator
Creative Convergence
2 Burley Road, Leeds, LS3 1NJ

July 1991 - October 1994
Graphic Designer
Winerite Ltd
Gelderd Road, Leeds, LS12 6HJ 

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Silicon Graphics / Mac / PC

Current Software:
3D Studio Max, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Character Animator, Adobe Audition, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Muse, Mobirise, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Defunct Software:
Alias Power Animator 8.2, Composer 4.5, Macromedia FreeHand, DeBabelizer, Macromedia Director (Lingo), SoundEdit, Macromedia Flash, Quark Express

Video Production:
Directing & Producing, Camera Operation, Editing, Sound Recording (Boom Microphone), Situation Lighting, Video Titling

Illustration/Design, Animation, Video, Photography, Word Processing, Databases & Spreadsheets, HTML5 & CSS editing

Hobbies & Interests:
Playing badminton, swimming, watching Sci-fi/fantasy movies, reading fantasy fiction and listening to music. 

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