Creative web, graphic and textile design

Profile

Hello, I'm Sara. For the past 3+ years I have been working as a full time Graphic & Web Designer. I love designing digitally; and have a masters degree in Textile Design, specialising in print & technical innovation. I have a passion for learning, and in my spare time I am always expanding my horizons with creative new projects. As well as web design & printed company branding, I have experience as a freelance photographer; textile designer; art & design tutor; and maker of craft goods like driftwood clocks, cards & jewellery.

Digital Design

For the past 3 years I have built upon my skills as a Web Designer, learning CSS3 & HTML5 at feelunique.com, where I was responsible for designing responsive weekly marketing newsletters (EDMs); creating content pages using CSS & flash applications such as 10CMS; helping the other designers to learn 10CMS & CSS, and ensuring that the team stay on brand. I created a range of graphics and monthly themes for use across the website & social media platforms, keeping up to date with design trends, and developments such as responsive design and UX.

Skills

Digital Textiles

Having polished my skills in graphic design over the past 9 years, I am fully competent using Adobe CS3 - CC14 including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign & Dreamweaver for both online design & print. Digital textile design is something which sparked my interest at university, where I gained skills using Corel Draw, Photopaint, & U4ia; and has now become something which I love to do in my spare time.

Traditional Textiles

In 2009 I was awarded Jersey Textile Showcase's "Award for Design" following on from my MText Degree, with a strong focus on hand drawing, art working & design development for both self designated and externally set briefs. My major project innovation was micro-encapsulated sustainable travel wear. I design for target markets by matching key trends & colour palettes to market level and client needs, whilst maintaining creativity; and love to generate new ideas and concepts in response to briefs and trend predictions.

Photography

In 2008 I won Societe Jersiaise Photographic Competition's "Architecture Award" and gained a commendation in the Natural History section, following on from an AS Level Photography evening course. This enabled me to begin work as a freelance photographer for Snapper and Gallery Magazine. In addition to private commissions, photography will always be one of my creative passions, and I enjoy combining it with other processes and incorporating it into my textile & graphic design projects.