John Cartwright
Graphic Design, Letchworth Hertford United Kingdom
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Contact details
22 Broughton Hill
Letchworth Garden City
Herts SG6 1QB
Brief Summary
With more than 10 years of experience as a Graphic Designer and Visualiser under my belt, I’m still excited by the challenge of design. I’m driven by a hunger to pit my skills against the most demanding of projects, as well as keep pace with technology’s advancing tide.

Whether you are a company representing major brands or one just starting up, I am able to create practical and compelling design solutions that meet the exact requirements of your brief – for print or digital.

Passionate about design, I thrive on using my strong conceptual skills and sharing the marketing expertise I’ve accumulated. Aside from my creative flair and in-depth knowledge of the industry, I find my attention to detail comes in handy too.

Barchester Healthcare, Burger King, Compass Foods, Deloitte, Gap, Halifax, Harry Ramsden’s, HBOS, Citroen, Nissan, Marks & Spencer, Mars, Microsoft MSN, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Tesco, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, Kwik-Fit, Weil Gotschal & Manges, Willmott Dixon. 
Professional Experience
Professional Profile

A cutting edge Graphic Designer with multi-faceted studio experience and a passion to adapt and upgrade his skill-set in the face of advancing technology. Across a variety of media, possesses strong conceptual skills and the ability to craft practical, innovative design solutions from client-specific briefs. Equally comfortable working with clients representing world-renowned brands or helping small start-ups realise their potential.

Adds considerable extra value through accumulated expertise in branding and marketing strategy. Combines self-discipline and a high level of focus with approachability and an ability to put clients at their ease. Enjoys working on own initiative but also a team player who derives great satisfaction from mentoring colleagues.
Above all, loves to see a job well done and appreciated by clients and peers alike.



Currently seeking new role that pushes out of comfort zone and offers opportunities to use traditional skills in fresh, groundbreaking ways, especially in the digital arena. Excited by possibility of sharing expertise and enthusiasm, as well as continuing to learn from colleagues and winning their respect.


Career Summary

2009-2013 SHAUN POWER DESIGN Designer

Key Achievements
• Consolidating reputation for hard work and reliability through 100% attendance record

• Applying imagination and technical expertise to create practical, original and challenging design solutions for busy service studio to Tesco Local Marketing
• Utilising multi-tasking skills to efficiently handle a multitude of jobs at any one time
• Liaising with the Tesco Local Marketing Team and suppliers in an emotionally intelligent manner to ensure harmonious relationships and outstanding results
• Proactively taking on project management tasks – for mailings, booklets, advertorials, leaflets and POS (Point of Sale) for new stores, refreshes and extensions – to guarantee effective scheduling and meeting of key deadlines
• Providing artwork for print or digital products, as and when required


2005-2009 THE MOTIVACTION GROUP Senior Designer, Artworker & Visualiser

Key Achievements
• Creating compelling design pitches to retain custom of existing clients and attract new ones
• Boosting productivity and innovation through the introduction of InDesign software

• Enhancing value of multiple brands as key member of in-house studio responsible for events management and
motivational specialist company
• Generating high quality concepts, visuals, artwork and core brand messaging to inspire and motivate clients’ employees and their customers
• Efficiently turning round various print and digital projects – including web pages, banners and e-shots –
to promote a number of corporate events, conferences and incentive schemes


1994-2005 GENIX IMAGING Senior Designer, Artworker & Visualiser

Key Achievements
• Demonstrating leadership abilities while acting up as Deputy Creative Director and Design Manager

• Bringing creative flair to high profile London West End graphic display specialist as influential member of large design and artwork team
• Going the extra mile to create compelling concepts, visuals, typography and design – ranging from counter displays to supporting promotional POS and marketing collateral
• Raising awareness of the interactive potential of multi-media (CDs, web etc) through the innovative use of software such as Director, Flash, Premiere, After Effects, GoLive and Dreamweaver


1988-1994 ALLIANCE ADVERTISING Creative Artworker

Key Achievements
• Applying technical know-how and influencing skills to instigate transfer to all-Mac studio as part of
equipment upgrade
• Maximising studio productivity by installing design software (such as Quark, Photoshop, Freehand, Illustrator)
and troubleshooting in times of system malfunction

• Utilising excellent communications skills to work effectively with Creative Director and junior/student designers,
and help create a nurturing and inspirational work environment
• Assuming extra leadership responsibility during periods of cover for Studio Manager
• Inspiring tutorship and patient sharing of knowledge to build expertise of less experienced studio members


1985-1988 TOWERS NOBLE DESIGN PACKAGING Design Assistant

Key Achievements
• Absorbing and applying principles of customer psychology to ensure that design concepts had the very best chance of winning over clients and their customers

• Determinedly mastering the fundamentals of artwork and design as part of on-the-job training at a forward-thinking package designer’s studio
• Gaining vital experience in traditional techniques of graphic design – from scamping out ideas to creating full-blown digital or hand-drawn visuals and mock-ups
• Learning to present concepts to account handlers and clients in an articulate and engaging manner that quickly gained their confidence
• Developing expertise in Quantel Paintbox to create visuals and other design outputs that met the complete requirements of briefing documents


Education and Qualifications
HND: Graphic Design
GCE A-Level: Art
4 GCE O-Levels: Including Mathematics and English


Additional Information

> Highly proficient in graphic software (such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Quark Xpress, Freehand, Dreamweaver and Fireworks)
> Competent in various music and film editing software
> Basic knowledge of html web coding: CSS, JavaScript, PHP etc
> Undertook six-month Leadership and Development course with industry expert to raise creative profile and communicate more effectively with clients and colleagues (
> Participated in Design Council’s “Design for Schools” initiative


Interests include:

Playing Cricket, Member of Hitchin Rugby Club, Fishing, Playing Guitar and Songwriting, Running Home Design Studio and Current Affairs


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