James Follon
Graphic Design, United Kingdom
 
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Brief Summary
A highly motivated and experienced Graphic Designer / Artworker with six years’ experience in the printing industry. Able to create print ready artwork from an initial customer brief and in line with specified brand guidelines for blue chip organisations. 
Clients
Clients include: Holiday Inn (hotel group), Best Western (hotel group), Harley Street Direct (medical), EFG Private Bank (finance), Millennium & Copthorne (hotel group), Ramada (hotel group) and Sofitel (hotel group) amongst others.
Professional Experience
JAMES FOLLON

18 Chandler Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2LQ  07545 007878 (m) 0208 5320760 (h)  British
26th March 1987  james.follon@hotmail.com  www.jamesfollon.tumblr.com

PROFILE

A highly motivated and experienced Graphic Designer / Artworker with six years’ experience in the printing industry. Able to create print ready artwork from an initial customer brief and in line with specified brand guidelines for blue chip organisations. Currently seeking a new Graphic Design related role to tackle fresh challenges and build on experience gained to date.

KEY SKILLS

➢ Pre-Press/ Printing / Print Finishing ➢ Adobe Creative Suite
& Quark Xpress ➢ Customer Relationship Management
➢ Graphic design for
commercial clients ➢ Layout & Typography ➢ Heidelberg Printing
Presses

CAREER HISTORY

Sep 06 – Present Studio Manager, Colourbond The Printers Limited, London

My role involves working in all areas of reprographics. Key tasks include creating artwork to customer’s specifications and brand guidelines, ensuring artwork is press ready and creating impositions for output to the CTP system. I am responsible for projects from the briefing stage through to production. Although this role is mainly studio based, often I operate the printing presses printing SPOT colour and CMYK jobs as required. Key skills and highlights include:

Pre-Press
➢ Advanced skills in industry standard design and page layout software programmes on the Apple Macintosh OSX Platform including: Quark XPress, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.
➢ Produce high quality creative design material for use in publications and promotional materials.
➢ Create a range of artwork from a customer brief following branding guidelines for top name brands where appropriate. Clients include: Holiday Inn (hotel group), Best Western (hotel group), Harley Street Direct (medical), EFG Private Bank (finance), Millennium & Copthorne (hotel group), Ramada (hotel group) and Sofitel (hotel group) amongst others.
➢ Projects worked on include: Regular business stationery (Letterheads, Business Cards, Invoices, Compliment Slips) and Special projects (Corporate Brochures, Promotional Flyers, Posters, Vouchers, Restaurant Menus and Wine Lists).
➢ Oversaw the switch to computer-to-plate from computer-to-film and use a Heidelberg Suprasetter to handle the platemaking which images direct on to a thermal printing plate.

➢ Use careful plate care before and after imaging including maintaining the plate setter to keep it functioning for continuous daily use to keep production to a maximum.
➢ Carefully check all the fine details of the job, identifying and erasing errors that could result in potential down time on the press and even plate remakes.

Printing
➢ Operate a Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 - 5 Colour with Prinect Press Center
and Heidelberg Printmaster GTO 52 - 2 Colour.
➢ Printing full colour CMYK and single colour jobs. Blanket changing, Fount solutions,
Mixing inks, Press maintenance.

Print Finishing
➢ Experienced in operating a Polar 76EM guillotine.
➢ Horizon VAC-60 collating machine.

Nov 05 – Sep 06 Shipping Clerk, Carter Patterson Lines, Ontario (Canada)
Handled daily communications with the fleet of drivers, contacting suppliers and vendors and tracing shipments in order to ensure the shipping process progressed as efficiently as possible.

Sep 04 – Sep 05 Electrician’s Assistant / General Labourer, Nazeing Electrical Ltd, Essex
Responsible for assisting in the installation of ventilation systems, this role involved developing knowledge of basic domestic wiring and various ventilation principles.

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2008 Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 5-Colour Operator Training
by Heidelberg.
2008 Heidelberg Suprasetter A52 Operator Training
by Heidelberg.
2008 Heidelberg Prinect MetaDimension Software Training by Heidelberg.

2007 – 2009 London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London
2009 Print Specification & Production for Designers
2008 Desktop Publishing (Adobe InDesign)
2008 Pixel-Based Image Manipulation (Adobe Photoshop)
2007 – 2008 Double Award in Graphic Design

1998 – 2003 9 GCSE’s including English (C) Maths (C) Science (C)
I.C.T GNVQ (PASS)
Debden Park High School, Loughton, Essex
Jack Petchey Achievement Award: Outstanding Achiever (2003)
Service to School Award: Outstanding Service To The School (2002)
Achievement Award: Information Technology (2002)
Attendance Award: 100% Attendance (2001)

OTHER INFORMATION

➢ Interests: Active gym member.
➢ Full Driving Licence and Car

REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

 
Awards and Recognition
2008 Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 5-Colour Operator Training
by Heidelberg.
2008 Heidelberg Suprasetter A52 Operator Training
by Heidelberg.
2008 Heidelberg Prinect MetaDimension Software Training by Heidelberg.

2007 – 2009 London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London
2009 Print Specification & Production for Designers
2008 Desktop Publishing (Adobe InDesign)
2008 Pixel-Based Image Manipulation (Adobe Photoshop)
2007 – 2008 Double Award in Graphic Design
 
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