I like vectors. I like white space and I like harse shadows. I like simplicity and humor. I like my work to be provocative. I like colors as well. I like illustrating reality, not realistic capturing it. I like all these from the house where I live and work in Thessaloniki. I am a freelancer.
I was born in 1976 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Alongside my drawings as a kid, I created my ﬁrst pixel artwork in a ZX Spectrum+. Since then I kept using both computers and my hands to express my visions.
I studied Advertisement and mainly worked in events management and promotion . In the mean time, I kept evolving my design and illustration skills, studying, practising and part-time working as a designer/illustrator.
Since 2007 I decided to work as a freelancer. I recently moved to Leeds, UK. I like simplicity and humour and I like my work to be provocative. My versatility, hard work and adaptability keep my standards at the highest level.
Adobe Illustrator – I have an excellent knowledge of the vast capabilities of Illustrator. From illustrations to identity and from posters to few-paged layouts, this is my favourite software. Of course if necessary I can switch to CorelDraw where I ﬁrst began digitally illustrating.
Photoshop – Although I prefer working with vectors, I have an extensive knowledge of Photoshop which includes photo manipulation and retouching.
InDesign – I have advanced skills in laying out multi–page documents.
Flash/Aftereffects – I have the skills needed to build animations and banners.
Other – I have some basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and ACTIONSCRIPT2. I can work easily on both MacOS and Windows environment and can cover a huge amount of work produced through the MS Office.
Languages – Greek (Native Speaker), English (Fluent), German (Poor)
Out-of-the box thinking Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines Ability to focus on the brief and guidelines Capable of integrating a wide range of styles
Friendly with excellent communication skills, hard–working, perspicacious, bold, eager, funny and in good health.
2007—present: Intelligent Design – Thessaloniki, Greece / Leeds, UK
Freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator Duties: producing design for print and web / overseeing printing processes / designing and producing artwork to printers’ speciﬁcation / working with tight deadlines / liaising with team members, clients and suppliers / ensuring clear and effective communication according to latest marketing trends / considering accessibility issues for various audiences / managing resources and budget / copywriting
Owner and Managing Director Duties: overseeing the planning & project management of events / liaising with colleagues, clients, artists, sponsors, local authorities, caterers, production team and suppliers / scheduling and contract administration / event logistics and budget management / designing, publishing and distributing promotional material / ensuring adequate staffing levels for events.
2002—2007: Magic‘s Room – Thessaloniki, Greece
Owner and Managing Director Duties: managing and motivating of up to three members of staff to increase sales and ensure store efficiency / developing, researching and implementing marketing strategies / designing, publishing and distributing promotional material / creating and directing unique juggling performances / maintaining accurate records of all pricing, sales, and activity reports.
1994—1997: Tziolas Publishing House – Thessaloniki, Greece
Part–time Illustrator Duties: Create illustrations for technical books
1997—1999: Diploma in Advertisement – IEK Triadrias (Public Institute of Vocational Training)
I love all aspects of design. I indulge in photography and make my amateur steps with my Nikon D90. I like movies, I like art and I love travelling. Kafalan Sans and Kafalan Serif, my two custom made fonts will be featured in November’s 2012 issue of Slanted Magazine.
Thanks for taking the time to read my curriculum vitae. Please also check my portfolio at: www.intelligentdesign.gr
Kostas Bartsokas firstname.lastname@example.org 119 Kirkstall Hill, LS4 2TH, Leeds, UK +44 (0)7500531706