Ian Norris
Illustration, Oxford Oxfordshire United Kingdom
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Brief Summary
Ian Norris is a comic-book artist, illustrator, graphic designer and all-round nice guy.
Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press
Professional Experience
September 2011 – Current: Senior Designer, OUPUK, Oxford Education, Secondary International, Secondary Mathematics, and Caribbean
• As of June 2014 I have been managing and training a Junior Designer.
• I am in charge of the complete look and feel of all projects allocated to me, 250+ titles spanning all subjects: science, mathematics, economics, history
• Managing the Secondary International design budget overheads and first costs, with input from Project Control and editorial teams
• Working closely with Project Control (picture research) and Production teams
■ Ensuring all photos have the necessary rights cleared
• Working with Publishers and Editorial team, and chairing fortnightly list meetings
• International Baccalaureate series rebrand
■ 25+ titles, plus additional Study Guides components, marketing material, website elements
■ IB Maths Student Books – 2500+ pages, additional CD and website material
• IGCSE series rebrand
■ 30+ titles, plus design of additional Revision and Teacher Guides, marketing material, website elements
• IGCSE Checkpoint Science – 9 components, full colour, management of series
• MyMaths for Key Stage 3 – 30 components: Student, Homework, Practice and Teacher Books
■ Cover design, inside layout design, selection and briefing of artists
■ Ten-Minute Topics, designed specifically for Kindle Fire for sale on Amazon
• Communicating and scheduling projects daily with several typesetters who are based in New Delhi
• Business trip to India in 2012 – liasing with Q2A and SixRedMarbles in Delhi to discuss and implement more effective working practices
• Business trip to OUP Tanzania 2013 – one-week design training of OUP Tanzania design team in Dar es Salaam – training in Font usage, InDesign and Photoshop.
• iBooks project – Working closely with editorial, typesetters, developers and Apple Education in the conversion of the IB series backlist titles to iBooks format – two titles have been produced thus far and are for sale on the iTunes bookstore. For the creation of these titles, I worked with an external developer, and became very aware of scripts and script labelling within InDesign
• Management of IBCC Science series – three titles of 2500+ pages in total
• Attendance of publishing meetings in order to advise on budgets and design concerns, and to be fully aware of all proposals as they are approved
September 2010 – September 2011: OUPUK, Managing Designer, Oxford Education, Secondary International, Secondary Mathematics, and Caribbean
• Management of all aspects of design on the International list, with less input from manager on a daily basis, but with support where appropriate
• Set and control budgets, with guidance from manager
• Plan and manage own workload and schedules
• Commissioning and briefing of freelance artists
• Increased responsibility over budgets, with guidance from manager
• Attendance of BETT and Adobe Conferences/Training courses in London
• Attendance of International Marketing Sales Conferences

March 2008 – September 2010: Designer, OUPUK Oxford Education, Secondary International, Secondary Mathematics, and Caribbean
• Joined the OUP UK Secondary International and Secondary Mathematics team
• Design of IGCSE Revision Guide series, 6 titles
• Typesetting 450-page IGCSE Business Studies 2e, and ScienceWorks 2
• Briefing of typesetters and freelance artists
• Trial and implementation of InCopy workflow

February 2005 – March 2008: Designer, OUP South Africa, Cape Town
• Design and layout of book covers, marketing material, spec designs for Trade, Higher Education and Schoolbooks markets
• Preparing of own files for repro
• Managing own workload
• Managing and maintaining in-house CD archive of 3500+ CDs
• Design of website material – buttons, banners, mini-sites
• Photo-retouching of cover images
• Assisted with redesign of corporate identity and redesign of OUPSA website
• Concept and design of Oxford Exam Success – a 15 book study-guide series for the trade sector
• Design of newsletters, posters, stationery, brochures, catalogues and adverts
• Started as a Junior Designer in Feb 2005, promoted to Designer one year later

Awards and Recognition
Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education 

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