• I’m a multi-disciplined, ideas-led graphic designer and graduate of the Kent College of Arts. I work with iconic brands, corporate leaders and start-up enterprises – producing a high standard of graphic design that is driven by bold creative thinking.

    I think graphic design should provoke a reaction, using meaningful and relevant ideas to engage with your audience and leave an impression.

    I am a designer and a thinker. I like to doodle, drool over fonts and pour through design.
    Designing web and print interfaces has to be one of the most challenging and rewarding careers. Requiring constant upgrading of knowledge, meeting demanding deadlines and finding solutions to criticism.

    That’s why I love it. Chances are, you’ll find me either in front of a computer screen, i strive to marry the love of web and graphic design by finding a harmonious balance between functionality and aesthetics. Part-time music aficionado, lover of all things design, food fiend, and dreamer. .

    Skills

    • HND Graphic Design – Merit B-TEC
    • National Diploma in Graphic Design
    • Merit GNVQ Art (Merit), Art & Design
    • Skilled in the following Applications:
    • Adobe CC
    • Adobe Acrobat
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe ID
    • Quark Xpress
    • ADOBE Illustrator
    • Coreldraw Premium Suite X5
    • Corelpaint Premium Suite X5
    • Robomaster Cutting Pro
    • Keynote
    • Video Scribe
    • Power Point
    • Microsoft Packages

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Start Your Own Business

Start Your Own Business

I have joined Start Your Own Business to help expand my Graphic Design business. The aim of Start Your Own Business is to provide a useful selection of FREE start-up resources and to highlight the support that is available in each area on a LOCAL basis.

Over time, the company grew both in size and in the area of coverage. They offer useful local information, the theory of starting a business, hints, tips and the latest news to start-ups all over the world without having to worry about crippling print and distribution costs.

The website has proved to be extremely popular and currently ranks in the top 5% of sites worldwide. 

The Aim of the Site

SYOB sole aim is to highlight and help new business start-ups and encourages its use. The company is a privately owned company and does not receive any public funding.

You will find my information – https://www.syob.net/uk/graphic-design/Kent

or visit – www.linkedin.com/in/jm-designer/

Contact

Andy by e-mail at [email protected] or general enquiries should be addressed to [email protected]

The Doug Stanhope Podcast

The Doug Stanhope Podcast

Mr Stanhope, I am shit at this stuff so I will cut to the chase, I am a long time listener first-time emailer, I love digging up mother ( I would love to see this into a film ) and a HUGE fan of the podcast, this leads me to the following for you and Mr Chad Shank.

I hope this helps or you like them OR you may well hate them if so f*ck it.

All the best Jamie

 

HI, MY NAME IS JAMIE MELVILLE AND I’M A FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

HI, MY NAME IS JAMIE MELVILLE AND I’M A FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Freelance Graphic Designer for hire with 16 years of experience in advertising and marketing as a Print/Web Designer and as a Studio Manager for several successful advertising agencies. Fully qualified with an HND in Graphic Design. Working with small to large businesses around the world. Master in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

If you are a small or established business looking to rebrand, an agency looking for an extra set of hands or just starting up your company and need an identity, I can help.

I provide a friendly, flexible and professional service to ensure my clients appeal to their target market and communicate their product or service effectively and creatively. I’ll work closely with you on your project and as there are no middlemen, you’ll get exactly what you need.

I’m also super easy to contact. I’m experienced creating Adverts, Brochures, Catalogues, Exhibition Stands, Flyers, Invitations, Posters, Logos, Stationery and Web Banners and I’m pretty handy in Photoshop too so if you need any image editing I can do that for you as well. To see some of the work I have produced please take a look through my portfolio.

As a freelancer, I work both directly with clients and within various design agencies across Kent, so, unfortunately, there’s a huge amount of work I’ve created that I’m unable to show you. However, here are a few examples of my work.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

For more than 10 years I’ve worked at design and marketing agencies in Kent, working my way up from a Junior artwork to now work freelance as a Graphic Designer. During that time I’ve produced work for a huge range of local and national businesses and organisations. I’m skilled in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat. I take pride in my work and have a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

GETTING IN TOUCH IS EASY!

If you have any questions about my services, pricing, or availability please drop me an email on [email protected]

 

 

The day in the life of myself at the moment…

The day in the life of myself at the moment…

Hello, Jamie, We have just heard back from our client and unfortunately, they have not selected you for an interview. They were inundated with excellent CV’s and it was a tough decision for them. I am sorry it hasn’t worked in your favour on this occasion and will be in contact as soon as we have anything else suitable. ( never to be contacted or heard from ever again )

OR

Following on from our chat we feel for the role we feel we need some with more experience, more suited to the style of work we create. However, we may well look to use you on a freelance basis.

Am I missing something? I have been a Designer since 2002 and gained no end of skills ( continuously learning ) and have in my mind’s eye all the basics and more ticked off.

I think outside the box and often take a knife to it and go all out to show what I can do.

So if you are out there and read and see what I put  I feel and know I have a lot to give to a company and know what I can do for you as a full-time designer.

www.linkedin.com/in/linkedjm/

Is football coming home? Will England win the World Cup?

Is football coming home? Will England win the World Cup?

I genuinely think so…England has the stinging memory of their first-round exit last World Cup as motivation. Before the tournament started, I could not make a case for us winning it, I just wanted to see some signs of improvement. If everyone is honest, I don’t think they ever felt that we could get to a semi-final – I certainly didn’t.

Is it really coming home? You’ve got to believe, haven’t you? And everything does seem to be falling into place.

You can only beat what is in front of you, and this team are doing that. One of the most pleasing things is that it looks like they are having fun at the same time but, as well as our fantastic team spirit, there are other reasons why we have got this far and can be confident of going further.

We have shown how dangerous we are from set-pieces and, far from teams working out how to stop us, the fear factor has built and built. Some teams have tried to foul us ( ahem Columbia ), which has not worked, but nobody has stopped us – other than in the Belgium game when we were not at full strength.

We know that free-kicks and corners are the big things Croatia will be worried about on Wednesday, but I don’t look at them and see anything to be afraid of.

Dare to Dream… I think so.

Gorillaz, The Now Now Review Is A Welcome Return To Form

Gorillaz, The Now Now Review Is A Welcome Return To Form

Now before I start I will say we have had David Bowie who embarked on an amazing journey through pop. All the time through so many years, working with an ever-changing people, he recorded pop, glam rock, soul, disco and stern European rock. 

 
Now I don’t want to compare but I see this with Damon Albarn. I mean for me in the 90’s Blue were not only an amazing pop band and a massive rival to Oasis but they had a clean refreshing sound. I am so impressed with the genius of Albarn from even his solo work (everyday robots ) to Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen.
 
Albarn is amazingly creative. What I love about him is he could easily have become “remember that singer from Blur”? but instead, he embarked on three remarkable projects that have all of which have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim.
 
I will say I think his best work is Gorillaz new release The Now Now. Ok so from the previous album the cast is less star-studded than usual, but after ‘Humanz’ there was always going to be a dearth of collaborators. ‘Hollywood’ – featuring Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle – is catchy.  
 
The album flows well, with a funky instrumental interlude picking up the pace nicely around the middle and its relatively short runtime making it a light and breezy experience. The albums shine most in its gloomy and quiet moments. ‘Kansas’ is a particular highlight with a squelching hook and warped autotune vocals from Albarn which have the same world-weary. The track also has echoes of Gorillaz’s similarly stirring and downcast tracks ‘On Melancholy Hill’ or ‘Rhinestone Eyes’ from Plastic Beach.
 
‘Hollywood’ featuring Snoop Dogg, a synth hip hop hazy moment just hits it each and every single listens. The last track then lifts you from melancholy with building disco sound which mounts teasingly but never fully comes out of the background. If Humanz was the virtual band catching up on what they missed out over all those years, The Now Now is them pausing to reflect. It’s a more moving and engrossing album for it – proof Gorillaz is an amazing extension for Albarn and Hewlett.
 
It seems that we have entered a new, more prolific era for Gorillaz.
 
 

Music is my Design Inspiration

Music is my Design Inspiration

Music is without a doubt one of the most inspirational resources for me as a designer and artists. Today, I bring you an interesting selection of Spotify playlists, over 20 hours of music selected by some of the most recognized designers and agencies in the world.

So just kick back, relax and enjoy!

Tobias Van Schneider Freelance art director & visual designer. Co-Founder of the Austrian network agency called les Avignons.

We Like Small Studio Welikesmall is a design-oriented, technology-agnostic crew working in Salt Lake City, UT.

Loïc Dupasquier Young Swiss designer, working at Bleed. 

Ultranoir Digital design studio located in France. Winner of 8 Awwwards. Agency of the year.

Unit 9 Unit9 digital creative production company.

JM design ME and well I will just let you listen to my chill out stuff to start with.

enjoy people.

 

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

The root of all great design is THE idea. Design with an idea has a greater sense of purpose, a reason to be out there. Ideas move and connect with people. Without one, all you have are shapes and colours.
The idea needs to be appropriate, it has to move people in the right way. I think the idea needs to Simple, elegant and clever; a beautiful idea that doesn’t get in the way of the communication but adds charm to it. The logo idea has been elevated from what could have just been a nicely balanced bit of typography into something that conveys the inherent smartness and values of the publication.
 
Ideas can and do come from all over the place. A walk in the park, a magazine cover, unconscious doodling, film, random overheard chit-chat… 
Filter
I need to Keep going back to a design brief – This should be the start, middle and end of every task. The best creative briefs already have great ideas buried in them. Don’t ignore what’s already out there, but don’t necessarily make it the first port of call. 
 
Filter – Get all your ideas down, now be ruthless. Has it been done before – if so, can it be done better? Will it work for the target audience? Do you like it just because it’s clever? 
 
The idea doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be right for the brief. If the idea is simply that your design needs to look more beautiful than anything else on the market, then at least you have something to judge your concepts against.
 
I try to make my visual concepts into something you remember on screen or in print. My job as a Designer is to take an idea and bring it to life like.
 

Hi, I’m Jamie Melville

Hi, I’m Jamie Melville

a graphic designer based in Kent, UK.

WEB DESIGN, PRINT & DIGITAL, BRANDING, SOCIAL MEDIA

A personal, great value solution to your design needs.

Hi, I’m Jamie…

I’m a creative designer based in Kent. I offer a highly personalised service to suit your budget whilst taking the time to work with you and fully understand your business. I focus on building an ongoing relationship whilst providing an affordable design.  I can provide the creative solution.

I offer a multi-disciplined and fully integrated service. Having worked on a variety of creative briefs and with clients.

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You must always trust your designer

You must always trust your designer

I mean this if you take nothing else away from this post, what I have said sums up the bulk of this post. As a designer, I’m tasked with the visual design of a client’s company or organization.

It’s something that certainly should not be taken lightly, by the client or by the designer. The design is all around us. Practically everything we see, do, or use has come from a designer or passed through the hands of a designer somewhere along the way.

It’s really important. Like any good designer, I take my job seriously. I’m not making doodles to hang on a fridge. I’m designing graphics, crafting, and putting thought into a final product. I went to college and earned a degree in design, which means I have a pretty good background in colour, composition, typography, logo design, art history, digital multimedia, the conception and production of communicative graphics solutions, and much more.

When you hire a designer, you don’t simply get someone who knows how to make things look pretty- you get all the knowledge and experience that person has accumulated through academia and their professional career.

All too often, however, designers are simply treated as crayons in a box who are there to be controlled by the hand of the client who is attempting to color in the big blank elephant on the page. Some clients choose to ignore the valuable design sense offered to them by the designer they hired, and instead make them create their vision. The main problem here, is that in all likelihood, the client’s vision… well… “needs improvement.”

I can confidently tell you, though, that design should be left to the professionals. Designers know what they’re talking about, so if one is urging you to do something (or not to), trust them! While you might have a strong opinion about a certain aspect of the design, the recommendation of your designer should be seriously considered.

A very frequent occurrence is when a design is selected by the client, we go through two rounds of revisions on that design, then suddenly someone else in their company wants to have some input. This almost always results in pronounced changes to various aspects of the design, which adds on more and more rounds of revisions, which increases frustration, spent time, and money.

By the end of many projects, a design that was once a source of beauty and functionality has become a shit. Too many cooks in the design kitchen is a very bad thing, and the result typically falls somewhere on the scale of mediocrity.

The thing to learn from the entire client/designer process is that clear, concise communication needs to be established from the outset, and both parties need to agree to adhere to set goals as much as possible. The client should also let the designer do his job without screwing up the design.

After all, you don’t take your car to a mechanic to get fixed, and then lift the hood and start connecting wires and hoses where you think they should go. I’ll say it again: trust your designer. They know what they’re doing, and they will keep your goals and vision in mind while they create the design you didn’t even think was possible.

 

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