• 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

    See more at

I have loved drawing since I was a kid ( mostly to stop getting picked on ). 

I have loved drawing since I was a kid ( mostly to stop getting picked on ). 

Most of my childhood and teenage years I would draw even during Maths. Most people at School would recognize me for it. I would design on paper and walls and did so many things for the love of art. 

My dad was a printer so I absolutely loved flipping through magazines he had printed. I would be fascinated by the composition of the designs, the sheer perfection of their photography, typography and colours, I would find them so beautiful. 
 
I would draw comic books with my friend Jamie when I was a teenager. When it was time to pick a career, I knew Graphic Design was the perfect combination of art and business, at least in my opinion back then. 
 
During my design career, I would see the odd thing popping up here and there, about 99designs and other crowdsourced platforms. I didn’t pay much attention, because when you’re at a full-time job, your position is (relatively) secured.
 
You are part of a team that develops a brand, and as they grow, the expectation is that you’ll be there to help them expand. 
 
The how should I say slap in the face about the place that the industry was in didn’t come until I started working for myself. Where I had been a valued asset of a team at a company, a freelance graphic designer turned out to be a very challenging episode.
 
Not only small business owners thought that they could do it all themselves (or their nephew could), this time around, they could actually get work done for a pence. 
 
Platforms were you can have a logo design for as low as £5. Even more, sites like Fiverr already have people offering the service at this price.
 
Additionally, the design and development of websites had been massively taken over by DIY platforms such as Squarespace and Wix, that allows anyone to move things around and build something, plenty of times the outcome isn’t good, but it is something nonetheless.
 
I think the saddest part of it all to me is how hard it is for talented and well-experienced people to leave the corporate sphere and make money off their practice independently right now. The commodification of graphic design is a problem that is way beyond a solution at this point.
 
There will continue to be agencies and individuals with such a distinctive style that they might still make sizeable amounts of money, but this industry and its opportunities are getting smaller and smaller by the hour.
 
 

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Contact Me

  • Tell your friends!

© Copyright Jamie Melville 2019 – All Rights Reserved