18 years experience in graphic design and marketing. Former creative director and co-owner of a design and advertising agency that carried out work for a number of SMEs and blue chip clients including ntl, Muddyfox Mountain Bikes, Cleveland College of Art and Design, Northumbrian Water, Flymo, McCulloch, Northumberland College and Middlesbrough College. I have experience in managing a variety of other businesses (convenience store retailing, catering and an online takeaway food ordering portal) so have good all round knowledge with regards to business planning, marketing, design, brand and social media strategy. Qualifications include a 1st class Honours Degree in Graphic Design (1998), and a couple of design related awards. In the last few years I have also been doing freelance design work for several clients (notably Correxiko®).
Creative: Creative concepts, branding, graphic design
Technical: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop.
Other: WordPress, business planning, social media marketing
1998: BA (Honours) Degree in Graphic Design: Passed with First Class Honours. Also won the Evening Gazette Design Award and elected Licenciate of the Society of Typographic Designers. Design work was chosen to promote the end of year shows for both the Graphic Design and Industrial Design courses.
2016-Present: Senior Graphic Designer at Out Of This World Ltd
2015-2016: Graphic Designer at Tees Valley Combined Authority
2013-2016: Freelance Designer and Marketer. Producing brand, website proposals, packaging and design for print.
2009-2013: Director, Boro Takeaways Online Ltd, Thirsk/Middlesbrough. Online Takeaway Food Portal. Development of an online takeaway food ordering service covering the North East.
2007-2013: Director, Bytheway Stores Ltd, Thirsk. An independent convenience store (including off-licence and newsagents). Role: branding, marketing & design and general management.
1999-2006: Creative Director, Ellahi & Pinkney Ltd, Middlesbrough. A strategic communications agency, specialising in direct mail, advertising and design for print. The company saw turnover increase from £211,000 in 2000 to £8.2million in 2004.
I have known Daniel in both a business and personal capacity for over 7 years and have employed his services on numerous occasions. Daniel is by far the most inspirational and creative designer I have met to date. He has the ability to think outside of the box and uses contemporary abstract techniques to communicate his concepts to a high degree of quality. He is both adaptable and compassionate in his work and will go above and beyond what is required to accomplish his clients’ goals. Daniel has good strength in social marketing and utilises this skill to promote his own and his client’s work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Daniel for any graphic, marketing or communication design work, especially when pushing for a new level in quality and concept.” ~ Justin Eames, Y4Connect
As a graphic design student Dan was totally committed, innovative, thorough and professional. On graduating from Teesside, he then became the pivotal creative driving force in his design company. Dan has since diversified and his business flair expanded. He continues to give 100% to everything he undertakes and I would certainly recommend him as a business partner with the drive and ambition to succeed. ~ Keith Hodgson, Art Director, ci-media. Taught Daniel at University of Teesside.
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