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Alan Ralph

Watford, United Kingdom
Throughout my working life, I've never shied away from learning new skills and tackling new challenges, whether they be in software development, graphic design, web design, working with video & audio, printing or online content.

As a result, I'm fluent in both Mac and PC systems and a wide range of software and hardware, and can take new developments in my stride.

I am also a good listener and team player, able to work quickly and effectively with both clients and partners to get the job done.

Work Experience

Alan Ralph Design Solutions

Graphic Design Consultant

If you’re hitting a roadblock in your efforts to turn your design ideas into reality — lack of money, lack of know-how, or you’re just not sure which way to turn — you’ve come to the right place.

Over the years, I’ve helped all sorts of organisations — individuals, bands, charities, non-profit groups, educational establishments of all sizes, and businesses large and small — to overcome the obstacles standing between their ideas and a finished product. Whether you require product artwork, digital content, printed documents or packaging — no question is too silly or trivial, no request too bizarre. I specialise in taking existing content and artwork and transforming it into whatever form or format you require — but if you’re starting from a blank sheet and needing a helping hand, I’m more than happy to assist in any way possible!

No jargon — no false promises — just honest advice in Plain English, along with all the support you need, at prices that won’t cost the Earth.

Sound good? Contact me today to discuss your requirements, and let’s get going!
November 2012 - Present Watford, United Kingdom

OurWeddingSongs

Graphic Designer / Technical Support

OurWeddingSongs is a side business operated by 4B Martinvest Ltd that supplies gift packages for weddings. I assisted in the creation of artwork for various music CD packages, and for advertising and promotion. I also provided technical support for other aspects of the business such as promotions and mailings.
March 2010 - April 2012 Tring, United Kingdom

4B Martinvest Limited

Software Developer / Graphic Designer / IT Manager

I think the best summary of my work at 4B would be that I have worn many hats over the years!

During my time at 4B, I've done all of these things:

* Worked on developing in-house software for tape and CD duplication systems, as well as for turnkey duplication systems for other businesses.

* Artwork design and setup for in-house and outsourced printing of labels, CDs & DVDs, packaging and booklets.

* Created front-ends and prepared content for CD, DVD and USB based packages.

* Created and mastered various DVD Video packages, including front-end menus and subtitling.

* System administration and technical support for a network of PCs and printers.

Being a small family business, I was actively involved in assisting with day-to-day production - managing the duplicators and printers, and helping to keep everything running at full capacity. I was frequently called upon to work with external suppliers to facilitate the production of packaging and other materials required by our customers, and on occasion I also worked with customers to deal with job requirements, technical issues and other matters relating to the work we were doing for them.
May 1993 - April 2012 Tring, United Kingdom

ICL Fujitsu

Quality Assurance

I worked at ICL during the industrial placement year of my BSc Computer Science degree course.

I was based within the Office System unit, where my primary duties included :

* Administration and maintenance of various systems used for Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) testing.

* Providing support to teams of testers working on various language versions of ICL's Office System products,

* Handling bug reports, and liaising with developers when necessary to resolve problems.

I was also personally involved in some QC testing, particularly for software installation / upgrade / downgrade procedures on various ICL computer platforms.
July 1989 - September 1990 Bracknell, United Kingdom

Education

University Of Life

Continued Personal Development

I have continued to learn new skills throughout my working life, both as part of my work as in my spare time pursuing hobbies such as digital art and photography.
1993 Watford, United Kingdom

Microtech

City & Guilds - C & Unix Programming

1992 - 1993 Watford, United Kingdom

University Of Hertfordshire

BSc Computer Science - unclassified

1987 - 1991 Hatfield, United Kingdom

Millfield School

11 O-Levels, 1 AO-Level, 3 A-Levels

1982 - 1987 Street, United Kingdom

Languages

French (Beginner),
Italian (Beginner),
English (Native),

Skills

Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Studio, Compositing, CorelDRAW, CSS, HTML Coding, Mac OSX, Photo-manipulation, Print Design, Wacom Tablet, Windows OS, Able To Learn New Software, Able To Meet Deadlines, Able To Multi-task , Able To Review And Preflight Photography And Proofs, Able To Work Successfully In A Stressful Environment , Adaptability, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Premiere Pro , CD Mastering, DVD Authoring, Knowledge Of 4-color Offset Printing And Pre-press Principles, Software Development, System Administration, Troubleshooting,