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Alan Ralph

Watford, United Kingdom
0781 8808135
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.
Skills
 
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 Acrobat Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Studio, CD Mastering, CSS, Compositing, CorelDRAW, DVD Authoring, HTML Coding, Knowledge Of 4-color Offset Printing And Pre-press Principles, Mac OSX, Photo-manipulation, Print Design, Software Development, System Administration, Troubleshooting, Wacom Tablet, Windows OS
Work Experience
Watford, United Kingdom
Nov 2012Present
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!
Tring, United Kingdom
Mar 2010Apr 2012
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.
Tring, United Kingdom
May 1993Apr 2012
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.
Bracknell, United Kingdom
Jul 1989Sep 1990
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.
Education
Watford, United Kingdom
1993
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.
Watford, United Kingdom
19921993
Microtech
City & Guilds - C & Unix Programming
Hatfield, United Kingdom
19871991
University of Hertfordshire
BSc Computer Science - unclassified
Street, United Kingdom
19821987
Millfield School
11 O-Levels, 1 AO-Level, 3 A-Levels
Languages
 
French (Beginner), Italian (Beginner), English (Native)