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Candice Johnson

Freelance Graphic Designer at Head in the Clouds Design

Cape Town, South Africa
I am a creative. I am inspired by colour, enthralled by the visual aspects of life & find satisfaction in a beautifully orchestrated piece of design. It is in all these things that I find my inspiration & motivation as to why I became a graphic designer.

I aspire to a world in which I can explore & experiment with my raw talents, hone in on my skills as a designer & constantly learn more about the field in which I find myself working. I believe that learning is the key to growth & to be vigilant in a world of ever-changing design is a skill I hope to improve as the years of experience increase.

I am a hard-working, determined individual with a passion for the creative side of life. My world revolves around this & continues to inspire the person that I am. I am a very approachable & easy-going person. People tend to pick up on this as they don’t find it difficult to communicate with me; nor do I find it difficult communicating with others. After all, is communication not what graphic design is all about.

I live by honesty, respect, punctuality & always getting the job done.

Work Experience

Head In The Clouds Design

Freelance Graphic Designer

Working in the world of freelance graphic design with Head in the Clouds Design, I have gained invaluable experience as an individual graphic designer. Over and above the actual design work, I have had the chance to deal with various clients, their needs and expectations, business accounts and many different types of business administration.

Specialising in the fields of graphic design and illustration, I look forward to expanding my skills as a creative and as a designer in some new and exciting creative spaces. Some of these involve becoming a personal stylist, an events coordinator and one day, reaching my ultimate goal of opening my very own, coastal bakery.

I may have my head in the clouds, BUT THAT IS WHERE IMAGINATION & CREATIVITY HANG OUT.
February 2013 - Present South Africa

Creating A Storm

Junior/ Middle Designer

At the beginning of 2012, I began my career alongside a very prominent Graphic Designer named Storm Wiggett. After working in the industry for a couple years, Storm opened her own business. As a junior, I worked with Storm on many of her accounts, putting my newly earned degree to work and learning as much as I possibly could.

It was a year filled with many depths of design where I learnt several new and exciting skills as well as improved those which I already possessed. These included design, packaging, photo editing, conceptual thinking, copywriting and best of all, getting artwork ready for print I.e. Final Art. I have come away from my first year with an exceptional amount of experience and designer savvy which I believe will be my defining feature in my next position.
January 2012 - January 2013 Cape Town, South Africa

LiveOutLoud Lifestyle Magazine

Intern

I worked as an intern at LiveOutLoud Magazine. Responsible for a luxury lifestyle magazine with a slogan that states: "For those who can". At LiveOutLoud I gained hands on experience in the world of publishing, marketing and layout design. I was given the opportunity to work on numerous pieces of design such as advertisements for the magazine, double page spreads, corporate identities and promotional items.
May 2010 - June 2010 Johannesburg, South Africa

Amperzand Advertising

Intern

I worked as an intern at Amperzand Advertising Agency. Responsible for clients such as ADT Security, Deetlefs Wine, Hymax Talking Solutions and Henry, Taylor and Ries. During my time at Amperzand, I was given the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the world of advertising. This included adjusting already existing adverts from print to LCD screens, working on the ADT 2010/2011 Annual Report and Manual, designing signage as well as learning about the working environment.
June 2010 - June 2010 Cape Town, South Africa

M&A Design [Brand Life]

Intern

Worked as an intern at M&A Design Studio.
Responsible for clients such as Woolworths, Appletizer, Cape Grace Hotel and Bakers. Learning and watching, gaining hands on experience in the world of packaging design. This included building mock-ups, and sitting in on company meetings as well as working on some confidential projects.
June 2011 - June 2011 Cape Town, South Africa

Education

Cape Peninsula University Of Technology

Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Design (BTech, Cum Laude)

January 2011 - December 2011 Cape Town, South Africa

University Of Johannesburg

National Diploma in Graphic Design

January 2008 - December 2010 South Africa

St Dominic's Catholic School For Girls

IEB Matric Certificate with University Exemption

January 1996 - December 2007 Johannesburg, South Africa

Languages

English (Native),
Afrikaans (Advanced),

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Keynote , Apple Numbers, Apple Pages, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word,