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Stuart Ford

Graphic Designer & Photographer

Melbourne, Australia
A results-driven creative problem solver with over ten years experience as a Graphic Designer. My expertise covers all aspects of the creative process from brief and research through to finished artwork and digital asset creation, as well as studio management.

Originally from Melbourne, with a three-year residence in Sydney, I have recently returned from London where I realised my dream of working for some of the best known brands in some of the world’s leading agencies. Constant positive feedback from a variety of clients has proven my conceptual, production and customer service skills.

Work Experience

Stuart Ford Creative

Graphic Design & Photography

Clemenger BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, SapientNitro, Fleishman-Hillard, Salterbaxter, The Buchanan Group, Tourism Australia, Saltree, Vive Creative, Gill & Cetti, LAM Agency, The Faith Agency, Retail Zoo, Hive Creative, The Competition Company, Cork Media, Millimeter Design, Porter Davis, Baulderstone Australia, Dental Health Services Victoria, Blake Dawson, Henry Davis York.
December 2010 - Present Australia

Veolia Water

Graphic Designer

June 2008 - December 2010 Sydney, Australia

Transfield Services

Graphic Designer

January 2003 - June 2008 Melbourne, Australia

Education

Photography Studies College

Adv. Diploma of Photography

Currently studying part-time at PSC. For the fifth consecutive year, PSC was awarded the AIPP Australian Tertiary Institution of the Year for excellence in photographic education and training.
July 2015 - Melbourne, Australia

Victorian University Of Technology

Diploma of Art (Graphic Art)

courses included: Photography, Reprographics, Typography, Finished Art, Technical and Creative Illustration, Art Analysis.
January 2002 - October 2004 Melbourne, Australia

Northland Design Studies

Folio Preparation Course

Northland Design Studies is a year 13 folio preparation course that provides a pathway for students seeking entry into Tertiary courses in Design and related Visual Arts areas.
January 2001 - December 2001 Melbourne, Australia

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Print, Windows,

Results

SapientNitro: Two year, continual booking at a top agency in London. Booking included being entrusted as a late night artworker: working unsupervised into the night, delivering client-ready work for the morning, and locking the studio.

Cork Media: Asked to develop concepts – and present on behalf of the client – for a TVC pitch to Continence Foundation of Australia. The successful bid was workshopped with the client and production teams and went into full development.

Tamby Party Foods: Brand creation and application to flyers, shop-front and website. Two years on, the company is consistently booked beyond capacity and planning interstate expansion.

Porter Davis Homes: Brochure design for new neighbourhood aimed particularity at the first home buyers market. To engage the target, the design stepped away from what the client was used to resulting in all homes being sold on the first weekend.

What they say

"I worked directly with Stuart for 2 years in the integrated production studio at SapientNitro. Shortly after joining us he proved himself to be more than capable, trustworthy and a great fit for the studio. We had very high expectations for anyone joining our studio and expect people to be able to hit the ground running, which Stuart more than did.
His technical abilities are of a very high standard and Stuart was able to work on both print and digital work equally well. He quickly learnt the studio processes and fitted in well with his co-workers, something very important in a studio of that size (25-30 artworkers).
Stuart was often flexible with his working hours and was soon trusted to cover the studio's late night shifts, a shift that we could only entrust to reliable, dependable people. We also felt confident sending Stuart to our other office in London, where they have equally high standards but for a more creative type of work than our production studio allowed. He always acquitted himself well there.
It was a pleasure to work with Stuart and I would have no issues in working with him again in the future if the opportunity arose - in fact, I would welcome it! He's a hard worker and an asset to any company."

Richard Kindell – Studio Manager, SapientNitro


"Stuart is a great guy with all the right experience and skills for my clients challenging requests. He delivers great results; works well in teams and has a deep knowledge for the advertising world."

Dean Cousin – Design Contracts Team Leader, Creative Recruitment


"Without a shadow of doubt, I can say it was an absolute delight working with Stu. His attention to detail, high standard delivery and versatility to ever-changing circumstances are invaluable – not to mention his friendly approach and great sense of humour made him an absolute pleasure to work with! I have no hesitation recommending him to anyone and I hope one day I get to work with him again."

Rita Pham – Senior Account Executive, SapientNitro


“I have no hesitation in recommending Stuart. He has been a top Aquent freelancer for over four years across both Sydney and Melbourne. We have always received very positive feedback from our clients regarding Stuart's work and he is often rebooked, extended or asked for by name. Stuart's work is excellent, but more importantly he is professional, friendly, positive and easy to work with. It is the combination of the two that makes him a preferred choice for many clients.”

Rebecca Sinclair – Regional Director, A Q U E N T Australia


“Having represented Stuart Ford for over a year as his Agent through Aquent, I can genuinely say that Stuart above any freelancer we have on our books, has been the most delightful to work with. He is by far the talent who receives the most consistently outstanding feedback and is certainly a talent that repeat client want to hire over and over again for their freelance needs. One of our top corporate clients in Sydney referred to Stuart as the best freelancer they have ever had, which was a pleasure to hear. Stuart is very strong technically and also frequently attends industry design events. Having had first hand experience in representing Stuart to several of my clients across both Melbourne and Sydney, I highly recommend Stuart Ford.”

Lois Walters – Creative Talent Agent, A Q U E N T Australia


“I am delighted to recommend Stuart to all my colleagues and business associates. He is the consummate professional and has delivered outstanding results for Cork Media since first engaging with him in January 2012. Importantly he listens to the required brief, imparts his expertise directly to the task at hand and adapts easily to changing circumstance and client requirements. I have been very impressed with this creative concepts and the rationale behind them, and will continue to contract work to Stuart on a regular basis. He has been an integral part of the rapid growth of my business."

David Fien – Director, Cork Media


“Stuart offers great attention to detail and delivers work of a high standard according to the brief given and within the timelines set. He is meticulous in his approach - needing fewer changes means that jobs can be completed faster. He also brings a great sense of humour to the office, which makes working with him a pleasure!”

Lauren Leahy – Editorial Program Manager, Elixir Healthcare Education


“Stuart has designed numerous flyers and programs for Chatswood Musical Society that have been of an exceptionally high quality. His designs are always innovative and original, and have enhanced our Company's reputation for quality community theatre. I have no hesitation in recommending Stuart most highly.”

Matt Cater – President, Chatswood Musical Society


“Stuart worked really well with our team. He showed a lot of initiative and went beyond his role in picking up errors in the text and grammar. Always pleasant, Stuart is a hard-worker who puts in the time and effort. I would recommend him for any role.”

Amanda Mallon – Marketing Manager NSW/ACT, Baulderstone Pty Ltd


“I taught Stuart at NCAT Folio Preparation (Then Northland Design Studies) and have remained in touch with him ever since. I have found him to be dedicated to Design and determined in his work ethic. Stuart has a great sense of humour and an ethos of care not always found in Industry. I have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Tracy Paterson – NCAT Folio Preparation