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chris wilson

Glasgow, United Kingdom
I’m a passionate multidisciplinary designer with over 10 years industry experience. I have 2 eyes for detail with perfect 20/20 vision which complements my creative foresight and execution of a project from beginning to end. I suffer from obsessive compulsive designing which I regularly medicate with copious amounts of freelance work and design research which can lead to bouts of inspiration, creative solutions and infectious motivational ambition. If you’d like to see the results of some of these outbursts please check my portfolio or website

Work Experience

MadeBrave

Design Director

March 2014 - Present Glasgow City, United Kingdom

Premier Housewares

Senior Designer

Over the past 5 years I’ve been head of the design department managing a growing team of
creative designers, liaising regularly with the Senior Marketing Executive, Senior Buyer and
Company Director on product direction, development and brand strategy. I have implemented many projects including an identity rebrand to enable repositioning of the company into the high end marketplace, using the new identity guidelines a redesign of the packaging for the 6000 product lines in stock was also carried out with accompanying printed catalogues and corporate brochure being designed too. I’ve developed creative and refined branding and packaging solutions for 4 new product ranges, from high precision and eco friendly to traditional and design led product lines leading to a direct sales channel through internet giant Amazon. In addition to the branding created for Premier I’ve produced exclusive and guideline based packaging artwork for national clients such as ASDA, Aldi, BHS, Dunelm, Morrisons, Matalan, Netto, Primark, Rosebys,TK Maxx and Wilkinsons giving me a confident understanding of brand application. Responsibilities also include art direction for product photography and photo retouching. Working closely with the company events organiser I’m responsible for producing large format graphics and display stand designs for
the national exhibitions that Premier attend that includes hands on construction of POS displays.
October 2008 - March 2014 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Stickman Designs

Freelance Designer

I trade under the name "Stickman Designs" for commissioned freelance work
February 2005 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow Caledonian University

Guest Lecturer

I was invited to work one day a week for 4 months as a guest lecturer to devise and conduct a 4th year student project in which 15 students in their final year developed concepts and batch production products in response to an assigned brief that I had prepared. It was a great opportunity to further develop my project management skills and allowed me to mentor the students, sharing my knowledge and experiences of the industry with them.
September 2009 - December 2009 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Macdonald Airtools

Designer

After graduating from University I was approached by the managing director, impressed by my work at the end of year show, he offered me an in-house design position as sole creative within their long established tool manufacturing business. A redesign of the existing company identity across all printed and digital materials was undertaken, including logo, stationary, website, marketing literature, product parts lists, labelling, signage and demonstration videos. An overhaul of exhibition materials including large format graphics and stand design was also required which involved hands on construction of the display stands.
September 2006 - August 2008 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Education

Glasgow Caledonian University

First Class BA (hons) Degree Integrated Product Design

September 2004 - July 2006 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow College Of Building And Printing

Higher National Diploma Product Design

August 2001 - July 2003 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Awards

Glasgow College Of Building And Printing

Best Student Award, most merited grades with outstanding ability

2002

Lynnet Leisure Innovation Competition

First Prize for Dout Pouch, a flatpack disposable ashtray/re-entry solution

2006

Skills

3D Modeling, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Art Direction, Brand Identity, Concept Development, Copy Editing, Digital Photography, Editing, Google SketchUp, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Maxon CInema 4D, Microsoft Office Suite, Model Making, Photo Manipulation, Product Design, Product Development , Design For Manufacture, FormZ,

Publications

2005 - Form Z Annual Project Report

2012 - Brand Magazine 'nowism' Issue 06 4page feature.
http://www.behance.net/gallery/NowISM/7240667

2013 - Choi's Package Vol.06
http://www.choisgallery.com/Magazine/look/id/550

Web Features

http://www.brandingserved.com/gallery/Zing/2969685

http://www.packagingserved.com/gallery/Zing/2969685

http://www.packagingserved.com/gallery/Tenzo/2961029

National Publications

My work has been featured in National newspapers, The Sun, Daily Record, Evengin Times and the Scotsman, leading to radio interviews on BBC Radio Scotland, Real Radio and Xfm.

Freelance Work

for a full list of my Freelance Clients please view my CV.