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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
Experience
Glasgow City, United Kingdom
Mar 2014Present
Design Director
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 2008Mar 2014
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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 2005
Freelance Designer
I trade under the name "Stickman Designs" for commissioned freelance work
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 2009Dec 2009
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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 2006Aug 2008
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.
Education
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 2004Jul 2006
First Class BA (hons) Degree Integrated Product Design
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Aug 2001Jul 2003
Glasgow College of Building and Printing
Higher National Diploma Product Design
Skills
 
3D Modeling, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Art Direction, Brand Identity, Concept Development, Copy Editing, Design For Manufacture, Digital Photography, Editing, FormZ, Google SketchUp, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Maxon CInema 4D, Microsoft Office Suite, Model Making, Photo Manipulation, Product Design, Product Development
Awards
2002
Glasgow College of Building and Printing
Best Student Award, most merited grades with outstanding ability
2006
Lynnet Leisure Innovation Competition
First Prize for Dout Pouch, a flatpack disposable ashtray/re-entry solution
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.