Graphic designer and artist.

Experience

 

Graphic designer and artist with corporate, agency and freelance experience with specialities in branding, corporate identities, design, prepress and digital art.

My expertise has been acquired through years of hands-on experience, and being self-motivated, forward-thinking and creative. A versatile team player skilled in the development of innovative design and prepress solutions, I have managed multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, ensuring that all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate voice, culture and brand standards. The tools of my distinctive aesthetic style include Adobe Creative Cloud, a Wacom tablet and an Apple iMac.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Concept, design, prepress and printing in advertising, publishing and packaging (including retail and collateral media),
  • Web development, coding (html, css, javascript) and hosting with particular expertise in creating WordPress sites.

I have experience in:

  • Desktop publishing, artworking, photo manipulation, illustration, photography, digital painting, 3D modelling and a variety of techniques that are constantly explore and develop,
  • Prepress production with expertise in solving technical issues,
  • IT technical support with installing, configuring and maintaining computer systems,
  • One to one training, tutoring and mentoring.

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have appeared in website and magazine features, television series and a gallery exhibition in New York City. These surreal and conceptual themed works redefine reality and stretch the limits of the imagination in which I create evocative, dream-like images or capture everyday objects appearing as something else. My works and the objects in them can be seen as something completely different given the right perspective, tackle the human predicament and playfully explore the intersection of language and art by making literal visual interpretations of familiar idiomatic expressions.

 

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SKILLS

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Operating Systems

Advanced

Intermediate

Basic

OS X (Mac)

Windows

Linux

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Applications

Advanced

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Intermediate

Basic

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Photoshop

InDesign

Illustrator

Acrobat Pro

QuarkXpress

WordPress

Dreamweaver

Flash

Cinema 4D

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Knowledge

Advanced

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Intermediate

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Basic

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Advertising

Publishing

Packaging

Graphic design

Desktop publishing

Prepress / print production / artworking

Retail media

Collateral media

Branding

Corporate identities

In-store point of sale

Printing (digital, offset, screen and large format)

Die cutting

Digital art

Illustration

Concept

Typography

Layout theory

Colour theory & psychology

Composition

Web development

Web hosting

WordPress websites

IT technical support

Coding (html, css, javascript, mysql, php)

Photography

Video production

3D modelling

Digital music

Animation

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CLIENTS & BRANDS

African Sales Company (COTY, PUIG and P&G fashion, fragrance and cosmetic brands)

Various retail fashion and perfume brands such as Antonio Banderas, Avril Lavigne, Baldessarini, Balenciaga, Black Up, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Robert Cavalli, Chloe, Christina Aguilera, Davidoff, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elizabeth Arden, Especially Escada, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, James Bond 007, Jennifer Lopez (Jlo), Joop, Kenzo, Lacoste, Lancaster Sun, Madonna, Marc Jacobs, Olay, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Puma, Quorum, Shakira, Tabac, Vera Wang and Versace.

The Walt Disney Company Africa

Various retail, In-store point of sale (POS) and collateral.

Ster Kinekor

Various Playstation (PS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and PSVITA) and Ster Kinekor Cinema retail, in-store point of sale (POS) and collateral.

Prestige Cosmetics

Molton Brown, Elemis and Chanel retail, In-store point of sale (POS) and collateral.

DaimlerChrysler Services

Various Chrysler advertising, point of sale and collateral.

Debis Fleet Management

Various Mercedes-Benz advertising, point of sale and collateral.

EGL

European Gemological Laboratory and College of Gemology.

Other clients and brands

Pick n Pay, Nu Metro, Look & Listen, JPTime, JP Krugerrand, BT Games, Man Finance, Momentum, Sasol, Eco Wash, ITT South Africa, Xylem, Knob & knocker, The French Embassy South Africa, Turkish Embassy South Africa, Schauenburg, Avery Dennison, Glasfit , Nampak, Phonak AG, Rennies Bank, Blockbusters, Roman’s Pizza, Merial, IMS Engineering and Capital Resources (Capital Securities & Capital conferences), Avusa Entertainment, Innovation Films, Keg & Crow, New Africa Biofuels, New Africa Petroleum Holdings, Slush Puppie, The English Experience and Weir Minerals.

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Richard George Davis

Role

Dates

Location

Hours

Website

Description

Creative director

November 2004 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Part time

www.rgdart.com

Designing brands, logos, websites, taking photographs and creating personal artworks which encompasses photography, photo manipulation, illustration, digital painting, 3D modelling and a variety of techniques that I’m constantly exploring and developing. Personal artworks that I’ve produced have received awards and appeared in website and magazine features, television series and a gallery exhibition in New York City.

  • Concept and design of corporate identities, logos and websites.
  • Web development, coding (html, css, javascript) and hosting with particular expertise in creating WordPress sites,
  • Creating personal artworks which encompasses photography, photo manipulation, illustration, digital painting, 3D modelling and a variety of techniques that I’m constantly exploring and developing,
  • Providing one to one training, tutoring and mentoring lessons and support on Apple Macs hardware, Apple Mac systems, Apple Mac software, Adobe Creative Cloud software, and WordPress,
  • IT technical support with installing, configuring and maintaining computer systems.

Clients: Amour Design, Totem Gallery, Apartheid Archive Project, Tat Wolfen Media Projects, Hilltribe Armouries, Ekala Guest Farm and Eco Tours, Angelic Living, Chimera Management Consulting.

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Reward Ventures

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Senior graphic designer

August 2003 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.rewardventures.co.za

Managing multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, liaising with clients, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate voice, culture and brand standards.

  • Below the line advertising, marketing and communications,
  • Publishing, packaging, retail and collateral media,
  • Concept, design, prepress and printing,
  • Branding, corporate identities, in-store point of sale, large format printing and die cutting,
  • Using international artwork and guidelines to create local content,
  • Prepress production and preflighting with expertise in solving technical issues,
  • Website hosting and WordPress,
  • IT technical support with installing, configuring and maintaining computer systems,
  • Management of design studio,
  • Liaising directly with clients and printers.

Clients: The Walt Disney Company Africa, African Sales Company (COTY, PUIG and P&G fashion, fragrance and cosmetic brands such as Clavin Klein, Versace, Davidoff, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy and many others), Prestige Cosmetics (CAVI: Molton Brown, Chanel and Elemis), Ster Kinekor (Theatres and Playstation), Nu Metro Film Distribution, Nu Metro Cinemas, Pick n Pay, Roman’s Pizza, French Institute Of South Africa, IMS Engineering, blockbusters and Merial.

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ADOS and Associates

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Senior graphic designer

May 2001 – July 2003

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

Managing multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate standards.

  • Below the line advertising, marketing and communications,
  • Publishing, packaging, retail and collateral media,
  • Concept, design, prepress and printing,
  • Branding, corporate identities, in-store point of sale, large format printing and die cutting,
  • Using international artwork and guidelines to create local content,
  • Prepress production and preflighting with expertise in solving technical issues,
  • IT technical support with installing, configuring and maintaining computer systems,
  • Management of design studio and staff,
  • Liaising directly with clients and printers.

Clients: Nu Metro Film Distribution, Nu Metro Cinemas, Blockbusters, Euroline Group, CRL Group, The French Embassy, GTV, Vision Africa, The Knob & Knocker, Hewlett Packard, JD Edwards and KPMG.

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The Gendel Group

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Graphic designer, desktop publishing

April 2000 – April 2001

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.gendel.co.za

Managing multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion under the leadership of the manager and art director, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines.

  • Above and below the line advertising, marketing and communications,
  • Design, prepress and printing,
  • Branding, corporate identities, retail and collateral media,
  • Solving prepress, printing and IT technical issues,
  • Liaising directly with clients and printers.

Clients: Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, Rennies Foreign Exchange, Glasfit, Momentum Life, HASS, Medicross, Beige and Vitalab.

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Freewind Publication

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Art director

April 1998 – December 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

Started out at first as a retoucher and quickly grew into the positions of graphic designer and eventually art director.

Managing assignments from concept to completion within a team under the leadership of the managing director and art director, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines.

  • Consumer and corporate publishing,
  • Advertising, marketing, communications and collateral media,
  • Designing and laying out of magazines pages and covers,
  • Visual effects, prepress and preflight specialist,
  • Prepress production with expertise in solving technical issues,
  • IT technical support with installing, configuring and maintaining computer systems,
  • Liaising directly with printers.

Magazines: Directions (Male fashion/lifestyle), Divestyle (Scuba diving and travel), Blush (Female teenager fashion/lifestyle), VIA (Corporate title published for Volkswagen South Africa) and Smart Fashion (Corporate title published for Smart Centre, a large retail clothing chain).

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In-Detail

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

website

Description

Graphic designer

March 1997 – March 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance

Part time

www.in-detail.com

Freelance graphic design and prepress of below the line advertising, marketing and communications media.

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The Bureau Print

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Desktop publisher

March 1996 – March 1998

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.bureau.co.za

Started out at a desktop publisher first, learning as I progressed to a retoucher, production artist and department head.

Managing multiple DTP and printing assignments concurrently, maintaining equipment, delegation of tasks and training staff.

  • Traditional litho printing and digital printing (Film, colour lazers, and chromalins),
  • Scanning on flatbed and drum scanners,
  • Digital effects, retouching and deep etching,
  • Paginating of multi-paged booklets and brochures,
  • Solving prepress and printing issues,
  • IT technical support,
    • installing and configuring computer hardware operating systems and applications,
    • monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks,
    • diagnosing and solving hardware/software faults,
    • testing and evaluating new technology.
  • Managing and maintainance of equipment,
    • Processors, image setters, computers and scanners,
  • Managing the archive system,
  • Liaising directly with clients,
  • Training of staff.

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Phoenix Repro & Litho

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Graphic designer

January 1997 – January 2005

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance/contract

Part time

  • Freelance graphic design and prepress of collateral media and flexo printed labels,
  • IT technical support.

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have appeared in website and magazine features, television series and a gallery exhibition in New York City.

I have received four Daily Deviations awards from deviantart.com, two Editor’s Choice awards from photoshopcreative.co.uk, and one from digitalartistdaily.com, ten Daily Feature Awards from shadowness.com, and various magazine features in Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative and Practical Photoshop.

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Gallery exhibitions

Sponsor

Venue

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Set dressings on TV shows

Series

Dates

The Following, Season 1 and 2

21 January to 29 April 2013 and 19 January to 28 April 2014

The Following

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Magazines

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Interview

November 2013 issue 107

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Let Slip feature

September 2013 issue 105

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Magazine Expert Top Tops

November 2012 issue 94

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Image of the Month Award

August 2012 issue 92

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Advanced Photoshop magazine > Bleak world of absent law

November 2012 issue 102

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Date

Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

June 2013

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Title

Date

Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

February 2013

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Title

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Photography For Beginners > Competition winner

January 2014

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Awards

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Date

Digital Artist website > Editor’s Choice

August 2014

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Title

Date

Digital Artist website > Editor’s Choice

November 2013

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Title

Date

Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

February 2013

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Title

Date

Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

August 2012

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Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Clockwork Orange

December 2012

Deviant Art Award

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Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Forever lost

January 2012

Deviant Art Award

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Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Strawberry Rehab

March 2011

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Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Grenade

April 2009

Deviant Art Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Ambitions Abandoned

April 2014

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Eden’s Eye 02

September 2013

Shadowness Award

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Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Kimberley Hole

July 2013

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Clockwork Orange

August 2012

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > The Night’s Watch

May 2012

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Hope Floats Away

June 2012

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Light Redemption

January 2012

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Forever lost

December 2011

Shadowness Award

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Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > These Feelings I Hide

December 2011

Shadowness Award

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Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > French Revolution 04

August 2011

Shadowness Award