About

You’ve guessed it I’m Craig Elve a fully integrated senior designer (repeated again for keywords). As I’ve mentioned before I design for everything under the umbrella of graphic design. Advertising, print, digital, animation and I’ve even done a bit of packaging. When I say fully integrated I can’t really express that enough. I designed and built this site myself, it’s a custom theme for WordPress built using no frameworks or base themes. I believe simplicity is key in everything I do. Whether it’s on the production side or design and creative solutions I love to see the project through to completion.

Genuinely I love to learn new skills and take on new challenges. Graduating way back in 2009 and have been working in a creative agency before even then. I have worked for a selection of creative agencies building my experience and skills over the years. I absolutely love what I do and find it incredibly satisfying!

I’m always looking for new and exciting projects and opportunities so go ahead challenge me with a project. Don’t hesitate to contact me even if you just want to say hi or need some advice.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

I’ve got loads of experience in all standard Design software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. I also have a good knowledge of Aftereffects to create videos including 2D and 3D animation.

I have experience building using; HTML / HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery, CSS / CSS3, PHP and WordPress. Build fully responsive content managed websites, responsive HTML emails, web banners and even rich media mobile advertising.

MY EDUCATION

BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design
2:1 (Middlesex University)

I really enjoyed my BA. I used this time to explore all areas of graphic design. As well as learning about photography, traditional printing processes and digital design and production.

BTEC National Diploma Multimedia Design
Triple Distinction (Oaklands College St. Albans)

This course fuelled my passion for design and made me sure that I wanted to be a graphic designer

MY EXPERIENCE

Senior Integrated Designer
Satellite (2016 – Present)

Satellite had just lost one of their founding partners. They were looking for someone to work directly with the creative director on all creative projects to come through the studio. Also bringing a new set of skills into the company and giving direction to the other members of the team. I work on a variety of projects from branding to advertising campaign, web design and animation.

Senior Digital Designer
Acuity (2015 – 2016)
The Promotion to Senior designer came from the digital work growing large enough for me to be managing a team of three mid-weight designers. I was working purely on digital as well as running up numerous digital contracts for DS, Citroën, Suzuki, Zenith and St John Ambulance.

Middle-Weight Designer
Acuity (2013 – 2015)
At Acuity, my primary job was the lead designer on the Citroën and DS brochure contract. While working on that contract I made my digital skills known to the clients and we began to pick up more digital design and development work.

Middle-Weight Designer
Braden Threadgold Ltd (2010 – 2013)
The Promotion to mid-weight designer came with increased responsibility. More responsibility for concept work while still working as part of a team to see projects right through to print or production.

Junior Designer
Braden Threadgold Ltd (2009 – 2010)
I learnt a lot working as a junior designer this taught me about working as a designer to an industry standard. I learnt about printing processes, colour use and good design practice. As well as working as part of a team to develop ideas from concept to final artwork.

Something to take away

Still, want to know more?

Download my PDF portfolio here

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know anything else.

Contact me

Please get in touch whether you have a prospective job or just want some friendly help and advice.

Email: hello@craigelve.co.uk
Telephone: 07952 997 396