Hi, I'm Julian
an art director
from London


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Pantene



UX / interactive / web

Star Venus Casino



3D / web / print

Max Factor



UI / interactive / web

Ungalleried



brand /UX / visual / motion

iGaming



web / visual production

Krispy Kreme



concept / visual / interactive

Switch



digital / interactive

Vision Express



photography & illustration

LOWE



UI / digital / interactive

iGaming



photographic editorial

Diamond Wipes



packaging design

Chevrolet



digital / interactive

Antony Rand



UI / interactive / web

Advert shots



photography / retouching

Zoomaway



UI / web / concept

Inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working.

-Pablo Picasso

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It's about the process.

Great products are the result of a complex process. A product is a record of the ideas, strategy, design & development that brought it into the world. A thread that extends through every iteration, as it's refined, tested then launched. An MVP is sent to market.

That's when design begins to breathe - when people use, experience & live with a product in their daily lives.

I'm in it for every step of the process, creating digital products for people. And occasionally sitting back in amazement at the scale and beauty of it all.

Designer

I started out in graphic design, animation and photography, which remain at the core of my work. Now I'm equally passionate about strategy and data driven design.

Art Director

Leading the creative process, coaching and mentoring have been part of my career since 2006. I've led all star creative teams for brands in UK, Malta and Gibraltar.

Manager

I have managed design teams for advertising, software and igaming companies. Contributing strategy, project management, workshops and presentations.

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The tools I use.

I design and prototype the front-end for responsive websites. These tools are at the core of my skill set. I tend to design in-browser, styling and editing graphics as I go. I also use project management apps such as, Jira & Basecamp. And I work with heat mapping algorithms / eye tracking tools.

Adobe CC suite / Topaz / DUIK


HTML5 / CSS3 / Jquery / AS3


Bootstrap / Balsamiq / Marker pens


Cinema 4D / Bryce3D / Brackets


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I teach photography & retouching.

I've run fashion photography workshops in stunning locations, attracting students from the US, Canada, UK & Malta. Involving PR agents, stylists and agency models. We shot editorial spreads for magazines on location in UK, Malta, Spain and the Maasai Mara, Kenya.

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Advertising photography.

I've done a lot of work with PR, Styling, Location, Set Design & Model Agencies in advertising and gaming. And built strong working relationships in these sectors, I can facilitate, conduct and shoot high-end visual campaigns, promptly and on realistic budgets.
Stock photography is great but when it's important to be original, it's time to reach for the camera and lights.

Management and art direction


PR and social network exposure


Magazine and digital publication


Lead equipment and tech advice


Photo, editing & budget control


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I'm published in creative magazines.

I've run fashion photography workshops in stunning locations, attracting students from the US, Canada, UK & Malta. Involving PR agents, stylists and agency models. We shot editorial spreads for magazines on location in UK, Malta, Spain and the Maasai Mara, Kenya.

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About me

I’ve worked in Digital Design since 1999. Starting out at AstraZeneca, branding Nexium and designing their corporate intranet. It was a great beginning and eventually launched me into the London ad agency job market. With the internet still an infant we were all quite new to digital. It was a time to explore & learn. Work was full of exploration. The variety of projects at a busy London agency, from animated micro sites for movie studios to corporate business presentations, brand identities, packaging, banners and retouching. Before long I'd worked on the full spectrum. Later to include video editing, 3D and UX. Not a dull moment.

My photography and retouching techniques have been published in magazines in the UK, US, South America, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Malta and Kenya. I'm a pixel-perfectionist.

I also enjoy a bit of front end code, designing responsive websites for mobile and devices. I'm familiar with server-side development as well though I'm focussed on brand, content, visual and experience. I've always been keen on sophisticated, user-centric design. Bang & Olufsen and Braun have inspired me for as long as I can remember.

But I'm not all about Zen minimalism, I also enjoy broad brush strokes, punchy use of colour and I'm not shy of excess, done well. I want my work to jump out and grab, to leave an impression, perhaps that's my fine art education coming into play.

I've built and managed a few world class creative teams, and managed designers, illustrators & developers for employers in UK, Malta, Gibraltar and Kenya.

Challenges and top-of-their-game colleagues inspire me. I thrive on problem solving, details and good communication.

Thanks for stopping by.

— Julian