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Hello my name is Chris, and I am a Graphic Designer.

I have both industry experience and completed a number of freelance projects consisting of print / web design and coding. Being self motivated, hard working and reliable, my contribution has particularly benefited the employers and societies I have been associated to. I am now seeking a new challenging and rewarding opportunity to demonstrate my substantial abilities and make an effective contribution in a successful, end user focused team.

Please feel free to browse through my website and if you'd like any more information or just a chat, please get in contact. You can do this by clicking the email symbol (situated at the bottom right of your screen) or by filling out the contact form within the 'contact' section.

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Evans Halshaw (2010 - 2012): Graphic Designer (Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Nissan and Hyundai)

For the past 2 years I have been working for Evans Halshaw, a motor retail company which is part of the Pendragon PLC group, the largest motor retail company in Europe. My job involved creating press and web advertising along with poster / brouchure and leaflet campaigns for each franchise.

Lurcher Farm Cottage and Caravans (2009): Website Design

I have created the website for a local camping and caravan park. For this project I travelled to the site to take photos for the website as well as to get a feel for what the site was about. I based the navigation on local road signs which I thought the user would be able to easily relate to.

University of Lincoln, Fashion Show'08 (March - May 2008): Branding and Website Design

As part of my third years CDP at University I decided to work on my first live brief creating the branding for the third year fashion students end of year show. This included a logo, website, leaflets, tickets and booklet.
Here is a list of what I can do to help your company grow:

- Proficient in Adobe Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, DreamWeaver, Indesign and with a Pencil and Paper!
- Website Design and coding (Flash/CSS/HTML and basic Javascript incorporation)
- Logo Design/Branding
- Corporate Identity Application (Business Cards, Letter Headers, Compliment Slips)
- T-Shirt Design
- Sale/POS Displays
- Advertising (Print Based A5 Leaflets through to Large Scales Posters)
- Photography Experience
- A Brain Full of Random/Weird/Wonderful Ideas
- Great customer Service and Communication Skills
- A Great Willingness to Learn New Skills that are not listed above

- Oh, and I make a Mean Cuppa..!
EVANS HALSHAW: 2010-2012

The print work for Evans Halshaw ranges from small scale leaflets and A5 Flyers through to larger scale A1 / 60x40 showroom posters and full brochure design. This is a small selection of some of the finalised artwork and concept pieces I've designed during my time at Evans Halshaw.

Please click on 'About this artwork' to find out more about that specific piece.
12 PLATE CAMPAIGN CONCEPT:
NOVEMBER 2011


Designed to promote the new 12 plate vehicles, the idea was to pit each franchise against each other in a motor olympics. For instance testing sports cars 0-60 speed (100 metre sprint) or which franchises van could carry the biggest laod (weight-lifting)
12 PLATE CAMPAIGN CONCEPT:
NOVEMBER 2011


Here is another design along the same Olympic theme, in this instance the Renault van is the high jumpers obsticle
SHELSLEY WASLSH 2012 CONCEPT:
NOVEMBER 2011


Shelsley Walsh is a long establish uphill race which showcases both modern and vintage cars. In the poster concept I used images of new and old vehicles merged into one to show the history and the drive moving the race into the present.
SHELSLEY WASLSH 2012 CONCEPT:
NOVEMBER 2011


Shelsley Walsh is a long establish uphill race which showcases both modern and vintage cars. This concept poster is designed to show the history of the event with a contemporary edge.
12 PLATE CAMPAIGN CONCEPT:
JANUARY 2012


Another idea for the new 12 Plate vehciles released in May. A concept which is based on the Queens Diamond Jubilee coming up later in the year. I decided to keep the design as clean as possible using line drawings of major british Landmarks, taking the reader on a tour of the Queens Kingdom.
11 PLATE CAMPAIGN:
FEBRUARY 2011


Designed to promote the new 11 plate vehicles in March 2011. The idea behind the campaign was to create our own 'Oceans 11' team of vehicles. Each of these posters had a 'star' car with all the relavent information about the vehcile displayed.
CITREON SHOWROOM POSTER:
AUGUST 2011


A Poster to make people aware that their key fobs battery also needs to be replaced form time to time. I designed the image to merge both a key fob and low battery symbol to get this point across.
LE MANS EXPERIENCE 2011 CONCEPT:
NOVEMBER 2010


A concept for Le Mans, a 24 hour race set in France. Using photoshop throughout to create a night time driving experience.
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN FASHION SHOW '08: 2008

As part of my third years CDP at University I decided to work on my first live brief creating the branding for the third year fashion students end of year show. This involved creating a logo, posters, tickets, leaflets and a brochure showcasing their work.

Please click on 'About this artwork' to find out more about that specific piece.
FASHION SHOW '08 LOGO:
JANUARY 2008
FASHION SHOW '08 LOGO:
JANUARY 2008
FASHION SHOW '08 BROCHURE:
MARCH 2008


The cover for the fashion show brochure, used high quality floral paper to add an extra element to the brochure.
FASHION SHOW '08 BROCHURE:
MARCH 2008


I decided to use foiled block print for the logo again giving the brochure a high quality feel.
FASHION SHOW '08 TICKET CONCEPT:
MARCH 2008


This is a concept for the Fashion Show tickets, made to look like a clothing tag and printed on 100% cotton.
FASHION SHOW '08 TICKET CONCEPT:
MARCH 2008


This is a concept for the Fashion Show tickets, made to look like a clothing tag and printed on 100% cotton.
UNIVERSITY WORK: 2005-2008

Here is a collection of work I completed during my time at the University of Lincoln. The 3 years spent at University helped me gain a better understanding of what Graphic Design was all about, working on a number of projects ranging from Typographic, Corporate Identity building, Magazine Design, Advertising and more.

Please click on 'About this artwork' to find out more about that specific piece.
TOKYO:OCEAN CORPORATE IDENTITY CONCEPTS:
MARCH 2006


My first years CDP was set to develop our understanding of corporate identity. Designing a logo, posters, murial and other design applications for a new cafe/restaurant/gallery based in London. I researched into the local area of the building to get a feel of the location, I then created a logo concept which portrayed each section of the building.
TOKYO:OCEAN CORPORATE IDENTITY CONCEPTS:
MARCH 2006


This concept followed through into the design of the poster giving them a graffeti/hand drawn style edge.
TOKYO:OCEAN CORPORATE IDENTITY CONCEPTS:
MARCH 2006


Close up of previous poster.
TOKYO:OCEAN CORPORATE IDENTITY CONCEPTS:
MARCH 2006


This concept followed through into the design of the poster giving them a graffeti/hand drawn style edge.
APPLE Z:
NOVEMBER 2007


This project involved taking a single phrase and turning it into a design, my phrase was Apple Z - the shortcut to undo an item. I decided I wanted to create a story in which shortcuts could be used in real life situations such as Apple Z to undo or Apple C and P to copy and paste.
APPLE Z:
NOVEMBER 2007


I created a mini comic in which a man receieves an iphone with the power to control his surroundings with apple Z, in this section he accidentally causes his girlfriend to 'desaturate' turning black and white. Starting in full colour it gradually changing to a Frank Miller style black and white illustration piece.
LUCK:
SEPTEMBER 2007


A one off poster about luck. This poster is about what I consider luck to be, a mind set rather then an unseen force.
INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY:
JANUARY 2006


During a typography course we were asked to create a piece of design which introduced people who knew nothing about design or typography in the best way we knew how. I decided I wanted to go for a more visual piece, as everyone I asked who knew nothing about type could not relate to bowls or serifs. Therefore I decided to explain it by relating each type face to an image.
INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY:
JANUARY 2006


As show in the previous image serif type faces are generally a more professional style typface, clean and modern hence the man in the suit, latin serifs as in this example are a little more fancy, with flair hence the latin dancer. This continued with sans serif being a younger version of the modern man, a bit 'cooler' with a guitar and trendy clothes to show its youthful modern feel. Each poster had an example of a typeface in that category showing the sometimes subtle differences in bowls and serif types.
FREELANCE WORK: ON GOING

A selection of projects done for clients ranging from business cards to poster campaigns and logo designs.
BLACKDICE:
NOVEMBER 2011


Artword created for Blackdice, an urban watch company based in London. Were looking for a 'cool' modern concept to show their range of watches. Created from scratch including photography and photoshop work.
BLACKDICE:
NOVEMBER 2011


Artword created for Blackdice, an urban watch company based in London. Were looking for a 'cool' modern concept to show their range of watches. Created from scratch including photography and photoshop work.
JONOS MOBILE DJ:
FEBRUARY 2011


A Logo / buisness card design for a mobile DJ based in Nottingham, wanting to appeal to a younger market I incorporated what the DJ does into his logo creating a deck within the typography.
JONOS MOBILE DJ:
FEBRUARY 2011


Variation on the same design.
RIKKI JEFFERY ROCKSTAR TRAINING:
FEBRUARY 2011


A Logo concept for a personal trainer based in Nottingham. The client wanted his initals to be included into the logo design, as well as a star to represent the rockstar training.
PERSONAL WORK: ON GOING

Here is a selection of work I have done purely for the fun of designing or as tests to learn new techniques.
IDEAS: THE ROOTS OF CREATION
NOVEMBER 2010


A range of designs transforming quotes found from the internet into artworks, all based on the power of an idea.
IDEAS: GOOD FOR A LIMITED TIME
NOVEMBER 2010


This quote explains that some ideas are only good for a limited time not forever such as the cassette tape being over taken by CDs, which are now being over taken by MP3s
IDEAS: FAST TIMES
NOVEMBER 2010


This artwork was a test to try to make it look as though the words were moving so fast a layer of colour was being peeled off, incorprating essence of the quote into the art.
IDEAS: BIRTHPLACE
NOVEMBER 2010


This quote suggests that a small idea is the birthplace of great accomplishments. I wanted to represent this by starting with a small idea at the bottom of the page which grows into the full artwork.
MAXIMUM SECURITY: ONGOING

Currently under construction, please come back soon to view the finished site.
LURCHER FARM COTTAGE CARAVAN & CAMPING: MAY 2010

A website for a local camping and caravan park. For this project I travelled to the site to take all the photos for the website as well as to get a feel for what the site was about. I based the navigation on local road signs which I thought the user would be able to easily relate to.
1ST ACCESS LOCKSMITHS: AUGUST 2009

This was my first fully HTML Based website. Having learnt the basics of coding a website, the owner of 1st Access Locksmiths commissioned me to create a simple but stylish website for his company, including a homepage, about, pricing and contact page.

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CHRISGILLEN.COM (V.1)

Version 1 of my website. Made using Adobe Flash, created after university to help in my search for employment within the Graphic Design industry

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UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN FASHION SHOW 08: MARCH 08

The first website I designed. I used Adobe Flash to create a 3 page flash website for the Fashion Students end of term Fashion show. The website included interactive buttons, a small gallery, and a clean modern layout to compliment the print work completed along side the website.
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