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Curriculum vitae

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Contact Details

Tel: 07719 547870  • Email: akeel1701@gmail.com


Work Experience

Nearly thirty years experience in Apple Macintosh Systems and expertise in wide variety of software, mainly: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop; lllustrator; Indesign; Acrobat);
NeoOffice; VectorWorks, QuarkXpress; Bryce 7 Pro; Microsoft Word; Excel, Powerpoint; FileZilla FTP and BB Edit
Other packages that I’ve used in the past: Freehand; Image Ready 2, Omnipage , Filemaker Pro, Specular Infini-D, . DreamWeaver, Fireworks, Director, Fontographer, Metamorphosis-Professional; Streamline 3; Pagemaker

2015 - 2016 Senior Artworker, EVM, GlasgowMain duties consisted of: preparing digital files for the Vutek RIP, prepping files for the vinyl cutter and preparing files for various cutting and routing machines for a variety of high-profile clientele: CALA Homes; MacTaggart & Mickel; Robertson Homes and Gracewell, as well as North Lanarkshire Council and Glasgow City Council
During this time I also created a website for my uncle's store: Skinstyles as well as an associated Facebook Page and Twitter Page
2011 - 2015 In-house Designer, United Wholesale Scotland, Queenslie, GlasgowMain duties consisted of: Creating designs, layout and finished artwork on a three-weekly schedule for United Wholesale's regular brochure and Product List Order Form (PLOF); as well as promotional materials like the order form and retail kit (leaflets, posters and shelf-talkers) for the Day-Today Grocery Shop and uSave franchises.
This entailed sourcing graphics and images, including taking my own photographs, tidying them up in photoshop and rendering them fit for print, as well as contacting reps of the various companies to obtain the most up-to-date product shots.
I also liaised with the buyers to get the latest information for all the products which are on promotion at the given time.
Additionally I also prepared any One-Day Specials and Trade Weekend Specials which were required from time to time.
I also createdd and prepare artwork for press-ads, primarily Scottish Grocer Magazine, and a few other publications as well. I also talked to the printers to schedule jobs and get quotes for any additional print jobs needing to be produced.
In addition I uploaded the new graphics and PDFs onto the company's website via WordsPress, the content management system.
I mainly used the Adobe Creative Suite CS4, as well as NeoOffice for spreadsheet functions and FileZilla for FTP transfer.
2003 - 2010 Digital Technician, ServiceGraphics (B & S Graphics), Govan, Glasgow
Main duties consisted of: preparing digital files sent in by design agencies and other clients, for output on the various output devices in-house
Re-touching images and photographs, as well as a bit of typesetting and design.
Producing cut-vinyl signage.
The main software used is Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Freehand.
Additional work involved creating/planning exhibition spaces in 3D using VectorWorks, and then creating various views/renders in ArtLantis.
Was made redundant as a result of economic conditions.
In 2007 I helped start up up another community newspaper: Scotland's Chronicle, which ran for about 4 years.
2003 Customer Service Manager, Kall Kwik Printing, Glasgow South
My duties here involved dealing with customers on an interpersonal level, taking work orders from initial concept through to final product - 'making it happen'; the work ranged from copying and binding through to taking orders on the phone and quoting and estimating print jobs, liaising with artwork and print departments to ensure a free flow of works from start to finish. Although this job was intendent to be permanent a sudden severe downturn in the print market meant that I fell victim to the 'LIFO' rule (i.e. Last In First Out)
2000 - 2002 Senior Designer, Kall Kwik Printing, Paisley
Kall Kwik Paisley underwent a change of ownership on 13th March 2000, however the core team remained unchanged.
On a freelance level, I got a chance to do Scotland's Oracle again (a community newspaper that I started up in 1998).
In August 2002, Kall Kwik Paisley changed hands again, and by December the subsequent restructuring led to my redundancy.
1999 - 2000 Design Consultant, Kall Kwik Printing, Paisley
I started here mainly as a in a consultative role for one client in particular - Solutions Assured Limited, and designed the corporate stationery, leaflets, brochures, adverts, newsletters and their website.
However I joined Kall Kwik full time on September 1st 1999.
1998 - 1999 Graphic Designer, Altair Graphic Design, Glasgow
I helped set up this company , in which I worked as a graphic designer and account handler. One of our major contracts was Scotland's Oracle, a multicultural, community newspaper. I also designed the company's web page, and web pages for other clients.
Altair Graphic Design ceased trading in April 1999.
1995 - 1998 Graphic Designer/Mac Technician, Kall Kwik Printing, Paisley
1994 - 1995 Graphic Designer, Exacta Print, Glasgow
1994 Nishan Magazine, Glasgow, Co-Editor of the Community Magazine from SRC
1993 - 1994 Scottish Asian Voice / Ace Print Promotions Publications / D Zine Publishing
I was on a Training For Work placement with Scottish Asian Voice Newspapers, in charge of layout and graphics.
After Ace Print Promotions Publications split off from Asian Voice I set up D Zine Publishing, concentrating on design and publishing.
1992 - 1993 Freelance Graphic Designer.
My clients included Asian Voice Newspaper and Club Industria
1989 - 1992 LaserGraphics Technician, AlphaGraphics
1987 - 1989 Assistant Manager, Novastyles, Glasgow
1982 - 1987 Assistant Manager, In Vogue, Glasgow

Hobbies, Interests and Other Information

  • Reading, Films, Science and Technology.
  • Badminton, Pool, Tennis and Table Tennis.
  • Created, designed and produced various special-interest fan-magazines over the years.
  • Other projects include a novel under development.
  • I have a full, clean driving licence.
  • I am bilingual and can converse in Punjabi

Education / Training / Courses

1975 - 1981 Shawlands Academy, Glasgow
1981 - 1982 Cardonald College, Glasgow
SCE 'O' Grades: Geography, Arithmetic, Technical Drawing, Biology
SCE 'H' Grades: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics
1993 Self Designed Business Start-up Course
This part time course was set up by Scottish Enterprise and the Woodlands Trust specifically for members of ethnic minority groups. It covered a wide variety of topics from Sales and Marketing to Legal Matters and Taxation.

References

Kevin Mcintyre, Account Handler,
EVM, 604 Duke Street, Glasgow G33 1JX
Tel: 0141 554 2000. (professional)

Mark Brown, Manager,
ServiceGraphics Glasgow, City Link Central, 145 Helen Street, Glasgow G51 3HD
Tel: 0141 425 2300. (professional)

Matthew Scoles, Manager,
MC Squared, Unit 9, Museum Business Park, Woodhead Road, Glasgow G53 7NN
Tel: 0141 876 4092.  (professional)

Rizwan Syyed, Finance Director,
United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd, 110 Easter Queenslie Road, Glasgow G33 4UL
Tel: 0141 429 6700.  (professional)

Dr Sajid Hussain  (character)