About Skills, interests and work history

I am a graphic designer and branding professional with over 15 years experience of managing branding frameworks to deliver design solutions for a wide range of projects, from internal communications through to global branding and acquisition brand integration.
My full-time experience includes the implementation of the identity for an international law firm, developing visual identities for start-up initiatives and creating and maintaining the branding framework for a global financial services organisation.
Throughout the course of my career I have worked on the brand transition of over 13 acquisitions, numerous joint ventures and the merger of two of the world's largest information providers.
I have always worked across the spectrum of design medias, including printed collateral, digital, online and video content, data visualisation, infographics, presentations, campaigns and design for large spaces and conferences.
The following highlights some of the core skills and abilities I have developed over the course of my career, along with my employment and education history.
For more information or to obtain references, please contact me directly at info@chriswilliams.design

Skills


Data
visualisation

Website
design

Event space
design

Print
design

Branding
guidelines

GUI
design

Content
structure

Video
storyboards


Employment


Senior Designer
New York
June '16 to present day
Creation and implementation of new company brand guidelines. Design of temporary website to promote company merger. Oversight and mentoring of remote design team colleagues. Creative direction of global events, including annual Customer Conferences and Sibos trade show. Introducing processes and procedures to improve standards and workflow across design team. Documenting design strategies for global events processes.
Senior Designer
New York
Sep ‘13 to July ‘16
Creation of sales portal for the global intranet. Design strategy for promotion of company IPO. Creative direction for responsive website re-design. Identity design for joint ventures (inc. KYC.com). Annual report design. Management of design contractors and two remote team members. Creative direction of events, including global Customer Conferences. Design of mobile app for Loans trade settlement.
Senior Designer
London
Dec ‘07 to Sep ‘13
Creation and implementation of company brand guidelines. Oversight of Java developers for corporate and client website components. Creation of guidelines to align client portals. Design integration for 7 acquisitions and two joint ventures. Management and distribution of global sales templates. HTML email designs. Rollout of global print procurement process.
Lead Designer
London
Sep '05 to Dec '07
Primary design contact for McGregor-Boyall and industry initiative ‘women in technology’. Managing relationships with external suppliers. Creative direction for campaigns across the London commuter network. Branding of regular client events. Design, maintenance and upkeep of three microsites and the company intranet.
Designer
London
Jul '04 to Sep '05
Working as a designer for a global law firm, implementing and maintaining the company branding guidelines across marketing and sales materials, from printed collateral to sales presentations.
Production Designer
London
Nov '02 to Jul '04
Working as a production designer/sub-editor for the UK’s leading provider of multimedia content and services. Proof-reading and content-editing. Design, production and submission of page-ready layouts for regional and national newspapers. Daily updates to the company website.

Software and technical skills



Photoshop
Illustrator
Indesign
Dreamweaver
Animate (formerly Flash)
After Effects
Premier
HTML
CSS
JQuery / Javascript
Word
PowerPoint

Education


BA Hons Communication Design

Portsmouth University, United Kingdom, Jun '01

BTEC Art and Design Foundation Course

Epping Forest College, United Kingdom, Jun '98

Training and courses


Responsive web design, Mar '16

A 10-week course focused on contemporary best practices in responsive web design

The Truth About Branding: Johnson-Banks Design Agency, Nov '07

A one-day workshop held by design agency Johnson-Banks, offering an inside view of how a leading agency approaches branding projects to produce cohesive branding and design guidelines.

Colour Management: Exchange Training, Oct '07

A one-day workshop covering a wide range of colour management considerations, from printed media through to online content and assuring consistency across mediums.

Exchange Training, Oct '07

Adobe Creative Suite 3

Canon Photography Skills, Oct '06

Canon Photography Course