Nathan, a graphic designer and illustrator
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Hello, I’m Nathan, a Grimsby born Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I am a multi-disciplined designer and am equally skilled in intricate and highly detailed book cover designs as I am with minimal but insightful logo design.
My career history reads like a list of items at a jumble sale. I left school at the age of 18 to Join the RAF as an Intelligence Analyst. Here I attended courses in Photoshop and Dreamweaver to assist me within my position of recruit training. After leaving the RAF I set up a valeting company as a stop gap until I decided what to do with the rest of my life. Six years later and three children heavier was when I finally decided to reassess my future and begin my degree.
In 2010 my first professional path in graphic design occurred when I was appointed to a new online shop that would sell electronic cigarettes. Here I built and ran the company website whilst designing marketing materials and the corporate identity. Again, I left this position in 2013 to ensure I could focus my energy on beginning and completing my degree.
During my first year of studying I Joined From You To Me, whom specialise in personal journals and gifts. Being a small company has ensured I have been involved in varied projects from illustrating book covers to designing email marketing. Gaining vital knowledge of the industry in this time which will ensure that I am able to hit the ground running in any future career progressions.
Away from work I enjoy football as well as producing music. I have released many tracks on various record labels which are available on all the leading music download sites (and some rubbish ones too), this has given me the opportunity to travel the country and many parts of Europe to perform live DJ sets and whilst exciting, was never going to provide for my family for the rest of my life.
Bioactive Herps. The company sells products that ensure exotic pets are provided with the most natural habitat possible via their online store. I was asked to create a fun and enticing logo that reflects the work that they do.
Ellirew's Boutique. I was asked to design a full corporate identity package for a boutique shop and beauty parlour. This included the logo design, shop signage, corporate collateral, price lists and advertising boards.
Lincs Cycle Centre. This company wanted a versatile logo that was easily translatable to different sizes. I decided to take the initials and form a bicycle shape from them. I chose a hand drawn typeface to connote the rugged and outdoors themes of cycling.
ORS Electrical Services. This family run business wanted a logo designing that reflected their b2b customers more. I chose a simple but professional looking logo in corporate blue with an 'S' designed to appear like electrical cable.
ISTD Student Brief. A logo and identity for the Design Museum. The logo incorporates the initials in negative space. I chose this because the upwards pointing arrows connote inspiration whiles the shapes took on the form of buildings and fashion items.
University Module. Corporate identity for an Energy Drinks company. The chosen logo of a peregrine falcon connotes speed and agility whilst the second meaning of mountains and rivers connotes human endeavour.
Offshore Painting Services. I was asked to create a logo and identity for the company who specialise in the repair and coating of offshore wind turbines. I chose a modern, simple and professional logo that works perfectly with the companies ethos.
University Module. Create an Identity and merchandise for a World Cup in England 2022. I focussed on history and inspiration to create each piece, including the sticker album, shown here.
Glad Gifts. I was commissioned to do a series of personalised and colourful posters for children. The posters had to appeal to children whilst also appeal to adults who would buy them as gifts.
University module. New book cover for Douglas Adams' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. I choose a theme of random for the cover to connote the random things throughout the book.
University module. A page from a folklore book. I chose to represent England with the 'St. George and the Dragon' story. I decided to present it in a cartoon style to ensure it would appeal to a wide target market.
Glad Gifts. Note pad design for children. The company asked me to use one of my previously created designs and create a big ideas note book that would encourage young children to get writing.
University module. New book cover for William Shakespeare's 'A mid-summer night's dream'. A chose to present the book in a darker and magical light. I believe this updated look reflects the modern target audience well.
Self Initiated. I have a keen interest in 'Photoshopping' and am always looking at improving my skills in this. I have created a fantasy nightmare image using various photoshop techniques.
Barney's Beer. Student competition: Create a 'Limited Edition Pale Ale label'. I chose to make a fun and quirky label that homed in on the micro-breweries roots of Edinburgh.
Self Initiated. Create a magazine layout and main graphic for a music culture magazine: I constantly try to keep my skills in other areas of design fresh by setting myself projects, such as this magazine layout.
University Module. Create a digital tablet based magazine promoting a location: I promoted my home town of Louth for this project and as such highlighted the rustic charm and historical features of the town.
University Module. Create a social media platform that focusses on debating the forthcoming EU Referendum: I focussed on ensuring the platform never promoted either side of debate by the clever use of changing colours and elements.