Julian Shakespeare - CV/Resume

SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE
Auto Desk 3D Studio Max, Unity 3D, Adobe CC Suite, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Quark Xpress, Perforce and Office.
Work Experience
Senior UI Artist (October 2010 - Present)
Codemasters Software Ltd.
Lower Farm, Stoneythorpe, Southam, Warwickshire
I am currently a Senior UI Artist at Codemasters within it's Birmingham Digital team responsible for developing the creative and visual styling of the front-end systems of video games such as Micro Machines World Series, Toy Box Turbos and the iOS version of Micro Machines.
Being part of a small UI Art team on projects has meant that I have been, and continue to be, a major key influence on the visual direction of the front end and graphic design elements of the games. Primarily, creating static and motion mocks in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & After Effects and 3DS Max and implementing utilising 3DS Max & Codemasters EGO engine and also Unity 3D. 
Previous to that I led the RaceNet project from a UI Art perspective including co-art direction, delegation of work and planning whilst supporting, coaching and mentoring within a team based environment.

Published titles/Projects of note:
Operation Flashpoint: Red River - XBox 360/PS3/PC
F1 2011 - XBox 360/PS3/PC
F1 2012 - XBox 360/PS3/PC
Codemasters RaceNet - Web portal supporting DiRT Showdown, F1 RaceStars, F1 2012 & Grid 2
F1 Challenge - iOS
F1 RaceStars - iOS
ToyBox Turbos - XBox 360/PS3/PC
Micro Machines - iOS
Micro Machines World Series - XBox One/PS4/PC

Freelance Designer (July 2010 - October 2010)
Greystone Advertising/Punch Taverns
Jubilee House, Second Avenue, Burton-upon-Trent
Freelance placement responsible for concept, art direction & design of advertisements, menus, POS, direct mail.

Senior Designer (February 2005 - July 2010)
SEAL (formally Seal Communications)
Commercial Street, Birmingham
Working at a fully integrated PR & Marketing agency responsible for concept, art direction & design of advertisements, logos & identities, brochures, packaging, POS, direct mail, newsletters, and exhibition stands. Responsible for Seal’s digital design output: design of website visuals, HTML Emails, story boarding web animations and flash web sites.
Awards:  CIPR Pride Awards 2006 - Walsall Regeneration Company  - Public Sector Programme

Client List: Aston Villa FC, Bentley, Business Link West Midlands, Cask Marque, Central Office of Information, Everards Brewery Limited, Greene King, Halfords, Hermes, Highgate Brewery, Julian Graves, Lawn Tennis Association, Masterlease, Midcounties Co-operative Society, Marketing Birmingham, Michelin, The NEC Group, Punch Taverns, Regent Arcade, Regent Court, The Spirit Group, Telford Shopping Centre, Virgin Trains, Walsall College, Walsall Regeneration Company, Wing Yip.

Creative Designer (April 2001 - December 2004)
Pinnacle Marketing & Communications
Half Acre, 19 Lady Byron Lane, Knowle, Solihull B93 9AT
Responsible for concept and design of advertisements, brochures, datasheets, websites, HTML emails, logos & identities, exhibition stands and PR photography. Also involved in copy writing, costing, liaison with clients & suppliers.
Client List: Arrow Electronics Northern Europe, AMIS (US & Europe), Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, International Rectifier (US & Europe), RF Solutions, ROHM Electronics, C&D Technologies, Unipart, Zytronic PLC, Chomerics, JAE Europe, NIC.

Studio Supervisor (November 2000 - April 2001)
Midland Auto Trader Ltd,
14-16 Phoenix Park, Nechells, Birmingham B7 4NU
Responsible for the organisation of a small team of designers in the Studio of the motoring magazine. I handled all artwork coming in and out of the department and delegated forthwith. 
I was also responsible for interviewing and training new Studio staff as well as doing my fair share of design such as Magazine Supplements, major advertisements, promotional and POS materials. Liaison with Sales and Marketing Management, printers and other outside suppliers. Trouble shooting software and hardware problems.

Mac Operator/Designer (July 1998 - November 2000)
Midland Auto Trader Ltd,
14-16 Phoenix Park, Nechells, Birmingham B7 4NU
Design and art working of new and existing adverts and magazine covers, promotional & POS materials. Deputising in Studio Supervisors absence therefore responsible for running of the Studio and it’s staff.

Education
BA(Hons) Technical Communication (September 1993 - June 1996)
Coventry University - School of Art & Design, Priory Street, Coventry
An information design course with a focus on technical information. Modules included Graphic Design, Technical Authoring, HTML Design & Authoring and Psychology among others.

BTEC National (Merit) in Media Studies (September 1991 - June 1993)
Henley College, Henley Road, Coventry
A generalised media course covering many subjects including Film & Television Production, Radio Production, Graphic Design, Photography and Film Studies.

INTERESTS
Being a father of two means that my children are my main interest out of work, but in the spare 10 mins a day I get to myself I attempt the following;
I actively take an interest in art, design & photography out of work hours. I have my own website (zebrathree.co.uk) and undertake design projects for friends and family.

My other main interest is music. I love many different genres of music, crate digging for old records and subsequently attempting obscure marathon DJ sets at parties, going to gigs and festivals, making tunes of my own on things with strings and random pieces of noise making technology. 
I enjoy a good movie, I'm a bit of sucker for an Indie/Sundance type flick but mostly enjoy the work of Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino, old Paul Newman or Steve McQueen classics. I also love random/strange archive footage compilations that pop up late on BBC4 and music documentaries. Oh and that Star Wars thing is pretty good too. 
Video games, either on iOS or my PS4. Currently glued to Star Wars Battlefront and Alto's Adventure. 
I'm an avid cyclist, but I treat it more as mode of transportation rather than a hobby.  

I also snowboard when I can... so never really. 










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