Objective

I seek positions that allow me to work as an integral part of a charged and idea-fueled creative team, always seeking new challenges and meeting them with new ideas, and in a way that promotes not only myself or the team but also the entire company as a whole.I also look for positions that will enable me to develop and hone my current talents while affording me the opportunity to continue learning new skills and add to my present capabilities. It is in this belief of mutual gain, dedication and passion for the work, and innovative problem solving that I know I would be of benefit to any potential employer.

Summary

My portfolio now not only represents great skill and visual prowess but is also a measure of my ability to understand and comprehend the language and culture of the country I’ve adopted, and of my intention to continue living and working in Japan's creative world. What unites us as people with the same basic needs is far more powerful than the language issues that often seem to divide us. With this understanding I look forward to producing work that touches the people on a cool and emotive level. As with all good communication I want to make people stop, look, read, look again and react.

Biography

Favourite quotation: “Time and tide waits for no man” 「歳月人を待たず。」Raymond D. Murphy graduated from university in 2001 having already set up a creative office with two colleagues in the last year of his bachelor’s degree. His persistence and hard work was recognized and resulted in his invitation to another start-up business later in 2003.Raymond’s eagerness to embrace new things and experiences led him to follow his dream of designing in Tokyo, Japan. As a means of further understanding the background and history of Japan Raymond set off to teach English in a remote part of southern Japan. In doing so he was able to reflect on his own creativity and the methods to employ it while understanding what it meant to truly communicate.With newly acquired skills and abilities Raymond moved to Tokyo becoming Team Leader in the international environment of Nichiai Creative in August 2007. Since reaching the post of Art Director he has been instrumental in the streamlining and general improvement of processes both internally and externally, the selection and training of remarkable designers and staff, and making huge strides forward in the business’ reputation.

Having accomplished all the goals he set himself at the helm of Nichiai Creative Raymond is now broadening his experience in the corporate world of CB Richard Ellis. Here he makes sure that the brand and all its visual collateral's integrity is maintained and deployed appropriately within the company's many business lines.

Raymond is known to his many friends, acquaintances and clients as an active and passionate designer with obvious talent.

Experience & Goals

My professional experience began when I was still in university, and at the age of 20 I set up a design business with two other student colleagues.From August of 2000 to June of 2002 we dealt primarily with our patron client, Green Inc. Television Productions, making graphics and advertising material for digital T.V. programmes. In addition we worked with clubs and bars on promotional material, for indoor and outdoor use. I was responsible for many aspects of running the business, and not just providing inspiring work for clients. Self-promotion, studio management, client account managing, accounts and contractual agreements were all my charge. As a result this time immediately after graduating university proved very useful and formed a cornerstone of my professional design practice.As our business proved less to do with producing great work and more to do with the administration behind it, I decided to pursue other creative challenges. This exposure to the inner workings of a start up business at this early stage in my career was a bounty of worthwhile and useful life skills that I’ve since relied on time and again.The idea of working in a creative capacity in cities such as Tokyo inspired me to take action and develop the means to come out to Japan. To this end I applied to the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, a Japanese government scheme to introduce native English speakers into the national education system. The application process was a lengthy one and so I continued working in a freelance capacity.Later I was invited by two established designers to join in a new business venture in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a graphic designer working for two partners the experience here was vastly different to that of my own first steps in business. Working without the worries of running the business was liberating but at the same time the pressure at this position was intense. I adjusted and quickly came to thrive under the constant scrutiny and watchful guidance of my two creative directors.Under the tight deadlines and high pressure of making a new business work I refined my own time-keeping and resource management skills to allow what I worked on to flourish. I was also often available to work late and put the effort in when required, as I was a valued and important member of the team with my own responsibilities at this stage, mostly in web and information design.In June 2004 I independently completed a comprehensive identity and web package for a bespoke financial firm in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, before moving to Japan, as a participant on the JET Programme.In Miyazaki, Kyushu, I taught English as an Assistant Language Teacher. For three years I worked in an entirely different industry, an entirely different country and in one of the most remote areas of Japan. However as a designer my primary function is to communicate fluently and this fuels my desire to learn. I was dedicated to acquiring the most basic and necessary tool, the language, during this period and by the time I completed my tenure I had achieved Level 2 in the JLPT. At times I had been asked to give seminars on how to learn Japanese to new JET participants.Spending up to three years learning Japanese in a secluded area of the country while at times was hard and often challenging, was one of the most enriching experiences I had ever encountered, and I learnt more about myself than Japan in many regards.I am now open to public speaking in international settings, working with children and adults alike with different conceptions and cultural influences, both in their language and my own. I am also adept at efficient and timely resource management and goal driven agendas.From August 2007 I came back to the creative industry as Team Leader for Nichiai KK’s creative department, Nichiai Creative. In this role got to see first hand the ways in which the Japanese industry worked and it was here that I was able to cut my teeth on the local creative circuit. I was recognized for my work, commitment and attention to detail both internally and externally, with clients and vendors alike, and was promoted to Creative Manager, at which point I began department-wide and company-wide improvement initiatives.

As Creative Manager/Art Director for Nichiai Creative I’ve been able to implement major structural changes to the way we operate. By allowing for more qualified and talented individuals to fill the ranks of our team our output has immediately improved. In the last number of months the company brand revision has seen the IT department move into more higher profile markets. and with the recently completed rebrand of the Creative department I provided much needed impact and increased exposure for us with a new website and portfolio. Please view the following link to see for yourself. (http://www.nichiai.com/creative/)

Interest

I enjoy my life in Japan and I’m a keen player of outdoor sports, including jogging and soccer, as well as being an avid rugby supporter. I take great pride in watching the 6 nations every year. I also have an interest in the traditional Japanese archery, Kyudo. I also intend to return to my favoured martial art, Tae Kwon Do. I've also earned the basic diving competency level for Scuba

Education

Education
Oct 2002 - Jun 2003

GCSE - C

Belfast Insitute of Further and Higher Education
Oct 2001 - Jun 2002

Grade level 1&2

Belfast Insitute of Further and Higher Education

Basic level introductions to the languages.

Sep 1998 - May 2001

BA Hons

University of Ulster, Belfast

The course seeks to develop practical and theoretical skills in students that enable them to address both given projects and their own work through the use of various media, not all of which are computer based. Practical work is evidenced through a range of opportunities including typography, illustration, photography and motion for contexts such as web design, animation, print, screen and the urban environment. Central to all of these is an understanding of the processes and practices of Graphic Design. The VC course is designed to provide an integrated learning experience which combines practical skills with the history and theory of visual communication. Applicants should be interested in words, pictures and ideas, willing to problem solve, be enthusiastic and adapt to change.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2010 - Present

Marketing Design Consultant

CB Richard Ellis, Japan KK

Duties: • To undertake DTP of monthly, quarterly and bi-annual market index briefs for the offices. • To undertake design and production of computerized slide presentations. • To undertake the design of corporate communications materials for use in presentations, advertisments, posters, flyers, brochures, invitations, signboards. • To assist other departments in the production of graphic materials for use in proposals, reports and presentations, including overhead illustrations, maps and plans. • To ensure quality control and compliance with corporate standards in the company’s graphic design output and professional printing.

Jan 2008 - Jan 2010

Creative Manager/Art Director

Nichiai KK

Accomplishments:•    Spear-heading long-term goals and strategies for the direction of the department and in turn with the rest of the company’s senior management.•    Leading a new and revitalized company-wide logo and brand strategy revision culminating in a new website, email newsletter and portfolio campaign.•    A key advocate of the Business Excellence model of EFQM and initiated the following improvement initiatives:    1. Introduced key time monitoring and resource management software, which enabled me to see where time and energy was being used, both efficiently and inefficiently. I was then able to correct identified problems while highlighting and bolstering the benefits.    2. Introduced vendor monitoring and printer quality measurement tools, which provided an overview of resources and the ability to choose the most appropriate vendor for the right occasion.    3. Developed a new departmental structure including job descriptions with career ladders.    4. Was instrumental in the selection of new and qualified staff through a system of interviews, monthly reviews and probation, resulting in a department of highly qualified creative individuals, each with specific specialties that complement each other providing a seamless work flow, almost capable of working without my direction.    5. Instituted pricing structures and definitions both with print and online services and saw to their incorporation into sales techniques and strategy, making the business more transparent and easier to sell, while less time-consuming to do so.

Duties:• Lead all sales and activities from lead generation to close of sale and project management• Define project parameters with clients and both build and submit subsequent estimations.• Liaise with all vendors, in English and Japanese, securing low cost, excellent quality and timely production.• Create all client and internal material from logos, to posters and brochures, to marketing kits, as well as supervise all of the department’s print and online production in general.• Manage other graphic and interactive media designers both in their successful development of projects through efficient delegation of duties, but also their own abilities, skills and creative direction.• Communicate with other members of management as well as senior management and board members and provide monthly reports on departmental profit & loss, actions points, targets and issues facing the department as well as the company as a whole.

Aug 2007 - Dec 2007

Team Leader / Senior Designer

Nichiai KK

Accomplishments:•    Successfully made a provisional logo and revised my company’s brand, concreting the desire for further change within the organisation, at a later stage.

Duties:•    Design and implement websites and other online/screen-based projects.•    Design and develop logos, stationery, leaflets, flyers, posters, brochures, books and other printed material in conjunction with working closely with the client and the accounts division.•    Manage other designers both in their successful development of projects but also their own abilities, skills and creative direction.•    Define project parameters with clients.•    Assist in estimating project costs with the Sales Representatives.•    Delegates and distribute duties and responsibilities to the Graphic and Junior Graphic Designers.•    Selects, monitors and liaises with outside vendors. Helps train Designers and Junior Designers. Evaluates and measures, and offers suggestions on procedures and equipment.

Jul 2004 - Jul 2007

Assistant Language Teacher

Japan Exchange Teaching

Accomplishments:• By developing a “Culture Board” I used design and illustrations to inspire students. With simple English and international issues I generated fun and enthusiastic engagement with the students.

Duties:• Built and taught English lessons at all levels up to Junior High School in Japan.• Prepared reports in Japanese for superiors in Education Board.• Taught, guided, assisted and judged students at English speech contests

Mar 2003 - May 2006

Illustrator/Graphic Designer

Freelance

Duties:• Design and application of logo and identity of family-run Italian restaurant in Miyazaki.• Design and application of logo, identity and company website of bespoke financial business.• Web design, print design, and client liaison.• Production of Illustrations and graphics for property Development advertising.• Production of images for use in a university web-based learning application.

Aug 2000 - Jun 2002

Partner/Graphic Designer

Overnight Design Partnership

Duties:• Studio management, business promotion, client liason, graphic design, account maintenence.

Skills

Skills

Harvest

Resource and Time Management web application.

Sugar CRM

MS Office

Flash

Dreamweaver

Acrobat Professional

InDesign

Illustrator

Photoshop

Certifications

Certifications
Feb 2007 - Present

JLPT / 日本語能力試験 2級

The Japan Foundation / Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
Jan 2006 - Present

JLPT / 日本語能力試験 3級

The Japan Foundation / Japan Educational Exchanges and Services

References

References

Anne Lanigan

Sarah Mc Inerney

Robert Scherrer

Bob is Japanese American and has lived off and on in Japan since 1985. At last count, he is on his 17th year here. Bob is an accomplished Mambo/Salsa dancer - and has performed in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Korea. Prior to joining Nichiai, Bob worked was their customer. In addition to salsa, his hobbies include video games, working out and, of course, running Nichiai.