Work History

Work History
Jan 2008 - Present

Chief Designer

String Communication

When I started working for String, I was the start of their in-house design capacity. For over a year I was the only designer and this gave me the opportunity to apply myself to a diverse range of projects. I have therefore produced a wide variety of media, including brochures, posters, banners, branding, packaging design, stationery, books and magazines (Delivery and Mobility). Examples of this work can be viewed on this page, and further at http://www.freewebs.com/sarahwilson/apps/photos/.

The primary media products are Delivery and Mobility magazines. You can view the latest edition of Delivery at http://emag.sadelivery.co.za. Mobility is a project I am much closer to, as I conceptualised its style and design and have been working on it ever since, developing and progressing the brand from issue to issue. The latest Mobility can be viewed at http://emag.mobilitymagazine.co.za. In addition, visuals can be seen at http://www.freewebs.com/sarahwilson/apps/photos/.

Jun 2009 - Jul 2009

Production Editor

Cue newspaper

I was invited to be the Production Editor for Cue, during the 2009 National Arts Festival. My role was one of art direction, and included overseeing the team of editors. My duties therefore included: managing and assisting the design team, checking all pages and doing final sign-off, working closely with the editors for content placement and the overall flow of the newspaper, making sure production deadlines were met.

Feb 2006 - Nov 2007

Tutor

School of Journalism and Media Studies

During both my third and fourth year, I tutored first-years in the Journalism and Media Studies practical and theory courses (which form part of a Journalism major). This involved attending all lectures, assisting the students with preparations for essays and exams, and holding weekly meetings and tutorial sessions.

Sep 2007 - Sep 2007

Designer

Open Source, Highway Africa Conference

While in my fourth-year at Rhodes, I worked as the designer for Open Source, the daily newspaper for the Highway Africa Conference. You can see examples of this work at http://www.freewebs.com/sarahwilson/apps/photos/album?albumid=1675578.

Education

Education
Feb 2004 - Dec 2007

Bachelor of Journalism

Rhodes University

Earned with distinction and academic colours. I was placed on the Dean's Merit List for the Faculty of Humanities, upon completion of my degree.

Jan 1999 - Nov 2003

Matriculation

Good Hope Seminary Girls' High School

Completed high school with distinction. During my education at Good Hope Seminary, I was very active in sports and societies and took part in the Tennis and Hockey teams, Debating team, Newspaper Committee, Forum Discussion team (as Chairperson), Interact, and EAC. In addition, I was awarded various grade subject awards and trophies for English, Biology, Geography and Physical Science, and earned academic colours from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

Skills

Skills

Photography

Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver

Web development

HTML and CSS coding.

Copy editing and proof reading

Adobe Creative Suite proficiency

Includes Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator.

Summary

I have completed and am working on various print-design projects, that cover an expanse of

applications. See my portfolio items for visuals, or visit my website. These projects include:

  • Corporate identity and re-branding of stationery etc
  • Magazine, newspaper and newsletter design/layout (including Delivery and Mobility magazine)
  • Visual/graphic design of posters
  • Product design – boxes, packaging, books, post cards, folders, CD covers and labels
  • Corporate/branding signage – buses, bus stations
  • Promotional items – banners, folders, brochures, calendars
  • Websites – design and html/css coding

In addition to this, I have experience in production management/art direction, working for Cue newspaper (Production Editor, 2009) – the official daily newspaper for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

I consider myself to be an effective visual practitioner who seeks inspiration in my daily life. This is channeled through my work, in various forms.

I enjoy being challenged creatively, and am therefore open to new projects and proposals. Do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, suggestions or project offers.

Interest

  • Football
  • Reading
  • Socialising, including via Facebook and Twitter (as well as using Twitter to keep up-to-date with design tips and trends)
  • Listening to music
  • Cars

Objective

I have specialised in print-based Design for over three years, and have also expanded these skills through courses in photography, Macromedia Flash and Web Development. I have been lucky enough to apply all of these skills in my current full-time employment position.

In combination with these, I have also developed project management skills, which I consider invaluable to my work thus far. In addition, I am able to work and manage my tasks independently, which has taught me to pay careful attention to detail, seeing projects through from conceptualisation to print. This has enabled me to think more critically about the work I produce, as well as be deadline-orientated.

As an extension of this, working for Cue (at the National Arts Festival, 2009) enabled me to put my print-production skills to the test. Being the Production Editor allowed me to polish up these skills and I was able to strive under the pressure of daily production, which is something I thoroughly enjoyed. More importantly, this experience enhanced my confidence in my own production abilities, lead me to think more critically about print media, and be more assertive in a tight deadline work environment.

Being the only designer at String for over a year, I was able to take full advantage of the positive aspect of this, which gave me the opportunity to deal directly with some of the clients. This enabled me to develop good communication skills, and be more involved in the project as a whole.

Overall, my extensive involvement in the workplace, being involved in multiple projects

simultaneously, has not only enabled me to manage my time efficiently, but also work effectively under pressure when interacting with a diversity of clients, further allowing me to develop my oraganisational skills. Through these activities, I have developed important people skills, am able to work independently and in groups, ask for help when I need it, and appreciate the wealth of knowledge that comes along with it.