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07/06/1987 // Graphic Designer & Illustrator // Cardiff matt.needle@hotmail.co.uk // +44 (0) 7800 905 951 // http://www.mattneedle.co.uk

ABOUT ME: I am a perceptive, intuitive, dedicated and hard working young Designer & Illustrator, currently studying in m y final year f or m y BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at University of Wales, Newport. As well as my studies, I am steadily building a vast freelance portfolio of work from clients such as the Chelsea Flower Show, The Guardian & Hugo Boss. I also enter m any design competitions, s ubmit work to a wide variety of publications & generally try to get my work seen by as many people as possible. Interests include Design, Illustration, Typography, Reading, Writing, Film, Photography, M usic & Current E vents to name but a few; These interests i nfluence both my c reative process and my lifestyle very heavily. As of 2009 I am launching my own creative arts magazine (Genero) to coincide with my final major project, and as a way of networking and collaborating with lots of new and exciting people.

EDUCATION: BA ( Hons) Graphic Design, University o f Wales, Newport. 2006-2009* [Grade Pending] ND G raphic D esign, O xford & Cherwell V alley College. 2004-2006 Grade: Distinction, Distinction, Merit GNVQ Art, D esign & Photography, O xford & Cherwell Valley College. 2003-2004 Grade: Merit

WORK EXPERIENCE: Prontaprint, Banbury, 2002 [1 Week work placement] A Design, Printers, and Copywriters, this is where I was first introduced to Apple Mac and t he p rinting process. I l earned s ome

valuable skills here and some knowledge on how the print process works. Marmalade Magazine, London, 2006 [Summer Work Placement] I got involved with various activities during my time at Marmalade and learned a l ot o f editorial design skills (Including Typesetting, Studio Photography and Illustration; As well as perfecting my digital design skills.

SOFTWARE: [I am fully competent in both Mac & PC.] -Adobe Creative Suite [Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign.] -Flash. -Quark Express. -iMovie. -Microsoft Office. (I am currently learning Dreamweaver)

EXHIBITIONS: Synth Eastwood 5, Dublin (June 2008) YCN LIVE, London (August 2008) Synth Eastwood 6, Dublin (October 2008)

AWARDS: YCN Young Designer Of The Year 08 Hugo Boss Create 2008 (Commended

PUBLICATION: Online: Work Featured On Visuelle.co.uk (Blog) Work Featured On TheSerif.net (Blog) Work Featured On Aboutcreation.nl (Blog)

Printed: Report Magazine (April/May 2008) A5 Magazine (September/October 2008) Clash Magazine (October 2008) YCN Book 08/09 Hugo Create Book 2008/09 Computer Arts (March 09 Issue - Coming soon)

Matt Needle Folio  

A collection of my Design & Illustration work from the past few years.

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