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PAUL VENN Interdisciplinary Creative

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THE PORTFOLIO & CURRICULUM VITAE OF PAUL VENN A freelance creative currently seeking short & long term opportunities

www.pvenn.com | +44 (0) 7825 795 295 | hello@pvenn.com


Hello.

I am currently a freelance creative living in London, England. Having studied Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, has provided me with a broad and diverse view across the creative world. This allows for the most appropriate manifestation of the outcome to come through, unrestricted due to the vast number of mediums in which I understand and have worked within. Assuring each project reaches it full potential. As a member of the Museums Association I am always, with an inextinguishable drive, looking for moments of discovery and new experiences. This desire is very much reflected in my academic and personal work, voyages of discovery with the outcome forming naturally through the process. Combining this with my enthusiasm for a challenge means that I will give my all to any project, even if it’s in a new subject area and being formed through a new medium to me. Through working freelance, and some of my roles within companies, I have learnt to work independently on tasks, being able to manage all aspects from initial inception right through to delivery. However, I believe my real strength is working effectively within a team. Having studied on such a community based course and working in collaboration with others, has provided me a good understanding of team dynamics and the ability to successfully develop projects through strong and effective communication, knowing how to assure the team is moving on with fluidity and momentum towards a universal goal. I have consistently proved that I can continue working well in high pressure environments, be this down to quick turn around times, tight budgets or reacting to unexpected changes in the situation. Doing so with the ability to stay focused means that I put my all in to each task and assure that I remain an effective part of the team. With experience from the formulation of ideas, right through to outcome delivery at a professional level, in a vast variety of mediums, I believe makes me a very suitable candidate for a position in your company.


SK I L L SE T A particular few I would like to draw your attention to

IDEAS

A strong believer that the best results come from thoughtful development and a strong base of ideas. BA Design at Goldsmiths has created within me an ideas generating machine capable of thinking big and differently, as well as the ability to step back and see the larger picture and the outcomes place in society.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

An ever present part of my creative education and career this has always been one of my strengths. Having worked in both print, such as advertisements within internationally released magazines, as well as on-screen with projects such as flash banners and online newsletters for high-end clients.

FILM & MOTION

Initially adopted to communicate other areas of my design, I quickly became entranced with the story telling power of film. Heavily investing in this area, film began to take a key role within my work, becoming a major part in the final piece of my degree. With a strong personal interest, this is something I spend a lot of time continuing to explore and develop.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Having studied this through A levels and university, this has been a constant within my work, be that photography in its own right, or to capture and convey ideas. As with the films, as a hobby outside of work, I have much of my own equipment allowing me to work to a professional standard in a variety of environments.


RESEARCH

An often overlooked element which I see as vital to creating something that resonates with the intended audience. Studying on such a research led design course has provided myself with great research skills, but more importantly the right skills to put this research to good use throughout the creative process.

CONCEPTUALISATION TO REALISATION

Studying a very hands on design course has given me a variety of skills with materials and a greater understanding of them. Allowing me, as well as developing successful and strong concepts, to be able to realise them in a refined and appropriate way. Even if the resulting outcome is to be constructed by others, I feel it is vital to have a good understanding of all the mediums during the ideas stage.

COMMUNICATION & PRESENTATION

Through working roles involving PR, a consistent stream of presentations throughout degree and many customer/client facing positions has resulted in strong communication skills. An element I feel is a vital part of the creative process as no matter how good an idea is, it is most powerful when it can be successfully communicated with those around you.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

As a key part of my role within ICON Yachts, as well as having a mother in marketing (it rubs off), has provided me with the skills to communicate on behalf on a company in a professional and positive way. Building strong and personal relationships to assure that the company image is always reflected to the highest standard in all external pieces of communication.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Through working as an independent freelancer, and sole designer on site at ICON Yachts, has meant I have had to personally manage time frames, budget and people on a number of projects. Providing me with a vital insight in what is required from a management level to assure a project runs smoothly from start to finish.

SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY

Very literate in the Adobe Creative Suite (in particular InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Flash & Bridge), Final Cut Pro and Motion. I also have a good basic understanding of Google SketchUp, Rhino 3D, Arduino and Processing. Many of my roles have involved picking up a new piece of software, with many clients and employers praising me upon speed of adoption to their way of working.


E DUC AT ION A coming together of the arts & science

BA (Hons) DESIGN Goldsmiths (University of London) 2009-2012

BENG (Hons) DESIGN & INNOVATION Goldsmiths & Queen Mary (University of London) 2008-2009

A LEVELS (GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHYSICS, PHOTOGRAPHY & MATHS) Weymouth College 2006-2008

Graduating with a 2:1, Goldsmiths has left me with many skills across the spectrum of design, from graphic design to metal work. But the most important element has been the mind set and way of thinking. The ability to see new solutions and creative opportunities as well as grasping the bigger picture, assessing how all the individual elements will come together to form a coherent and appropriate work.

Seeing this as an opportunity to continue down the route of being creative, while having a solid engineering foundation if needed, I embarked upon this course. Although the course was of interest, I began to find the design process being stifled by the need always to contain an engineering element. Forcing outcomes to form unnaturally, without fulfilling the brief or idea to its full potential. I then began to look to transfer to BA Design, where I felt there would be more freedom.

A desire to be able to better understand and discover elements of the world around me led to maths & physics. The desire then to be able to express my thoughts, discoveries and ideas creatively led to graphic design & photography. For me, the two sets were very complimentary and throughout my time studying A levels I looked to a university course that would allow me to continue this unity.


R E L AT I V E WOR K E X P E R I E NC E A brief view of previous experiences

FREELANCE CREATIVE PVENN.COM 2009-Present

DESIGN & PR ICON YACHTS May - September 2011

CREATIVE FRONT MAGAZINE Summer 2010

The majority of my freelance work has been graphic design, photography and film based. With a variety of new clients such as Brigitte Stepputtis (Vivienne Westwood’s head of couture) as well as continuing relationships with companies such as ICON Yachts, there has been a great deal of variety in contracts. This has been a great opportunity to further develop project management skills, as well as successfully communicating with clients to assure the outcome fulfils their needs and goes above and beyond their expectations.

Working on site in the Netherlands, this was a very diverse role covering a number of aspects of design. As sole creative I created nearly all of their media outputs, designing the graphical elements, producing much of the photography and in many cases, taking the information and turning it in to coherent articles. One of the highlights was running the development of the ICON Yachts stand for the Monaco Yacht Show. Orchestrating the project from inception, right through to construction on site in Monaco, assuring it ran on time and to budget.

What started out as a two week placement was quickly extended by them to as long as I was available for before returning to university. A role that initially involved basic Graphic Design for the website, I was quickly moved up to begin working on Graphical elements of the magazine. Looking to extend my responsibilities and take advantage of my other skills, the role also branched out to include photography and video editing for much of their pay to view content.


P ORT FOL IO A few examples of relative work


SH A D OWS Film & Ph o to g raphy

The documentation of a joint project between Brigitte Stepputtis (Vivienne Westwood's head of couture) and Scanlab. Their aim was to explore a new way of capturing fashion through the medium of 3D scanning in an experimental and playful way, with the focus being on the strong shadows created through this process. My role during the project was to capture the process through film and photography, with these being some of those photographs. A particular challenge of this task was to be able to create good results while working simultaneously with the many other groups, all with very different objectives throughout the time on site. Good communication and team work was vital to ensure everyone could work effectively and efficiently.

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T H E E N D OF T I M E Film & In s ta l l at i o n

‘What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is.’ St. Augustine. A project that was born out of curiosity as to why we experience a directionality to this force we refer to as time. The resulting outcomes spanning a vast variety of design mediums from film to installation, not only manifesting themselves as an explanation of the researched material, but also as a tool to continue testing the concepts explored. The idea was to try and engage people, in a way that was tangible and accessible, to the notions of entropy and The Second Law of Thermodynamics. An aim being to evoke curiosity and wonder, but possibly most importantly, access in to the discussion and debate on something that each and every one of us experience on a near constant basis.

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S t i l l s f r o m t h e f i l m ‘ Th e E n d o f T i m e’. To v i e w f i l m p l e a s e v i s it p v e n n . c o m .


ICON Yachts: Monaco stand Graphi c D e s i g n, 3 D Mo d el lin g & In s ta l l at i o n D e s i g n

The brief was to create a stand for ICON Yachts at the Monaco Yachts Show, the pinnacle of the yacht show season, that would stand out from the crowd and really bring to life the two models of the new concept yachts. Given a lot of creative control, I was also very much in control of time and budget management throughout the project, bringing in the right people and orchestrating the production process. One of the main elements during the development was to create a water feature on which the model yachts would sit. A unique feature that I designed, developed and oversaw completion of. This resulted in me being heavily involved throughout conceptualisation, 3D computer modelling of ideas, mock ups and curating final manufacturing across a number of companies. The feedback was positive, and the result was a very unique and eye catching stand that had bought life and energy to the concept models.

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NOR BU RTON H A L L: GROU N DS & GA R DE NS Film & Ph o to g raphy

A film and photography series to reveal the beauty and tranquillity of the grounds and gardens of Norburton Hall, luxury self-catering accommodation nestled in 6 acres of estate on the South West Coast of England. The thought behind it was to create something that would appeal to busy city dwellers looking for a moment of respite from their daily lives. A completely independent project from conceptualisation through to the online delivery provided myself with good experience of successfully managing a project from start to finish.

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St i l l s f r o m t h e f i l m ‘ No rb u r t o n Ha l l : Gr o u n d s & Ga rd e n s’. To v i e w f i l m p l e a s e v i s it p v e n n . c o m .


ICON Yachts: Specifications Graphi c D e s i g n

ICON Yachts had a number of specifications for a variety of yachts and needed an appealing way of presenting them to clients in busy show environments. With a short turn around time for both design and production I created a number of A4 sleeves that would hold the specification sheets in an eye catching way. The thought behind them was to place a teaser sketch of a key feature on the front of each. Then, taking advantage of the large inside fold, I placed a large image of each boat to really show off all the details. This was then joined by a large key quote, so even if the viewer did not remember all the technical specifications, they would really remember what made each yacht a unique piece of art.

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WHERE SUPER YACHTS ARE BORN


ICON Yachts: an introduction Graphi c D e s i g n

The brief was to design a booklet that could be handed out to any potential clients of ICON Yachts. It needed to be clear what ICON Yachts is all about and give any viewer a quick overview. Provided with a lot of information, the first task was to split this in to key sections to give the booklet some structure. These were then colour coded to create clear separation between the elements. With the finale centring around uniting all the colours as a summary of ICON Yachts and what it can bring to the potential client. My role involved taking it from the drawing board right through to being printed at a professional standard with nearly full control over the developments. Writing much of it myself, creating all graphical elements, as well as taking and editing much of the photography.

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“ C LO S E A C C ES S TO TH E N O RTH S E A S O IT IS EASY TO COME IN AND OUT” BARRY MCINTOSH // FIRST OFFICER // M/Y ICON

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+ b o n s i n k [ya c h t pa i n t e r s]

+ c r a m m h y d r au l i c s [en g i n eer i n g & m a n u fac t u r i n g]

+ eek el s [el ec t r i c a l i n s ta l l at i o n]

+ b o ot w e r k [ya c h t i n t e r i o r s & e X t e r i o r s]

+h ei n en & h o pm a n [a i r-co n d i t i o n i n g]

+v u y k [en g i n eer i n g]

+a f t [s ta i n l e s s s t eel c u s to m m a n u fac t u r i n g]

+2 m v [c o m p o s i t e s]

+ b lo e m e n d e n m a a s [t e a k d ec k i n g s y s t e m s]

+ b e e k m a n s [c u s to m aw n i n g s]

+ i n t e r s o n a [s o u n d & v i b r at i o n c o n s u lta n t s]

+ f r i a m c o [i n s u l at i o n s y s t e m s]

+ r a d i o h o l l a n d [el ec t r o n i c & n av i g at i o n]

+ h e m [d e s a l i n at i o n s y s t e m s]

+ c en t r a a l s ta a l [s t eel & a lu m i n i u m co n s t r u c t i o n]

+ h i g h-m o d u lu s [c o m p o s i t e e n g i n e e r i n g]

+w w w [s y s t e m s en g i n eer i n g & i n s ta l l at i o n]

+ m a r i n [to w i n g t e s t a n a ly s i s]

+a l e X s e a l [pa i n t s p ec i a l i s t & co n s u lta n t]

+wÄ r t s i l Ä [m a r i n e p r o p u l s i o n s y s t e m s]

+ c o h r s [ya c h t i n t e r i o r s]

+a lu k wa [s l i d i n g d o o r s]

+ r u i t e r [ya c h t i n t e r i o r s]

+a Q ua d e m i [J a c u Z Z i s & p o o l s]

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M IC H A E L Bra n din g, Graphi c D e s i g n, Ph o to g raphy & Film

For the Goldsmiths 2012 degree show I was part of the small team that ran the branding and graphic design of the show. The name Michael was proposed and voted for by the year and when it got to us there seemed to be a variety of ideas as to why it was called Michael. So as a small branding team we sat down and decided that Michael was a ‘blank canvas’. A canvas upon which each of us could instil the dreams, aspirations and qualities of the viewers/users we had in our own minds. The challenge was to create an identity of no identity. We chose greyboard as our starting material for the catalogues as to us it held the least amount of predetermined personality, even less so that white card. The name Michael then became a light emboss that was nearly invisible to the eye on first glance, again establishing this idea of little being predetermined. For the Michaels on the physical structures, such as signage, the Michael was cut out of grey boards, emphasising this notion of Michael as a blank void.

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YA R D L I F E Ph o to g rap hy

During my time at ICON Yachts I was also responsible for nearly all of the photography and film documentation of activities within the yard. The purpose of this was both for documentation in its own right, as well as to include within many of the graphical productions I was producing during my time on site. The role involved a great deal of organisation on my part. Having to constantly keep track of the changing yard schedule to make sure I was always in the right place with the right equipment. Many of the moments captured were one off, and of vital importance that ICON Yachts successfully captured them for press and news releases.


Thank you for taking the time to look at my portfolio. If you would like to see any more of my work please visit

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