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Name: Steven Allsopp
Date of Birth: 04.06.1991
Address: 35 Farm Fields Close, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, S20 7LR
Telephone: 0781 783 9557
I believe myself to be a very creative and free thinking person, always open to experimenting with
new ideas and techniques in order to improve my skills and work ethic. I previously worked at
Hydra Creative Limited, based in Sheffield, where I worked as a Junior Multimedia Designer from
March 2012 to May 2013. During this time I feel I have matured greatly as a designer, both in the
way I think and execute the projects I am working on, and in terms of the way I work, regarding
deadlines and having a good eye for detail. Working at Hydra Creative also provided me with the
necessary skills to be able to pitch ideas, present work and liaise with clients, both in person and
electronically and work on a variety of design projects for clients of all sizes. These projects have
included website layout designs, web application design and printed literature. I am capable of
working to specific requirements and brand guidelines, as well as on projects that allow free reign
which enable me to work effectively on my own initiative. I am experienced in the use of both Mac
and PC, as well as most areas of the Adobe Creative Suite.
I believe I am able to work both individually, projecting, creating and focusing on my own ideas and
putting them into practice quickly and efficiently. I am also able to work in a team as well, where I
can incorporate the ideas of others into my work successfully, and work on a project as part of a
group. In between studying and looking for work in the design industry, I have completed various
freelance projects for several clients, including Martial Arts Club, Te-Sheng Do, designing their
monthly newsletters to be distributed to members of the club in the Sheffield area. I have also
worked on projects for Charity events such as The Star Wars Fan Fun Day, held annually in
Burnley, Lancashire, for which I have produced designs for tickets, posters, and the logo for the
event itself for the past two years.
Following these projects through word of mouth recommendations, I have produced designs for
embroidered patches for other websites of a similar nature, such as the websites
www.yodasholonet.com and www.threpio.co.uk, which have been sold in five countries and have
been used successfully to promote each site.
I am a happy, easy going and approachable individual, and feel this is greatly beneficial given the
career I wish to pursue, as it enables me to get on well with my colleagues, as well as allow me to
meet with and present to clients. I am also looking to continuously improve my skills as a designer
and pursue development through the use of new techniques, software and technology. As an ever
evolving industry, I am aware this willingness to learn is essential, and therefore aim to perform all
my work to the highest of standards, ensuring I am aware of, and up to date with the latest design
trends and techniques, as well as using these as a basis to put my own ideas and styles into
practice. Design isn’t just a job to me, it is a hobby, a past time and a passion as well.
westfield sports college: september 2002 - june 2007
Grade B in English Literature
Grade C in English Language
Grade C in Graphic Products
Grade C in Media Studies
Grade C in Drama
the sheffield college: september 2007 - june 2011
BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design
Foundation Degree in Graphic Design
previous employment & work experience
sheffield university school of nursing: work experience
Duration: June 2006
In June 2006, I completed a two week work experience programme with the Sheffield University,
working in the School of Nursing as a Clerical Assistant. This involved performing typical duties
around the School of Nursing offices, such as filing and organising student applications and other
documents, photocopying and so on.
sheffield university school of nursing: clerical assistant
Duration: January 2009
In January 2009, I returned to the School of Nursing to perform temporary Clerical work. This
served as a temporary job, filling in for a member of staff away on leave, and once again involved
the filing and organising of University documents, ready to send to students and members of staff.
sheffield university print & design solutions: Work placement
Duration: May 2009
In May 2009, during my time studying for my BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design at the
Sheffield College, I completed a five day work placement in the Print and Design department at the
Sheffield University. I found this an incredibly useful and eye opening experience into the design
industry, as I was introduced to the team of designers and printers, learning their roles within the
department, as well as gaining an insight into the design and print processes of some of the
Universities promotional material which helped me to understand the use and importance of brand
guidelines. I was also set tasks in order to provide me with an albeit brief, but useful level of
understanding and experience of working in a design studio. These tasks included developing
concepts for logos to be used by eateries in the Student Union buildings belonging to the
hydra creative limited: junior multimedia designer
Duration: March 2012 - May 2013
In March 2012, I embarked on a work placement at Hydra Creative Limited. This initially served as
a temporary work placement as a Graphic Designer, in order to gain valuable experience working
in a design studio, and would eventually lead to my full time employment as a Junior Graphic
Designer later in the year.
During my time with Hydra Creative, I worked on projects for clients of all sizes, ranging from Web
and App Design, Logo Design and Branding and Printed Literature. I would also be involved in
meetings with clients, discussing their ideas for projects, as well as presenting finalised designs to
them at the end of the project and liaising with clients electronically. In August, my position changed
to that of a Junior Multimedia Designer, as I was given tutoring by members of the team in web
development, learning the very basics of HTML and CSS, working with the developers to build
websites for clients, as well as working with Content Management Systems, entering and adjusting
data and proof reading content. The position not only served as my first venture into the design
industry, but also provided me with the necessary skills to mature as a designer and progress
Ryan Daniels, Creative Director, Hydra Creative Limited
Address: Suite 20 The Quadrant, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WG
Telephone: 0114 227 0119
Further references available upon request.
Please take a look at my online portfolio, which can be accessed at the link below.