Why Avery, Brown & me?
I haven't taken the most traditional route to get to where I am today, but I think that's part of what makes me a great fit for Avery & Brown. One of my biggest takeaways from running my own business is an appreciation of how many plates there are to spin on any given day, and how many roles it's necessary to fill. My combined experience within design and communications means I can bring a unique skillset to branding and marketing - an understanding of both the power of language and strong visuals. While I've built up my technical skills and knowledge of design through on-the-job experience, my academic background provides me with a solid foundation of excellent written and verbal communication, research skills, and attention to detail.
The past year has highlighted to me the importance of making a meaningful contribution in my career. While I love what I do, I'd like to focus more on working with clients who align with my own world view and values - taking on this role within Avery & Brown would enable me to do that. My husband is the co-founder of a financial technology company within the ESG sector, so I'm familiar with the industry and have a genuine appreciation of the need to create a more socially-conscious and sustainable corporate sector.
Working freelance has also reminded me of the joys of working within a team, both socially and from a development perspective - I've got so much left to learn and can't think of a better next step than working within a dynamic start-up that's looking to make waves.
The journey so far...
Very happy to finally graduate and get on with something a little more practical.
Spending a lot of time with a letter press
and printing ink
Finished school with A*A*BB at A-level and 11 GCSEs
Got married and started taking on my first freelance illustration commissions
Graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a First Class BA in English Literature
Left Hurst Street Press and St Hugh's to start a new job as a Communications Officer in the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department at Oxford. Proudest achievements:
project-managing the undergraduate prospectus: liaising with external designers and printers, and around 300 internal stakeholders;
contributing to the university’s undergraduate website (over 350 web pages and 16.5 million annual visitors);
assisting on production of podcasts on various topics including "Oxford Interviews" and "Fees & Finance";
being appointed department lead on the storage and maintenance of a GDPR-compliant image library, including running an annual student photoshoot;
writing and designing newsletters via MailChimp and Adestra for various demographics including teachers and prospective applicants, with a collective reach of c.30,000.
Stayed in Oxford and started work at St Hugh's College as a Graduate Admissions Officer. Proudest moments:
covering a communications position on top of my normal role - running all social media platforms and website content for six months;
designing and writing an informal staff introduction booklet, now employed by HR as part of official inductions;
project managing a student photo shoot for college publicity materials in conjunction with the Development Office;
being chosen as an example of best practice in the university for my admissions process, and asked to share it with over 50 colleagues.
being nominated as Chair of Staff Committee, the representative for non-managerial staff.
Co-founded Hurst Street Press, an independent publisher, producing
books using traditional techniques of
printing and binding. Proudest
building a WordPress website and eCommerce platform from scratch;
developing a social media strategy and various marketing campaigns on Facebook and Instagram;
managing a diverse portfolio of events from panel discussions to book launches for 100+ guest events in London, Oxford and Bristol.
seeing our books stocked in Blackwell's, Foyle's, Daunt Books and the LRB Bookshop;
Moved to Godalming in Surrey, continuing to work remotely for Oxford until October, when I left to start freelance work. Proudest
achievements so far:
designing a wide range of art prints and paper goods featuring my original illustrations, and selling them around the world (from Finland to Canada).
building a Wix website and eCommerce platform and social media presence from scratch;
Joined Avery & Brown as a Junior Graphic Designer?!
Graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSt in English Literature
Would I be a good fit?
Mac OS X
WordPress, Wix, Drupal
+3 years graphic design experience (editorial, web design & brand assets)
Illustration (digital & vector-based)
Professional copy-writing & proofreading experience
Social media campaigning