Ben Eldridge
Curriculum Vitae

Personal Details

Date of birth

12.07.77

Address

52 Cromford Road, London SW18 1NY

Tel

07865 076810

Email

Web

Skills Profile

  • First-rate attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Code-level knowledge of web programming, including HTML, CSS, PHP and JQuery
  • Extensive experience of filming interview footage and cutaways using digital cameras and editing together in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Good working knowledge of using Adobe After Effects to create animations
  • Thorough understanding of DTP and four-colour printing process
  • Experience of dealing with printers and specifying job requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of computer maintenance/troubleshooting and experience of acting as technical support for colleagues with software and hardware issues, both macOS and Windows

 

Knowledge of the following applications:

Employment

2013 –

Digital/Graphic Designer, Marie Curie

My role in the design team at Marie Curie was initially split between digital and print projects, but has increasingly involved the filming of videos using the in-house digital camera, their production using Adobe Premiere Pro and putting together animations using Adobe After Effects

Responsibilities include:

  • taking briefs from clients to establish the audience for the materials, the deliverables required and deadlines using a range of Adobe Creative Cloud packages to progress initial concepts through to completion
  • managing a complex workload that can include long-term projects, smaller jobs and everything in between, meeting often tight deadlines
  • liaising with colleagues across the organisation and with outside suppliers
  • filming videos using the in-house digital camera and editing them in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • updating video graphics to ensure they are in line with the Marie Curie brand
  • putting together animations using Adobe After Effects
  • producing graphics for digital channels including the Marie Curie website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the charity's blog

 

2008 – 2013

Freelance Graphic Designer

Work completed under the company name Bitmap has included:

  • website designs for Pitney Bowes, ABM Office, Catering and Mobility Supplies, Alto Office Supplies, SOS Office Supplies, Murcom Office Products, One to One Office Solutions and All Your Office Needs
  • banner designs for Pitney Bowes, Murcom and ABM
  • eBook designs for the Open University, Social Europe and Sonia Grant
  • email newsletters for Samson Office Supplies, Sweet William Designs and A-Z Stationers
  • publications for London Metropolitan University
  • design and production of Social Europe Journal

Responsibilities included:

  • advertising my services and finding new clients
  • getting brief from client, using this to determine appropriate designs for target audience
  • using Adobe Creative Suite to come up with initial designs
  • liaising with client over design, making amendments based on feedback
  • completing job to client's satisfaction

 

2003 – 2008

Production Editor, Ceramic Review Publishing

Main responsibility was Ceramic Review, the country's leading magazine of ceramic art and craft, but also produced a range of books, catalogues and other publicity materials

Responsible for:

  • Ceramic Review, a bi-monthly, 84 page, fullĀ­colour publication
  • design and production of a range of books and various promotional materials for the magazine and for the annual exhibition Ceramic Art London, including catalogues, leaflets and adverts
  • subediting all articles for spelling and grammar, writing headlines and leading paragraphs
  • designing all pages in QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign
  • drawing up schedule for each issue and dealing with magazine's printers
  • completing all pre-press, including Photoshop image editing, retouching and scanning
  • production of final PDFs, checking online proofs and supplying replacement PDFs as necessary
  • moving to PDF workflow, with all pre-press moved in-house
  • helping initiate and oversaw major redesign of the magazine

Education

2002

Intensive School of English, Brighton

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

1998 – 2001

University of Warwick, Coventry

BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology, classification 2:1

1997 – 1998

Chichester College of Arts, Science and Technology, Chichester

2 A-levels: Sociology (A), Law (C)

1994 – 1996

Haywards Heath Sixth Form College, Haywards Heath

3 A-levels: Computing (A), Maths (B), Politics (B)

1988 – 1994

Warden Park Comprehensive School, Cuckfield

10 GCSEs: Science (A*/A*), Maths (A*), Business and Information Studies (A/A), History (A), English Literature (A), Geography (A), English Language (B), French (B)

Interests

Current affairs, technology, computing, architecture, photography, music composition, listening to music, filming and editing video, travel