Designer, artist & hobby photographer.

What I Do

A versatile team player skilled in the development of innovative design solutions, I have managed multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, ensuring that all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate voice, culture and brand standards.

My expertise has been acquired through years of hands-on experience in fast-paced corporate and agency environments, being self-motivated, forward-thinking and creative. Experienced in branding, corporate identities, design, digital art, publishing, packaging, web development and printing of advertising, retail and collateral media. The tools of my distinctive aesthetic style include Adobe Creative Cloud, a Wacom tablet and an Apple iMac.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Concept, design, pre-press and printing in advertising, publishing and packaging
    (including retail and collateral media),
  • Web development, coding (html, css, javascript), hosting with
    particular expertise in creating WordPress sites,
  • Branding, corporate identities, in-store point of sale, large format printing and die cutting.

I have an eye for, and experience in:

  • Applying colour and layout theory and psychology,
  • Mathematical composition and visual narratives,
  • Desktop publishing, artworking, photography, photo manipulation, illustration,
    digital painting and 3D modelling,
  • Solving pre-press, printing and IT technical issues.

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SKILLS

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Operating Systems

Advanced

Intermediate

Basic

OS X (Mac)

Windows

Linux

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Applications

Advanced

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Intermediate

Basic

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Photoshop

InDesign

Illustrator

Acrobat Pro

QuarkXpress

Dreamweaver

Flash

Cinema 4D

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Knowledge

Advanced

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Intermediate

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Basic

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Advertising

Publishing

Packaging

Graphic Design

Desktop Publishing

Prepress/Print Production

Visual Art

Typography

Layout

Colour Theory

Composition

WordPress

HTML, CSS, PHP

Information Technology

Photography

Video Production

3D modelling

Digital music

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Richard George Davis

Dates

Location

Hours

Website

Description

November 2004 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Part time

www.richardgeorgedavis.com

This is what I do in my spare time. Taking photographs and creating artworks, websites and logos.

Experienced with concept, design, website coding (html, css, javascript), website hosting with particular expertise in creating WordPress sites and personal artworks which encompasses photography, photo manipulation, illustration, digital painting, 3D modelling and a variety of techniques that I’m constantly exploring and developing.

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have received awards, and been showcased worldwide in a variety of print, digital and broadcast media. This includes magazine features, television series and, more recently, a gallery exhibition in New York City.

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Reward Ventures

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Senior designer, production artist and studio manager.

August 2003 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.rewardventures.co.za

Managing multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate voice, culture and brand standards.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Below the line advertising, marketing and communications,
  • Publishing and packaging (including retail and collateral media),
  • Concept, design, pre-press and printing,
  • Branding, corporate identities, in-store point of sale, large format printing and die cutting,
  • Using international artwork and guidelines to create local content,
  • Preflighting supplied documents,
  • Website hosting and WordPress,
  • Solving pre-press, printing and IT technical issues,
  • Management of design studio,
  • Liaising directly with clients and printers.

Clients: African Sales (COTY: Various retail fashion and perfume brands such as Clavin Klein, Versace, Davidoff, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy and many others), Prestige Cosmetics (CAVI: Molton Brown, Chanel and Elemis), Ster Kinekor (Theatres and Playstation), Pick n Pay, Roman’s Pizza, French Institute Of South Africa, IMS Engineering, blockbusters, Merial and Disney to name but a few.

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ADOS and Associates

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Senior designer, production artist, and studio manager.

May 2001 – July 2003

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

Managing multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate standards.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Below the line advertising, marketing and communications,
  • Publishing and packaging (including retail and collateral media),
  • Concept, design, pre-press and printing,
  • Branding, corporate identities, in-store point of sale, large format printing and die cutting,
  • Using international artwork and guidelines to create local content,
  • Solving pre-press, printing and IT technical issues,
  • Management of design studio,
  • Liaising directly with clients and printers.

Clients: Nu Metro Film Distribution, Nu Metro Cinemas, Blockbusters, Euroline Group, CRL Group, The French Embassy, GTV, Vision Africa, The Knob & Knocker, Hewlett Packard, JD Edwards and KPMG to name but a few.

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The Gendel Group

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Graphic designer.

April 2000 – April 2001

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.gendel.co.za

Managing multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion under the leadership of the manager and art director, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Above and below the line advertising, marketing and communications,
  • Design, pre-press and printing,
  • Branding, corporate identities, retail and collateral media,
  • Using international artwork and guidelines to create local content,
  • Preflighting supplied documents,
  • Website hosting and WordPress,
  • Solving pre-press, printing and IT technical issues,
  • Management of design studio,
  • Liaising directly with clients and printers.

Clients: Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, Rennies Foreign Exchange, Glasfit, Momentum Life, HASS, Medicross, Beige and Vitalab.

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Freewind Publication

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Art director, designer and retoucher.

April 1998 – December 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

Managing assignments from concept to completion within a team under the leadership of the managing director and art director, ensuring all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Consumer and corporate publishing,
  • Advertising, marketing, communications and collateral media,
  • Designing and laying out of magazines pages and covers,
  • Visual effects, prepress and preflight specialist,
  • Solving prepress, printing and IT technical issues,
  • Liaising directly with printers.

Magazines: Directions (Male fashion/lifestyle), Divestyle (Scuba diving and travel), Blush (Female teenager fashion/lifestyle), VIA (Corporate title published for Volkswagen South Africa) and Smart Fashion (Corporate title published for Smart Centre, a large retail clothing chain).

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In-Detail

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

website

Description

Designer

March 1997 – March 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance designer.

Part time

www.in-detail.com

Freelance design and prepress of below the line advertising, marketing and communications media.

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The Bureau Imaging Centre

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

DTP, production artist and department head.

March 1996 – March 1998

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.bureau.co.za

Managing multiple printing assignments concurrently, maintaining equipment, delegation of tasks and training staff.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Traditional litho printing and digital printing (Film, colour lazers, and chromalins),
  • Scanning on flatbed and drum scanners,
  • Digital effects, retouching and deep etching,
  • Paginating of multi-paged booklets and brochures,
  • Solving pre-press, printing and IT technical issues,
  • Managing and maintaining equipment, hardware and software,
    • Processors, image setters, computers and scanners,
  • Managing the archive system,
  • Liaising directly with clients.

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Phoenix Repro & Litho

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Freelance designer, IT and dtp.

January 1997 – January 2005

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance/contract

Part time

Freelance design and prepress of collateral media and flexo printed labels.

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CLIENTS & BRANDS

African Sales (COTY)

Various retail fashion and perfume brands such as Calvin Klein, Antonio Banderas, Avril Lavigne, Carolina Herrera, Chloe, Christina Aguilera, Davidoff, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Jennifer Lopez, Kenzo, Lacoste, Blackup, Lancaster Sun, Marc Jacobs, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Puma, Quorum, Roberto Carvalli, Shakira, Tabac, Vera Wang and Versace.

Disney

Various Disney retail: In-store, point of sale (POS) and collateral.

Ster Kinekor

Various Playstation (PS, PS2, PS3 and PSVITA) and Movie cinema related retail: In-store, point of sale (POS) and collateral.

Prestige Cosmetics

Molton Brown, Elemis and Chanel retail: In-store, point of sale (POS) and collateral.

DaimlerChrysler Services

Various Chrysler advertising, point of sale and collateral.

Debis Fleet Management

Various Mercedes-Benz advertising, point of sale and collateral.

Capital

Capital Resources and Capital Securities.

EGL

European Gemological Laboratory and College of Gemology.

Other clients and brands

Pick n Pay, Nu Metro, Look & Listen, JPTime, JP Krugerrand, BT Games, Man Finance, Momentum, Sasol, Eco Wash, ITT South Africa, Xylem and its various associated brands, Knob & knocker, The French Embassy, AveryDennison, Glasfit , Nampak, Phonak AG, Rennies Bank, Blockbusters, Roman’s Pizza, Merial, and IMS Engineering.

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RECOGNITION & AWARDS

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have received awards, and been showcased worldwide in a variety of print, digital and broadcast media. This includes magazine features, television series and, more recently, a gallery exhibition in New York City. These artworks are borne of my quest to redefine reality and stretch the limits of the imagination by capturing the surreal beauty of strange objects, places and phrases, in evocative, dream-like images which tackle the human predicament. I like to playfully explore the intersection of language and art by making literal visual interpretations of familiar idiomatic expressions.

I have received four Daily Deviations awards from deviantart.com, two Editor’s Choice awards from photoshopcreative.co.uk, and one fromdigitalartistdaily.com, ten Daily Feature Awards from shadowness.com, and various magazine features in Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative and Practical Photoshop.

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Gallery exhibitions

Sponsor

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Set dressings on TV shows

Series

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The Following, Season 1 and 2

21 January to 29 April 2013 and 19 January to 28 April 2014

The Following Season 2 What I Do

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Magazines

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Interview

November 2013 issue 107

Photoshop Creative 107 feature What I Do

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Let Slip feature

September 2013 issue 105

PHOTOSHOP CREATIVE 105 FEATURE2 What I Do

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Magazine Expert Top Tops

November 2012 issue 94

PS 94 FEATURE What I Do

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Image of the Month Award

August 2012 issue 92

PSC AWARD2 What I Do

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Advanced Photoshop magazine > Bleak world of absent law

November 2012 issue 102

AP FEATURE What I Do

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Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

June 2013

Practical Photoshop Jun 2013 web3 What I Do

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Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

February 2013

Practical Photoshop Feb 2013 web3 What I Do

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Photography For Beginners > Competition winner

January 2014

006 PFB 034 35 web 2 What I Do

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Awards

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Digital Artist website > Editor’s Choice

November 2013

DA AWARD 1 What I Do

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Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

February 2013

PSC AWARD3 2 What I Do

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Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

August 2012

PSC AWARD What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Clockwork Orange

December 2012

clockwork orange DD What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Forever lost

January 2012

 What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Strawberry Rehab

March 2011

 What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Grenade

April 2009

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Ambitions Abandoned

April 2014

Award Ambitions Abandoned What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Eden’s Eye 02

September 2013

Award 12 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Kimberley Hole

July 2013

Award 11 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Clockwork Orange

August 2012

Award 10 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > The Night’s Watch

May 2012

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Hope Floats Away

June 2012

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Light Redemption

January 2012

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Forever lost

December 2011

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > These Feelings I Hide

December 2011

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > French Revolution 04

August 2011

Award 00 What I Do