I'm originally from Shetland which is a range of islands in the far north-east of Scotland but I have lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for over 20 years, a place I identify with.
I have a true passion for media-based solutions to real-world problems. My first degree was in Information and Communication Management, which is where I began my interest in content writing and creative design.
I've built a career around being a content designer. I have a range of skills covering: website design, multimedia, graphic design, research, visual communication and Public Relations.
In 2008 I undertook an MA in Design, Multimedia and Graphics at Sunderland University - and I'm so glad I did. I have an in-built compass for taking complex problems and desgining a solution. My research acumen, combined with my strong communication skills and IT literacy provides me with a helicopter view for the end-user.
I have done a lot of study over the years and have the following qualifications:
- An Accredited Public Relations Practitioner
- MA in Design, Multimedia and Graphics
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
- BSc (Hons) Information and Communication Management
I am also:
- A member of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR)
- A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
I have used a host of different creative applications over the years. Below is a list of my main specialisms.
I use Animoto's video maker to turn my photos and video clips into professional videos for presentations.
I use Canva's drag-and-drop format to create a range of graphics for both web and print media.
I regularly use Camtasia to record my screen to create polished and professional-looking training videos.
I am highly skilled in website design and using Dreamweaver. I built this website with it.
I regularly use Illustrator to create all manner of graphics for web and print-based media.
I have a lot of experience in using Photoshop. This is mainly for creating abstract imagery.
I am highly skilled at using Microsoft's product suite; in particular I use OneNote, OneDrive and PowerPoint.
I have recently started using Sketches on my iPad. This is mainly for my own personal use and doodles.
I have skills in using Periscope for developing Public Relations campaigns.
I have taught Meerkat to Public Relations professionals so that they can livestream video content.