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I am an all-round creative who specialises in web design & graphic design. My skills are tested with a variety of web and art/design related jobs. I enjoy freelancing and also working with a mixture of people; working at my best within a small or middle-sized team. I have excellent artistic skills and a very good handling of the Adobe Creative Suite.

Being able to transfere creative skills accross disciplines is what I most enjoy; using my artistic flair to create websites and graphic design.

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  • Name : Richard Proffitt
  • Date of birth : 21st October 1970
  • Address : Top Flat, 192 Emscote Road Warwick UK CV34 5QN
  • Email : iopan@hotmail.com
  • Phone : + 44 (0)1926 259 599
  • Interest : freelance, full-time

Skills

Technical Skills

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Knowledge

  • Conseptualising
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Digital Illustration
  • Grid and Layout
  • Accessibility
  • Graphical Design
  • SEO Optimization
  • Branding
  • Logo Design
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Video Editing
  • Photography
  • Web Design
  • Social Networking

Experience

Web Designer – iopan design

April 2013 - Current

Currently self employed engaged in Web Design and Graphic Design. I have been able to self-train in advanced web design and I also keep a regular blog at http://blog.iopan.co.uk.

Web Designer – Council of Disabled People

March 2004 - Nov 2012

Creating and maintaining the CDP website, in addition, creating and maintaining additional CDP related sites. Daily updating and archiving content. Using Dreamweaver and related software. These sites required a high level of accessibility.

Artist in Residence – Warwickshire County Council

Feb 2006 - Dec 2006

The residency included workshops with the clients of day-centres who are predominately learning disabled adults and my responses creatively to the environment and culture of the groups. ArtsPEP (Arts Participation in Employability Project) - Freeway Centre & Active8, Nuneaton.

Community Arts Worker – CAW (Community Arts Workshop)

Jul 2003 - Oct 2008

Website Design, Arts Worker/Enabler, Community Arts Magazine Layout Design, Workshop Facilitator. During this time I worked with a variety of different groups of people including: Children & Youth at risk of exclusion; BME Elders; People with Mental Health Difficulties; Disabled People; Young People & Adults with Learning Difficulties.

Artist – Freelance

May 1993 - Oct 2001

I spent a number of years undertaking both paid and voluntary art projects around the UK. These also included solo and group exhibitions, performances and murals.

Production Advertisment Designer – Avon Imaging

Aug 1996 - Jan 1998

Producing graphics for magazine advertisements Desktop publishing, arranging text and graphics Proof reading advertisement text.

Education

BA (hons), Art & Social Context – U.W.E.

Sept 1995 - Jul 1997

BA (hons) Art & Social Context at the University of the West of England in Bristol was a course that ran to become Fine Art in Context and was about breaking down barriers - sharing experiences and enjoying engaging on the ground around creating art. Understanding the work you create. Analysing art and presenting work. Artists working in the community and evolving with different groups; guiding people through artistic processes.

Advanced Web Design – City & Guilds, Level 3

Sept 2012 - April 2013

Level 3 Advanced Web Design (PXXC3WBDS/12BA1). Trained at Mid-Warwickshire College. The course was extreamly helpful at getting me up to speed with many aspects of contemporary web design.

NVQ1 Computers & IT. Desktop Publishing – Avon & Bristol Training Associates

May 1994 - Sept 1995

'A' Level Art. Grade A – North Warwickshire College of Technology & Art

Sept 1986 - June 1988

8 'O' Levels. inc. English & Maths – Higham Lane Secondary School

Sept 1982 - May 1986

Activities and Societies: School Council Representative; Independent Art Projects; Debating Society Member; Performer in School Plays.

Services

Web Design

Web design services include; website building, development and device-agnostic responsive design, using the technologies HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and MySQL.

Graphic Design

Logos, business cards, company branding and stationery, leaflets, posters and promotional material are all graphic design jobs which I am skilled at accomplishing.

eBook Publishing

As so many more people are turning to screens to do the majority of their reading, I am pleased to be able to offer eBook formating and publishing to my list of services.

DTP

Pamphlets, leaflets, forms, reports and so on: all need to be desktop published. With the assistance of Adobe InDesign these tasks can be quickly completed.

SEO Optemisation

By adhearing to emurging web standards, optemisation for search engines is essential for pushing your site up the ranks of the search engine results.

3D Model Making

I have always worked well with my hands and building mackettes and models with a variety of materials can often help when actualising an idea into 3D form.

Testimonials

  • A thoroughly talented and knowledgeable web/graphic designer. He is personable and understanding of all our needs and has gone way above and beyond to help us get the recognition we needed.

    Mark Needle - Managing Director of Disability Information Zone

  • I have known Richard for over 10 years and he brings dedication and creativity to every role in which he is engaged.

    Paul Tolley - CEO of Warwickshire CAVA

  • I would recommend him for any professional web-design work and encourage you to look at his artistic portfolio.

    Nigel Pearce - Writer

iopan@hotmail.com
I am available for freelance

My Blog

Unlimited, For Disabled Artists

Unlimited aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people.

We are looking to support commissions for disabled artists and companies that support disabled-led work across all art forms. We are looking for quality, innovation and ambition across everything we commission. Find out more about our commissions call out.
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An SVG close-up Diagram

SVG For Ever - SVG icons

Icons, don’t graphic designers just love them? I had been a real fan of icon fonts until I recently discovered the joys of SVG icons. SVG or “Scalable Vector Graphics” are XML-based vector images with support for interactivity and animation. It’s also reasonably straightforward to re-colour them. SVG images and their behaviors are defined in XML text files. Coding SVG is a bit of a learning curve, but there are plenty of tutorials out there.
Take a look at these SVG icon resources

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Mobile Phone

Email Link Code That Writes Subject And More

Using “mailto:” for the basic email link

An email link is simply one that upon clicking it will open the user’s email client of choice and add the email address to a new blank email, simple! It uses the code: “mailto:” before the email address, and it looks like this:

<a href="mailto:iopan@hotmail.com">Email iopan</a>

So the outcome would be: Email iopan

(Click this link to see how your email client will open)

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Disability symbols: Ear, Brain, Signing

Quick Reference: Web Accessibility

Principles of Accessibility

  • Perceivable – Available through sight, hearing, or touch.
  • Operable – Compatible with keyboard or mouse.
  • Understandable – User-friendly, easy to comprehend.
  • Robust – Works across browsers, assistive technologies, mobile devices, old devices/browsers, etc. Follows standards.
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Get in touch

Address

Top Flat, 192 Emscote Road Warwick UK CV34 5QN

Call Me

+44 - (0)1926 259 599

Enquiries

iopan@hotmail.com