About Stuart Halliwell
Freelance Graphic Designer

Professional Career

An independent Graphic Designer who can code, with a genuine passion for creative design, technology, and digital marketing. Over 14 years Graphic Design experience working with many brands and design studio’s across Stockport, Manchester, and Cheshire.

My career path started with studying Graphic design at The University of Salford, where the main modules were typography, branding and advertising. All essential to a designer’s knowledge. There was a new module called Technology, where we we taught how to create websites with Adobe GoLive and Macromedia Flash, as those were the key players in the website creation world. Oh how times have changed in a little over 15 years.

Since graduating with honours in 2006, and spending the next 10 years in design studio’s across Manchester and Stockport, the time was right to move on to pasture’s new. The shift had already started to move design to a more digital output, printers were going out of business, and once major players in the advertising industry were struggling. Robson-Brown, an ad agency based on Salford Quays in Manchester had gone bust. I left Studio North to work as a freelance Graphic Designer, learning essential HTML and CSS coding skills along the way.

VIEW SKILLS

Design & Digital Specialisms



Graphic Design

Studied Graphic design at The University of Salford, graduating with honors in 2006 specialising in Branding, Typography, and Advertising.


Advertising

Print-based advertising for newspapers and magazines, including media placement.


Exhibition Graphics

Experienced in large format print advertising for events, and stand graphics for an MCN Live exhibition.


Packaging

Packaging design using a mix of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator for the cutting forms.


Website Design

Mobile-first website design, starting with wireframes before taking to Photoshop and/or Illustrator to create the visuals.


Website Optimisation

Web page and image optimisation for speed, knowledge of caching best practices.


Digital Marketing

Connecting your organisation to your Buyer Persona using the sub-strategies of Channels, Content and Data


HTML Email Campaigns

Responsive table-based HTML emails, old school coding like back in the day!


Animation

Digital Display and re-marketing ads including timeline animation using Adobe After Effects, kinetic type, 3D camera effects.

Career Timeline


  • Multimedia Designer . Eurocamp, Northwich

  • Digital Designer . Revotion Digital, Northwich

  • Graphic Designer . Carole Nash, Altrincham

  • Brand Manager . SK9 Magazine, Wilmslow

  • MSc in Digital Marketing . Salford Business School

  • Designer . Avalanche Creative, Stockport

  • Web Designer . Leadspot UK

  • Lead Designer . Manchester Pet Show

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

  • Designer . Studio North, Manchester

  • BA (hons) in Graphic Design . The University of Salford

Who I’ve Worked With


Eurocamp
Swinton Insurance Group
The University of Manchester
NHS
Studio North Manchester
Carole Nash Altrincham
Avalanche Creative Stockport