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HSC, Dux of school, Corryong High School, Victoria

Diploma of Art, Swinburne College of Technology, Victoria

Bachelor of Art, Swinburne College of Technology, Victoria
Selected as an inaugural member of Swinburne Design Group - an industry-based design studio.



Freelance Designer
Various advertising agencies, Melbourne, Victoria
Worked on a range of packaging materials and print/television advertising.

Designer / Illustrator / Photographer
Publications Branch, Ministry of Education, Victoria
Designed and illustrated magazines for children, kit packaging, and instructional publications.

Freelance Photographer
Prepared exhibition of photos from stock photography taken in Southern Europe and North Africa.

Freelance Designer / Illustrator
Clients included Ministry of Education, Victoria, Longman-Cheshire, Macmillan Australia, TAFE Victoria, mainly producing materials for education markets.

Studio Manager / Senior Designer Oxford University Press
Established and managed a team of four designers, producing Secondary and Tertiary texts, and specialist trade publications.

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Freelance Senior Project Designer Macmillan Australia
Art directed and designed components of a large reading scheme. Managed a studio and a team of approximately eight designers.

Freelance Photographer
Prepared exhibition of photos from stock photography taken in the Andean countries of South America.

Free-lance Designer / Illustrator / Photographer
Clients included, in no particular order: Australian Government Publishing Service, Penguin Books, Ministry of Education, Longman-Cheshire, Thomas Nelson, Melbourne University Press, Reed Books, Rigby Books, Oxford University Press, Macmillan Australia, Collins-Dove, Spectrum Publications, David Lovell Publishing, Mimosa Publications. Worked on almost every form of publishing project undertaken by the above.

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Studio Manager / Senior Designer Mimosa Publications
Managed and art-directed a group of designers and type-setters involved in the production of a huge range of printed, and other specialized materials required by the development of several large literacy, ELT, and mathematics programmes for export markets. Used every available technology in print production and the manufacture of specialized teaching aids, and produced materials for new forms of electronic work-flow.

Senior Designer Mimosa Publications
Continued as art director and senior designer of materials for the large-scale literacy and mathematics projects undertaken by the publisher.

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Free-lance Designer / Illustrator / Photographer
Worked in both the trade and education publishing areas.

Designed five Macmillan Library series’ formats - Extreme Jobs, Our Body, Life in Australian Indigenous Communities, Indonesia, and China.

Illustrated the trade picture book, HOP! Little Hare for Little Hare Books.

Managed remotely the production of 72 covers for a major new ESL series, Welcome to English published by Longman, Hong Kong for the Chinese market. This project involved art direction and design of the series formats, the selection and briefing a group of Australian illustrators, assembly and supply.

Art directed the pilot development of a new literacy program for National Geographic Literacy in conjunction for Ibis Publishing Australia. Designed and illustrated numerous titles for the same program at Ibis, and later, for Rigby who were contracted to supply some components of the program.

Art-directed and designed several large, multi-component ELT series’ for McGraw-Hill/MacDonald Publishing, including My World, We Can! and Blue Planet. Briefed and managed an international team of designers, illustrators, and photographers in Argentina and Mexico to implement these series’ designs over four years.

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Other clients included MacDonald Publishing, Thomson Learning, Pearson Education, Harcourt Education, Little Hare Books. Currently working in the education market as an illustrator and designer for Curriculum Corporation, MacDonald Publishing, Macmillan, OUP, and Simply Literacy.



ABPA Book Design Awards
Shortlisted: Best designed paperback priced below $25 - Bitter, Black, and Sweet

Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing
Commended: Secondary single book - Investigating Our World

APA Book Design Awards
Shortlisted: Best designed Primary education book - Eureka!

APA Book Design Awards
Shortlisted: Best designed Primary education book - The Literacy Tree (various titles)

APA Book Design Awards
Shortlisted: Best designed Primary education book - Longest, Tallest, Heaviest