Darragh Neely (2012 /13 – 1 year)
I was hired to cover a designer on secondment for a year at this small
but focused Irish design studio. During my time here I worked on various
projects for Queen’s University, Arts Council, Lyric Theatre and The
National Trust to deliver branding, print and editorial design.
Dogstar Design (2011/12 – 6 months)
In the 6 months I spent in this London based design studio I worked closely
with the team for clients such as Legal & General, Mölnlycke Health Care
and the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
The Partners (2011 – 3 months)
I enjoyed working alongside the team in their London office on large scale
projects for Aviva, British Gas, Richard House Children’s Hospice and St.
Dogstar Design (2010 – 3 months)
During my time in Dogstar I was involved with the team working on branding
for Legal & General and The Fragrance Foundation.
True North (2010 – 2 months)
Manchester design studio specialising in brand and identity. In my time
here I worked on briefs for Royal Mail, National Portrait Gallery and
Rodney Miller (2009 – 3 months)
Belfast studio specialising in branding, print and packaging design.
I was part of the team working on branding for the Saint Anne’s Square
development and Walton’s of Appleby.
Skills & Ability.
I have a working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite up to CS6 and I’m
comfortable working with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. I have
some experience in Dreamweaver, After Effects and Quark, however I am
always keen to learn more and continue to improve upon the skills I have
picked up so far.
I have recently started learning some HTML and CSS in my spare time (with
this website being one of the first i've fully built & coded myself) to
further understand and develop my skills to cater for web & digital design
alongside my print experience.
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
(2007 – 2010)
(Passed with 1st class honours)
HND Graphic Design
(2005 – 2007)
Belfast Metropolitan College
(Passed with Distinctions)
Awards & Achievements.
2010 – RSA Design Awards
Prize winner in Sustainable Metals category.
Awarded a £2500 monetary grant
& an RSA Fellowship.
2010 – Penguin Design Awards
Top 5 short listed cover design for ‘Perfume’.
2009 – Starpack Packaging Awards
Commendation for Sustainable Coffee Packaging.
I have frequently taken on freelance positions and pitched for clients between
internships and employment to further my experience of design and direct
communication with clients.
Some of these projects include various works for O2 Academy, Liverpool University,
Unity Theatre and the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (containing Tate
Liverpool, Everyman & Playhouse, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool Royal Philharmonic,
FACT, Unity Theatre & Liverpool Biennial Trust)
As such I have gained valuable experience dealing with clients in both consultancy
and meeting scenarios, the management of briefs and delivery of artwork.
When I have a little free time I’m likely to engage in self-initiated projects,
most of which can be found within this website.
These projects include managing and co-ordinating a pool of graphic designers
& illustrators as a ‘pop-up studio’ which in 2010 I took on tour around the
north west, offering exposure to those taking part and no-fee freelance work
to any interested studios in the area (including The Chase, 999, Creative Lynx
& McCann Erickson Manchester.)
I have also collaborated on work for organisations such as More Than Purpose -
an American based charity who deal with victims of human trafficking, for whom
I provided a new strategy, brand, identity and a viral marketing campaign.