My name is Christopher Skinner.
I am a highly experienced and educated graphic designer and illustrator with a diverse portfolio of creative and technical work, reaching out for new projects within the publishing sector. I’d like to be the person you call when you need a designer you can rely on; whether it’s conceptual work, cover designs, page layouts, typography or illustrations. I work remotely as a freelancer for several international design agencies (including Design Bridge and Elmwood) from my fully equipped studio in the windswept flatlands of Norfolk.
My interest in books goes way beyond creating engaging covers and intelligent page layouts; I also make them too - casebound sketchbooks, coptic stitched journals and stab-bound notebooks to name a few. Then there are my artists books. This is where I explore ideas through book structures. Some of my work is now in permanent collections in the UK, US, Australia and South Africa.
What I hope you have surmised from all this is that I’m a book guy. Ok, I also do other types of graphic design but what I really want is to do more design for publishing.
A freelance graphic designer with a diverse range of personal clients, and regularly provide additional studio support for other design companies. Being freelance means that I am responsible for sourcing and securing new work, all creative work and production, project management, planning and maintaining costs and budgets. My design work ranges from book design, corporate graphics and packaging to music and arts marketing, with an emphasis on typography.
Course Director for BTEC National Diploma Graphic Design programme with teaching duties on a range of courses within the faculty from Level 2 to Degree level. My teaching responsibilities were corporate identity, typographic and book design, along with visualising (traditional and digital), and all Adobe software tuition. Pastoral and academic support. Organisation and co-ordination of collaborative and live projects, educational visits (25 single day events and 6 residentials) and exhibitions. Curriculum development and evaluation. ILT Champion for the Faculty of the Arts. Faculty and cross-college ILT training. Member of the college’s teaching observation team. Mentor to part-time staff. Recruitment, interviewing and feeder school liaison. Internal verifier and external verification liaison. Establishing and maintaining progressional links with feeder schools, H.E. and industry.
Teaching practical studio skills, design and design thinking to students at ND and HND levels. Academic and pastoral support for up to 100 students per year. Internal Verification/EV liaison. Quality review/action planning.
Teaching practical studio skills, procedures and design fundamentals to students of various ages and aptitudes
Creative direction and design for 2D/3D projects, exhibitions and live events. Client liaison/new business development. Studio and personnel management. Trainee and work placement development.
New business development. Design of brochures, trade publications, posters, promotional materials, logotypes and symbols.
Design of brochures, trade publications, posters, promotional materials and logotypes, process camera operation, paste-ups, colour separated artwork/pre-press film separation. Making tea
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Book cover and interior designer who has worked on hundreds of titles for a wide range of genres; including several national bestsellers.
I believe that book cover design has the power to crystalize and elevate the author's intent and expression.