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Graphic designer with a passion for book layouts, and a strong background in the educational books sector.
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I'm a freelance graphic designer based in Europe and have been practicing for over 10 years. My main field of expertise is the layout and design of educational books, although I do enjoy taking on different projects, which helps me keep ideas fresh.
I have worked with major companies such as, EF Education First, Macmillan Publishing, and Pearson Publishing, as a freelancer, and in the past I have held the position of Design Manager for Macmillan Publishing in their offices in Athens, Greece.
Having worked on major projects for each of these companies, I have gained experience in various areas of the production of a book. Taking it from its initial stages and guiding it through to completion, where you can see a finished product on a bookshop shelf, is a very fulfilling journey and an educational experience in its own right. I have liaised with illustrators, graphic designers and printing houses, managed deadlines and budgets, and have acquired various skills in solving the problems that can arise from the demanding process of publishing a book.
I spend my free time on personal projects, which are illustration based. Although it is more of a hobby, I have had the pleasure of having one of my designs printed on a limited edition t-shirt by Diesel clothing. Moreover, my illustration and design work for the band Universe217, has won a merit for Best Record Cover, from the Greek Graphic Design and Illustration Awards in 2014. Examples of my illustration work can be seen on my personal website.
"I have been working with Nikos for a few years (since 2007) and within different roles for both of us. He has always been very friendly, helpful and showed appreciation to detail and love for modern and clean design. He's a natural talent as both a graphic designer and illustrator and his always up-to-date technical abilities ensure really fresh, clean and artistically neat result every single time. His professionalism and disciplined approach with tight schedules and demanding briefs made him even more reliable and our co-operation even easier and more coherent. We initially worked together when Nikos was a managing designer in Macmillan Hellas and I was a freelance designer. After a really good collaboration which lasted until the Macmillan Hellas offices closed in the end of 2008, we re-started working together again when I started working as a managing designer for Macmillan Education in London and Nikos as a freelance graphic designer based in Athens. It was always a great pleasure and to work with, I would work with Nikos again and recommend him without hesitation anytime and for any project." - Alexandra Bacoyanni, Managing Designer at Macmillan Education UK
EF Education First
Macmillan Education (Athens, Greece branch)
In-house graphic designer / November 2005 – January 2006
Managing Designer / February 2006 – August 2007
Design Manager (substitute for Design Manager on maternity leave) / September 2007 – October 2008
I have been freelancing as a graphic designer and illustrator under the pseudonym "eyejacker" since 2003, working on many projects for various types of industry.