Hello, I'm Cate

A Multimedia and Designer, Maker, and illustrator 

with a Bachelors degree in Visual Communication

The CommuniCate (E/I NFP) is a strange animal, a mix of the wild creative and the practical realist. This CommuniCate is seeking a good new home for problem solving, creativity and challenges.

As an enthusiastic storyteller, I believe that every tiny detail of an image communicates in ways we don’t often recognise. I’m fascinated the psychology behind visual communication and the way we interact with media.

This Cate has moved from Copenhagen to Umeå so definitely looking for new puzzles projects and challenges regardless of location.

As a graphic designer and visual communicator Cates are fascinated by the psychology of why we connect with each other, brands, companies or space monkeys, whatever your jam may be. 

As a human, she is fascinated by Puzzles and challenges, I’m not talking about sudoku or the Sunday Telegraph Crossword, to her, problems, any problems, challenges or hurdles are just puzzles to solve, tangles to unpick. It gets a little annoying frankly.

 

So its been hard so far, to find a place where a Cate fits, she obsessively designs, but a problem to solve to really get the juices flowing, while the wild Cate is most skilled in Graphic design, she is practical and thrive working with her hands, making and creating from book binding to Murphy beds. Cates thrive best in a team, to have those around to refine wilder ideas and encourage useful ones. Cates especially thrive under constraints, for Cates to think outside of the box, first, one must understand the box.

 

 

Education

Leeds College of Art and Design

2005-2009

 Bachelors Degree with Honour in Visual Communication Gradde 2:2

Stockport College

2004-2005

Foundation Degree in Art and Design

Aquinas College

2002-2004

A level Performance Art

A level Computing

As Level Art and Design

GCSE Japanese

Cheadle Hulme College

1997-2002

GCSE English, Double Science, Mathematics, French, Art, Graphic Design, Drama

Work

Online Content Marketing Assistant

September 2014-December 2014

Short term contracted web content marketer at a florist, craft and home décor wholesalers wanting to expand into the online market. I spent most of my time writing product descriptions and enriching their website.

Freelance Graphic Designer

Intermittently from July 2009-Present

I have accomplished a wide variety of graphic design work over the years for my own photography business as well as clients, recently I’ve created promotional material with local theatre groups in Copenhagen

Freelance Photographer

July 2009-July 2014

I worked off and on through the years, I’ve done all manner of shoots from a fashion style shoot to a more reportage style. I’m highly technical but also highly creative in my work

Languages

English

Danish

Skills

Illustrator
Photoshop
InDesign
Lightroom
Acrobat

Adobe

WordPress
Drupal
HTML/CSS
Design for Web
Design for Print
Typography
Concept Development
Photography
Illustration
Marketing
Video Editing
Technology

Design

Complex Problem Solving
Creativity
Communication
Cooperation
Organisation
Time Management

Personal

Miscellaneous

Born 09 December 1985

Resident of Denmark since February 2015

British

Held British driving license since 2009 with no accidents

hobbies

Painting & Drawing

Photography

Computers & Tech

Interior Design

Woodworking

Crafting

Movies & TV

Video & Board Games

interests

Animals

Psychology

Science

Music

Woodworking

Crafting

Movies & TV

Video & Board Games

Featured Projects

“HireXn”

Editable one pager to send to potential Clients

One of the main challenges of this project is that the design needed to be editable by my client without access or even knowledge of InDesign. So while I designed the one pager in InDesign, I actually completely rebuilt it in google slides to allow my clients to adjust as needed. I also used a lot of illustrator for various elements.

As far as I know the client was very happy with design and outcome and still uses it.

“Det Stille Råb”

Promotional Material for a Local Theatre group

A local theatre group called “Det Stille Råb” needed promotional material for their play entitled “Polytopia”

For the play, I produced a poster, a programme, and a facebook banner. For the group I also produced a logo and some images they could use on social media.

To produce this I used Illustrator to create the geometric island design, Photoshop for other small elements and then I used InDesign to stitch it all together.

Unfortunately due to creative differences, as far as I know, the play did not end up going ahead, but I am still proud of the work I was able to achieve.

Design Portfolio

Fredens Villa

Poster for a dystopian play

Website for a Counsellor

Old portfolio website header

Website concept Design

Website concept Design

Current Print/Emailing CV Template

Current business card design for myself

Current Facebook Banner

Print/Emailing CV Template circa 2016

Business card design for myself circa 2015

CV design for myself circa 2015

Business card design for myself circa 2009-2012

Cut out and Build your very own Cate!

3 Logo designs ,for Astral Accounts

Logo, Business card, Flyer, and Letterhead for Astral Accounts Light version

Logo, Business card and Flyer, for Astral Accounts Dark version

Map of Denmark, with dots.

Made in Illustrator

My partner needed some graphics for a presentation at work, and this is a compilation of what we came up with. Made in illustrator

A Series of watercolour double exposure style images made in photoshop

An experiment in really bad design, Instead of focusing on good design, I had to do the exact opposite! Charles was very happy!

 (see testimonials)

Social Media

Recycling labels I made for our bins at home

That sure is some QualiTea content

illustration

Illustration

Butterfly Koi

2018

Watercolour & India ink on Wood

Just Breathe

2017

Watercolour on Cartridge paper

Coffee Girl 2

2017

Coffee, Watercolour & Ink on Bristol Paper

Coffee Girl 1

2017

Coffee, Watercolour & Ink on Bristol Paper

Self Portrait

2016

Illustrator

Siff Andersson

2015

Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

GLaDOS

2014

Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

Doctor 10

2014

Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

Totoro Rain

2014

Watercolour & Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

Elsa & Anna

2014

Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

Rainbow Girl

2014

Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

Girl with Wolf

2016

Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

#rainbowhair
dontcare

2014

Watercolour & Alcohol Pens on Cartridge Paper

Emily

2013

Photoshop

Testimonials

"Cate has been an amazing help. She always has great ideas about how to make your product look even better and she always surprises me! She’s a hard worker!"
Siff Andersson
Award winning Actress
"Cate works fast and her designs are striking. Got through several iterations in a few hours and the result was mind blowing. I wanted a disaster piece of a 'business card' as part of a huge wind-up. Cate came up with something that deliberately broke every design rule I'd never even thought of yet made it look so striking and memorable that I'm still handing them out long after the original joke was forgotten."
Charles Elwood
Musician
"Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. "
Joan Johnson
Jobless

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