Chris Sutherland | Graphic Designer & Web to Print Technical Developer
H&H Reeds Printers | 2015 – Present
City | Carlisle, UK
My name is Chris Sutherland and I’ve been a Creative Designer for nearly 15 years now.
I started my professional journey by attending Northumbria University where I gained a BSc(Hons) degree in Multimedia and Digital Entertainment Computing. It was here I realised that I have a passion for learning, I love to attain new skills whether they be related to a creative discipline or not. I love to learn and if I can, I love to pass on that knowledge.
I currently work at H&H Reeds Printers as a graphic designer & Web-to-Print Technical Developer, H&H Reeds Printers are the largest print company in Cumbria, with a rich history stretching back over 140 years. Here I work with many clients on a wide range of creative projects, from creating logos to designing corporate stationery, brochures, flyers, calendars & newsletters, letterheads & business cards, the list goes on and on! A major part of my job is catalogue design, mainly for the agriculture industry, where I create catalogues for Livestock sales all over the UK.
As well as being an experienced Graphic Designer, I also work on the companies portfolio of websites, updating the sites with new content & optimising the sites for search engines (SEO), working with analytics tools to monitor site traffic, I run the Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns for various companies within the group, Manage the Companies Web-to-Print solution for both external & internal clients as well as designing & sending out email marketing campaigns & managing some of the social media accounts for the company.
My previous employment was for a company in Whitehaven called G&M Supplies Ltd. While I held the Job title of “Web Designer” I did much more than that, As well as keeping the website up to date with the latest graphics and products I also created a range of promotional materials for print and web use. I designed, coded and send out email marketing campaigns, adverts for national magazines and a range of other fliers, brochures and leaflets & catalogues to promote various aspects of the business. Even 3D/2D plans for new kitchen installs.
My first creative job was at a company called Design a Cake based in Washington in the North East. The UK’s number one specialist sugarcraft retailer. I was the sole Creative Designer for the company. I created adverts for national and international magazines, created HTML email newsletters and designed signage for the outside and inside of the store/warehouse. Other roles included web site design for our satellite sites, product photography and anything else the company needed, whether it be registration forms & design for a plastic loyalty card, new stationery or a logo for a new venture.
Outside my main employment my main hobbies are 3D printing and Laser Cutting.
I currently have 5 3D printers (both resin and FDM) and an industrial size co2 laser cutter, which I’ve turned into a little side hustle Bow & Blade Games where I make and sell various items for the wargames industry (as well as retailing some other things I’m interested in to do with painting and sculpting)
I’m also a big fan of wargaming (painting figures and playing games), reading, playing computer games and building computers.
My Skill areas
These skill bars should be taken with a pinch of salt, and are sort of in relation to each other. Every day’s a school day, and I’m always learning. I’m not saying here I know 80% of everything about Graphic design, I’m abstractly saying “I have strong skills in Graphic design, which compared to my video editing skills are slightly stronger.
I’m also currently learning the programming language Python, so keep an eye out on that bar to watch it grow!