CV.

Oscar J. Saunders.  
Art Director & Designer
osaunders.gd@gmail.com
+44 (0) 755 776 5280
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Mission.

I'm what's known as a digital native, creative thinker and all-round tinkerer. If I'm not learning new tricks or scrutinising the latest trends–I get this itch.
To scratch it I must indulge. I scan books. I binge TED talks. I become somewhat of a creative sponge, inventing problems to construct a solution. Absorbing new ways of working, adapting my way of thinking. Ultimately, I'm searching for someone who shares my passion for communicating behaviour change. Somebody to challenge me, to create bold solutions to our toughest problems. Somebody who can keep this itch at bay.

Programs.

InDesign | Illustrator | Photoshop | After Effects | Muse | XD (UI/UX) | Premiere | Spark 
Flash | Edge Animate | Dreamweaver | Lightroom | Portfolio | Audition | FontLab Studio 5 
Logic Pro | ProCreate | Sketchbook | MS Suite | Keynote | SEO | Wordpress | Mailchimp

Skillset.

Conceptual Thinking | Branding | UX/UI Design | Illustration | Animation | Copywriting Typography | Editorial Layouts | Storyboarding | Video Editing | Scamping | Product Design
Sound Design | Information Design | Artworking | Retouching | Photography | Etc.

Studies.

Glyn Technology School Epsom
Product Design | English Literature | Art | IT
2006–2009
University of the Creative Arts (UCA) Epsom
BTEC Foundation in Graphic Design
2010–2011
University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol
BA (Hons) in Graphic Design
2011–2014

Experience.

Freelance Graphic Designer
DDB Remedy
Paddington, UK
Jun 2021–Present
Creative Lead
Rohme
London, UK
Nov 2020–May 2021
Creative Partner
Aerate Inc.
London, UK
Mar 2020–Present
Graphic Designer
DDB Remedy
Paddington, UK
Jul 2018–Mar 2020
Freelance Art Director & Designer
Borkowski
Somerset House, UK
Oct 2017–May 2018
Freelance Art Director & Designer
Public Inc.
Somerset House, UK
Jan 2018–Mar 2018
Freelance Product Designer
Evvnt
Soho, UK
Mar 2018–May 2018
Lead Product Designer
Aeraite Inc.
Shoreditch, UK
Oct 2017–Mar 2018
Art Director
TBWA \ 1492
Southwark, UK
Jul 2017–Oct 2017
Freelance Art Director
Stellar
Shoreditch, UK
Jun 2017–Jul 2017
Art Director
Verbalisation / Global Influence
Whitehall, UK
Nov 2016–May 2017
Commercial Designer
Vevo
Covent Garden, UK
Oct 2016–Nov 2016
Graphic Designer
Verbalisation / CAI
Whitehall, UK
Mar 2015–Oct 2016
Lead Art Director
elizabethW
San Francisco, CA
Jul 2014–Sep 2014
Graphic Design Intern
(FCB) Inferno
Covent Garden, UK
Jul 2009

Awards.

Break Your Routine
Allergan / Ozurdex
The Creative Floor | HCP Exhibition (Finalist)
Rethinking Remembrance
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Creativepool Awards | Best Integrated Campaign (Silver)
The Times & Sunday Times 
News UK
Campaign New Thinking | Best Brand Evolution (Gold)
#NotAnotherBrother
The Quilliam Foundation
The Best Awards | Best Brand Strategy (Gold)
Caples Awards | Best Writing for Direct (Silver)
DMA Awards | Best Public Sector Campaign (Silver)

References.

"I have no doubt he will be a creative force to reckon with as his experience grows."
Oscar worked for Verbalisation as a Graphic Designer from March 2015 till October 2016, and again as the Art Director from November 2016 until May 2017. During his time with us, his work on our counter-extremism film #NotAnotherBrother helped us scoop two prestigious awards, his contribution to our work for The Times on their brand evolution also helped us win a Campaign – New Thinking 2017 gong. 
With enthusiasm for his work, infective humour and sparky personality, Oscar became an intrinsically valued member of both our creative department and the broader company from the start. He has a natural flair for design and aesthetics that supports his strong conceptual thinking, with occasional leaps of intuition and lateral thought that can only come from an inherently creative and curious mind. 
Oscar will make an enormous contribution to any team he works with, and I have no doubt he will be a creative force to reckon with as his experience grows.
Drew Charsley | Creative Director @ Verbalisation

"A confident, talented designer, art director and illustrator he worked diligently whether the project was large, small, on his own or as part of a team."
Oscar worked as a freelance graphic designer at 1492 for an extended period of several months during 2017. 
In his time at the agency, he brought a spark to the studio, offering fresh thinking and unique solutions to challenging briefs. From developing concepts to working up finished visuals, Oscar was involved in all aspects of the projects he was briefed on. 
A confident, talented designer, art director and illustrator he worked diligently whether the project was large, small, on his own or as part of a team.
Mark Butler | Creative Director @ TBWA\1492

"our technical web builders stated that it was one of the most visually attractive and interesting interactive sites they have built"
Calypso Voices Limited is one of the premier, and long-established London voice agencies of over 30 years standing. As with most companies, and particularly media related ones, our main advertising tool is our website – this is our proven primary showcase.

I employed Oscar Saunders in early 2015 to completely redesign and re-imagine my company website and associated complementary materials.
He had very recently completed his University Degree, and I was most impressed by his fresh, young, but interesting and commercial interpretive take on things; although this was to be his first foray into a fully commercial design project.
His understanding of the brief, "to modernise, stand out, and extend the functionality of the website on a visual and user level, and to break away from the normal voice agent style website", was fully met by his enthusiasm, openness, and understanding of the brief – and his own research into my company: his design work, in conjunction with the technical website developers, fulfilled every aspect of our requirements.
We launched the new site, after the build, later in 2015, and received so many positive responses and compliments, and still do to date. Additionally, our technical web builders stated that it was one of the most visually attractive and interesting interactive sites they have built, and thoroughly enjoyed working on the development of it, with Oscar's design and creative input throughout the build.
Chrissie Devaney | Managing Director @ Calypso Voices