Hello! I’m Leah, a freelance graphic designer and entrepreneur based in Christchurch, Dorset.

I run my own business and have a hand in two others, and specialise in branding, illustration, and designing for a variety of media cohesively.

I accept freelance work so please don’t hesitate to contact me!

I founded Famous Last Cards in May 2016 during my time at university. It started as a fun project to inspire me during a dull period, as well as a outlet for my dark sense of humour. At the time I specialised in silly cards, dripping in sarcasm.

In August 2016, knowing there was a solid market for my cards, I purchased a professional printer and materials to make the cards myself from home, and opened an Etsy store.

In order to celebrate the opening of the store, I launched a new line of cards, one of which was featured on Buzzfeed, and on my very first day of being ‘open’, I was flooded with orders.

I’ve enjoyed a lot of success since, and have branched into other types of hyper-specific cards, for example cards for step or single parents, or people suffering from invisible illnesses.

I have also recently discovered a love for digital painting and have been creating pop culture and political cards.

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Beauty Markdown is an online magazine dedicated to giving its readers the best tips for discounted beauty. This is a venture split 50/50 between myself and a friend. She and I share in the writing and research duties, and I manage the design aspects of the site.

I built the site in WordPress and maintain and improve it regularly – as well as editing and watermarking all our media, creating Pinterest pictures for articles, and occasionally producing GIFs from short videos.

In addition to refining my writing and branding skills, managing the site has taught me a great deal about SEO, designing for social media, and affiliate marketing.

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Tree Line is an environmentally conscious clothing line started by a friend. I serve as the line’s graphic designer, and aim to create and launch its online store in the near future.

With every product sold Tree Line donate money to Treeaid who plant trees in Africa. So with every sale a fruit tree will be planted in Africa, not only helping to reduce the companies carbon footprint but also helping feed families in countries including Niger, Ghana and Ethiopia.

The line launched on the 28th Match 2017 and saw over 50 sales in its first week.

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Tin Box Photography is a newly founded agency for which I am creating the print & digital branding (business cards, letter heads, social media covers, watermarks, and more).

I am also currently in the process of creating the website using WordPress and Visual Composer.

Tim Ellis Building Services has commissioned me a number of times to create their logo as well as several different forms of advertising, including a vehicle facade, large billboard advertising at a sports event, as well as the usual business cards etc.

Cassin-Scott Associates Ltd. are an occupational psychology consultancy for whom I have done a lot of work in the past. Their current website I created in November, and we are planning several improvements to it in the future, and we are in the process of a complete rebranding, which includes template designing for several specialised documents.

Fancy That Dress is a local dressmaking service for which I created a site, business cards, and an entirely new communications and enquiry set-up. The owner has seen a large boost in interest in her services since the reboot, and is now fully booked up to a year in advance!

These are a set of four book covers I designed for a series of Statistics guides. The books are aimed at students trying to cram at the last minute, hence the messy motif.

It was an incredibly fun challenge to create book covers, as it was not something I had tried before. I have since been inspired to sell a range of notebooks on Redbubble, some of which can be seen in my portfolio.

Graphic Design Experience

  • Print design: use of correct colours, bleeds, and crop marks – as well as experience of printing onto a variety of media, both myself and liaising with printing companies.
  • Graphics for web, with particular consideration for loading times and file formats and size.
  • Promotional Campaigns: primarily promotional graphics for sales and giveaways.
  • Social media
  • Large media – eg. billboards, vehicles, etc
  • Clothing and merchandise
  • Photo editing

Web Experience

  • Wordpress.org site development and management
  • Visual Composer
  • E-commerce – either built into a site (eg. Woocommerce) or standalone stores such as Etsy
  • Social media integration, marketing, and campaigns
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Adsense
  • Recent experience with MailChimp and MailPoet
  • Search engine optimisation, focus keywords, & meta descriptions

Key Skills

Wordpress Site Management
Adobe Photoshop
Writing & Proofing
HTML
Microsoft Office
CSS
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Visual Composer
SEO

Qualifications

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Digital Art and Technology
  • Full UK Drivers License