Hello! Welcome. My name's Raph and updownleftright is my folio site.
I'm a digital designer with over 12 years experience working with and for a variety of brands across digital, print, broadcast with a dash of development thrown in. If you'd like to know a bit more, you'll find a bit more about my skills and experience below.
Bringing together a combination of skills and experiences across interface, user experience as well as the aesthetic side of design is what makes designing for digital so enjoyable.
Having worked more recently on projects for clients in banking and finance industries as well as still working on large eCommerce projects, I think has cemented for me my main area of expertise as a digital designer.
Having an instinctual understanding of how and what someone understands and interprets a site, a page, a piece of user interface is at the heart of all the design work I do.
For me, getting to the root of the UX of a site and turning that into successful designs is the most interesting part of any piece of work. It's something that every job I've had has had in common, including the work I've done in interactive TV. Backing that up with research and testing is also a fascinating part of the process.
User experience is an intrinsic part of the work any digital designer does, but it's also an area of the job that I think is one of my greatest strengths.
My design career started with print really. A huge part of that was designing and producing corporate, marketing and editorial materials which has given me a great deal of experience and knowledge about designing and producing for print. It's an area of design that I've not had as many opportunities to work in recently which is a shame. I'd love to do more print work.
I've worked for a wide range of clients, though a lot of the work I've produced has been for large (and some smaller) fashion brands. Companies that tend to have very established, carefully crafted brands.
Understanding, translating and expressing these brands in interesting visual and functional ways is a huge part of all the projects I've worked on and constantly presents new challenges. It's also what makes it fun!
I've also worked on a project creating, launching and building a new brand for a Chinese and International fashion brand, Catwalk88. A huge project for me - and probably the work I'm most proud of.
You can't design for web without a thorough understanding of all the underlying technical stuff. Part of working as a designer has included working as Flash (remember that?) developer, designing and building sites in ActionScript 2/3. Which has proven very useful in better learning and understanding CSS, JS and jQuery, all of which I'm pretty good with. I work on the front end of most of the sites I design just to try and insure that final layer of polish is there. Being able to work alongside development is one of the more important aspects of digital design, which more often than not isn't given the time it deserves.
As much as I would love to receive a letter, I think it's best for everyone if you send me an email.Raphael Perks