$qreativbox = “Gabriel de Kadt”
A visual arts graduate I fell to the coal face of magazine ad production to make a living. Coming through the massed ranks of crazed art workers – knee deep in pre-press and PDF-X profiles – I managed to claw my way to the dizzying heights of senior magazine designer. I think I can safely say I developed an eye for typography and a nice stylesheet in that time.
Ten years ago I managed to successfully retool myself into a useful web designer. Now I ply my trade making fabulous web bits (websites, landing pages, marketing banners GALORE!). Also like a bit of UI work and have turned out a tidy casino app redesign.
Along the way I’ve also become a bit of an e-mail marketing expert. We can talk platform fragmentation and fluid email coding – if you like.
I get the conflicting requirements of creative process, business focus and customer needs. With strong aesthetic and creative abilities, matched by robust technical skills and good, clear communication I can find a well designed solution to YOUR marketing problems.
I hope you can see the evidence of this in my portfolio.
For my geeky kicks I turn my hand to a bit of development. I used to boast of knowing more HTML(4) and CSS(2) than the average clever developer. I’ve hacked a good few WordPress themes and coded some from scratch. I’m comfortable with the command line, won’t work on code without version control (like the old GIT I am), happy to do basic Apache server configuration and know Mac OS systems inside out.
Related knowledge and experience includes; analytics, [conversion] optimisation, SEO, usability, email delivery, SEM, working practice, documentation, studio setup and organisation.
I’m a very keen photographer – typically as it seems all graphic designers are. I’m currently working on a long term personal project to document contemporary life in my village. I have a small but decent portfolio of property photography.
A fluent Spanish speaker I have lived in Spain with my wife and three boys [what were we thinking] for over twelve years – mostly here in this small town in corner of Cadiz province called Alcalá de los Gazules. It’s the different world we were looking for. I love this place, its people and customs.
I keep myself fit and by a quirk of fate this led to the start of a budding new career as trainee second left foot (once removed) with the local Veteranos football team. I was even awarded their annual Special Mention award. Yes – my football skills are special.
In any spare time I read (news & fiction), play FIFA and sketch.