Chris Barrance: Designer

A picture of our hero, Chris the author of this site. The picture shows a headshot of a man in his late thirties. He is wearing a navy jumper and looking directly at the viewer. He has short blonde hair and a blonde beard. He is smiling. The background has been removed and replaced with a flat yellow colour.

I am a motivated designer who possesses a deep passion for digital accessibility. Throughout my professional journey, I have cultivated a strong interest in creating inclusive and accessible products. I am dedicated to challenging the existing work culture and practices, striving to make accessibility the foundation of organisational values.

I have a keen interest in mountain biking, enjoy a real ale and exploring the countryside with my wife and dog.

Work

During my time at the PAM Group, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with various teams, such as IT and Marketing. My primary role currently involves providing support to the Marketing team through graphic design and web development. I have successfully completed several noteworthy projects, including the design and development of three brochure websites for Tohealth. Additionally, I have created print-ready artwork for blood test boxes that are slated for presentation to ASDA and Boots.

One of my significant accomplishments was delivering a reliable booking system, which served as a cost-effective alternative to the previously expensive SAAS system. By implementing this solution, I effectively saved the organisation £6000 per year.

In this role, I took charge of all design-related tasks across various platforms, including websites, print, and social media. I also collaborated with external suppliers to ensure the efficient and cost-effective delivery of printed materials.

During my time at Concept Northern, I had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects. These included designing e-learning materials, creating visually appealing app designs, and crafting engaging motion graphics. Additionally, I undertook the responsibility of project management for Concept Northern’s e-commerce quoting system website. This involved overseeing the entire process and ensuring its successful completion.

I was part of a team of three designers working on a varied range of projects covering design for print, web and HTML emails. I gained proficiency in developing websites using platforms like WordPress and Drupal as well as delivering a large range of print ready materials for third sector organisations. The role required working directly with clients and developing relationships with suppliers.

Skills

I’m experienced working in teams or individually delivering concepts and designs at varying levels of fidelity. I have knowledge of frontend code and enjoy working with teams both internally and externally to deliver complex projects.


A selection of proficient software:

  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver / VS Code
  • Photoshop
  • Figma
  • Html
  • CSS
  • WordPress
  • Webflow
  • Moodle
  • Mailchimp
  • Zapier

Education

From the supplier:

The Professional Diploma in UX Design is credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University. It covers everything you need to become a certified UX professional.


Key concepts:

  • Introduction to UX design
  • User research
  • Analysis techniques
  • Structure and navigation
  • Interactions
  • Design principles
  • Design patterns
  • Mobile UX
  • Workflows
  • Prototyping and handover

From the supplier:

Squared Online is the digital marketing course developed with Google and powered by AVADO. Taught over five months by industry experts, it’s the only digital marketing course that also develops your future leadership skills so that you can become a change agent in your organisation.


Key concepts:

  • Identify challenges faced by leaders looking to drive marketing transformation in their organisations, and bring together digital marketing strategy and leadership behaviours to analyse how to solve these challenges.

  • Address key leadership challenges through group projects.

  • Respond to leadership case studies in weekly learning activities.

  • Reflect on how you might demonstrate the leadership attributes to tackle challenges in your own context, at the end of each module.


Achievement:

Voted one of four ‘Inspirational Squares’ from class of 120.

Achievement:

Winner of final year design competition judged by Scottish design firm Levy Macallum.

One of four selected for a work experience placement within The Shine Agency leading to a full-time position.