What gives me an edge
A degree doesn’t seem to mean much in this industry anymore but when I was applying for admission in 1989, the course had an quota of 20 people in the state. This meant that less than 5% of applicants got in each year. In the interim I did an associate diploma in graphic design to finally achieve my goal of studying Illustration full time. I did a further 3 years doing an illustration major and was invited into honors. In 1996 I left school with minimal computer software skills in today’s standards, but after 6 years at uni I had a very good understanding of design theory, typography, balance, composition and all the foundation of good design.
My first job was working alongside a seasoned designer, so I quickly got up to speed on the real world version of commercial design. The following 21 years have allowed me to hone my technical computer skills and my online experience to a new level each year. During that journey I’ve had roles as an art director, a studio manager, TV slide guy, ‘New Ideas’ magazine guy and part of a larger advertising agency. I was a brand manager for 8 years in the Australian Agency of the Decade and in turn was part of that advertising team that won 100’s of awards including a Gold Lion at Cannes. During my time at BMF Advertising I also did a night course ‘Award School’ which taught me skills in advertising strategy and Art Direction. At the end of the course I wrote a book called ‘Extreme nouns’ to help future students . The book has since sold hundreds of copies worldwide…available on this home page with subscription.
What I do
What I don't do
- Quicky jobs – Any job done properly requires consultation, planning, execution and administration
- Large Ecommerce sites – Shopify platform is worth considering for multiple products
- Clients who pay late – I’m a small business and can’t afford the overheads of chasing money
Education and training
Subjects have included:
- Typography – 2 years
- Illustration – 6 years
- Print making – 3 years
- Graphic design – 6 years
- Photography – 2 years
- Art History – 2 years
- Drawing – 6 years
- Advance Photoshop – 2 days
- Business Studies – 6 months
- Accounting – 6 months
- Office Administration – 1 year
- Idea strategy – 6 months
- Print production – 1 year
I continue to spend many hours a week doing online research into new technologies and design trends.
Clients I've worked with
Stuart Flynn – Sunshine Coast Graphic Designer – Born in 1970 and raised in Adelaide, South Australia I’ve always had an interest in creative. I had a passion for illustration as a boy, drawing for up to 5 hours a day, so when I left school I spent 6 years studying graphic design and then majoring in illustration to turn my passion into a practical trade. I spent the next 16 years working among some of the top agencies in Australia, contributing to many award winning campaigns. Art Director (pulp, DP ink) , Studio Manager – (PPR), Senior Designer (BMF Advertising). Advert ideas has been up and running since Nov 2013 providing only top graphic design solutions. Find my latest local based site at SunshineDesign.com.au
Only top quality graphic design here!
Advert ideas is based on the Sunshine Coast. I’m all about quality graphic design and personalised service. Unlike other professions, the design industry is not regulated, so it’s hard to know what quality you’re going to get for your money. With 20 years experience and a BA in design, it’s hard to find someone that will be more capable of making your business stand out and become more profitable through branding and digital design. As a sole trader with a broad knowledge of all things design and advertising, I collaborate closely with you to deliver the best strategy and execution for your advertising needs. Unlike other agencies I don’t outsource work to juniors or overseas agencies, so whether you choose to work side by side or remotely, I’m hands on with your print, technical, imagery, branding and online requirements.
The new office – Brightwater Estate – Come and meet me for a coffee to discuss your needs.
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Tools of the trade
From a designer and SEO perspective, I find WordPress to be most effective platform. I’ve tried a few cheaper themes initially but found the support and updates were not available. Since then I’ve moved to Elegant Themes for all of my themes and social plug ins. In particular I like the DIVI theme and builder.
As with most WordPress websites you also require third party plugins. The one I use for advanced SEO is Yoast. There are a bunch of others I use selectively depending on the site and requirements.
As with most designers, most of my tools of the trade are from Adobe Creative Cloud. My most utilised programs are Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Apart from that I use Adobe Animate, Acrobat and Premier Pro.
Other resources I draw on are stock imagery from such places as istock. Apart from all of my paid subscriptions and stock libraries, I have a collection of fonts, vectors, filters and plug ins that I’ve accumulated over the years.
For hardware I choose the Macbook Pro retina. It’s super fast and portable. For screen real estate I hook up the laptop to a 4K TV screen. This gives me plenty of pixels to play with and is large enough for presentations to client in the studio.