Alex Christian

CV

Professional Experience

Oct 2018 –

Freelance Designer Various
Designed band wordmark, custom typeface and merchandise for indie band Tugboat Captain, as well as the cover for their single ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’
Designed visual identity and social media graphics for 1-day political festival Wandsworth Transformed

Nov 2016 – Feb 2017

Editor & Designer Artitious (Berlin)
Curated social network and marketplace for contemporary artists
Wrote and translated editorial and sales copy
Prototyped and coded changes to the website (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
Kept the website up to date on WordPress
Communicated with clients (artists and galleries)
Designed and curated social media content
Put together regular newsletter on MailChimp
Worked on SEO and social media advertising

Education

Oct 2014 – Jun 2018

BA German & Portuguese The Queen’s College, University of Oxford
Course based around literature, with special focus on Thomas Mann, Heinrich Heine, Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queirós
Developed skills in literary analysis and critical theory, translation, and written and spoken language
Became fluent in Portuguese from scratch
Third year abroad in Berlin, Lisbon & Porto
Final mark: 2.1

Jul 2017

Editorial Course Porto Design Summer School
Designed a chapter of and dust jacket for Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
Lectures and typographic and compositional exercises
Attended course with professionals from around the world
Taught by Andrew Howard, Hamish Muir (MuirMcNeil, 8vo), Catherine Griffiths, David Pearson (Type as Image)

Sep 2009 – Jun 2014

International Baccalaureate King’s College School
Academic scholarship and Cleaver prize for German
IB score: 39
Higher level: German, Latin, Maths
Standard level: English, Physics, Political Thought

Extracurricular activity

Jan 2017 – Sep 2018

Stage & Graphic Designer Doom’s Day (play, new writing)
A new play for the Oxford University Dramatic Society National Tour
Buxton Fringe, Cambridge Junction (Jul 2018), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug 2018), Katzpace (London, Sep 2018)
Designed and fabricated set and props
Designed posters and other promotional material
Part of a unified creative process from stage to publicity
Promoted the show flyering on the street and speaking on Radio Cambridge

Apr 2018 – Jul 2018

Designer The Rambler (magazine)
Invited to design the relaunched Rambler, a journal of Queen’s College student writing
Laid out and illustrated risograph-printed magazine
Worked with local community printer

Dec 2017 – May 2018

Creative Director The Isis (literary magazine)
Led design and production of the longest-running independent student magazine in the UK
Designed graphics and illustrations for online articles and events
Worked closely with editors to co-ordinate the look and content of the magazine
Managed creative team (8 people), commissioned and edited work

Oct 2017 – Mar 2018

Production Designer & Actor A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (live radio play, new writing)
Designed stage layout and live Foley sound effects
Controlled sound on stage while acting
Performed at the BT Studio (Dec 2017) and at the Oxford Playhouse Young Players’ Festival (Mar 2018)

Mar 2016 – Mar 2018

Director of Design Phaser (music & style magazine)
Designed and produced two print issues
Wrote album and concert reviews
Worked with editors in person and remotely from Berlin
Designed publicity for and helped to run fundraising events

Feb 2015 – Mar 2016

Section Editor & Writer VERSA (student news website)
Wrote and illustrated satirical articles
Commissioned content for section

Skills

Adobe CC: Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Xd
Coding: HTML & CSS
Languages: English (native), Portuguese (fluent), German (fluent), French (advanced)