Hello.

I am an experienced and passionate visual designer, design manager and creative producer with 20 years experience in the design industry, providing creative solutions and project management on high-profile projects to clients in both public and private sectors — arts and culture, technology, corporate, charity and education. I work closely with clients on a wide range of creative projects, managing design teams from ideation to implementation across all platforms.

I like to research, discuss and plan projects with a team of creatives. Only with shared vision is it possible to achieve the best results.

My unofficial job is someone who gets stuff done.

EXPERIENCE

Project Manager / Producer / Designer Self-employed (2019-current)
The design team’s job is to deliver an expert creative response. Mine is to manage all aspects of projects — from idea through to design, and from development to project roll out, production and completion. My role includes primary client liaison, writing the project plan, roadmap and schedule, research, art direction, monitoring execution, quality assurance and delivery.

Project Manager Detail Design Studio (2014-current)
In Detail I have shared responsibility (with two directors) for a team of seven designers. I have run client services for: Dublin City University, Dublin Theatre Festival, IADT Dún Laoghaire, IMMA, National Gallery of Ireland, Screen Ireland (formerly Irish Film Board), Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Foundation, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

 

Contract Designer / Design Manager (2006-2013)
My clients have included Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Red & Grey Design, Detail Design Studio, Dynamo, The White Book, Red Dog Design and Zinc Design.

Senior Designer Dynamo (2003-2006)
I had a client-facing role as a senior graphic designer, and worked with clients across corporate and cultural sectors.

Senior Designer Design Factory (1999-2002)
I started as a junior designer in Design Factory directly out of college, and gained huge experience learning from my DF colleagues.

Design is a means, not an end. A language, not content. Tibor Kalman

Good design is a means to solving problems. Good management has the power to make the design process more effective, efficient and engaging, resulting in a better solution.

EDUCATION

Masters in User Experience Design
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, expected 2020

Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
University College Dublin, 2013

Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication
First class honours, National College of Art and Design, 1999

Bachelor of Social Science
University College Dublin, 1994

SKILLS

Adobe XD, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Keynote, Acrobat Professional, InVision, Flinto, Marvel, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Trello, Harvest, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

LANGUAGES

English (native)
Spanish (proficient)
French (advanced)

If you would like advice, have an idea for a new project or would like to get in touch, please drop me a line. +353 86 881 0576 | hello@leoniehenson.com