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Simon Gomes

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

I have loved art and design for as long as I can remember. I suppose I have been lucky in terms of knowing what I wanted to do from a very young age. I followed the traditional path of studying at art school before going on to higher education. I have over twenty combined years in the graphic design/advertising industry and education sector. In the future I hope to undertake a PhD.

Although I love teaching graphic design, my freelance work offers me the freedom to work with clients and to choose projects I am most passionate about. These include charities and small business start-ups. Although I enjoy working with larger organisations, nothing compares with seeing a new business promote itself with artwork that you have personally created. My commercial work also influences my teaching practice and curriculum, ensuring content is current and relevant to the demands of industry.

My greatest achievement

Gaining my MA in Design (specialising in branding and visual identity), as this qualification introduced me to new creative and theoretical perspectives I had not previously encountered. They influence everything that I do.

My inspiration

Everything. The smallest triggers can lead to the biggest ideas.

About my work

Brighton: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2015

I have contributed to chapter content in Tullett, B (2014) Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, Laurence King, London.

Publication Reviewer

for Laurence King Publishing/AVA Academia/Thames & Hudson (2007-present), London

Over 20 design publications reviewed. Areas include advertising, design history, typography, editorial design and interactive media.

Exhibitions:

‘Every Day I Have the Blues’ (on-going)

White Gallery
University Centre Doncaster
For future exibition of illustrative work based on the songs of famous bluesmen and women.

‘Textibition’ (February 2013)

White Gallery
University Centre Doncaster
Exhibition of personal experimental typographic works.

‘Exit Velocity’ (September 2012)

University of Hull
Exhibited six typographic work pieces based on typography within different contexts including transport, signage and found objects.

‘Critical Impact’ (September 2009)

University of Hull
Exhibited three typographic work pieces based on urban decay.

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