ADVENTURE & FEARLESSNESS
Born in 1982 working-class rural England, a descendant of Norwegian Vikings, Odin has traveled many lands in pursuit of life, love and learning. His mission is to bring these professional and personal adventures into his work using considered, well-rounded craftsmanship to tell brand stories.
IN THE BEGINNING
Education: I worked pretty hard for my academic achievements and in the process navigated a pathway to a University Degree specializing in Graphic Communication in 2005.
I left home in 2001 for East London and a pathway to University. •• I completed a Higher National Diploma, 2003 in Graphic Communication from Newham Collage. This gave me the qualifications to go to University. •• I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University for the Creative Arts in 2005.
CUTTING THY TEETH
Professional Experience: This section of my resume outlines professional escapades divided into four periods of a twenty year creative journey.
During my freshman year of 2001 I worked a part-time job helping in a reprographics department for a local printing company, Listawood Ltd. I learnt how to use a mac and set artwork for various printing processes. •• At Newham Collage East London 2003 our class went on an exchange trip to Patras, Greece. Students worked for two weeks with volunteer businesses and preformed basic design tasks as needed. •• Between 2004/05 I was successful in securing several large branding agency internships at FutureBrand, Start Creative & Elmwood London. I took briefs from senior designers to come up with concepts and mood boards through to design and artwork for brands such as Virgin Atlantic, Barclays, Unilever & Dyson. •• In 2005 I approached Tiger Creative where I lived in Greenwich. This lead to my first full-time junior role working as an infographics & exhibition designer for brands such as Historic Royal Palaces, National Maritime Museum, Transport for London & British Broadcasting Corporation.
In 2008 I decided to pursue a freelancing career, and although I didn’t have enough clients to do that full-time, I supplemented my design work with an evening job at a local supermarket. •• I started to build recommendations from designers and studio managers and in turn my freelance business grew. I was invited to go into agencies for months at a time or work remotely for a few days. •• This was an exciting time as a young professional, I was designing for some amazing brand firms with clients such as Royal Jet and a dozen mid-sized design & advertising agencies across London. •• By 2010 I wanted to travel and felt I could take my freelancing abroad. I communicated my plans to clients, and with positive encouragement it was fated. In 2011, I left England with a 12 month Australian work visa and a six month contract at Sydney based Advertising firm Banjo.
By 2012 I was 30 years old and stoked on traveling and working remotely with just a MacBook Pro and any internet connection I could find. I would stay at friends houses, hostels, hotels and camp in national parks spending everything on trains, planes & automobiles, & bicycles, & sometimes even horses. The rewards were amazing and to be able to spend Christmas in Morocco, Baja in Spring and the Summer in the Netherlands was food for the soul. •• Over the next 5 years I would continue to work and travel 27 countries over 5 continents. I worked with brands such as Connect Hearing Australia, Caribbean Tourism Board, The Global Canopy Programme and Dutch foundation Wallbreakers. •• While I was building some life experience I was also building a relationship •• f
In 2008 I decided I wanted to be freelance, and although I didn’t have enough clients to do that full-time I supplemented my design work with an evening job at a local supermarket. •• I started to get recommendations from designers and studio managers and in turn my freelance business grew. I was invited to go into their studios for months at a time or work from home for a few days. •• This was a really exciting time as a young professional in Central London, I was contracting for three, UK top ten branding agencies and a dozen mid-sized design, advertising and marketing studios all over the city. •• By 2010 I wanted to see the world and started asking my clients to work more remotely in the hope they would continue to do so as I made plans to leave the country. In 2011, I left England with a 12 month Australian work visa and a six month contract with Sydney based Advertising firm Banjo.
HEARSAY & LEDGEND
Personal Achievements: As a child of the Universe I have always enjoyed creative challenges. I have taken on physical and mental feats that have kept me focused, grounded and fulfilled.
lite Gymnastics •• From the ages of 10-20 I had been involved in Gymnastics. I went from playing to training to coaching and progressed from weekends to every other day and before school. I was selected into Elite classes by the age of 14 and won multiple national tournaments gaining a spot on the Great Britain Squad. I spent summers at the National Center of Excellence and competed overseas in the Ukraine and Denmark placing 5th in the European Championships.
aekwondo Black-belt •• As a teenager I loved martial arts movies and eastern culture and persuaded my parents to enroll me in Taekwondo. I enjoyed the social and technical aspect of learning complex patters and chess-liked sparing and in 4 years achieved a black belt. I placed 4th in the World Taekwondo Federation British Tournament and enjoyed giving classes for Phoenix Taekwondo Club, King’s Lynn as an occasional instructor.
ngine Mechanic •• Since moving to America I have developed an interest for big trucks and engines. I have been learning to tackling auto repairs by using youtube, repair manuals and auto forums online. I have learnt many of the systems that make an automobile run including; braking, steering, suspension and engine timing. My greatest achievement has been totally rebuilding my F-150 5.4 Triton engine from the pistons up. I thoroughly enjoy the technical procedures and the satisfaction of making things run like new.