A LITTLE HISTORY
I am a communication
designer based in Hastings, East Sussex, UK. I have been working
in communication design since 1993 starting off with an early version
PagePlus and a humble PC. I worked on simple projects for our
family business – Patrick
Roper Associates – producing leaflets for local organisations,
newsletters and business cards, all the while learning as much as
I could about graphic design. I knew I loved this stuff but I had
to ask the question: was I any good at it?
In 1994 I joined the Internet revolution with my 14.4Kbps modem
and was instantly hooked. I designed my first site soon after for
Festival (the site is, unfortunately, long gone). Suddenly I
had found an outlet for my twin passions of design and technology.
This is where it's at, I thought to myself.
In 1998 I decided something more was needed – I felt I wasn't
learning or achieving as much as I should be; I felt like I'd been
standing still for the past four years, even though I had learnt
a great deal. I decided on taking formal education. University courses
at the time didn't quite fit what what I needed and this troubled
me. Fortunately, at the time, I had just finished reading a book
by Raymond Pirouz.
Through this book I found his company website
and in turn made a discovery that changed (and is still changing)
ENTER R35 EDU
a pioneering, distance learning environment founded by Raymond Pirouz.
It comprises of a powerful curriculum dedicated to teaching communication
design, advertising, marketing and business skills. This was perfect!
I signed up and became the first full-time “virtual”
As time rolled on my studies continued, as did my experience with
commercial projects through working at Patrick
Roper Associates. My ability – both technically and creatively
– increased in leaps and bounds. At R35edu, a selection of
students were invited to start work on commercial projects under
the wing of R35, thus gaining us valuable experience working on
commercial projects in a team environment.
SO WHAT NOW?
On May 1 2002 I started my very own business as an independent designer.
In the spirit of clear communication and doing exactly what
it says on the tin, I named my business Charles Roper
Communication Design. Things are going well and I'm working
on several projects and also trying to build my client base. I prefer
freelance work as this gives me the freedom to work on various projects
and with many different people.
I've also taken on a more official role at R35 as a class supervisor
and hope to take my own classes soon.
Watch this space for further developments.