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Robert Thain

graphic designer who loves infographics

Works remotely from Glasgow

  • 55.860766
  • -4.268234
  • Suggested rate €500 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Part-time, 3 days per week

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Location and workplace preferences

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Remote only
Primarily works remotely


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  • English

    Native or bilingual


Skills (13)

Robert in a few words

I’m an integrated designer working across graphic and digital design and illustration. Based in Scotland I work with clients across europe both directly and through creative agencies.
As a designer my role is first and foremost to help you communicate better with your audience. I am particlarly interested in the liminal space between the two. Whatever it is that you want, from a postcard to branding, from a post on social media to a fully integrated website; the first thing to work out is how can I help you say what you want to say in a way your customer wants to hear it.


Scottish Friendly

Creative Design Manager

Glasgow, UK

November 2022 - Today (3 months)

Elles & Hob

Creative Director

Bordon GU35, UK

April 2016 - Today (6 years and 10 months)

Elles & Hob is a small family run art and gifts business selling custom illustrations alongside prints, gifts and greeting cards all based on the fun loving characters of Elles and Hob.


Freelance Graphic Designer

Hampshire, UK

August 2019 - November 2022 (3 years and 3 months)


Senior Designer

Guildford, UK

November 2016 - August 2019 (2 years and 9 months)

Achievements and responsibilities:
• Lead design creative across all marketing campaigns
• Lead design development for Oxford AQA International
• Review and provide feedback to creative teams
• Responsible for quality control and production management within teams
• Responsible to working with senior managers to develop brand management and marketing
• Developing brand guidelines to incorporate use across all channels
• Developed and managed creative workflow and resources
• Provided creative direction, coaching and leadership to creative team
• Worked across teams to create dynamic artwork that can be used without specialist knowledge
• Developed toolkits for customer facing teams to allow key presentations to be run from iPads and send information to the customer on demand
• Worked with interior design agencies to establish brand across all sites
• Reduced wasted hours streamlining briefing process
• Embedded core UX methodologies and practices including a daily stand-up
• Created a modified agile working model for my team
• Achieved £550,000 cost savings against using external agencies. Outgoing work reduced to 20% of previous period. (2018-2019) Key campaigns delivered include, Post16 Maths and English, Summer 17 & 18, New 9-1 grades, Results day matters. Exam stress and how to cope with it.

House of Commons

Web and Publications Manager

London, UK

November 2015 - November 2016 (1 year)

Achievements and responsibilities:
• Managed team of 17 to rollout production of reports for 30 committee offices
• Managed team of 4 to produce content for social media accounts
• Worked with the Committee press office to ensure cross promotion of public interest stories
• Developed streamlined workflows to manage ongoing projects
• Introduced digital first methodology, continuing the Committee InDesign Pilot, to all content produced by the team
• Collaborated with Digital Service to develop personas for the social media platforms and the website pages for the committees.
• Developed Twitter strategies across 30 Select Committee accounts
• Launched 'UK House of Commons' account of Facebook
• Reduced priority errors on web pages by 73%
• Reduced other errors by 30%
• Improved accessibility of digital documents to WAI AAA standard
• Worked with committee teams to improve committee web pages

House of Commons

Digital Designer UI/UX

Westminster, CO, USA

February 2015 - November 2015 (9 months)

Achievements and responsibilities:
• Led team of 8 to develop and produce content for the UK Parliament website
• Developed Digital Service logo and guidelines
• Led creative development of Hansard site design with Rapid Apps team
• Developed Committee pages using XML output from the Committee InDesign Pilot

House of Commons

Design Manager

Westminster, CO, USA

September 2013 - November 2015 (2 years and 2 months)

Achievements and responsibilities:
• Developed strategic direction for the design team
• Led a small team of designers and printers to produce marketing, promotional and house business papers.
• Attained £2 million cost savings through overhaul of work done by external agencies
• Led design and implementation of 2015 – Parliament in the Making
• Design and management of Election materials for the 2015 Election
• Redesigned daily papers including proposals for Hansard
• Created redesign of the House of Commons brand and logo to expand the palettes and refine the logo for digital use
• Design lead for the Speakers Commission for Digital Democracy to develop report into new digital first strategy for the whole house
• Design and development of the Committee InDesign Pilot as a result of the digital first strategy


Freelance Graphic / Digital Designer

January 2010 - September 2013 (3 years and 8 months)

Achievements and responsibilities:
• Business owner responsible for managing and running all aspects of an integrated design agency
• Creative lead on projects with agencies and directly with clients to create a full range of marketing tools, creating bespoke management systems and training tools that have achieved measurable results for multi-location companies
• Created Corporate ID and stationery, web-sites with blogging and discussion forums
• Established routines to help clients begin to use social media in their work place
• Planned and delivered large through the line campaigns
• Created CD-ROM based training tools and online booking systems
• Responsible for producing proposals including technical specification and estimates
• Responsible for delivering projects on time and within budget Clients include – FIAT, Singleton PR, the Yehudi Menuhin School, Ramora UK, Oracle Cancer Trust, Turnex Tools Ltd, University of Surrey (inc. Guildford School of Acting)

Farnborough Hill School

Graphics Teacher Part Time (0.2)

January 2011 - June 2013 (2 years and 5 months)

Teaching Graphics and ICT in years 7,8 and 9 at this public girls school.

Farnham Art Society

Painter Curator

January 2009 - January 2011 (2 years)


New Media Producer / Creative Director

September 2006 - January 2010 (3 years and 4 months)

Working as Creative Director in this small Advertising agency to create proposals through to digital products for clients both above and below the line.
• Line manager to technical and creative team of 5 members
• Mentor responsibility to junior team members
• Creation of fully integrated CMS sites
• Preparing cost outlines
• Project Management
• Account management and negotiation
• Responsible for the design, development and implementation of a wide portfolio of projects
• Clients include – RugDoctor, Sony UK, NHS Trust, 02, Pernod Ricard UK, Guildford School of Acting, Local Government Housing Branches, HMV, Disney

Pierrot Print and Design

Senior Designer

September 2004 - September 2006 (2 years)

Working with Creative Directors in strategic planning and development of a top 100 print and design agency
• Creation of pitch documents and materials
• Mentor responsibility to junior team members
• Development of company's new media portfolio


Digital Designer / Developer

October 2002 - October 2004 (2 years)

Responsibility for the design, development and implementation of a wide portfolio of projects.

Proto Design Solutions

Freelance Graphic / New Media Designer

September 2001 - October 2002 (1 year and 1 month)

S.Com Group Plc

Senior Designer

June 2000 - September 2001 (1 year and 3 months)