Patrick van der Helm
my core skills
my core skills
Variety. It is the spice of life and has allowed me to get into contact with lots of different aspects of graphic design and the creativity and people who come with it. I enjoy bringing my clients' ideas to life!
There really is no such thing as a typical week for me. One week I work on designs for a new shop front, another I'm laying out a magazine. Than there are weeks where I get a bit of everything from simple name engraving to custom trophy designs. Of course, it could also be a custom design for a race car, or a fleet of company vehicles!
I was going to say my computer and office, but other times I am in the garage wrapping a car with something unique and special I have created. So maybe for me, its about the people and what we all bring to the table in order to give life to an idea.
What sets me apart is the breadth of my work I have worked in a large range of other industries, doing designs for furniture to awards, magazines to shopfronts. We are all special and unique in our experience and what we can offer.
I use a range of computer software, depending on what I am working on. The main programs I use are Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Yes for sure. Marketing and PR professionals may pass on design work to me, or other graphic designers who are too busy. Of course, sometimes its not ideal to have too many people involved, like with custom items. Production often puts limitations in place which you need to keep in mind when designing for it.
Mistakes will happen. What matters is how you deal with them.