• Maka Designs Limited


    Graphic design · Brand · Video · Photography · Print · Web · Events management

    Hello, I'm Marcie Nolan-Meddings. I have over 16 years' corporate experience as a graphic designer working within the finance/mortgage/insurance industry and have since freelanced for small to medium businesses in the food & beverage, and hospitality services. I have created a range of marketing communications projects for internal and external use, corporate literature, adverts, presentations, lead in brand development, event management, manage design to print workflows, design for print, video & digital projects (emails and websites) and website development.
    Feel free to get in touch if you require a logo, brochure, flyer, website. email or social media campaign.

    Brand management

    Visual presence

    Consistent, meaningful and beautiful visual branding created with your key messages, strategy and style.



    Engaging people

    A cost-effective and impactful way to reach out to your customers and clients in a competitive and global economy.



    Your image

    Taking photos in line with your brand style or finding the best source of professional photos.

    Corporate presentations

    Your message

    Creation of visual and animated PowerPoint slides with key messages that are engaging and impactful.

    Digital projects

    Your channels

    Providing the assistance in both social media platforms, website development and digital asset production.

    Project management


    Making things happen by managing print production, sourcing suppliers and event management.

  • CV · LinkedIn · Portfolio

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  • Skills

    Adobe Creative Cloud

    Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
    Visual Design specialist:
    Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign

    Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
    Premiere Pro


    Advanced user in:
    Adobe Acrobat | Lightroom |
    After Effects | DPS


    Knowledge of:

    Audition | Dreamweaver | Captivate | Bridge

    Brand and Design

    Visual brand design


    Brand development


    Application of brand on print and digital platforms (email/web)


    Application of brand across business collateral for business users (templates)


    Asset management for both digital assets and corporate literature


    PowerPoint and Word templates

    Photography and Video

    SLR/digital photographer


    Photo editing


    SLR/GoPro/video filming


    Video editing


    Sound correction


    Video for screen and for web

    CRM & CMS

    From website platforms, email development tools to content management systems and even restaurant/hotel platforms - I enjoy learning about new technology.

    Sitecore | SharePoint | Mimecast | dotMailer & Enabler email | CMS | TempoBox | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Google My Business | Google AdWords | Google Analytics | Booking.com | Expedia | TripAdvisor | Microsoft CRM

    Print Process

    Manage and coordinate the design and print process


    Sourcing costs and setting standards with suppliers


    Quality control through Pantone checks and paper/finishing


    Invoicing and cost management through price matrixes

    Event and project management

    Small to large event planning, management and implementation


    I have managed over 5 expos myself


    Worked on several expos with marketing managers


    From designing collateral and stand artwork, to ordering, set up, set down and actual hosting during event day

  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Visual Design Specialist

    Adobe Certified Associate

    in Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator

    Adobe Certified Associate

    in Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign

    Adobe Certified Associate

    in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Certified Associate

    in Video Communication Using Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Experience

    Maka Designs Limited - Freelance Graphic Designer

    Freelance Graphic Designer/ Director Present

    » Logo and brand development.

    » Creation of marketing & creative material for print & web.

    » Email templates and website development.

    » Managing and advising on design and print process with suppliers if required; negotiating best rates and best practice for workflow.
    » Supporting & advising on corporate design & branding.
    » Designing marketing literature, presentations, templates and infographics.
    » Creating and sourcing images, infographics, Smart Art and photography for use on email, web and Word/PowerPoint templates.
    » Filming and editing using After Effects and Premiere Pro.
    » Photography for corporate communications and editing in Lightroom.

    » Use of Adobe Creative Cloud packages, Microsoft packages and Canva

    GE Money Home Lending

    Senior Graphics Designer (Brand & Marketing) Aug 2008 – Nov 2019

    » Creation of marketing & creative material for print & web using Adobe Creative Cloud Design.
    » Management of design and print process with suppliers; negotiating best rates and best practice.
    » Creator and manager of corporate brand in marketing literature, projects & other special projects. Apply brand guidelines appropriately across a wide variety of media, both on & offline.
    » Supporting & advising business departments concerning corporate design & branding.
    » Designing marketing literature, presentations, templates and infographics.
    » Presenting graphic design solutions to corporate literature ensuring that the brand fits with the copy and tone of voice.
    » Maximising the use of design & digital technology in marketing communications.
    » Proofing all work, liaising with printers and maintaining organised files and managing best practice of the design to print workflow.
    » Experienced in pre-pressing work, specifying print and handling suppliers, working with printers, finishers, web design consultants and other specialists and managing design projects.
    » Creating and sourcing images, infographics, Smart Art and photography for use on email (dotMailer), web (Sitecore/Sharepoint) and Word/PowerPoint templates.
    » Development and management of interactive presentations using Adobe Creative Suite (DPS).
    » In-house video filming and editing using After Effects and Premiere Pro.
    » In-house photography and location photography for corporate communications.
    » Creator and manager of the corporate literature library system and asset library.

    » Developer of email templates and key contact in website development skinning & branding for Miller Insurance Services LLP.

    » St John Ambulance First Aider.

    GE Money Home Lending

    Marketing Services Executive Jan 2006 – Sep 2008

    Support to Marketing product teams & business in:

    • Print - advise in production, best practice & supplier relationship
    • Web - management of changes on gemoney.co.uk with the eCommerce team & web development team in Mexico. Administrator of mortgage and secured loan changes.
    • Design - in-house resource for graphics, imagery, design requirements using Adobe CS2 and Quark for Internal & External campaigns
    • IP Agreement - contact for IP licences and logos
    • Job bag & archive of literature - aid process with D&P manager
    • eLiterature audit - relationship management for artwork database supplier
    • Online Proofing System - ongoing project to set up to improve workflow
    • Online image library - source and manage images & licences
    • GE Money Home Lending Brand approval & advice
    • e-marketing - set up and implementation of an email campaign management system for all brands. Tool administrator and provided best practice support for email campaigns with brand managers.

    Blemain Group

    Marketing Communications Executive Mar 2004 – Dec 2005

    Started as a marketing assistant for several financial companies under the Blemain Group. I was thus promoted to Marketing Communications Executive for B2B marketing in July 2005. Tasks included:

    • Day to day management with design/print houses/ some broker queries
    • Organize company documents (hard and electronic copies)
    • Creating artwork for adverts, brochures, flyers, and mailshots using Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark Express
    • Organizing advertising schedule and budgets
    • Compliance sign off and account/payment of adverts/projects
    • Coordinating with external agencies in regards to creating brochures, flyers, and various promotional items
    • Project managed corporate exhibitions in Manchester and London
    • Adhoc design projects within the business
  • Education


    Disaster Preparedness (University of Pittsburgh) February 2016

    Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice (Universiteit Leiden) December 2015

    Better Leader, Richer Life (University of Pennsylvania) June 2014

    The Power of Microeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World (University of California, Irvine) March 2014

    Introduction to Communication Science (University of Amsterdam) March 2014

    Nanotechnology: The Basics (Rice University) Jan 2014

    On-going personal learning via Coursera

    Chartered Institute of Marketing

    Brand Touchpoints March 2016

    Principles of Great Copyrighting Nov 2015

    On-going training for CIM certification with work.

    Adobe Packages | XChange Training

    Adobe Illustrator CC (3 day Advance & ACA) March 2017

    Adobe InDesign CC (3 day Advance & ACA) February 2017

    Adobe Premiere Pro CC (3 day Advance & ACA) November 2016

    Adobe Photoshop Pro CC (3 day Advance & ACA) October 2016

    Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2 day) May 2016

    Adobe After Effects CC (2 day) May 2016

    Adobe Photoshop CC (1 day) November 2015

    Adobe InDesign CC (2 day) October 2015

    Adobe InDesign CS6 Print Production (1 day Training Course) March 2013

    Bespoke Adobe Digital Publishing Suite One Day Training Course Feb 2013

    Adobe InDesign CS6 Two Day Advance Training Course Jan 2013

    On-going training for Adobe graphics design packages with work.

    University of Plymouth

    Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Multimedia Computing 2000 – 2003

    Entered the University of Plymouth in 2000 to MediaLab Arts (BSc). It is now known as BA (Hons) Digital Art and Technology (DAT) and provides a vibrant mix of theory and practice, a unique experience developing technical and critical skills for the design of interactive media products and projects for the media, technology and cultural industries. Year 1 provides a grounding in digital media, theory, software, technologies and production techniques needed such as graphic tools and web design technology. Year 2 provides a fundamental foundation for building CVs, portfolios, project management, individual creative practice and professional collaborations.

    Transferred to Multimedia Computing BSc (Hons) in 2002 to incorporate a Business and Marketing courses. Module choices are drawn from the suite of computing subject areas within the School of Computing and Mathematics. These include software engineering, analysis and design, computer networking, security and artificial intelligence.

    Brent International School, Manila

    International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma and Brent Honours Diploma
    Math, Physics, Filipino, Computing, English, Information Technology in a Global Society
    1989 – 2000

    Brent Schools, in a Christian ecumenical environment in the Philippines, are committed to developing individual students as responsible global citizens and leaders in their respective communities, with a multicultural and international perspective, and equipped for entry to colleges and universities throughout the world.

    Activities: National Honours Society (1998-2000), Brent Drama Club (1997-2000), Glee Club/Brent Choir (1997-2000), Asia Pacific Activities Conference Girls Football (1999-2000) and Choir (1997-1999), Student Council President (1999-2000), Student Council Secretary (1998-1999), Brent Azure Club Representative (1998-1999), Brent Girls Rugby (1997-1998)

    International School, Bangkok

      1988 – 1989

    Grade school 1-2 in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Projects

    Below are a selection of key projects I have completed. Please get in touch if you wish to find out more or visit my project portfolio on Behance.

    Brand management

    I have been involved in two brand redevelopments and was the key manager of a brand refresh while working with an external agency, the Marketing Director and CEO to incorporate the vision and strategy of the company's brand during a transition milestone. I selected the agency to work with us, worked with them on the brand style, prepared the brand standards, managed the launch campaign and applied it to all print and web touchpoints.

    Corporate literature

    I am the key producer of all corporate literature in the finance/insurance companies I have worked in, from corporate brochures to presentations and advising on best practice throughout all visual touchpoints for marketing teams. I also have experience in working with print and web suppliers, both large scale and small, to complete corporate communication projects to a high standard and in the most cost-effective way.

    Website and email

    I have worked with members of the Marketing and Communications team, IT and external agencies in the set up and development of various websites and email CMS systems. My contribution has been to the design, layout and templates and providing advice on other technical aspects. I have also learned how to use these systems and assist the team in in web and email projects.

  • References

    Joanna Whitehead

    Design, Brand, Print Specialist at AcuteNorth

    Marcie was my main contact at GE Home Lending when she worked for the business. She was a dream of a client, very organised, efficient and a pleasure to speak to day to day. I hope to work with her again in the future!

    Kat Livingstone

    Senior Marketing Executive at Prospectus.ac.uk

    Margaret (Marcie) is an exceptional designer with raw talent. Her creative eye and flair for graphics always amazed me with innovative ideas to bring even the most basic marketing messages to life.

    Laura Gosling

    Culture Communication Leader at GE Healthcare

    I had the pleasure of working with Marcie Nolan on several projects during her time with GE. Her creative talent was complemented by her professional approach and can-do attitude.

    Paul Culshaw

    Digital Marketing - SEO Lead

    I had the pleasure of working with Marcie for a few years. During this time Marcie was highly creative, innovative and pro-active in all elements of her work. She produced effective graphical artwork for online and offline media resulting in increased leads and reach for the business. Marcie is a confident, results focused team player who provides initiative, fun and support for her colleagues.

    Mark Tiley

    Simplification & Innovation Leader at GE

    Marcie is creative, picks things up quickly and is flexible / adaptable to get the job done…capable of meeting challenging deadlines whilst working on several simultaneous tasks…manages stakeholder expectations well...always willing to help colleagues - a real team player and a pleasure to work with…

    Milena Koottungal

    Project Manager at Lloyds Banking Group

    Marcie worked with me on various projects. She is a great asset to any project team. She is reliable, flexible and always willing to help or go the extra mile to get work complete. She is very creative, enthusiastic and an absolute pleasure to work with.

    Abhinav Gaur

    Vice President Risk at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)

    Margaret was a fantastic peer to work with as she combines natural creative ability with a positive outlook. A pleasure to work with you...

    Nick Calver

    Cyber Security Exec at IT Governance

    Margaret has a great attitude towards work. A great addition to any team. Very experienced in marketing communications. Highly organised and efficient. Will take the lead on any project and will ensure that it is delivered to budget on time.

    Ketan Vaghjiani

    Experienced marketing professional

    Whilst working with Marcie at GE Money I found her to be a very friendly and supportive individual. She helped with design work, developing web pages and any brand and communications queries. She was always a pleasure to work with, well organised, and always helpful to work with when required.

    Marcie has a very good range of the creative skills and was always keen to learn new techniques and take on work over and above her remit.

    Neil Horne

    Creative Director at Abbey DPM

    My experience of working with Margaret whilst she was at Ge Money was always a very positive one. He role when working with us was to act as a buffer and support between the marcoms teams and creative services suppliers like us. She was a pleasure to work with, always extremely professional and organised, willing to work with us and help when required. Margaret has a very good understanding of the creative services business and therefore understood what we needed to work more effectively for the teams - Margaret also has a creative mindset so again her thought processes linked very well with our own when discussing projects.

    Joe Hedges

    Art Director and Web Designer

    I have collaborated extensively with Marcie in the realm of corporate branding. Her deep understanding of both the creative process as well as the reality and constraints of production make her one of the most 'real' and commercially minded designers I have had the pleasure of working with. Added to this, her personal creativity and flair means that she is always looking for innovative, engaging and interesting solutions to visual problems. Better yet, the grace and manner with which she approaches projects is wonderful - never daunted by the scale of the task at hand, she has an incredible ability to get on, develop
    and deliver with the minimum amount of drama. Now that's impressive!

    Nigel Clegg

    Director, MLCM Marketing Ltd.

    Marcie is one of very, very few designers I've encountered in all my years in the industry who combines creativity with enthusiasm and exceptional organisational skills - a truly rare commodity amongst designers.


    Marcie is a real team player who is always a pleasure to work with.

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