“Hi there! My name is James Ellis, I’m an enthusiastic digital designer with a bunch of fresh ideas. Over the last few years I’ve built a skill-set intended to help me create digital experiences which engage people with content in memorable ways. I enjoy learning new software, take great pride in the work that I do and would appreciate your consideration!”
Hilton College, Hilton, KZN
January 2012 – December 2016
National Senior Certificate
Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, Stellenbosch, WC
January 2017 – December 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication
The degree included: practical application of various design programs involved with app design, web design, game design, graphic design and animation as well as a variety of theory subjects centered around the humanities, culture and philosophy.
Farm Hand at Valley Mac, Hilton, KZN
January 2017 – July 2019 (vacation work)
I completed two and a half years of informal part time employment working on a macadamia farm and handled manual and logistical tasks such as maintenance and labor transport.
Multimedia Design Intern at Jellyfish Digital Marketing, Durban, KZN
June 2019 – July 2019
I completed an internship at the global marketing company: Jellyfish and was responsible for completing the relevant multimedia design tasks involved with ongoing campaigns.
*Some of My Interests:
Take a scroll through some of my areas of expertise self-ranked into video game style skill bars for your convenience. Please note that like any good gamer I am constantly working to add new skills to my arsenal as well as improve the scores on my current skills.
I regard web design as my primary skill. I make sure to take a responsive design approach to everything I code and I’m very familiar with the principles of SEO. I enjoy troubleshooting code snippets and find there isn’t a greater sense of satisfaction than that of making a butchered piece of code work smoothly.
With video becoming more and more important in regards to how people engage with content I made motion design a priority to learn. I’m able to animate in the three main categories but I would primarily consider my self a 2D animator. I’ve created product videos, brand explainer videos, story driven animations and social media animations such as logo animations. *request a showreel here*
I've come to realise that how a digital platform feels is equally important to how it looks. Good UX feels like those online videos of people cutting clay, completely satisfying, and I try to keep that in mind whenever I’m working on a website or prototyping an app.