Curriculum Vitae

Hello,

my name is Dirk Murlebach. I live in East London, where I work as a free Graphic Designer and Consultant.
I run a number of websites for clients and myself. Currently focusing on a fashion outlet for London designers. Ranging from well known Bricklane fashion to recycled or reclaimed products. Helping young and creative minded Artists and companies with a little push.
I’m constantly confronted with young, ambitious and creative people from all walks of life offering help and expertise and make a small budget stretch the longest way.

I like to see things happening. A deadline is a deadline and so forth.
To really appreciate what I’m about you have to be able to read between the lines of my CV.
We all know that’s not an exact science.

So drop me a line and we have a chat.

Regards

Dirk Murlebach, London

Career

Since June 2014
Freelancing at Dirk Murlebach Communication in London.
Print/web design, development and marketing. Working with some amazing clients on great projects.
German B2B and B2C Market Researcher with MaritzCX, Critical Research, Response Global Media and many more.

June 2015 – June 2016
Operations Manager for Flyeralarm UK, London. Fixed Term Contract
Design, Consultation, Customer Relation and Direction for one of Europe’s biggest online printers. Running the UK showroom in central London. Ensuring all products are delivered on time and to standard.

April 2013 – June 2014
Director of Campanero LTD, Margate
Setup of my own design studio in Margate servicing media clients and the local community with one permanent staff and two interns, providing high-quality print and web design as well as marketing activities. Sadly due to financial reasons I choose to close the studio and return to freelancing for the time being.

April 2012 – April 2013
Head Designer and Marketing Coordinator for Flyeralarm UK, London.
Setup and introduction of one of the biggest online printer in Europe to the UK market. Working in a small team doing everything from design, planning, marketing and sponsoring campaign’s, helping our UK clients in an amazing store or via the phone finding the right product and making the right decisions. Also, guide them through any graphic software to make the right settings. For internal reasons I was asked to return to HQ but opted to stay in the UK.

October 2010 – March 2012
Graphic Designer for Flyeralarm, Wurzburg, Germany.
Customer liaison and staff/client management for one of Europe’s biggest online printer. Being part and finally leading a team of graphic and print specialist’s dealing with the issues of our clients and usually managing to put a smile back to their face by guiding them through all sorts of design software and any OS. I was then asked to relocate to the UK to help with the UK and Ireland affairs.

March 2010 – August 2010
Certification at Webmaster’s Europe as Web designer Grade 1 and 2.
HTML, XHTML, HTML5, CSS2, CSS3, Flash, Audio- and Video editing, CMS Systems, etc.
at GFN AG, Trainings Center, Koblenz.

February 2000 – January 2010
Graphic Designer/Layouter, satz21 GmbH & Co. KG in Egelsbach, Germany
Production Coordinator data input, checking and quality control for a number of tabloid Newspapers and their special feature magazines. Liaising with agencies and clients in the technical field. Design of special Print products to the Sales Department. Image processing and Ad Design for our customers Blitz Tip Verlag, Neu-Isenburg, Freitags Anzeiger Mörfelden and MAZ, Giessen.

January 1993 – February 2000
Freelancer in advertising, promotion and marketing.
Doing all sorts of Marketing and Promotion. Top moments with Alibert presence at the KDW in Berlin and organizing the Johnson & Johnson introduction of KY Jelly to the German market at the first GAYDAY consumer fair in Frankfurt. There are too many to mention. Great fun, amazing clients and many things I learned.

November 1990 – December 1992
Quality Control, Testing Division ABS, Lucas Automotive, Koblenz
Only joined to earn some quick money on the production line. After 3 days I found myself as part of the team developing the first electronic ABS for Lucas. It was my responsibility to test and document the valves for leakage and flow under extreme temperatures.

October 1988 – October 1990
Assistant Production Manager, Future Publishing, Bath, UK
This is where it all started. I was told I got the job as I wouldn’t moan about the hours and hard work due to my building background. I found myself being part of one of the amazing start up’s I know. Producing great magazines while helping quark with the development of XPress 2.0. I learned it all there. I loved the job the minute I walked into the office. Still, have contact with some of the people I have worked with. A real life changer. Due to family reasons, I had to return to Germany.

August 1987 – October 1988
Move to Great Britain
Working in Shop-fitting and Carpentry in Bath on new builds and restorations.

1984 – 1987
Apprenticeship as Painter and Decorator, Hans Burkhardt, Alzey

Some of my Clients
UK & Ireland
Response Global Media, London Smart Connect Research, London Eastcore Fashion, London Vapour Gallery, London Le Petit Cafe, London Charlotte Cory, Artist, London Wendy Hiscocks, Composer, London/Australia Tracy Kendall, Wallpaper design, Margate The Generation Group, Margate The Cupcake, Margate Loopsy Boutique, Margate The Margate Smokehouse, Margate Margate Museum, Margate Bow’s Kitchen, Margate Suzy Nina Interiors, Ramsgate Margate Mews, Holiday lettings Fantastic Partners, London Sally Turner, Leather Designer, London Simon Hanson, Drummer with Squeeze, Death in Vegas, London Dave Little, Graphic Design Legend, London Ondata Coaching, Killarney and many others

Germany
Paulus and Thewalt, Höhr-Grenzhausen Compass Publishing Solutions, Mainz Johnson & Johnson, Düsseldorf satz21 GmbH & Co. KG, Neu-Isenburg satz22 GmbH & Co. KG, Giessen L.S.D., Friedrichsdorf,  Sapro GmbH Gutenacker Voigt Printing, Koblenz / Bassenheim Globalized AG, Montabaur Hümmerich Creations, Dierdorf J. K. Printing, Koblenz Ecstase Messe GmbH, Oberhonnefeld Verlag Zöllner, Koblenz Parath Bathroom, Sarstedt E.H.S. Merchandise, Guckheim

Knowledge and Skills

Languages:
German native,
English, professional, spoken and written
Software and Certificates:
Apple OSX, Quark Xpress, Adobe CS, Microsoft Office, Enfocus Pitstop, OneVision Asura and Solvero, Catapult, JJK,
Content management with WordPress, Joomla, etc., PDF editing, image editing, workflow analysis and management, web design, and much more.

Additional courses
Staff Management, Team building, Communication, Customer relation, Problem-solving, making things happen, etc.
Project management and solutions K.I.Z., Neuwied
PDF Work-flow seminar with Dr. Wirth, Frankfurt
Colour Management with Gretag Macbeth, Dr. Wirth, Frankfurt
Neuro Linguistic Knowledge, at Flyeralarm, Wurzburg
Customer Management, at Flyeralarm, Wurzburg

References available upon request