Hello and welcome to Coopify – the online portfolio of Matt Cooper.
Who am I?
I am a designer living in Southampton and currently working nearby along the beautiful south coast of England in Bournemouth. I have worked as a designer for four companies during my eight years and have learnt many different skills along the way. I am confident in designing for web or print.
How did I get into the design industry?
With a BA (Hons) in Graphic design this gave me the stepping stone into design. With this degree I was able to get my first job as a website designer and the rest is very much history.
What skills do I have?
I work on PC or Mac and am highly skilled in industry standard software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Fireworks. As a designer I feel it is beneficial to be able to code and I have a five years experience of building HTML/CSS by using Dreamweaver.
What makes me stand out from the crowd?
I design and build emails, which are mobile optimised that are able to be displayed differently across various desktop and mobile platforms. I have designed and built emails for both Sainsbury’s and C4L over the past two years.
What are my inspirations?
I take inspiration from a huge spectrum of creative sources. The great advantage of working in the field of design is that I can take inspiration from one area and use this within my own work in print and web. I am also a regular visitor to design blogs to keep up to date with latest trends and regularly visit various blogs whilst subscribing to various design magazines.
When I am not designing…
For 14 years I have been doing voluntary work for a local Gateway Club. This club is run for people who have learning difficulties a chance to meet up with fellow friends in a safe environment. At each meeting I help them play the various games provided which includes snooker, bowls and many other activities. I find it really rewarding and recently designed and built their first website which promotes the club and enables the members and helpers to keep up to date with whats happening. Please visit Waterside Gateway Club.
For six seasons I have played football in the Solent Churches Football League. Having played for Testwood Baptist, I moved to New Hope who changed to FC Waterside and now I’m back where I started, at Testwood. That’s three transfers, but no transfer fees were involved 🙁
I am also a keen photographer and have now photographed 9 weddings. Each I have thoroughly enjoyed and can feel myself gaining confidence in my ability after every one.