Hi, I’m Natalie, a freelance graphic & web designer and video production manager… Creative and inspired, with a love of juicy print, online and immersive film projects that I can get my teeth into. I enjoy working with clients to strategise and play, developing effective solutions that grab attention and will be remembered…
Born into a family of artists, I spent much of my childhood in the art school and studios where my mother taught and painted. My life has always had a creative focus, I did both art and design at school, studied a BA in graphic design and completed a few internships. From there I worked for Hatch Creations, a small integrated agency for six years, freelanced for Greenwich Time, spent three years working on exciting projects for the luxury brand, Sotheby’s, and am now working as a freelancer.
I have a passion for health, sustainability, travel and nature, I enjoy exploring different cultures, perspectives, foods and ways of life. I love meeting new people, and spending time with old friends, absorbing sun rays, feeling the velvet sea breeze as waves wash over my feet, dancing in the rain on a warm summer’s day and watching sparkles, reflections and shadows play.
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HTML & CSS
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flyers, annual reports
AV Content Production Management
Social media design
Point of Sale
Large Format Artwork
Where I’ve Been
Freelancer May 2014 – Present
Working with clients in all sectors, on a diverse array of print, online & immersive film projects. Always looking for a new challenge and to push creative boundaries.
Sotheby’s, London July 2011 – April 2014
Working as an in-house designer with this luxury brand, I designed premium material with high end finishing. I worked closely with the departments to build marketing campaigns for seasonal and individual sales, creating bespoke identities where required whilst upholding the corporate brand.
Hatch Creations, London May 2005 – July 2011
As a senior designer and studio manager at this integrated agency, I was involved in all aspects from liaising with clients, conceptualising ideas, designing, laying out and artworking and then preparing for print or implementing online. I worked with a variety of clients in all sectors, covering a range of print and online media as well as product photography, and assisted in the day to day running of the studio and training of juniors.
Greenwich Time, London Feb – Aug 2010
In this freelance position for a local newspaper I laid out content into the publication style, artworked images where required and prepared the newspaper for print.
Art Studio, Johannesburg Jan – April 2004
As an intern at this boutique agency I worked with senior designers to envision clients ideas and convert them to finished designs.
Deadline Designs, Johannesburg Aug 2010
During this internship I participated in the design process, contributing to creative ideas and helping to develop them. I learnt about the workings of a studio, and further expanded my software knowledge.
Design Center, Johannesburg Jan 2001 – Dec 2003
Completed a BA in Graphic Design in this cutting edge design college, which is affiliated with Nottingham Trent University UK.
What they say…
I confirm that Natalie Nolte has been employed at Hatch Creations from 05.2005 to the 07.2011. Her role being Studio Manager, involves all aspects of the day to day running of a compact but busy London based agency with the following responsibilities:
• client consultation
• project planning, scheduling & timekeeping
• conceptualising & brainstorming
• assisting in presentations & pitches
• designing, laying out and artworking projects
• setting up & organising product photoshoots
• abstracting & interpreting client brief
• costing, quoting & invoicing
• workload delegation & overseeing all jobs
• training of interns & juniors
Natalie is fully competent in all major design software packages and is highly skilled in:
• design for print & online media
• product photography
• proof reading, checking & copy writing
• high end art working
• html / css coding
• typography and layout
Natalie has a finger on the design industry pulse with an intuitive creative foresight, making her an asset to anyone fortunate enough to work alongside her. She is trustworthy, reliable and a good communicator. In her six years of employment at Hatch, she has been consistently passionate about her work and always gives a hundred percent.
I would happily re-employ Natalie as I consider her to be a valuable member of the team, who achieves good results and delivers on all expectations.
James Dexter (Creative Director)
Natalie came to our rescue for six months last year when Greenwich Time lost a designer. In no time at all she added sparkling newspaper design to her already extensive talents.
She produced attractive, effective pages within our tight weekly deadline, and especially important to me was her flexibility and unflappability. If there were a crisis you wouldn’t have seen evidence of it in Natalie’s work.
Like many hacks, my own technical knowledge is rudimentary to put it flatteringly, so an added bonus was Natalie’s ability and readiness to come round and mend my Nohah’s Quark!
We would have no hesitation in taking her on full time if Government cuts allowed, and I have no hesitation in recommending her for any design project that comes her way.
Peter Cordwell (Greenwich Time editor, 2001-2011)
I’d love to discuss your next project, get in touch!