sam Jones

Graphic/Editorial Designer


A graphic designer with over 24 years experience of working for both the regional and national newspapers, working closely with editors, journalists, photographers, illustrators and of course a like minded design team, to tight deadlines. I've fully immersed myself in all creative elements of newspaper & magazine design.
Involved in every aspect of production, developing ideas from inception through to final delivery, covering news, features, fashion, interiors, travel and lifestyle.

I currently live in West Wales and have over recent years connected to offices in London, Liverpool and Cardiff working as a designer and Multimedia Desk Editor at Media Wales.

Having witnessed a more responsive approach to the design and production, I have over the years implemented many changes. The new digital era is both exciting and challenging, and is one which I embrace fully in the evolving industry.

With 24 years experience in publishing, being both innovative, creative and good at thinking out of the box, have launched a new free, award winning feature lifestyle magazine and website supporting local in West Wales.

Your Local Crowd offers clear & effective advertising for local businesses across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire. Promoting and supporting those businesses both in print and digital formats showcasing all that they have to offer.

I also work on a freelance basis as a Graphic Designer, available for any editorial design projects, most recently working on the monthly glossy magazine, Swansea Life, which I'm proud to say has recently been awarded "UK Regional Magazine of the Year"

I am always looking for new and challenging design projects, working on site or remotely.


Posted by Marc White (Creative Editor, South Wales Evening Post), Trinity Mirror

Written testimonial:
I have worked with Sam on and off for roughly 10 years and in all that time I have only known her to be professional and a real pleasure to work with. Always going the extra mile and always 100% reliable. A joy to work with and would recommend her for any job. A great designer with a brilliant work ethic.


The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times Dates EmployedNov 1994 – Dec 1998 Employment Duration4 yrs 2 mos LocationLondon, United Kingdom Graphic Design working within the design team on pages within The Sunday Times, and supplements Travel, Culture, Books, Personal Finance, Business, News Review & Style Russel Herneman Design Editor at The Sunday Times December 7, 2013, Russel managed Sam directly 'I worked with Sam for several years and am delighted to say she is an excellent designer, who shows great flair, dedication and professionalism and can be relied on to perform well under pressure.'

skills used: Graphic Design

Your Local Crowd

An award winning digital & print marketing company, committed to energetically promoting local businesses & events across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Currently publishing quarterly printed magazines, delivered direct to door by Royal Mail to homes and businesses across the three counties, a monthly digital magazine, print and digital directories, local what's on guides, calendars and blogs. Available in print and online in a fully interactive website with engaging Facebook and Twitter accounts. Combining print and digital platforms provides an exceptionally wide reach and great visibility for local businesses across the three counties and beyond. Editor Feature writing Researcher Designer Production Artist Marketing Sales

skills used: Editing, Content Writing, Sales, Networking, Graphic Design, Market Research, Marketing, Photoshop, Logo Design

Trinity Mirror, Media Wales

Examples of work can be found here. Working as both a Graphic & Editorial Designer and Multimedia Desk Editor, working across news and feature lifestyle articles, producing a variety of newspapers and magazines. Kirstie McCrum Freelance journalist at Freelance journalist December 31, 2013, Sam worked with Kirstie in the same group Sam worked with me on the Welsh Homes supplement produced for the Western Mail newspaper on Saturday. Throughout my time on the supplement, I have yet to meet a more interested and thorough designer. Sam always had an eye for what looked right but was also keen to work together to create a product which was slick and professional but smacked of personality. She's a terrific designer and a colleague with a heart of gold. Abbie Wightwick Education Editor at Media Wales December 5, 2013, Sam worked with Abbie in the same group Samantha is a creative, imaginative designer who keeps her eye on the detail at the same time as bringing a fresh eye to any job. She is reliable, efficient and a pleasure to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. Neil Cammies -- November 25, 2013, Neil managed Sam directly Samantha and I worked together at Media Wales for ten years and in my position as Production Editor I oversaw the production of the paper and it's products. I found Samantha to be a hard-working and creative designer. She was able to work accurately to deadline and managed with very little supervision, which eventually led to her working from home when the opportunity arose. The design work she undertook in the main newspaper, supplements and Saturday Magazine was always of a high standard and her input was highly valued. Rin Hamburgh Creating powerful marketing copy for your business, at Rin Hamburgh & Co November 20, 2013, Sam worked with Rin in the same group Sam is an experienced and highly skilled designer who not only has wonderful technical ability but also the gift of being able to really listen and understand what you need from a design, adding her own artistic flair to create something even better than the vision you might have in your head. Plus, she's great fun and a pleasure to work with! James Davies Owner, James Davies Photography November 20, 2013, Sam worked with James in the same group I have worked with Sam for many years at Media Wales. Sam is a highly talented Graphic Designer, Page Planner and Layout Designer. She consistently provided the Western Mail and its associated titles with eye catching individual designs. Extremely professional and with a keen eye to detail, Sam is dependable and works well within a team environment. As her track record proves, Sam is a very capable operator who delivers excellent results on time. Sarah Drew Jones Editor-in-chief at Malthus Media November 22, 2013, Sam worked with Sarah in the same group A pleasure to work with, Sam's creative vision helped lift our magazines and supplements to a different level on a regular basis. She's quick, imaginative and resourceful, and also keeps a clear and calm head, even when deadlines loom.

skills used: Editing, Content Writing, Frontpage, Graphic Design, Graphics

Swansea Life

Working 12 days a month putting together and designing the A4 Glossy Magazine Swansea Life. Also designed Business Life and The wedding magazine Hitched " I have worked with Sam for 9 months and she is not just a naturally gifted designer but also has the patience, dedication, and work ethic required to help create a quality end product. She has never had issues meeting deadlines and always gives close attention to detail. As a team member of an award-winning magazine, Sam earns my highest recommendation. " Peter Slee Head of Print Content Media Wales Ltd

skills used: Graphic Design, Editing, Frontpage, Proofreading, Typing

Work Flexibility

Location flexibility

Within Cardigan.
Within Wales, UK.
Within United Kingdom.
Would temporarily relocate.
Can telecommute.

Length of contract