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I provide a dedicated, personal service offering a wide range of skills in media publishing for a number of agencies and direct clients.

Years of experience providing expert production, technical support and training to the design and print industry, enables me to support a diverse array of artwork and web development needs.

I operate remotely or on site and occassionally collaborate with trusted compadres.

You can view selected samples of my direct work, however I do not display sub-contracted projects for client confidentiality.

Not sure where to start or need something a bit more specific?
Get in touch, I'm here to help.

John Stafford

+44(0)7711 259 886

john.stafford at threadmedia dot
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When and Where

The Setting Studio
Founder partner of the Setting Studio, one of the first desktop publishing bureaus in the UK, providing pre-press services to the design and print industries. The company continually invested in the latest technology and was a leader in its area.
The Setting Studio was acquired and brought in to the C3imaging group where I remained in an IT and production consultancy role.
Thread Media
Self employed offering media publishing to agencies and direct clients.
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artwork and colouring in

With over 20 years experience in typesetting covering a huge variety of artwork such as quick turnaround press ads, corporate identities, newsletters and major annual reports.

There are a number of ways I can work with your company to ensure you get the most out of your budget. I source all varieties of print from reliable suppliers so you can deal direct, there's no percentage mark up on the cost.

  • Provide print ready artwork for publications, adverts, newsletters, banners and brochures
  • Create interactive Microsoft Word and PDF digital forms
  • Supply templates for a variety of applications to facilitate your own artwork creation
  • Manipulate images in Photoshop
  • Illustrate in vector programmes, e.g. logos and maps
  • Training for your in-house team in applications such as Quark Xpress, InDesign etc.


Quark Xpress
Adobe InDesign
Acrobat Pro
Microsoft Word

and for many years Freehand

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supporting you

Whilst I can provide these services in full, some companies just need a bit of support to manage their needs


  • Technical troubleshooting and advice (primarily Mac)
  • Hardware advice and installation
  • Software installation and training


In most of the areas listed I can offer training for you or your staff. This will help your company become more self-sufficient and produce professional looking correspondence and literature.


  • Full artwork service
  • Word template production for letters and publications
  • Digital forms created in Word or Adobe Acrobat


  • Need help where to start?
  • Email HTML promos, newsletters and templates
  • Website management support
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tailored learning

  • Onsite training at your pace
  • Hourly, half day or daily sessions to suit your needs
  • Tailored content to your specific requirements

Artwork & Graphics

  • Typesetting, style and layout techniques
  • Vector graphic creation and image manipulation


  • Web basics and general internet technologies
  • Joomla! Content Management System set up and maintenance

Willing to travel any distance for daily rates (travel expenses additional), hourly and half day sessions are applicable to North East of England region.


Quark Xpress
Adobe InDesign



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yes the web

As well as providing a complete web site design and build service I also construct them to agencies’ specifications. I can offer advice to companies and try to make what can appear complicated, clear and easy to understand;

  • Choose your domain name and where to host your site
  • How to make changes once your website is built
  • Bespoke design to suit specific requirements or;
  • Predesigned templates for a cheaper build without compromising your brand
  • Accessible sites referencing W3C standards
  • Make your site accessible to mobile devices (e.g. iPhone & iPad)
  • Web App creation
  • Search Engine Friendly and Optimisation methods to promote your web presence
  • Animation to enhance your site, for example, moving graphics to describe a process
  • Advice on content sourcing; text, imagery and illustration

Technologies and Applications; PHP, Javascript, JQuery

Adobe Dreamweaver


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what have I been up to?

Artwork Creation and print

  • All aspects of DTP bureau operations
  • Artwork creation, typesetting, vector illustration, photoshop image manipulation
  • Checking and correcting artwork for print ready output
  • Output to proofing devices, Linotype and Agfa imagesetters, Indigo digital press, Lambda large format
  • High-end image scanning and colour correction
  • Mac system consultation, installation and software training
  • Mac technical support

Quark Xpress
Adobe InDesign
Acrobat Pro
Microsoft Word

Posthumous mentions for
Pagemaker and Freehand


  • Multimedia applications, automated and interactive presentations
  • Flash based animations, adverts and banners
  • Database applications
  • Video composition and DVD authoring
  • Presentations for DVD, CD and USB Memory Stick
  • Content managed web sites, HTML emails, newsletters
  • Programming including; Lingo, ActionScript, Javascript, PHP

Adobe Flash
After Effects
Filemaker Pro
Microsoft Excel

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get in touch

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+44(0)7711 259 886

john.stafford at threadmedia dot

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