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The early years
Pavlos Messaritis started his career in August 1986 working for a litho printing company Brightman & Stratton, Colindale, North West London. As a studio junior he learnt the basics of offset printing, photo mechanical transfer, composition and typography. After a three year apprenticeship Pavlos landed
a role at Lonsdale Advertising in Fitzrovia, a recruitment advertising company. He gained Apple Mac skills using Aldus Page maker, Freehand and early versions of Illustrator and Photoshop, also learning to touch type 50wpm. He developed his composition skills and began creative art working for brands such as Guinness & Reed. He moved to his first creative agency in October 1993 at KLP in Lancaster Gate. Working with some great talent, his knowledge of digital artwork grew into a mix of technical wizardry and creative curiosity. Peugeot, Pepsi Cola and Midland Bank, became a few of the brands he worked on. He became well acquainted with late night pitches and gained invaluable experience working with industry experts in production, art direction, copywriting and client services.
Publishing & back again
Hungry for knowledge, Pavlos’ curiosity wandered further afield towards publishing. After a short freelance spell, he found a permanent role at IPC, a giant of the publishing world based at Kings Reach Tower, Southbank. Working on sport, home & leisure titles he added magazine design to his skills. After two years Pavlos returned to creative agencies freelancing at KLP, Team LGM and Agency of the decade HHCL, at Kent House, Gt. Titchfield Street. During this time he covered DM, corporate ID, In-store promotion and large format outdoor advertising. He also taught illustrator at a company called Media Training. Pavlos freelanced for two years more and in 1999 joined the company Joshua, a Grey Integrated and Grey Direct merger. He was selected to join a small team to start up a multi-media department. He learnt early versions of PowerPoint, flash and Dreamweaver, working on BAT, Royal Mail & Castrol projects. He became experienced in CD Rom presentations, developing branding skills with logo design and product branding.
Around the world
Pavlos took a year’s sabbatical from 2001 to 2002 to fulfill a dream of global travel. He returned to freelance in both print and digital for a year before taking a client side role with Churchill Insurance. Over the next 18 months he produced design and artwork for DM, outdoor, taxi and bus livery. He produced graphics for the company internet and intranet as well overlooking the CGI of the Churchill branded dog. Oh yes! In 2005 Pavlos joined Inferno, a promotional agency, based in Argyll Street. He worked again as a senior creative art worker on Budweiser, Visa, Hiscox and Honda Lawn & Garden.
Keen to use all his experience, in April 2009 he accepted a role at Saatchi & Saatchi X, a shopper marketing agency producing global design toolkits. His experience in creative artworking and using OSX, saw him promoted to Studio Manager where he re-structured the creative server, introduced a more streamlined method of working and contributed to the success of Saatchi & Saatchi X which won MCCA Best Awards’ ‘Agency of the Year’. Pavlos went on to a lead design role on P&G Pampers, designing toolkits primarily in Europe, Middle East and Asia. For 3 years Pavlos also worked on global store based design projects along with other brands such as Olay, OralB, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Samsung, Nikon, Starbucks, Cadbury and a host of Diageo brands including, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff & Baileys.
Nixon Messaritis Ltd.
In May 2015, Pavlos became a founding member of Nixon Messaritis Ltd which Pavlos Messaritis Graphic Design trades from. He has attended several MAA leadership courses and studied psychology at Birkbeck University at certificate and diploma level. He adds these and other industry courses to his A level Art and Technical Drawing qualifications.
As well as his career, Pavlos has also been involved in non-profit work with fly2help, a charity offering support for underprivileged children, children with disabilities and their families. He has also redesigned the Fly Navy Heritage Trust website. In his spare time Pavlos extends his creativity by digitally mixing music and now enjoys fusing this with graphic design. He lives with his wife, Lucy and their daughter Penelope in Thornbury, Bristol.
As of 30th September 2016, Nixon Messaritis Ltd is now dormant. Pavlos Messaritis has taken up a permanent senior graphic design role for Supergroup PLC.