Throughout my career as a graphic designer & photographer, I have
always strived to push beyond the boundaries of conventional design
and photographic expectations. My work is a reflection of the passion
and enthusiasm I share for utilizing diverse visual styles in order to
continuously create a truly unique experience for the viewer.
With over 10 years of experience as a graphic designer, I have worked
on honing my creative instincts to establish my own artistic process
and style. Having worked with a variety of clientele in both freelance
and corporate environments, I have established an understanding of
the requirements to interact with clientele and recognize their needs.
Furthermore, I have experience in the web and social media realm,
having been able to develop a strong understanding of what is necessary
in attracting users and potential clients over the internet. These past
experiences have developed my skills to successfully work with
companies and individuals in order to develop creative brands for them.
I have also learned to appreciate obstacles put in front of me by learning
to work through them, always staying on schedule and maintaining
a high level of standard for the end product. The ongoing process of
developing myself as not only a graphic designer or photographer, but
as a creative visionary has led me to continuously set my standards quite
high, never settling for mediocrity.
UMAR QURESHI // graphic designer & photographer
2005-2006 Erindale Secondary School
2006-2009 Stephen Lewis Secondary School
2009-2014 Honours BA Communications, Culture and IT - University of Toronto
2011-2014 Digital Marketing - Sheridan College
UaQ Designs & Photography
Freelance Graphic Designer & Photographer | January 2010 - Present
+ Offer full branding services ranging from logo to website, including any online and print material
+ Deal with a wide range of clients, from various industries
+ Successfully complete work under tight schedules
+ Have received great feedback from clients regarding the finished product and service skills
Graphic Designer/Part-time Sales | July 2013 - August 2015
+ Prepared digital proofs of promotional products and apparel
+ Designed variety of print materials
+ Designed websites and online stores for clients
+ Created and maintained social media presence and monthly newsletters
+ Have brought in roughly over $70,000 in sales
University of Toronto Mississauga Athletics Council
Graphic Designer/Vice-President of Administration/Senior Advisor | May 2011 – June 2014
+ Worked my way up from an associate position to Vice-President position
+ Took leadership role and gained strong organizational and administrative skills
+ Organized various events for University students on and off campus
+ Managed $100,000 budget
+ Started a new charitable initiative and won the 2012 United Way Youth Spirit Award for the council
WHO AM I?
SUMMARY OF SKILLS
+ Great organizational, time management and leadership skills
+ Motivated and committed to achieve objectives and set goals
+ Assertive and confident communication skills
+ 10+ years of graphic designing experience
+ 5+ years of professional photography experience
+ Extensive knowledge of the Adobe Design Suite and DSLR Cameras
+ Microsoft Office Suite
+ Mac & Window based platforms
References are available upon request
Salon Bardot is Mississauga’s only Aveda concept hair
salon, I had the opportunity to work with them on a complete
rebrand of their business. The deliverables included a new
logo and website. To accompany their new image, I was also
hired to do photography, which is reflected throughout their
Majeed Mogarreban, a professional speaker, author and
entrepreneur hired me to redesign his existing website as
well as design a new cover for his book, “Winning at Life”.
I also had the pleasure of designing Speaker Kits for his
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INFUSE MED SPA
Infuse Med Spa was one of my first clients, when I started my
freelance graphic design business over 6 years ago. I have
created two websites for them as well as their overall brand;
including their logo, business cards and photography.
In November of 2013, the University of Toronto held its first
ever independent TED talk. I was privileged to be chosen as
the official graphic designer and photographer for the event.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT //
Tangri Insurance Group, Sabaina Malik, Imagine Nation Collective
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT //
Imagine Nation Collective, Team Annie Mirza Mortgages, Tek IT Out
Arun Babber, also known as ‘Rayn Magic’ is an up and coming Canadian
magician looking to make his mark on the magic world. He is currently
signed to MUCH digital studios as a creator; I have had the pleasure of
working with him on numerous occasions.
TEAM ANNIE MIRZA
Team Annie Mirza is one of the top mortgage teams in all
of Ontario. I developed a luxurious brand for the team,
to reflect their strong status amongst the leaders in their
As a freelance photographer I always strive to explore unconventional
angles and utilize my design skills to my advantage. The post editing
process allows me to differentiate my work, truly creating unique pieces.
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