Mentor

Abi Wright

Creative Director of AWD, Graphic Designer + Curator

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Projects credited in

About me

I am a graphic designer, curator and creative consultant, and run Abi Wright Design, a digital + print design agency. I have created design work for a range of organisations including; The British European Design Group, DIT/UKTI, The Nike Foundation, 198 Gallery, Afropunk, Africa's Best, Pop-Up Africa x The British Council, and Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK. I have also worked with a plethora of start-up companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs/artists to create / rebrand their visual identities, advertising materials or digital marketing, including; (most recently) Brown Beauty Talk, Tommy Evans, Gaylene Gould (Well Fed), Quin, and Black British Female Artists. Curatorial work, exhibition production and creative direction: My curatorial debut: CWMC: The London Riots 2011 @ C.A.M.P; AACDD @ OXO Tower, part of London Design Festival 2011-2016; AACDD x Punch Records @ Centrepoint, Birmingham 2017; Featured in Thick/er Black Lines: We Apologise For The Delay To Your Journey @ Tate Modern 2017, and later Somerset House (as part of Get Up Stand Up Now), 2019; and Tate Britain - a pop-up salon style exhibition, “Digital Portrait Salon” curated by Gabrielle Smith as part of Tate’s Late at Tate series entitled “Cut and Colour”, 2018. Exhibition & trade-show participation: AACDD @ OXO Tower Wharf 2011-2013; Supermalt Art Exhibition 2014; Maison et Objet, Paris 2014; International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NYC 2013-2017. Workshops, talks & event production: Pop-Up Africa x The British Council x Circumspectre: Creative Hustle talk, Accra, Ghana 2017; UAL: Skint? Make Money Doing What You Love As A Student, 2018 + 2019; UAL Gradual podcast, 2018; Hatch Enterprise: BAME Female Founders - Branding Masterclass workshop, 2018 + 2019; Life of A Designer: Black Womxn In Design, production + host, 2019. I created #lifeofadesigner, a platform for the multi-hyphenated self-employed/freelancer/5-9er creative type to share advice with, document my journey, and build a community for those that need it. #lifeofadesigner was launched on IWD 2019 and can be found on IG: @loa__d.

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Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Abobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Typography
  • Illustration
  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Packaging
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic Communication

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Dorling & Kindersley

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      AWD

      Work history

      Currently

      Creative Director

      AWD

      May 2013
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Abi Wright Design encompasses all elements of graphic design, creating effortless, iconic + impactful work. With a portfolio presenting a cross-section of striking brand, logo + print design, AWD has created for a client list that includes start-ups, not-for-profits and larger corporations.

      2017

      Graphic Design Assistant

      Dorling & Kindersley

      Aug 2016 - Nov 2017
      • 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, UK
      • Full Time
      • Created design work for a range of Licensed brands including Lucas Films, Marvel, Disney, WWE and Lego. Worked on Star Wars: Visual Encyclopedia, which is now available worldwide.

      Education

      2010

      Graphic Communication

      Fashion Institute of Technology

      Feb 2010 - Jun 2010
      • New York, United States
      • While on my Diploma in Professional Studies year away from my Bachelors Degree, I participated in an exchange program with F.I.T.- I majored in graphic design, and also studied screen printing, photography, web design and additional classes in Adobe Illustrator.

      2011

      BA(Hons) Graphic and Media Design, 2:1

      London College of Communication, UAL

      Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
      • London, United Kingdom
      • I chose the creative pathway of Information Design for the final two years of my bachelors degree, which taught me how to simplify data for a more audience friendly solution. I applied this method to things I am passionate about - culture, diversity, visual language - experimented communication indicators - colour, shape, patterns, typography - in a variety of ways - graphic design, photography, screen-printing. This train of thought followed the completion of a Diploma in Professional Studies travelling to New York (to study graphic design at FIT) and Istanbul (to participate in Grafist: 13), where I was able to consume design in different ways. Culture and traditions had suddenly become a natural part of the design conversation, and I finally found my inspiration. I have used these learning experiences to influence my work to date. I am still passionate about all of the above, and use my design-for-print skillset and curatorial practice to add an alternative to the (ever evolving) design scene.