JIGNASA DIAR

Graphic Designer/Art Director

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  • LocationCenturion, South Africa

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About me

 

Hi. I’m Jigs, freelance Graphic Designer, Indian Classical music enthusiast, reckless epicurean, and casual footie fan. After spending more than a decade in print media as Art Director of financial publications, I decided this year to meld my passions in a new direction. Having just completed a course in Events Management, I am ready to foray into the world of ‘experience economy’ with design as my backbone. Exciting days ahead...

Skills

 

  • Branding
  • Corporate Identity
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Websites
  • Typography
  • Brand Design
  • Brand Identity
  • Event Management
  • Logo Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop

Work history

Currently

Freelance Graphic Designer

Independent

Feb 2014
  • Strategic brand development. Development of Corporate identity. Marketing collateral, Brochure design. Info graphics, Design & Layout. Book covers and Editorial design. Events management course.

2014

Art Director

Media24

Apr 2009 - Jan 2014
  • Managed the art department and the design of a weekly financial magazine called Finweek, Conceptualized and designed the front cover of the magazine. Designed the cover story layout and contributed ideas to the rest of the magazine. Also did data visualisation, marketing and promotional work. Designed annuals and surveys. Set up templates for use in English/Afrikaans editions.

2009

Creative Director

Times Media

Jan 2003 - Mar 2009
  • Conceptualized and designed the front cover of the Financial Mail magazine. Designed the cover story layout and contributed ideas to the rest of the magazine. Developed info graphics and conducted conceptual discussion meetings. Designed annuals and surveys.

2003

Graphic Artist

Times Media

Nov 1999 - Jan 2003
  • Graphiics and layout artist.

1999

Graphic Designer

Times Media

Mar 1999 - Aug 1999
  • Graphics and layout designer for Sportsday newspaper.

1999

Graphic Artist

Independent Newspapers

Mar 1995 - Feb 1999
  • The Star newspaper. Produced daily news graphics, illustrations and page layout. Also conducted research, went out on jobs and did inhouse reproduction.

1994

Art Teacher

Himalaya Secondary

Apr 1994 - Dec 1994
  • Teaching standards 6 to matric (art theory and practical)

1994

Caricature Artist

Sun International

Apr 1992 - Apr 1994
  • To draw caricatures of patrons of an Italian restaurant at the Sun City hotel

Education

2015

Events Management

UCT

May 2015 - Jul 2015
  • Event Bidding, Securing, Organizing, Project Management, Operations, Logistics, Design & Decor, Financial Management, Risk Management, Marketing, Sponsorship, Sustainability and Event Greening.

2006

Creategy

UCT Graduate School of Business

Aug 2006 - Aug 2006
  • Strategy, Complexity, Structure and Project managing creativity. Lessons in: music/ the web/ theatre/ comedy/ story telling/ film and business.

1993

BA Fine Arts

University of the Witwatersrand

Jan 1988 - Dec 1993
  • Education I; Sociology I; History of Art I, II, III; Drawing I, II, III; Painting, Sculpture & Graphics I, II (Photography, Silk-screening & Etching); Graphics III (Etching); Graphics IV; Art Criticism.

Awards

2010

FIFA World Cup Host City poster winner

  • Winner of the Tshwane Host City poster competition for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.