Jignasa Diar

Graphic Designer/Art Director

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationPretoria, South Africa
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Event Manager - Art Director


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...


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

Work history


Freelance Graphic Designer


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


Art Director


May 2009 - Jan 2014
  • Full Time
  • 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.


Creative Director

Times Media

Jan 2003 - Apr 2009
  • Full Time
  • 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.


Graphic Artist

Times Media

Nov 1999 - Jan 2003
  • Full Time
  • Graphiics and layout artist.


Graphic Designer

Times Media

Mar 1999 - Sep 1999
  • Full Time
  • Graphics and layout designer for Sportsday newspaper.


Graphic Artist

Independent Newspapers

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


Art Teacher

Himalaya Secondary

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


Caricature Artist

Sun International

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



Events Management


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



UCT Graduate School of Business

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


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.



World Cup Host City poster winner


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