Olga Kominek

Graphic Designer / Creative

Projects

About me

Communication Design graduate with a 1st class BA(Hons) degree from the Glasgow School of Art, with specialism in Graphic Design. Highly motivated and passionate, with a conceptual approach, strong communication skills and ability to develop solutions which accurately represent the objectives and values of the project. My main interest is focused on book/editorial design, and visual identities for cultural events and institutions within the field of arts, culture and architecture. With strong skills in typography and layout design for all forms of printed matter, I am able to deliver structured layout systems and deal with large quantities of written and visual content. I tend to utilise traditional and experimental techniques in search for the appropriate and engaging visual language. With relevant experience and education which provided me with knowledge of conceptual and commercial graphic fields, I have developed practice in which solutions are driven by a conscious design process, based on critical research and hands-on development. I recognise each project as a chance to improve and develop on a professional and personal level.

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Skills

  • Book Design and Layouts
  • Editorial Design
  • Conceptual and Creative Thinking
  • Adobe Indesign Photoshop
  • Typography
  • Visual Identity
  • Print Design
  • Team Collaboration
  • Communication Design
  • Communication

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • Wallpaper*

    Wallpaper*

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    • Publishing

Work history

Currently

Art Intern

Wallpaper*

Aug 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • As an intern at Wallpaper* magazine I had a chance to experience working in a creative environment and get to know the processes involved in creation of visual and editorial storytelling. Assisting the art team with daily tasks, I have developed my design knowledge as well as communication, organisation and team work skills. Main duties included updating the editorial assets with latest layouts, ongoing maintenance of the archives, sourcing materials for other departments, image editing/light retouch, presentation design for the commercial department, placing images and copy in layouts according to given guidelines.

2016

Feb 2016 - Feb 2016
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • While at Threebrand, I was designing packaging ideas for one of their clients and working on a branding brief they have set for me to work on. I had a chance to experience creative industry first hand and take part in meetings, visit commercial printers and ad shoots.

Education

2018

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Communication Design

Glasgow Schoold of Art / The University of Glasgow

Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1st class BA(Hons) Degree from the Communication Design Course at the Glasgow School of Art with specialism in Graphic Design. I have joined the Communication Design programmes as a third year direct entry, after completing HND in Graphic Design. The course provided me with space and facilities, allowing to expand my practice and develop an individual working approach. I was working on briefs which allowed space for experimentation and conceptual thinking, and broadened my understanding of creative processes. In my final year I have focused on creating books and other printed materials, with strong focus on typography, typesetting and visual story telling. I expanded my skills in bookbinding, creating complex grids, content gathering and image editing. My written work explored the evolution of the grid in the printed page design, and the way it can act as a reflection of the human condition. It provided me with a deeper understanding of grid’s role within visual communication and the relation between the designer and the grid.

2016

HND Graphic Design

Edinburgh College

Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • During two years of the HND course I have worked on various commercially focused projects, and familiarised myself with essential parts of the design process, from research and concept creation to execution and presentation. I have completed many collaborative team projects as well as live, group projects. Briefs varied and included advertising and marketing campaigns, branding, digital publishing, book cover design and developed ability to meet objectives and requirements of the project. The course provided me with essential skills needed to work in the industry – I have completed two work placements in design agencies, and was involved in the mentoring program, what gave me the chance to experience industry environments first hand.