Olli Vainamo

Graphic Designer

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I’m a creative designer currently freelancing in London and on the lookout for new challenges. I have a uniquely global background (being Finnish-Hungarian and speaking four languages), which has made me open-minded and a great communicator. I like to say I’m a combination of Scandinavian diplomacy and Eastern-European bluntness. This makes me great at working in a team. My approach to creative work is diverse – ranging from branding to trend forecasting, ideation to packaging, and print design to product development. This multi-disciplinary approach is an asset I use on each project and makes me a lateral thinker who can come up with multiple solutions to any problem. I think of myself as a concept oriented designer.

Skills

 

  • Advertising
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Design
  • Product Development
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Photography
  • Design Research
  • Ideation
  • Consumer Insight

Work history

Currently

Freelance Graphic Designer

Freelance

Nov 2014
  • Freelance Designer working for a variety of clients. I do branding, print, and ideation work for clients around the world.

2014

Graphic Designer

Anderson Norton Design

Aug 2013 - Sep 2014
  • I worked on print, branding, and concepting in this fast-paced ten-man design studio. Clients were mostly in the financial and educational sectors and, without account managers, I deal directly with them to ensure they’re requirements are met on time.

2013

Graphic Designer

Design Laboratory

Jun 2012 - Jul 2013
  • As the head graphic designer for this innovation studio I worked on books for Coca-cola and packaging design & branding for Eristoff & Dewar’s. For eye-wear conglomerate Luxottica I also created quarterly trend-forecasting publications. New brands created include Soha, a new sardinian luxury jewellery company, and Les Visionnares, a new scholarship fund for CSM students in collaboration with Grey Goose vodka. We worked as a thinktank for Universal McCann creating concepts for campaigns and helped them be more creative through workshops held at the Google headquarters and collaborative brainstorming sessions for brands such as Dyson, Soda Stream, Ecco, and Thomas Cook.

2011

Design Intern

Design Laboratory

Mar 2011 - Nov 2011
  • I worked on a variety of projects for large clients including poster design for Hennessy, packaging design for TET tea, and branding for Devieta. I conducted initial research and brainstorming through Universal McCann for Coca-cola, Sony, Old El Paso and Hiscox and designed research presentations for Bacardi.

2010

3D Design Intern

Studio Xag

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
  • I worked at this creative duo in the design and construction of window displays and point-of-sale items for Diesel, Louis Vuitton, and Fred Perry. This consisted of long periods of idea generation and planning followed by short but intense bursts of physically making 3D objects. The pre-prodcution included research of materials and budgeting. I designed and polished their visual presentations to clients.

2009

Pre-production Researcher

Legacy Films

Aug 2009 - Nov 2009
  • I was a part of a small team in charge of preproduction for an independent documentary in India. My task was to research the subject matter, discover and organize the people required to interview and the crew required to film. Unfortunately due to funding cuts, the project was cancelled. Although it was left unfinished, I learned a lot about budgeting and pre-production research.

2008

Design & Photography Intern

Pixelgarten

May 2008 - Jul 2008
  • I worked with this lovely design studio duo on a variety of briefs. This included layout design for magazines, book design for German publishing house Gestalten Verlag, and studio photography. I also created photo-illustrations for Wired and Neon magazine. The duo’s quirky design sensibilities and great enthusiasm definitely rubbed off on to me.

2007

Design & Curation Assistant

The Old Sweet Shop

Sep 2007 - Dec 2007
  • I worked on print design for a new publication and assisted in the running of the gallery space and private views. This included graphics, administrative work for the gallery’s new online store, and window display design.

Education

2009

Graphic Design: Illustration

London College of Communication

Aug 2005 - May 2009

    2003

    Foundation Graphic Design

    London College of Communication

    Aug 2004 - May 2003

      2003

      Internation Baccalaureate Diploma

      American Internation School of Vienna

      Aug 1998 - May 2003