Olli Vainamo


Mid Level
London, 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.

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  • Advertising
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Design
  • Product Development
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Design Research
  • Ideation
  • Consumer Insight
  • Brand Creative Strategy
  • Trend Forecasting

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Work history


    Freelance Graphic Designer


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


    Graphic Designer

    Anderson Norton Design

    Sep 2013 - Oct 2014
    • Full Time
    • 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.


    Graphic Designer

    Design Laboratory

    Jul 2012 - Aug 2013
    • Full Time
    • 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.


    Design Intern

    Design Laboratory

    Apr 2011 - Nov 2011
    • Full Time
    • 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.


    3D Design Intern

    Studio Xag

    Jul 2010 - Sep 2010
    • Full Time
    • 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.


    Pre-production Researcher

    Legacy Films

    Sep 2009 - Nov 2009
    • Full Time
    • 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.


    Design & Photography Intern


    Jun 2008 - Aug 2008
    • Full Time
    • 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.


    Design & Curation Assistant

    The Old Sweet Shop

    Oct 2007 - Dec 2007
    • Full Time
    • 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.



    Graphic Design: Illustration

    London College of Communication

    Sep 2005 - Jun 2009


    Foundation Graphic Design

    London College of Communication

    Sep 2004 - Jun 2003


    Internation Baccalaureate Diploma

    American Internation School of Vienna

    Sep 1998 - Jun 2003