A little bit about me
Hi there I’m Sami, and I’m a freelance graphic designer servings customers locally, nationally as well as internationally.
I work from a small home office allowing me to keep my overhead costs down, therefore allowing me to keep my costs lower for you.
I love designing, like a good challenge and solving design problems. I’m also a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my work so I will always try and do the best job possible on your project and exceed your expectations.
I care about all of my clients and making their business branding look professional and unique.
I work with individual clients, small businesses and lots of start ups. No job is too big or too small, and if your project is super urgent then get in touch and I can see what I can do.
I am constantly adding to my portfolio so please come back frequently to see my latest projects.
I’ve been designing for 5 years and hold the following design qualifications:-
- BSc (Honours) in Computing and Design
- Advanced Certificate in Graphics and Web Design
- National Diploma in Design
- BTEC in E-business
- Currently studying (Adobe Illustrator CC Mastery)
My design background
Designing for me began in my early teens, whilst my parents took me travelling for 3 years to do a round the world circumnavigation on their boat. I wanted to keep in touch with friends and family back home and as email or social media wasn’t around in those days, I started designing monthly newsletters to send back to them. I loved spending time carefully laying out and styling the text and photos. On returning to the UK to sit my high school exams, I excelled in Design, Art and ICT.
After high school I helped my parents on their farm or a few years, but always knew I wanted to continue my education. At 19 I went onto college to achieve an AVCE in ICT and a BTEC in E-business which allowed me to gain and introduction to website design.
At 21 I went on to completing a BSc Honours Degree in Design & Computing and a Diploma in Design & Innovation at a UK University, before going onto spending the next 3 years on a family construction site on Bequia (a tiny and remote Island in the Caribbean). Although it was rewarding learning so many trades such as carpentry and roofing, and also wonderful living on a tropical Island, design was still in my heart and I began to pickup some design jobs on the Island from local restaurants and hotels. After creating a handful of websites, menu’s and marketing material for them, and enjoying it so much, I knew I now wanted this to be my career path.
In 2011 I gained an Advanced Certificate in Graphics Design with a Design School in New York, before finally settling in beautiful New Zealand.
I have now been working as a freelance graphic designer for the past 5 years in Tauranga, alongside my husband who also runs his own internet marketing business from home.
Hobbies and other interests
When i’m not behind my computer designing, i’m normally behind my computer taking design tutorials and working on personal art projects. But I also enjoy photography, watercolour painting, gardening, hiking, playing with my fur babies (2 rescue cats), trying to keep fit (I just had a go at my first half Marathon). I’m also a vegetarian so animals and the environment are very close to my heart.