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I´m a graphic designer from Helsinki, Finland. At the moment I´m living in Lisbon, Portugal. 

 

As a designer, my main focus

is in visual identities, layouts and illustrations.

I also have a passion for social media stuff. 

 

I´m currently looking for freelance jobs. Contact me: saara.helkala (at) gmail.com

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE / SAARA HELKALA / +351 964 830 545

PERSONAL DETAILS

Born: 20th June 1980

Jyväskylä, Finland

Nationality: Finnish

 

EDUCATION

Master of Design and Visual

Culture, 2017. IADE, Lisbon

 

Bachelor of Graphic Design,

2002-2006, Savonia University of Applied Sciences

 

Upper Secondary School,
Matriculation examination,
1999, Jyväskylän Lyseon Lukio

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Art Director, Demi magazine
A-lehdet

4/2012- 6/2015 (on studying

leave  6/2105-9/2017)

 

Creative, McCann Helsinki,

8/2010- 2/2012

 

Art Director, Redland Oy,

10/2009-5/2010

 

Production Art Director, TBWA

Helsinki, 5/2006-8/2009

 

Trainee, TBWA Helsinki,

5/2005-10/2005

 

Freelance illustrator & graphic

designer 2006 - present

Clients include: newspaper

Keskisuomalainen, YLE,

Huili -magazine, Osuuspankki, Karisto, 11helsinki, Familymatters, Welcome to Finland magazine, various advertising agencies and digital agencies.

AWARDS

Edit 2013, Digital innovation of

the year: Demi.fi awards

(Part of the team. Role: Art

director)

 

Hopeahuippu, 2009 (Vuoden

Huiput Advertising competi-

tion, second award) 

Helsingin seurakuntayhtymä

TBWA Helsinki (Part of the team.

Role: Graphic designer)

 

Kultajyvät, Advertising com-

petition 2005, Second award,

TBWA Helsinki

Consumer advertising for

Veikkaus Oy (Part of the team.

Role: Graphic designer)

 

IT SKILLS

Adobe InDesign – excellent

Adobe Photoshop – excellent

Adobe Illustrator – excellent

Adobe Flash – some basics

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Finnish (native language)

English (excellent)

Swedish (basics)

Portuguese (beginner level)

French (can order wine)