Leah Kirsten

Freelance Graphic & Surface Design | Illustrator

London, United Kingdom

Work Experience

RR Donnelley

Presentation Designer

I am part of a small team that was brought in to educate and challenge bankers (our clients) to think of design and
their presentations differently. I have worked in hundreds of different companies’ branding while working here, as the
presentations we create are always ‘client-style’ and not in Morgan Stanley branding.
• Working side by side with clients to create more effective proposals and investor presentations for their clients
• Creating infographics to visualise complex concepts
• Creating powerpoint templates in the client’s branding (including covers, section dividers, inside pages, as well as
designing content)
• E-learning training videos for Morgan Stanley: designing and animating in ppt and using Articulate Studio ’13 to
create quizzes and interactions and exporting for the internal LMS system
• Brochures, presentations, animations, and other documents in Morgan Stanley branding
• Shadowing colleagues through an After Effects animated video, as well as completing a 5-day course in After Effects
April 2016 - London, United Kingdom

Leah Kirsten Design

Freelance Graphic & Surface Designer, Illustrator

I work with various clients in the insurance, fashion, education, water treatment, communication, non-profit and publishing
industries.
• Creating infographics, illustrations, presentations, creating and redesign of corporate identities, brochures, company and
product portfolios, greeting cards, invitations, pattern design, and product photo deep-etching, photo manipulation,
social media and content management strategies, and wedding photography
August 2012 - South Africa

Ornico Media

Graphic Designer

I was the sole in-house graphic designer at this mid-size media analytics company. I worked directly with the CEO
and Operations Manager of the company to create all materials listed below.
• Created all digital and print designs including client and conference presentations, digital magazines, art direction,
infographics, posters, banners, templates, business cards, letterheads, advertisements, developing and refreshing the
brand identity, and various sales material
May 2013 - February 2015 South Africa

GlamBox SA

Graphic Design & Social Media Management

I was the sole designer for this small start-up in the cosmetics industry. The company, one of the first of its kind at the time,
sold subscription cosmetic sampling boxes.
• Created all designs including presentations, packaging, branding for new product lines, and assets for the website
• Managed and created all social media content, created social media strategies and campaigns, as well as responding
to comments and complaints from time to time
• Photographed product shots needed for promotional materials
• Helped with producing and shooting promotional videos for social media campaigns
February 2012 - May 2012 South Africa

Design Kist

Freelance Pattern Designer

I created several surface patterns for Design Kist to be sold through their website.
May 2011 - December 2011 Cape Town, South Africa

Flowermill Lifestyle Design

Intern

I interned for this surface design company, creating card designs, wrapping paper & window displays, preparing product for markets & shops, as well as learning how the company was run.
November 2010 - December 2010 South Africa

Education

Stellenbosch Academy Of Design And Photography

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Design specialising in Graphic Design

January 2008 - December 2010 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cape Peninsula University Of Technology

Bachelor of Technology in Surface Design

January 2011 - Present Cape Town, South Africa

Awards

Cape Peninsula University Of Technology

Dean's Award for Surface Design Deptartment

2011

Stellenbosch Academy Of Design & Photography

Best Exhibition & Project for Specialised Projects

2010

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Applique, Book Design, Corporate Id Design, Deep-etching, Embroidery, Graphic Design, Illustration, Infographics, Pack Shots, Packaging, Pattern Design, Photography, Powerpoint, Presentation Design, Prezi, Print Design, Screen Printing, Sewing, Social Media Management, Textile Design,