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Profile

I'm a freelance designer, associate lecturer, and crowdfunder working remotely from my studio in Sheffield — or on-site for a range of clients and agencies. I work independently, and sometimes collaborate with other creatives to roll-out graphic design and branding for education institutions, conferences and festivals, music and arts organisations across the UK.

My projects outside of commercial design explore pattern repetition and obsessive detail, data visualisation, and open-source cartography — often funded using the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

Please note: I do not accept commissions from clients / organisations that promote gambling, or other activities which exploit vulnerable people.

About Alex Szabo-Haslam

Alex Szabo-Haslam was born in Sheffield in 1982. Years passed. Before becoming a designer, Alex promoted a number of techno and electronic music events, including Headcharge and Sulphate.

Since graduating in 2010, Alex has worked for a wide range of clients, and freelanced for a number of Sheffield’s leading agencies — including Peter & Paul, The Cafeteria, Storycatchers, and LEO Learning.

In a parallel life Alex taught BTEC Media at Springs Academy, became an Associate Lecturer — teaching Graphic Design, Media, and Journalism — at The Sheffield College, and guest-lectured at Sheffield Hallam University.

Alex is actively seeking new clients, freelance bookings, and connections beyond the creative industries.


Experience

Alex Szabo-Haslam
Freelance Designer, 2015–present
• For Fit's Sake
• Future Music
• Geigl Environmental
• Migration Matters Festival
• Now Then Magazine
• Peacefrog Records
• Pom Living
• Sheffield Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club
• Sheffield Doc Fest
• Sheffield United FC
• SME Finance
• St Luke's Hospice Sheffield
• Swyft
• Theatre Delicatessen / Theatre Deli
• Zoom Systems

Citee Fashion
Company Director, 2015–present

The Cafeteria
Freelance Designer, 2018
• Museums Sheffield
• Trakker
• The University of Sheffield

LEO Learning
Freelance Digital Designer, 2018
• Jaguar Land Rover
• Johnson & Johnson
• Nest
• Notion
• Renault
• Royal Mail

Propaganda
Freelance Designer, 2018
• The Car People
• GlamCandy

Storycatchers
Freelance Designer, 2018
• Petronas

Sheffield Hallam University
Visiting Lecturer, 2018

The Brand New Idea
Freelance Designer, 2017
• Yorkshire Water

Peter & Paul
Freelance Designer, 2016–17
• AplyFilm
• Artfelt
• Creative England
• Eizo Monitors
• PrintAply
• Readable English
• Sheffield Hallam University
• Spencer’s Estate Agents
• Tramlines Festival
• University of Huddersfield

MAR Communications
Freelance Designer, 2016
• B&B Press

The Sheffield College
Associate Lecturer, 2015–17
• Graphic Design
• Journalism

The Sheffield College
Learner Support, 2012–15

TruthStudio
Design Director, 2012–15
• Basilur Tea
• Beauchief Abbey Press
• Campbell’s Flowers — website
• The Children’s Media Conference
• CMC Rights Exchange
• Fighting High Publishing
• Kada Research
• RedKite Innovations
• Sonardyne International
• Steven Gallacher Painter & Decorator
• #StreetArtHeroes
• TruthStudio — identity & website

Sheffield Springs Academy
Cover Supervisor / TA, 2010–12
• BTEC Media

Opus Independents
Advertising Designer, 2010
• Now Then Magazine

Headcharge / Sulphate
Events Manager, 2007–10

Keo Design
Design Placement, 2006–07


Education and Skills

Shillington College
Web and CSS course, 2014

City & Guilds – PTLLS
Threshold teaching license, 2011

INLPTA
NLP Practitioner, 2010

Sheffield Hallam University
Graphic Design: BA (Hons), 2005–09

Software Skills
Fluent in a range of creative design packages and online platforms including:
• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Acrobat
• Gomo
• Wordpress
• FreeHand
• Microsoft Office

Teaching
Across a five-year spell I assisted more than 2,000 classes, supporting students with learning difficulties at one of the most challenging schools in Sheffield, and delivered over 1,000 sessions as a supply teacher and associate lecturer at a secondary school and FE college.

I’m familiar with planning, delivery, and assessment — working closely with multiple departments, pastoral teams, and external agencies.

Crowdfunding
I’ve run nine successful Kickstarter campaigns, selling printed products and limited editions throughout the world. Alongside print production I handle all aspects of planning, marketing and PR, delivery and fulfilment.


Press