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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. Since late-2018 I’ve freelanced as a UI Designer.

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

Augur Project
Freelance UI Designer, 2019
• Augur

The Cafeteria
Freelance Designer, 2018–19
• Barnsley Museums
• Museums Sheffield
• Royal Armouries Museum
• Trakker
• The University of Sheffield

LEO Learning
Freelance Digital Designer, 2018–19
• Jaguar Land Rover
• Johnson & Johnson
• Nest
• Notion
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• 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

Accenture / Futurelearn
Digital Skills: User Experience, 2019

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
• Figma
• 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