Hello, I’m Sayed

I’m a graphic designer and photographer, living in the magnificent, mostly wet Pacific Northwest city of Seattle. I originated down south in Alabama where I grew up, studied design and started my career.
Over the years I’ve worked as a graphic designer, production artist/assistant, webcast specialist, photographer and videographer. I’ve had the opportunity to work on great projects for companies/clients such as GeekGirlCon, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Wizards of the Coast, Seattle International Film Festival, University of Puget Sound, Microsoft (via Ten Gun Creative) and others.
My passions are really in print design and photography. But I also enjoy tinkering and learning web design and videography. You might be wondering, “Why ‘Guy Eats Octopus’?” Well it just sort of stuck with me when I tried octopus sashimi and realized it was delicious!

Experience

Guyeatsoctopus.com
Freelance Designer | October 2010 – Present
Various freelance projects including, but not limited to print, web, production and photography. Clients including: Curious Office, University of Puget Sound, Ten Gun Creative, Seattle International Film Festival, Nick Frontiero Productions.

Center for Spiritual Living
Graphic & Video Coordinator | October 2012 – July 2015
As the coordinator I created various types of print/web collateral for marketing materials. This ranged from a monthly newsletter, cards, posters, to vinyl banners and signs while coordinating with vendors. On a weekly basis I recorded, edited, added graphics, and uploaded sessions to their YouTube channel.

GeekGirlCon
Designer | April 2011 – December 2014
Responsible for creating and collaborating on large volumes of print and web design on a deadline. I also participate in design critiques and I’m responsible for occasional staff and event photography.

Wizards of the Coast
Imaging Specialist | August 2011 – April 2012
Prepared artwork to be used in various forms of media (cards, books, maps). Preparation included color correction, cleaning up, clipping, masking and sizing artwork to required format.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Graphic Designer | September 2009 – August 2010
Responsible for all print design (logos, artwork, billboards, ads, brochures, cards, apparel), web design (banners, email graphics), file organization, archiving, preflight check on all materials, bid specifications for printers and meeting deadlines for multiple ongoing projects.

Alabama Department of Public Health
Webcast Specialist | December 2007 – August 2009
Responsible for creating flyers, video / web graphics, creating and maintaining online courses through a custom CMS, video encoding, minor editing, and operating live webcasts.

Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc.
Web developer & Production Assistant | February 2006 – December 2007 
As a web developer responsibilities included maintaining content on seven magazine websites, creating web banners and designing / coding sites. As a production assistant I worked as part of a team responsible for a variety of cards, logos, graphic illustrations and magazine layout.

AWARDS

American Advertising Federation of Montgomery, AL 2011 Addy Awards
Two pieces of artwork which I help produced for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival won a silver Addy.

EDUCATION

Auburn University Montgomery Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
May 2005
Montgomery, Alabama

SKILLS

PRINT:
Identity
Marketing
Layout
Typography
Concepting

WEB:
HTML/CSS
Graphics
Wireframes
Image Optimization

PHOTOGRAPHY:
DSLR Cameras
Portraiture
Headshots
Event
Lighting

VIDEOGRAPHY:
Recording
Editing
Graphics
Event
Commercial

PRODUCTION:
Color Correction
Manipulation
Restoration
File Prep
Project Management

SOFTWARE:
Apple/Windows
Illustrator
Photoshop
Indesign
Lightroom
Premiere
Coda 2
MS Office