As a designer, I create a bridge between the medium and the mind. 

Hello there. My name is Ashraf Ali. I am a graphic designer, web designer, and tech macgyver from New York. I'm currently an Art Director at a pharmaceutical advertising agency. 

I am intimate and speedy with standard design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and OmniGraffle. I experiment with new tools like Sketch, Pixelmator, and Macaw.  

I've held many job positions. C.E.O. of a Print Shop. Director of Technology at a start-up agency. Senior Designer at a software start-up. Waiter at three different steakhouses. And freelanced on several occasions. 

I have called Jackson Heights my home for 18 years and counting. I went to Bronx Science High School and attended City College of NY for a few semesters. 

I enjoy writing occasionally. I adore typography and grids. I'm terrible at drawing. I love to roam the city with my bicycle. I've recently gained an affinity for cars. I'm known for signing off my e-mails "with optimism" and writing an exclamation mark at the end of my signature. 

I believe design falls away in the process of solving the problem at hand. And that's what makes great design–well–great. It becomes invisible. And when it's not there, all humans can feel the loss, often without understanding why.

I believe wisdom and mentorship are critical to my future success. That's why I like to pick on brains with more knowledge than me. Young or old, age does not matter. Everyone has something to teach and share with us all. 

And I'm still trying to be better. We all try.

 

Your kind words are welcome at hello@ashrafali.net.

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Disciplines

  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Mobile design
  • Copy writing
  • Typography & grids
  • IT-savvy

 

Strengths

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Planning & organization
  • Swift learner
  • Storyteller
  • Experimenter

 

Proficiencies

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Sketch
  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • Commercial print equipment