ABOUT ME

summary
Iʼm the Toronto Star's Art Director, Digital in charge of overseeing all visual aspects of special projects for thestar.com and daily production of the award-winning Toronto Star Touch. I joined the Star March 2015 as Senior Designer before successive promotions to Assistant Art Director and Art Director in August 2016. With more than 10 years experience art directing and designing websites, apps, and print collateral, I am a creative force uniquely skilled at balancing both aesthetic and editorial aspects in any story.
Experience
Art Director, Digital  -  Toronto Star  
march 2017 - Present
Promoted to expand my role as Art Director, Digital. Continue to oversee the major news projects on all digital platforms and follow through on all phases of digital execution. I also design the Toronto Star Touch cover on a daily basis, and work closely with the Executive Creative Director and Design Manager to prepare all the visual elements for every edition.
Art Director, star touch app  -  Toronto Star  
august 2016 - march 2017
Promoted to "Art Director, News" for the award-winning app Toronto Star Touch. Oversee all assigned stories and special coverage for different sections. Work closely with the Director of Tablet for Editorial, Production Manager and Design Manager to prepare the whole edition on a daily basis, including the design of the screen cover.
assistant art director, star touch app  -  Toronto Star  
september 2015 - july 2016
Assisted the art director in preparing the cover screens. Managed day-to-day news operation. Worked closely with an art director to assign different projects to different designers according to their specialties and abilities. Developed visual concepts and collaborated with reporters, editors, producers and photographers to produce high-quality section design.
senior VISUAL designer, star touch app  -  toronto star
march 2015 - august 2015
Hired in the early stage of the creation of the Star Touch creative team to work on the look and feel, and the development of several storytelling methods templates. Collaborated and worked closely with newly hired designers to make the training process faster. Designed and prepared advanced screens for use after launch.
Senior VISUAL Designer  -  Group of Gold Line
June 2012 - March 2015
Managed and developed the company’s new branding for all visual internal and external communications, including the company’s online content, marketing content, and web and TV platforms. Designed print and online B2B and B2C material. Created the first GL brand manual, with complete detailed graphic standards to be used as the primary point of reference throughout the company. Responsible for new hire training including the use of templates for print and web designs.
DESIGN LEAD  -  CDI Marketing and Advertising Agency
  March 2011 - June 2012
Managed and lead a dedicated team of designers responsible for creating visual and graphical content for print advertising. In charge of every visual aspects of the overall brand, from conception and visual design to delivery and evaluation for print and web designs.
education
intermediate web design certificate  -  tdsb continuing education  -  toronto
May 2009 - June 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design - University of Arts, Tehran
April 1999 - July 2003
Diploma of Arts in Graphic Design - School of Arts, Tehran
May 1993 - April 1999
awards
NNA (National Newspaper Awards)
1- Best Presentation - Toronto star team
2- project of the year - Toronto star team
2015 (edmonton, canada)

Autism Poster Design Contest
5th Place Award - Special Jury Award
2009 (Rome, Italy)

Art Department Award of Excellence in Recognition of Top Academic Performance
Tehran arts university
2003 (Tehran, Iran)

Dean’s Award, Graphic Design Department
Tehran Arts University
2000 - 2001 - 2003 (Tehran, Iran)
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