About Me

Ever since I was a kid, I would look at things around me like a banner of a store or the menu at a restaurantand and wonder how I could tweak them for people to appreciate it more. A few years later, I left my home in Mumbai, India to persue my passion for design. After graduating from the Art Institute of Houston in 2003 as a Graphic/Web designer I worked in many different industries like Fashion, Healthcare, Payment Processing, to finally creating a niche in the Petrochemical Industry. Over the years I strive to keep my work professional and user friendly. As a Creative Director I continue to design and manage projects for print media, web, mobile, tablet and more.

I am passionate about every aspect of design be it graphics, fashion or interior design. I love to travel and as a self proclaimed foodie, I like to explore global cuisines.

Contact Details

Zaheer Contractor
Houston, TX
z@zaheercontractor.com

Education

The Art Institute of Houston

Associate of Applied Science, Multimedia/Web/Graphic Design June 2003

At the Art Institute, I got my Associate of Applied Science degree in Multimedia/Web/Graphic Design. It was a great experience for me to network with fellow designers and teachers. I was humbled by a few Merit/Dean awards and Honor lists.

Work

PetroPages

Creative Director + Sr. Graphic Designer July 2007 - Present

Providing creative direction, team leadership and hands-on design, Manage the creative process for all clients from concept to production, Create and direct designers to create unique brand identities, Conceptualize and design ad campaigns, Design flash presentations, web banners, trade show booths, Design website layouts and manage the development and implementation utilizing responsive or adaptive design and maintain code. Direct and collaborate with 3d artists to develop eye catching and functional animations, Design and recommend unique options for print collateral.

CheckFree Inc, now Fiserv

Graphic Designer February 2004 - July 2007

Designed product catalog, Designed email invites, Designed banners and flyers for events, Designed internal website layouts and collateral, Designed promotional collateral, brochures and postcards, Designed web banners, application layouts and icons, Designed several projects in collaboration with a group of designers.

Precious Formals

Multimedia + Graphic Designer + Sales March 2003 - February 2004

Developed an interactive presentation exported on to a DVD, Designed logos for New brands, Designed postcard invites, Designed the layout of a mass production magazine, Designed a media kit that included a folder, handouts, business cards, Designed order forms, Provided design input for the layout of the company catalog, Assisted in designing and creating sets for photo shoots, Generated sales during trade shows.

Skills

I believe, we are all are designed to appreciate beauty, be it people, the mountains or the sky. The same goes with technology, a well-designed site, app, or any product, is going to have a better shot at yeilding results than one that isn�t. Good design is about how things work well and about making something more valuable. So if it's a bad design, our brain thinks WYSIWYG. Over the years I have stayed abreast of the latest trends in design, but to be honest I end up doing what I think will cater to the needs and have the most functionality for that particular client and still be asthestically pleasing.

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Flash
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • InDesign

Client Testimonials

  • Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.

    Paul Rand
  • Design is not just the way things look, but the way things work.

    Steve Jobs
  • A UI is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it's a bad joke.

    Anonymous

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