Shakeel Mohamed

Graphic Designer: Branding, Typography, Leadership

Shakeel Mohamed

Graphic Designer:
Branding, Typography, Leadership

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”
— Peter Drucker (attributed)

This quote beautifully captures my professional pursuits, motivation, and accomplishments in my life. From my experience in software engineering into my transition to graphic design, I love to take concepts from idea to reality. 

About Me
I am a Graphic Design MFA Candidate at ArtCenter College of Design, set to graduate in spring 2025. My undergraduate Computer Science degree led me to six years of experience as a software engineer. Along the way, I discovered my passion for graphic design, particularly branding. With my diverse professional experiences as a foundation, I am excited for my career ahead as a designer. I am highly motivated and always ready to learn.

I’m inspired by
  1. Underdogs
  2. Walking
  3. Conversations
  4. Music
  5. Warmth

Reminders to myself
  1. Focus intensely, rest completely.
  2. Take more (design) risks.
  3. Explore more ideas than required.
  4. Design is a spiritual practice.
  5. When in doubt, talk it out.


Candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California

Self-Directed Design Education
The Futur
Courses and over 100 videos on industry insights, business, and the fundamentals of graphic design.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Emphasis in Business)
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington


ArtCenter Student Gallery
She Will (Poster Series)

Interview with Voyage LA Magazine
Daily Inspiration: Meet Shakeel Mohamed

ArtCenter Portfolio Scholarship

ArtCenter Merit Scholarship

Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT) Newsletter
Featured Typeface: Referential Mono

ArtCenter Graphic Design Department Chair’s Office
Mark Rothko Poster

Type Thursday Los Angeles
Presented TYPO Mexico City branding project to 30 designers.

AIGA Portfolio Festival
Portfolio presentation to a live audience over Zoom.

ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California
Graphic Designer and Research Assistant
Designed a wide array of print, digital, and video communications for events hosted by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice. Researched the career status of 150 recent graduates based on their digital presence to inform the College’s annual curriculum planning.

The Ismaili Muslim community
Lead Graphic Designer
Designed the brand identity for Salgirah, an international religious festival across 21 countries in 11 languages, revised annually. Branded signage was displayed in multiple cities, notably at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California
Student Orientation Leader
Led script development, directed shoots, and added motion graphics to a five-minute welcome video for new students, in collaboration with three student orientation leaders. Assisted orientation activities for over 600 incoming students and co-hosted a social event for 75 incoming graduate students.

ntrsct designs
Independent Designer and Founder
Operated an independent design studio offering branding, strategy, apparel, and social media design services. Designed deliverables for 12 clients, exploring a variety of visual solutions. Pivoted from operating as a B2C apparel brand to providing B2B design services across multiple industries.

Splunk, Inc.
Seattle, Washington
Software Engineer
Led a team of three engineers to develop a data simulation engine for sales staff to demo products to prospective customers. Frequently collaborated across roles, teams, and departments to automate manual tasks. Presented three technical sessions and hosted interactive booths at two conferences.


Type Thursday Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Facilitated an inclusive community for designers and coordinated venues for typography critiques around the Greater Los Angeles area.

Seattle, Washington
Volunteered at the 2022 AIGA National Design Conference assisted with event registration, note taking, and supply management.


Strong Working Knowledge
Illustrator, InDesign, Figma, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, Keynote, Midjourney

Familar With
Photoshop, Glyphs, TouchDesigner, MadMapper, Blender, LiveSurface, Artivive

Presentation and Facilitation
Strategic thinking, copywriting, product management, collaboration, project management, community building, scrum/agile facilitation

JavaScript, p5.js, Node.js, React, Python, Java, C, C++, HTML, CSS, Git

Find me on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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