Creative Director/ Photographer/ Keeper of crayons/ Award winner/ TV star/ Collector of many wooden animals/ Traveller/ Wakeboarder and all round nice guy*.

Career to date

"Twenty years of branding, creating, leading, mentoring and designing - times have changed a little, however, good design is still the shinning star amongst the ever increasing noise.I am proud to have supported brands that have shaped countries, spanned bridges, constructed spaces, ran races and built cities. Staying true to a simple process that has kept clients’ engaged, excited and passionate about their craft.Be different, challenge everything, or go home."

— Arian Hashemi


Grayling PlcGCreative

July 2017 - August 2019

Managing Director

The role was challenging as it was rewarding. Managing and being responsible for a team of designers, and being accountable for the creative side of the business. Building the creative offering for the MENA and the international offices it has given me insight and the toolkit on how to navigate the vast business political landscape and direct multi-scale design projects to safer shores while keeping both clients and designers happy.

Based in the Dubai office, which was the hub and centre of excellence, we supported the likes of Coka-Cola, Meydan, VW, Audi and other international companies, by getting under their skin to see what makes them tick and offer strategic solutions that were insightful and intelligently led.

I was also able to offer structure and mentor the design team by guiding them with their development and giving them the ability to flourish.


March 2016 - July 2017

Creative Director

Being freelance enables you to grow as a designer, director, manager, timekeeper, sales officer, finance department and tea boy all at the same time, and generally, create all things to all men and clients. The challenges were far and wide, and the clients were both creative and corporate at the same time. I am happy to say that the design briefs were a glimpse of what strategically matters to SME’s and start-ups. It pushed me to develop many new skills quickly and efficiently to cater for all levels of design understanding. This position was enjoyable and rewarding, be it, not always sympathetic to sleep.

All About Brands

October 2011 - March 2016

Creative Director

I delivered the design strategy and led the design team for all AAB’s clients, it was my responsibility to oversee and nurture the creative team to deliver smart and innovative designs and manage the creative output of the studio – I was involved from idea conception with the client right through to the final delivery whether it was digital or print
Notable clients: Brand of Abu Dhabi, ADIA, Abu Dhabi Chamber, British Council, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Masdar, Mubadala, Yas Marina Circuit, ALDAR and Emirates Palace.

All About Brands/ Brand Faith

August 2008 - October 2011

Senior Designer

In my role as Senior Designer, I worked with several prestigious clients. Creating and facilitating all of their marketing and promotional campaigns. While working with The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, I created the Abu Dhabi 2030 branding that was integral to their plan for the future. I led the design team on all projects ranging from Master Plans to exhibition graphics to interior office branding. The work aided a solid robust and consistent Government department which has been used as a benchmark ever since.
Notable clients: The Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and Abu Dhabi Motor Sports Management (Yas Marina Circuit)

Briggs Hillier Design

January 2005 – July 2008

Principal Designer

I was the traffic manager for all graphic design work, planning the workflow for the agency on a day-to-day basis. I provided training and support to the younger members of the team. I produced designs from brief through to final artwork for the entire range of graphic projects carried out by Briggs Hillier Design. Projects ranged from in-store graphics and packaging to brand development, brochures and websites.

Have a look at some of the projects that I have worked on. If you would like any more information about a certain project please drop me a line.[email protected]

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