I am Dania AboAoun, a Graphic Designer and Photographer. I specialise in corporate branding and portrait photography, where the main focus is taking candid pictures.
I worked for almost 2 years in a graphic design company where I experienced numerous of techniques and software developments. My aim is to create art within photography, and bring conceptual ideas to life.
What is your journey? what draws you to photography
I hold a bachelor degree in Visual Communication - Graphic Design, where I experienced different aspects of design. One of the courses I’ve taken was film photography where I had the chance to capture black and white images and experience the image development process. Film Photography was hard to develop without the equipments, which made me switch to Digital Photography. Photography is a way of documenting memories of our loved ones that would last forever. Graphic design and photography give me the opportunity to express and explore my own ideas. My main objective is capturing the essence of nature. I believe that design is a lifestyle with many different paths and outcomes.
Where do you want to go?
I believe my mission is to find a way to earn a living doing something that contributes positively to other people’s lives. I aim to continue my education by taking Masters in Business Marketing to help me create a business that combines both fields (graphic design and photography). Design is the main way I plan on making a living, but becoming a trainer and working at the gym as part time is another goal that I would like to achieve.
Who inspires you?
My role model would be my mom, she is my guide and gives me the courage to battle obstacles in life. Being a Professor in a University and manages to take care of her kids with efficiency and support. What I am today and what I will become in future involves the support and affection of my mother.
I draw my main inspiration from my own personal life surroundings. Clement Greenberg once said “levels of quality are to be preserved by constant renewal and innovation”.
Why design field?
I have been surrounded with art my whole life. My sister is a painter/artist and my oldest sister started out in interior design but now does more of the business side that involve creativity. I just loved watching how she designed the beautiful houses, firms, and restaurants and wanted to learn how I could do it too. I am more into visual elements which made me register in different institutions were I took digital photography and drawing. I knew graphic design was what I wanted where it involves creativity and it has more of a purpose.
When did I started working?
I started working at an advertising company when I was a freshmen at college. This gave me the opportunity to widen my creativity and see how real situations is being dealt with. During my junior year, I did my internship in a well-known branding company that made me deal with real clients and different designers.