Hi. I'm Okang’a Ooko, fine art professional, independent Art Director, full-time freelance Senior Graphic Designer, Writer, and Video producer from Nairobi, Kenya. I've been working in the creative industry for more than 20+ years and I’m armed with rich experiences of managing the complete design process, from conceptualization to delivery. I am the founder of obakunta.co.ke. I am a well-rounded creative person, able to stretch the boundaries of web design and digital storytelling to help my client’s brands stand out. I work to create and improve visual communications in local and global markets both online and offline. And I demonstrate success in producing high-quality creative products including printed media, social media visual content, and general marketing materials. Over the years I have had experience as a freelance and in-house graphic designer, and I have worked on a range of print, interactive and digital design projects.
Primary design tools: • Adobe Indesign • Adobe Photoshop • Adobe Illustrator • After Effects • Adobe Premiere • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint • Google Slides • Google docs. • Apple Keynote • Apple Pages
My skills include:
• Graphic design
2D Designing, Corporate Design, Print Design, Illustrations and Fine Arts in various media. (Print Designs/marketing collaterals, Layout design: annual reports, magazines, menu, newsletter, etc Design mockups- Marketing assets, Ebook mockups, web graphics iPhone mockups, or any device).
• Photo Editing
Selecting, editing, retouching, and positioning photographs for print and web marketing collateral, ensuring consistency and alignment of image tone with brand messaging. Editing raw photographs using Adobe Photoshop.
• InDesign Typesetting
I have 20+ years of experience typesetting experience in the publishing industry, with experience ranging from Production Artist to Design Director, including ebooks. Over the years I've typeset numerous Fiction, Non-Fiction, book interiors. I have extensive experience using Adobe InDesign and I'm very well-versed in creating and analyzing design specifications and layouts. My files use all of the automation features InDesign offers, resulting in consistently accurate, professionally designed and typeset files.
Words are my muse and I use them to speak volumes of emotions and feelings, all with the ultimate goal of helping my clients. I am widely read on a variety of topics and have an extensive academic background in the arts and social sciences. Knowing exactly what to say is crucial in today's media driven world. I am a writer gifted with creativity. I am proficient at creative writing, content writing, and ghost writing. My writing services cover: Fiction and non-fiction ghostwriting • Creative writing • Content Development • Christian Books • Copy Articles Memoir & Biography • Research • Technical ghostwriting • Promotional ghostwriting • Business • Personal Development books • Product description and labels • Sales copy • Academic Writing • Newsletter • Blog writing Book Review & Consultation
• Editing & Proofreading
I am a professional book editor in English, offering proofreading, copyediting, and developmental editing services. I work closely with authors and brands to clarify and improve the quality of their message. I also offer transcription services.
I am a committed and hard-working professional and look forward to working with you. I offer honest, original and high-quality work on time according to your specifications. With my keen ability to spearhead challenging projects, combined with my steadfast commitment to top-notch creativity, I am prepared to excel in providing outstanding services to your company.
If I seem like a match for you, don’t hesitate and hit me up a message or (perhaps) an interview invitation. I’m always open to discussing new projects. I would be thrilled to offer you my pallet of skills and expertise to help you expand your idea to the best result possible. I can provide you with a complete range of solutions that will enhance and help your business grow and your business identity stand out.
I look forward to discussing the position, and my qualifications, in further detail.
My Graphic Designer Portfolio
My Author/ Writer CV
Lake Victoria Writers' Group, Kisumu, Kenya
February 2012 – December 2014
English, writing, and graphicl arts instructor • Creative Writing Consultation and Workshopping • Coached new writers • Consulted with authors and publishers on the development of book-length manuscripts • Published short, creative prose and poetry in numerous magazines and online venues.
Founder, CEO, President, Creative Director
January 2006 - September 2010
Senior Designer - Mashariki Brand Communication Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya
2000 : Design Consultant
1999 - 2000 : Product Design Consultant
1998 : Creative Consultant
1994 - 1998 : Private Tuition for Various Nairobi Schools
1993 - 1997 : Product designer
Worked mainly as product designer in the design and production of furniture and small functional farming and low-cost house building machines and implements for the benefit of micro and small scale manufacturers.
Accomplished a major research project and published Scrap Metal Recycling: A Product Development Study of Shauri Moyo - Kamukunji Jua Kali in 1995.
Graphic designer in various employment capacities
|Currently||Working on The New Girl In Mombasa, novel|
|April 2020||Hunter and Gatherer, novel|
|December 2019||When You Sing To the Fishes, novel|
|July 2018||Bengaman, novel|
|October 2017||Business Woman's Fault, seven stories|
|January 2016||Happy 9th Birthday, horror novella|
|June 2013||Kiss Ya Bangongi, short story|
|July 2011||Rude Awakening, short story|
|July 2009||First and Second Rhythm Guitars in an Old Benga Song, short novella|
|October 2006||Why No One Knows Where Death Lives Papyrus Artists Organisation, kids short story, audio podcast|
|2005||Infinity Eulogy for my friend Martin Owino, Hawi Magazine Volume I, Lake Victoria Writers' Group, poem|
|August 2004||Moni Afinda Published in Eve Magazine, short story|
|June 2004||Innocents Longings, Dangerous Fulfilement First published in www.voicenet.org, poem|
|May 2002||The Proposal Published in Black Voices Online, short story|
|2001||Adventurer Published in Lady magazine, short story|
|1998||Pollution Control of Small –Scale Metal Industries In Nairobi, Final Report of Small –scale Metal Industries Environmental Pollution In Kenya , research study for International Labour Organisation (ILO)|
|May 1997||Scrap Metal Recycling, A product development study of Kamukunji Jua Kali Sector Published by the Undugu Society of Kenya research paper|
|November 1996||Kichorochoro Published in Flash, newsletter of the Undugu Society, issue no 98, short story|
|May 1995||Running Wild Published in Flash, newsletter of the Undugu Society, issue no 55, short story|
|September 1993||Now The Sun Doesn’t Shine Kenya Polytechnic Drama Club, an AIDS allegory with ritual drama, play in three acts|