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Taurai Valerie Mtake

I am a Visual Communicator, Brand and Typeface Designer and Born and raised in Harare Zimbabwe
Currently living in Stockholm, Sweden

Work Experience

Google Fonts & Font Detective | Typeface Designer 10/2023 – Present | United States, Sweden (Remote)

Northvolt | Brand Designer | 08/2023 – 02/2024 | Stockholm, Sweden
HÄNDER | Editorial Designer for Kristina Skantze 08/2022  – 01/2023 | Stockholm, Sweden
Grafikens Hus | Project based Graphic Designer 12/2021 – 05/2022 | Stockholm, Sweden.
CBZ Holdings (Financial services conglomerate) | InHouse Graphic Designer 11/2019 – 08/2021 | Harare, Zimbabwe.
Shift Engage (Advertising agency) | Creative Designer 11/2018 – 10/2019 | Harare, Zimbabwe.
Quill Advertising and Marketing (Advertisng agency) | Creative Director 07/2018 – 10/2018 | Harare, Zimbabwe.
TBWA\ Grid Worldwide Branding (Pty) Ltd) | Junior Graphic Designer 10/2017 – 03/2018 | Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mycalture Marketing CC | Graphic Designer 01/2017 – 09/2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa.
Triple M Graphic Arts | Freelance Editorial Designer (Internship) April 2015 – December 2015 Johannesburg, South Africa.
Niceworks | Junior Graphic Designer (Internship) 06/2015 – 07/2015 | Johannesburg, South Africa.
Arnoldino Media | Part time Junior Graphic Designer 01/2013 – 12/2013 | Johannesburg, South Africa.
BlueApple | Part time remote Junior Graphic Designer 01/2013 – 12/2013 | Harare, Zimbabwe.  

Academic Profile

Master of Arts, Visual Communication | Konstfack | 2023

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Visual Communication, 2016 | Greenside Design Center College of Design

Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design | 2015 | Greenside Design Center College of Design
Diploma in Graphic Design and New Media | 2012 Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA)

Courses

Practica Program | Latin One | Oct – Nov 2023 
Type Electives | Typeface Design | Nov – Dec 2023 

Achievements

Granted stipendium for most deserving student 2023 Konstfack. 2023. Stockholm, Sweden. Ung Svensk Form Winner 2023 IKEA Museum. 2023. Stockholm, Sweden. Bronze Loerie Award Winner Brand Identity & Collateral Design Logos. National. 2018. Durban, South Africa. Gold Pendoring Student Award Winner – 10/2017, Midrand, South Africa. Pendoring Special Awards– Overall Student Winner 10/2017, Midrand, South Africa. Gold Loerie Student Award and Overall Winner – Student Awards: Publication Design. Madímì. 2017 Durban, South Africa. Admitted as a member into the International Society for Type Designers Awarded with a pass, 2016. Newbury, United Kingdom. Poster for Tomorrow “Right to Healthcare” 2015 competition. Selected amongst the 100 best posters. Paris, France.

Exhibitions

Turné för Ung Svensk Form 2023 in Sweden:

        Stockholm Furniture Fair, 7/02 – 11/02/2023, Stockholm. 

        IKEA Museum, 2/03 – 16/04/2023, Älmhult. 

        Sara Kulturhus, 26/05 – 4/06/2023 Skellefteå.

        Textilmuseet, 2/09 – 5/11/2023, Textile Fashion Center, Borås

        Malmö Museer, 16/11/2022 – 11/02 2023, Malmö

chiShona reimagined Konstfack Spring exhibition 20/05 – 26/05 2023 | Stockholm, Sweden.

Reviving and Reimaging Solo exhibition – Celebration of Afrika Day at Fiber Space (25/05–26/05) 2022 | Stockholm, Sweden.

Harare International Festival of the Arts HIFA 2018 | Harare, Zimbabwe

Greenside Design Center BA and BA Honours Thesis Exhibitions 2015 & 2016 | Johannesburg, South Africa.