Abadir Hashi is an architecture graduate from Ravensbourne University in London. He has worked as a graphic designer at agencies Nugget and John McAslan + Partners as well as freelancing his design skills over the years. We spoke to him about his multi-disciplined career path so far.
Describe your career path up till now
I studied BA (Hons) Architecture at Ravensbourne University in London. Alongside my studies, I freelance as Hashi Designs - designing logos and branding small start-up companies. Its been a very successful few years and satisfying to see my work printed and also advertised on social media.
Being a recent graduate now, I am looking to further my career to become an accredited architect in Britain. But I also want to see where Hashi Designs will take me.
Why did you choose architecture?
I chose architecture because it the best of both worlds for me. On one hand, it's a very technical course in terms of planning architectural detailing of buildings. But on the other hand, it can be a very creative environment that will stimulate your ability to examine and overcome difficult tasks in the built environment.
"It can be a very creative environment that will stimulate your ability to examine and overcome difficult tasks."
Architecture has also been a platform for to exercise my other interests like model making, 3D printing, product design and entering design competitions.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by looking at other talented people’s work. From design blogs to architectural feeds on Instagram, I am always amazed by how others can design and experiment with their work.
Do you have any tips for others thinking about freelancing?
Yes, the most important thing you should already know is that there isn’t a clear example of how you should freelance. Each designer is different and works differently with their own opinions on what they should and shouldn’t do. So before you consider freelancing, do some research first and see how others manage their time and design process.
"Do some research first and see how others manage their time and design process."
Freelancing has it good and bad sides too. The good thing is that you are in charge of your own work and everything that comes along with it is down to you. You need to be responsible with how you charge clients and deal with deadlines because it can be very time-consuming.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt so far?
One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt so far is to be very honest with yourself. Taking on many things to do doesn’t always result in the best work that you can produce. It's always better to take a step back sometimes and soak in what you have designed and if it was worth your time and energy. Whether to improve and changes things too.
"Taking on many things to do doesn’t always result in the best work that you can produce."
Sometimes we get into this position where we think about the end goal but we never think about the steps that we take, the falls, the obstacles, the frustrations, the stress. Embrace all things because you might find along the way and never stop yourself from doing something you want to do. Go into any field. If it doesn’t work, come back and do something else.
If you could work on one architectural project, what would it be?
I think it will be to work on an underwater hotel in Dubai.
If you could share a desk with anyone from the past, present or future, who would it be?
I think it would be Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X.
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