A Little About Me

Hello, I'm Dishal Shah, a creative illustrator, graphic artist and web designer currently based in Chicago. Growing up in Kenya raised by Indian parents I was introduced to different cultures, arts and music. Having realized, not to late that technology goes hand in hand with design I made the decision to push my technology training into the realm of design . As a young designer my influences are vast and ever changing. Alot of my inspiration comes things I see around me. Identity is a powerful thing. A distinct, authentic personality that flows out of even the tiniest details of a product is what brings it to life and makes people believe in it. I have focused on putting my skill set and intelligent ideas at the very heart of everything I do – striving to create outstanding work that is distinctive, engaging and above all, memorable. Everything boils down to one simple idea: to provide the client with the best visual solutions that I can.


Deliver creative, innovative and engaging solutions to communication problems across brand identity, print, packaging, environmental and digital. Immersed in all aspects of culture through my travels and multicultural background.


  • Jan 2011 – May 2014: Certificate in Graphic Design and Web –
    College of Dupage | Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Sep 2001 – Aug 2002: Information Technology, MSc –
    DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK
  • Sep 1997 – Jun 2001: Management Science, BSc –
    DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK


  • GPA: 3.88, Academic Honors
  • Honorable Mention for Best Portfolio at College of DuPage Portfolio Night 2014
  • AIGA Chicago Chapter Member
  • AIGA College of Dupage Student Group Member
  • ADC, Member
  • STA, Member


Freelance Graphic Designer
Jan 2013 – Present

Web & Graphic Communications | Asli Fine Foods, IL
Jan 2011 – Present

E-Communications Officer | AMREF Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
Feb 2005 – Jan 2007


  • Well versed in print and web design
  • Imaginative thinker, aware of current design trends, and developments in the field of graphic design
  • Successful design and development in brand identities, brand collateral, advertisements, marketing collateral and project schedules for clients


  • Experience in cultivating rapport with clients
  • Exceptional customer service by listening and engaging to clients needs
  • Confident and concise communicator able to accept and learn from criticism
  • Articulate multilingual languages


  • Motivate, inspire and communicate specific goals to the department
  • Supervise and train team members and delegate tasks to ensure timely completion
  • Collaborate with clients and team members to successfully deliver results within timelines


  • Detail oriented, excellent organizational skills and dependable in every project
  • Fluent in English, Swahili, Gujarati and Hindi language


Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, Bridge, Acrobat Pro), MS Office, HTML, CSS, OS X and Windows operating systems.