Astha Thakkar
Chicago-based graphic designer and educator

Education

︎Masters in Design (Graphic Design)
2017-2019

School of Design, College of Art, Architecture and Design
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

︎Diploma in Graphic Design
2013-2014

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
University of the Arts
London, United Kingdom

︎Bachelors in Commerce (B.Com Hons.)
2009-2012

Kirorimal College
University of Delhi
New Delhi, India



Awards / Recognitions

︎AIGA’s What’s Next Grant Recipient 2019

Chicago, Illinois

︎Exhibitor at Typeforce 11
February 2020

Typeforce is the annual showcase of emerging typographic artists. My graduate thesis is selected to be presented at this annual exhibition in Chicago, Illinois.

︎Presenter (Society of Typographic Arts STA)
2018

Design Inspiration Weekend
Chicago, Illinois

︎Dutch Design Week
October 2019

Graduate thesis selected to be presented at the DDW 2019
Eindhoven, Netherlands

︎Winner Portfolio Night All Star Chicago
Long recognized as the world’s largest advertising portfolio review program. In 2019 the event took place in 35 cities across the world and one designer was chosen as a winner form each city

June 2019
One Club for Creativity
New York

︎Presenter (Typecon 2019)
August 2019

Graduate thesis selected to be presented at the Education Forum of the conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
As a practicing graphic designer I thoroughly enjoy both the process of creation and documenting my design process. I feel it’s necessary to make (almost) every step of the process physical instead of turning too quickly to the computer, which often eclipses the ideation phase.

My practice revolves around developing methods of investigation and vocabularies of evaluation through design. Please note that this website is still a work in progress. I confirm the cliché, that I am my own most demanding and annoying client. Finding a way to present yourself in the best possible way is tough. But I will hopefully crack this tough nut in the coming months.

Feel free to get in touch for interesting work, collaborations, investigations and questions.

Creative / Design direction range:

︎Identity
Brand concept & strategy development, system

︎Print 
Book, magazine, exhibition catalogue, poster, other collaterals

︎Spatial and Environmental
Exhibition / event identity, retail graphics, mural, signage system & billboards

︎Digital
Web & mobile applications, UI

Resume available on request.
ISSUU : https://issuu.com/aasthathakkar

Kindly contact me at asthathakkar28@gmail.com for more client-based projects that are currently not uploaded on this website due to confidentitality.

Full CV

Feel free to get in touch for interesting work, collaborations, investigations and questions
asthathakkar28@gmail.com