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I'm Leyla Avsar, nice to meet you.  

Need a multi-skilled designer in your team? I'm a visual addict, trying to find my fix – a dream designer job in Oslo. I have over 10 years of experience in art direction and graphic design. My recent education in photography adds an extra boost to my repertoire. I'm a visual allrounder with a modern and fresh handprint.

Leyla Avsar |  Born in 1981 | Finland | Based in Oslo

Work Experience

  • Graphic Designer at Schjærven Reklamebyrå, 2018 --> present

  • Freelance Photographer at Flytographer --> present

  • Freelance Design work, 2015 --> present

  • Freelance Photographer, 2016 --> present

  • Ad Agency Smoy: Freelance Art Director, December 2015– January 2017.
    Helsinki, Finland

  • Ad Agency Smoy: Art Director. Full-time December 2007–2015. Helsinki, Finland

  • Ad Agency TBWA\ : Production Art Director. Full-time January – December 2007. Helsinki, Finland

  • Hobby Hall: Graphic Designer / Layout Designer. Full-time June - September 2006. Helsinki, Finland

  • EMI Finland: Part-time Graphic Designer, 2005–2007. Helsinki, Finland

  • Nokia Design: Part-time Graphic Designer, December 2005 - May 2006.
    Helsinki, Finland

  • Egmont Kustannus: Graphic Designer & Ad-assistant. Fixed-period 2004–2005. Tampere, Finland

  • Ad Agency MyMedia: Ad-assistant. Intern & freelancer 2003–2004. Tampere, Finland

  • Toimintakeskus Vuoltsu, Art and media workshop: Intern for 5 months in 2001. Tampere, Finland

  • Hansaprint Oyj: Printing house post-processing. Summer job in 2000. Salo, Finland


  • IADE Creative University, Lisbon, Bachelor degree of Photography and Visual Culture, 2015–2017

  • Pirkanmaan Taitokeskus, Audiovisual Media Degree, Media-assistant, graduated in December 2004 [nowadays Tampereen seudun ammattiopisto Tredu]

  • Varsinais-Suomi Adult Education Collage, Visual arts, graduated in 2001

  • High school / Upper Secondary School of Hermanni, Matriculation examination,
    graduated in spring 2000


IT skills

  • Adobe InDesign – excellent

  • Adobe Photoshop – excellent

  • Adobe Illustrator – excellent

  • Adobe Premiere – basics

  • Adobe After Effects – basics

  • Sketch - basics

  • InVisionApp - basics

  • Microsoft Office – excellent

  • Mailchimp – excellent

  • Fluent in both Mac and Windows environments



  • Silver Effie 2009, Ellos email viral campaign. My role: Art director, Ad Agency Smoy

  • Kontakti 2009, Best execution in targeted marketing, Ellos email viral campaign.
    My role: Art director, Ad Agency Smoy

  • Grand One 2009, First award: The most productive online campaing in 2009,
    Ellos email viral campaign. My role: Art director, Ad Agency Smoy

  • Grand One 2009, Second award: Best viral campaing in 2009, Ellos email viral campaign. My role: Art director, Ad Agency Smoy

  • Silver Effie 2007, MTV3 maksullinen kanavapaketti / Maailman Nopein Kansa.
    My role: Production AD, Ad Agency PHS\

  • Metro Global Creative Awards 2007, winner in category: Creative Format. MTV3,
    TV series: Vanished. My role: Production AD, Ad Agency PHS\

  • Scholarship: Best graduating Media assistant in 2004, Pirkanmaan Taitokeskus


Language skills

  • Finnish: Native speaker

  • English: Fluent, professional working proficiency

  • Swedish: Basics, elementary proficiency

  • Norwegian: Basics, A2+

  • Portuguese: Beginner level


Interests and hobbies

  • Photography

  • Visual arts, painting and drawing

  • Music

  • Movies

  • Exercising

  • Travelling

Impressed? Let's talk –  email me!



I'm an outgoing, social and fun personality. I'm a sucker for good design, beautiful photography and well thought user experience. I love spicy food, good music and movies. I live in the buzzling Grünerløkka, in Oslo, where two things I appreciate combine perfectly: lively streets with cafés and shops, plus the Akerselva river with its great outdoors opportunities.

If you need a motivated, enthusiastic and experienced person to work for you, I'm your woman. Let's talk more!

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