About Me

My name is Pasi Virtakari and I’m a Finnish graphic and web designer based in Helsinki, Finland. I started my own one-man-company in the early 2013 and I have to say, I’m loving it! I’m interested in working with different kinds of projects concerning visual communication.

Education

Multimedia designer – I finished my studies at Nordic Multimedia Academy (later on it changed to IBA) as a multimedia designer. This education was a good supplement for my earlier studies and I dived more into the world of digital medias. Now I have a good understanding of how websites are built and I have a lot of experience of working together with programmers to make a full-functioning website.

Graphic designer – I studied graphic design for one year in Helsinki Evangelist College. In this cosy private college I learned all the basics to graphic design and developed my skills in using the Adobe programs.

BBA – After high school I was drawn into the world of business and I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I specialized in advertising and corporate communication. During those four years in HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences I worked in various projects and I gained a lot of experience in team work and project management.

Work history

Graphic Designer at WTF Helsinki – Besides my own business I’m working as a Graphic Designer at a Finnish advertising agency WTF Helsinki. During my time in this agency I have learned a lot of new skills and how it is to work with different kinds of projects and clients.

Internship at Pinta – Pinta is a Finnish advertising agency where I had my graphic design internship for 6 weeks. I assisted in numerous tasks concerning graphic design and I also got a good image of what is it like to work in a smaller agency.

Internship at Dimen5ion – Dimen5ion is an agency which provides staff for construction projects. I worked as an office assistant for 10 weeks and had a chance to practise my skills in corporate communication.

Design skills

I am specialized in graphic design and web design. The programs I use are Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I also have a good understanding of how websites are built and I can actually code a basic website, though I often like to leave that job for the professionals.

Future plans

My dream is to explore the world a bit more so I see myself working in another country at some point in my life. But for now I’m focusing on my own business and I want to work with different kinds of people and projects.

pasi virtakari

Pasi Johannes Virtakari

Born in Helsinki, 24th of May 1984

Language skills:

Finnish (native)

English (exp)

Swedish (conversant)

French (basic)

Danish (basic)

My skills

Programs:

Abode: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Graphic design:

Magazine layouts, corporate identities, posters, flyers, illustrations, package design

Web design:

Layouts, basic programming (HTML,CSS)