Abdullahi is originally from Somalia, but grew up in Italy, where he studied graphic design and photography. After 17 years in Italy, the arts scene in the South West brought Abdullahi to Bristol.
Abdullahi began taking design commissions from friends and family to build his portfolio. After a couple of years, he was ready to go full time freelance, and launched Mursal Design.
Mursal Design has now been running for seven years, and has fifteen regular design and brand identity clients. The company is the first professional Somali graphic design and photography company in the UK. Abdullahi loves working for a positive cause, some of his favourite pieces of work have been anti-bullying and disability awareness campaigns.
“I love meeting my clients, finding out what they’re looking for, and being able to bring their visions to life.”
Mursal Design have been awarded Best Graphic Design/Photography at MTM 2014, and Best Photography at MTM 2015.
“My favourite things to photograph are birthday parties and make-up designs. The format is quite relaxed and there’s a lot more creative freedom.”
Given the growing number of returning clients, Adbullahi hopes to expand the Mursal Design studio within the next three years, as well as branching out into London.
Make sure you head to Mursal Design‘s website to keep up with their latest work.