Osaze: Telling Stories Through Design At Fincra
From studying Information and Communications Engineering in university to trying out his hands in writing, Osaze’s stumble into graphic design was a perfect fit for his passion for storytelling. As a brand designer at Fincra these days, Osaze tells stories by trying to evoke emotions with his designs on marketing and product assets.
“Design is my way of telling stories.,” Osaze says.
It’s been one year since he started doing that for Fincra, where he reveals that he has ‘grown a lot’ and is loving life.
What do you do at Fincra?
I’m a brand designer at Fincra. I create marketing and product design assets, as long as it has to do with design on the team; if I can help, I’ll get on it.
How did you find yourself in design?
After uni, I went for a one-year design training program; in that period, I interned at a startup as a graphic designer, and I honestly just stumbled into the role randomly, with no plan whatsoever. When I was done with the program, I joined Big Cabal Media, a media house. I was there for almost two years before I joined Fincra. I learned most of what I know now from the media house. I worked on graphic assets, motion assets, and UI/UX, and it was a huge learning experience for me.
What did you study at uni?
I studied Information and Communication Engineering, and honestly, I don’t think it had anything to do with what I chose as my career. When I finished school, I knew I didn’t want to practice engineering; at least that kind of engineering.
Still, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, so I started learning programming, python, HTML, and CSS because I wanted to try Data Engineering. I got a design scholarship from Udacity in that period. I was considering which option would be the best for me, and I discovered that I wasn’t the biggest fan of coding, so design was the obvious choice.
Do the people closest to you understand your job and what you do?
When I initially wanted to enter the field of design, my parents wanted me to get a design degree. My mum, in particular, did not believe I would do anything reasonable in design without a degree to back up my passion.
With time, they understood that in design, it’s more about your portfolio and your willingness to put in the work. They can all tell that I like what I do. I think I’m very lucky to be able to do something that I love and earn a living from it.
What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about storytelling. That’s why I ventured into design in the first place. I wanted to try writing, but I wasn’t very good at it, so design is my way of telling stories.