Raafia Jessa
Wanderer. Nomad. Graphic Designer.

Raafia Jessa

Wanderer. Nomad.
Graphic Designer.

Born in Karachi, Raafia Jessa grew up in Toronto, obtained a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Houston and now works as a remote, nomadic Graphic Designer.

Her work is multi-disciplinary and extends into a variety of mediums including branding and product development, app and web design, environmental graphics, art installations, typography, calligraphy as well as photography. Jessa has a particular interest in exploring the idea of communication, the various ways in which humans interact with each other and the manner in which they express themselves. Her work often involves the idea that communication should be open and unrestricted; language is a way to understand the evolution of human thought.

She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an SEGD Global Design Honor Award, and has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally.

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(Mus)interpreted, Artscape Youngplace
Toronto | November 2018

Through Lines, Koffler Art Gallery
Toronto | September 2018

Not Here Nor there, The Foundry
London | July 2018

Glitch, Artscape Youngplace
Toronto | July 2018
(permanent Installation)

Mother Tongue, Varley Art Gallery
Toronto | May 2017

Pursuit of the Extraordinary, Valenti School of Communication
Houston | November 2016
(permanent installation)

(Mus)interpreted, Daniels Spectrum
Toronto | October 2016

Typo Berlin, House of World Cultures
Berlin | June 2016

NYCxDESIGN, South Street Seaport
New York | May 2016

20 Degrees, Midtown Arts & Theater Center
Houston | May 2016

900, Third Space Gallery
Houston, February 2016

En|Gulf, Third Space Gallery
Houston, December 2015

INTER, Winter Street Studios
Houston | May 2015


• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite

• Proficient with Vinyl Cutting & Installation

• Skilled with Letterpress and Silkscreen

• Experienced in Exhibition Fabrication & Installation

• Photography & Photo Studio Experience

• Experience with HTML, CSS, Squarespace & Wordpress

• Skilled with Microsoft Office Suite on both Mac OSX & Windows environments

• Fluent in Urdu and Hindi