Hazem Aljesr: Rising star on Arab design scene
Hazem Aljesr spent his early years in Lebanon, where he was born and Saudi Arabia where he was brought up. He continued his journey in the US and UK where he set off to pursue higher education, getting a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History and an MBA in marketing.
“I’m just someone who is very passionate about art and design, and I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to share what I love with other people and try to provide them with a source of inspiration,” he said.
Starting his career at Tom Dixon Design studios in London, which is a design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture, Aljesr gained experience in the world of high-end design. His work has been acquired by museums across the globe including leading names such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York and Center Georges Pompidou, Paris.
After gaining extensive experience, he felt confident enough to return to the Middle East in 2006 and open his very own branding, Web and design firm, Zoom Creative in Riyadh. Zoom Creative is now one of the premiere design firms in the region, garnering in the process, 18 Pan Arab Web design awards and expanding its offices to Beirut, Lebanon.
“Zoom Creative is an award-winning design firm that offers a variety of services including branding and corporate identity, print design, interactive design, product and promotional design, as well as commercial space branding,” he said. “When Zoom Creative launched in 2006, it presented a different design philosophy to the region, and people really responded to our approach and to our results, so Zoom became popular very quickly. We worked very hard and we have always had a great team. I’m still very proud of the outstanding work that Zoom Creative continues to do today,” he added. We met with Aljesr to talk about his experience, his brand and his future plans.