By Elias Hakizimana
Thierry Uwamungu is Rwandan Senior Graphic Designer with experiences in the management of the complete design process, from conceptualization to delivery.
Born in June 1989, the son of a modest family from the poorer suburbs in Kigali, later became a book layout graphic designer.
Thierry first worked as senior graphic designer at “RD Tech” (Rwanda Dimension Technologies) in 2012.
After doing some freelance artworks for different organizations while he was still studying at University of Rwanda, in the school of Journalism and communication where he was heading the graphic design team for the institution’s newspaper, he was hired in November 2015 by Highland publishers ‘project manager to become the book layout graphic designer.
Over the next years as a graphic designer, he especially focused on school books, story book, and covers. He introduced his framing style which is resonating till now with the mood of the publishing time in Rwanda.
In 2015 before joining Highland publishers limited, he participated as a graphic designer to the creation of Rwanda Gorilla Game, a product of the House of Technology that contributed in Rwandan education in Geography and education.
During the 2011 and 2014, he was responsible for many album covers, logos, billboards promotional materials and helped the school of Journalism and Communication create the graphic style of that era.
He designed a lot of story books and their covers for Highland Books. He made a big impression with his framing style. His work is characterized by a flowing photography style and soft computer-based airbrushing – very much in step with the digital styles of the times.
During his childhood, Uwamungu joined the primary in Kabeza-Kanombe in Kicukiro district. He later joined the ordinary level at Junior Seminary of Kabgayi, a catholic church based-school hosting boys only.
He did the advanced level at Nyundo Art School currently “ Nyundo School of Arts and Music.
Before joining the University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences in Journalism and MASS Communication (CASS), Uwamungu was lucky to be among 17 students who benefited from a multimedia training along the period of six months at the Univesrity of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology.
“I joined UR-CASS since 2011 where I got an occasion for practical trainings to elaborate my carrier guidance since the first year of the University, so, my carrier guidance prepared me to be a photographer, Camera man, Graphic Designer,” said Uwamungu.
He is very special to operate Adobe in Design, Adobe photo-shop, which are the major applications in design for print.
“My daily job is graphic design and I do follow on book designing process in printer to ensure book layout is perfect,” Uwamungu noted.
Uwamungu said that he tries his best to make a client satisfied.
“I want to extent my carrier and help the young generation. Currently, I teach five children for free of charge, many people follow me on social media and are very interested,” said Uwamungu.
Uwamugu found an opportunity to meet with a designer who makes books for the Oxford University Press from whom he learned different techniques and appreciated his books.
He participated in two competitions organized by Indian International Oxford, evaluated by Rwanda Education Board (REB) where he won the awards for the phase 2 and 3 and his books were ranked “Best winners”. He competed with Ugandans and Kenyans.
“My books were approved twice with the first rank, in the region I have many appreciations from clients,” He said.