Currently I’m leading a company which I co-founded in 2009 as a designer. My daily job is to see how users are interacting with my products and design the interfaces that impact on business goals.
In early days of my career, everything I designed went for printing, often on newspaper. I had to learn it in a hard way as print designs are tricky and impact directly on cost and experience.
At the beginning I always wanted to be a full time type designer. But that day yet to come. Meanwhile I’ve designed and developed some Bangla fonts and one of them is quite popular.
I came to this universe as the 3rd child of my parents. All I can remember about my early childhood are the changes of nature - rain and winter and the wide landscape where sky was only at the end. When I try to drill down the memories, I can remember some peculiar noises, supernatural fragrances and surrealistic snapshots. I hope one day I can create a visual representation.
I hardly can remember anything about my early days at school as I started bit early. My first school was at Rangpur which actually had no proper classrooms. In 1990 our family moved to Lakshmipur, a southern district of the country - to our ancestors’ native place. In 1993 I was sent to Dhaka for better education and in next 4 years I’ve completed the school education from Tejgaon Govt. High School.
The most important but confusing part of my life. I made a very bad result in the final exam of college and it was the biggest turning point of my life. I started learning the hardest lessons of my life - how to make money and how to take responsibilities of mine and my family. The finest experience of this time was to work as a radio reporter and voice artist for few months.
So far the best part of my life. The vast campus inspired me to think big about my life, take bigger risks and accept the failures. The sketchbooks of this time were full of ideas, fresh and spontaneous. I’ve completed BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and MFA (Master of Fine Arts) majoring Graphic Design from Faculty of Fine, University of Dhaka.
The plan was to become a ‘world class animator’ though I didn’t know what that exactly means. The beginning of my formal career which unfortunately hadn’t a happy ending. Not too long but precious. I’ve learnt the production lifecycle of an animated movie, got training for frame by frame drawing. I was really good at preparing storyboards and writing x-sheets.
The first step of becoming a professional designer. The starting was really challenging. I had very limited knowledge about Photoshop or Illustrator. Often I had to call my friends to get guidance how to draw a curve line on Illustrator. As I had a practice of preparing the design plan on paper with pencil, soon I started contributing the production. Bull’s-Eye was a creative studio dedicated to print designs. I got chances to design simple button size newspaper ads to complex few hundreds page corporate annual reports.
When I joined eBizzSol, I hardly have any idea about UI or the web technology. I treated my first UI design project just like a leaflet and somehow it changed my life. The 5 years at eBizzSol was the most valuable time in building my career. I jumped into many things and learnt the internet business in different ways. I got connected to many great personalities who also helped me to move forward.
It was like a fairy tale but the journey was like a roller coaster ride - an unpredictable, frightening but exciting experience. All through this journey I’ve played different roles at G&R. The starting was as the Art Director. In between I also acted as Product Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Product Officer and lastly since August 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer. There is a story from 2014 where I describe how we started G&R.
As ideas keep popping in my head and after a certain period I gained the courage to develop few of them. To keep the motivation up, I with some like minded friends and family founded Color Talking. Though now we know what we’re doing but the basic idea was not to set any goal for this company and keep it as a project to test a variety of online products with the aim to graduate them to real businesses.
Everything happens for a reason and we only realize after it becomes past. I love to remember my past to realize the purpose. It’s a journey and new stories are adding to my life everyday. Sometime I used to write about those stories and you can find it here.