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RICHARD SAMAEL FORSMAN

aka Samael Creative

Experienced Multimedia Creative Delivering Compelling Graphic Design, Video and Photography

Richard Forsman
Hello, I'm Richard Forsman, but you can call me Riku. With over a decade of experience in various design positions, I've honed my skills as a multimedia creative, delivering engaging photo, video and animated content for companies of all sizes.

In my previous position, I spearheaded all aspects of video and audio marketing content, from ideation to execution and distribution, resulting in increased engagement rates. I also collaborated with cross-functional teams to integrate print catalogs, digital marketing, and in-store events, driving a boost in overall revenue and brand visibility.

My expertise includes Adobe Creative Suite, DaVinci Resolve, CSP, Figma, and other multimedia software, enabling me to create compelling visual and audio content across multiple platforms. I have also managed multimedia projects for clients ranging from e-commerce businesses to international corporations, ensuring timely delivery and high-quality results.

Browse my recent posts to see my diverse portfolio of photography, graphic design, motion graphics, video, and illustration projects, which showcase my creativity and attention to detail. I've recently been focusing on photography, filling my time after leaving Verkkokauppa.com with event photography work and portraits on top of working with my private animation project.

If you're looking for a versatile multimedia creative with a proven track record, don't hesitate to reach out. Let's discuss how I can help elevate your multimedia content strategy. I'm excited to hear from you and explore potential opportunities.

Experience

Freelance Creative

Samael Creative
Dec 2011 - Present
Photography, video, graphic design, motion graphics, and illustration art globally for various clients.

Photographer & Content Writer

Tuonela Magazine
May 2023 - Present
Consert photography and content writing for english online publication.

Video Content Specialist

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj - Helsinki
March 2016 - Dec 2022
Responsible for video & audio marketing both brand and partner marketing, video content management, video production, graphic design, motion graphics, and digital signage systems.

Founder / Owner

Morbid North Ltd - Helsinki
Dec 2018 - Dec 2022
Band merchandising, apparel design, and e-commerce services for the music industry. Building and developing a complex WooCommerce e-commerce store with separate wholesale site and B2B customer portal.

Customer Service Agent

Proffice - Tampere
Sep 2014 - Fixed Contract
Whirlpool industrial machine customer service.

Photographer

Waterpark Festival Oy - Espoo
Aug 2014 - Fixed Contract
Event photographer at Serena Pop & Rock Festival 2014

Customer Service Agent & Photographer

Proffice - Tampere
Apr 2014 - Jun 2014 Fixed Contract
Customer Service Agent for PINS Finland launch and employee photographer.

Graphic Designer & Illustration artist

TUKEVA - Työvalmennussäätiö - Kuopio
Apr 2013 - Jun 2013 Fixed Contract
Helping out for Starttipaja and Ideapaja youth programs.
Graphic design and illustration for the Starttipaja program and for the fleemarket store part of the company.

Digipress Manager

KYS Kuopion Yliopistollinen Sairaala - Kuopio
Feb 2013 - Apr 2013 Fixed Contract
Temporary relief at the hospital printing house. I was responsible for everything going on in the printing house from taking orders, printing, editing, making layouts to ordering more stock supply. As a bit extra, I also designed stretching manuals and other informative manuals for the patients.

Textile printer

Crazy Station - Kuopio
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012 Intern
Textile printing and embroidery on shirts, jackets, caps, beanies etc. Taking orders, editing graphics, printing and packing.

Customer Service Specialist

StaffPoint Oy - Helsinki
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011 Fixed Contract
Customer service specialist at Gigantti Contact Center.

Customer Service Specialist

Pro Voice Finland Oy - Helsinki
Nov 2010 - Sep 2011
Outsourced customer service for electric company. I was also doing some direct sales and handling claims.

Security Guard

Securitas Oy - Helsinki
Aug 2008 - Sep 2010
Mobile patrol security guard.

Security Guard / Safety Inspector

Securitas Group - Helsinki
Oct 2006 - Sep 2010
Security in events like festivals, sport events and hotel security during the ETYJ meeting.

Security Guard / Personal Security

Visanka Oy - Helsinki
Sep 2008 - Sep 2010
Personal security, secured person delivery and cloak room services.

Assembly Worker

Selcast Oy - Karjaa
May 2004 - Jul 2004 Seasonal
Factory assembly work and packing.

Education

Media Assistant / Graphic Design

Tampere Vocational College
2013 - 2015

Comics and Illustration

Civic College - Kymenlaakson Opisto
2012 - 2012

Skills

Finnish - Native
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English - Fluent
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Print Design
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Web Design
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UI Design
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Branding
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Motion Graphics
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Videography and Editing
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Photography
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Digital Marketing
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Brand Marketing
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Content Marketing
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Content Creation
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Content Writing
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TV Advertising
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Digital Signage

Toolset

As a multimedia creative, I use a large variety of tools and I like to keep up with modern alternatives

Lightroom CC

Lightroom is something you almost expect any photographer to use and I'm not an exception. I'll let my photos do the talking.

Premiere CC

Premiere has been my main editing software for the past 7 years, but I've slowly begun to switch to using DaVinci Resolve instead as it speeds up my video work.

After Effects CC

After Effects is my main tool for any video work as most of my work includes motion graphics. I use it for videos, web animations, and GIFs. Because GIFs are cool!

InDesign CC

I've created tons of book layouts, brochures, and other print assets with InDesign and I love messing around with the interactive tools.

Photoshop CC

Ever since I got Photoshop 7 in my hands when I was just a kid, this has been basically my third arm for doing anything creative. I've also done the Adobe Certification back in Photoshop CS5 times and I'm also quickly adapting to all the new tools and functions Adobe gives us. Unfortunately, I'm also the one finding all the new bugs for each update.

Illustrator CC

From print to the web Illustrator is the main workhorse for most graphic designers. I use it mostly for print layouts, logo design, icons, and vector elements I animate using After Effects.

Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio EX isn't the most known creative software in western countries, but it's a major software in Asia used in manga and anime production. I've used it for illustration work, and comics and currently using it with my private hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation project.

Workspace

I use Workspace for my freelance work, used it with my previous company Morbid North and I've set up it for various clients through the years way before it was even called Workspace.

Figma

Figma is something I've only used when I need to collaborate with other designers. All of my websites are made with the WordPress-Oxygen Builder combo and because I'm fluently using Oxygen builder I haven't really seen much use for Figma in my solo projects. If needed I'll be quick to catch on with it.

WordPress

All of my website projects are built on WordPress as CMS. For building websites, I use Oxygen Builder instead of any traditional themes/theme builders as it gives me the creative freedom to make anything I want. Like this cheeky landing page, I made copying Nomentia front page from the Finnish version which happened to suit better for this than the English version with its busy background.

I have used other CMS as well like Squarespace, Wix, and Hubspot which the Nomentia website uses.

Notion

I use Notion as my private notebook for everything from recipes to shopping lists, but it's also part of my freelancing work as I use it for documentation and wiki.
davinci resolve studio

DaVinci Resolve

I've slowly begun switching from Adobe Premiere to DaVinci Resolve during the past few years. Currently, I only have used the free version, but I'm intrigued to learn more when I get my hands on the paid Resolve Studio 18 and all it's tools.
office 365 logo

Office 365

Microsoft Office is one of the universal software that almost everyone has used in one way or other. I quite honestly avoid using it as I know a better tool for every product included in the 365.
“Marketing is telling the world you’re a rock star. Content Marketing is showing the world you are one.”

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Location - Helsinki, Finland
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