Alan Aboud

Creative Director

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Alan Aboud (born 13 May 1966) is an Irish graphic designer and creative director, from Dublin, Ireland. He was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin from 1974–1984 and the National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin where he completed his foundation year and began his degree in graphic design before transferring to Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1986.

He founded the creative agency Aboud Sodano in 1989 with fellow Saint Martin’s student and photographer Sandro Sodano. The pair have enjoyed a loose creative association for many years combining Alan’s talent for art direction and typography with Sandro’s distinctive image making. Their collaborations still continue but as the business matured, Alan has concentrated on growing and shaping the agency in London while Sandro has consolidated his photography career in London and New York. In 2007, Aboud Sodano became Aboud Creative.

Over the past 20 years, the agency has worked extensively with strong and creatively innovative fashion, beauty, fragrance and lifestyle brands including Paul Smith (Sir Paul Smith), Levi’s, H&M, River Island and Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Aboud is most recognised for the success of the world-renowned Paul Smith identity using a Multi-stripe textile design originally created for shirting in 1997.

His company works across a wide range of creative skills including art direction & design for advertising, graphic design for books, editorial and websites, product design & packaging, commercials direction, motion graphics and exhibitions/environmental design.

More recently, he has acted as creative director on the new visual branding for the beauty and healthcare company, Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Aboud also collaborates with his cousin Simon Aboud, forming the collective Aboud + Aboud in 2009.

Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Zara, River Island





The Impression 250 is a hand-selected list of fashion’s leading creatives shaping the global fashion narrative today.