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I left Shillington with a bank of design knowledge and a presentable portfolio which ultimately landed me my first design job.
Freelance Graphic Designer
How did you end up working in design for the music industry and landing Annie Mac as a client?
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a fascination with design in music. As a child, album artwork and branding really stuck with me and was probably the catalyst for my music design interest (The Prodigy branding was amazing!). Music is a great way to channel creative energy as the music itself acts as inspiration itself. Landing Annie Mac as a client was the result of persistence, desire and a slice of luck!
My final Shillington portfolio contained fictional festival flyers that I’d dreamt up and spent my free time creating, so to get paid to create branding for real artists has been amazing.
Your work is very playful and illustrative. Tell us more.
I don’t aim to follow a particular design style, however I’ve always loved big, bold type and contrasting colours. My current roster of clients often require vibrant and energetic artwork, so naturally the designs cannot be too clinical.
Graphic design has always been my passion, I knew that was the career path that I’d like to take. Having decided University wasn’t for me I needed to find a viable alternative, Shillington turned out to be a great choice. You are taught complete design theory and detailed design program usage in a great workspace. Passionate teachers and inspirational guest lecturers are an added bonus.
I left Shillington with a bank of design knowledge and a presentable portfolio which ultimately landed me my first design job. In my experience employers are more interested in your portfolio that your CV, so having presentable work was invaluable. I would love to retake the course again!