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Almost every professional opportunity I’ve been afforded as a designer—internships, freelance work and employment—has come about as a direct result of studying at Shillington.
Senior Product Designer, Linktree
What’s your day-to-day like as a Product Designer?
What I’m working on each day can vary greatly, depending on what projects are currently in progress. One day I might be mind-mapping and sketching out ideas for a new brand, while the next I could be creating wireframes and UI elements for a digital application currently in development.
What were you up to before studying at Shillington?
Before I started the graphic design course at Shillington (and while I was completing it), I was a full-time student at the Queensland University of Technology studying industrial design while working part-time in retail.
I decided to do more study after completing a minor in graphic design as part of my industrial design degree. As well as discovering an almost OCD-like tendency for beautifully designed packaging, I was drawn to the immediacy with which your creativity can be channeled and implemented. After much research and side-by-side comparison, I settled on Shillington after receiving many good recommendations about the course and seeing the level of work that was being presented in the portfolios of past students.
What advice would you have for current Shillington students to make the most out of their experience?
While you’re still studying, try to take full advantage of the almost unlimited creative freedom you have while working on each project. Of course you still need to respond to the requirements of the brief, but without the restrictions of factors like a budget or brand style guides etc., you should really try to let your imagination run wild! And in relation to this, it’s super important to push yourself to try things you usually wouldn’t or may feel apprehensive about. Shillington is the ideal environment to experiment and figure out what kind of work you really enjoy doing.
What would you say to someone in the design industry who is sceptical of the Shillington course?
What the course may lack in actual duration, it more than makes up for in the concentrated of industry relevant knowledge and simulation of real-world working environments. Almost every professional opportunity I’ve been afforded as a designer—internships, freelance work and employment—has come about as a direct result of studying at Shillington.