Hear straight from our graduates.
Design is great because it’s so mobile. Essentially you can do your job anywhere in the world as long as you’ve got a computer and some wi-fi, which is pretty amazing.
Design & Communications Manager, BALNCE
While still surfing competitively, you decided to study design part-time. Why did you want to study design? Why did you choose Shillington?
I’ve always had a strong interest in design in general. Last year I decided to try follow this interest and study graphic design. Shillington seemed like it had a really good reputation, and I was really impressed by all the student work I had seen come from there. I wasn’t able to study full-time due to surfing commitments, so the part-time course suited me well and allowed me to study whilst continuing with surfing.
Now you’re working a bit at Stab Magazine. We loved their interview with you! What kind of stuff have you gotten to do there?
Yeah I’ve been really lucky to have had the opportunity to gain some work with Stab. Its a really open company in terms of freedom of expression and trying to find abstract concepts and solutions, all the people that work there are really cool and I’m super grateful to be able to work alongside them. I’ve done a mix of writing and design. Their creative director Shin Dalby is the mastermind behind a lot of their conceptual work and aesthetics, and he’s been an amazing guy to try and watch and learn from. Recently I got to work on the Stab Surfer Of The Year with him which was really fun.
What was the biggest lesson you learnt during the course?
Probably time management, which is completely un-design related technically speaking hahah. I think with full-time you might just be constantly on the go, bang bang bang, and so you’re kind of forced into a certain amount of work all the time, whereas with part-time you’re only there two days a week, how you manage the rest of your time is up to you. Ant that took me a while to work out, but in the end you begin to figure out a balance and how to manage your time effectively, which I think is more valuable than a certain design technique that you could just learn on any youtube tutorial.