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Coaching has always been my leadership style and getting the opportunity to nurture creativity is what I believe makes the design community a great thing to be part of.

Graphic Design Teacher
Manchester

Dave Bird

What do you love about design?

Not knowing where I may end up.

Why do you teach?

Coaching has always been my leadership style and getting the opportunity to nurture creativity is what I believe makes the design community a great thing to be part of.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Before now? I have worked for a handful of great studios with some great talent. I lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for 15 years, starting off at Sumo Design and then at Founded, where I worked in the Arts and Culture sector for clients like Theatre Royal and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, as well in the travel sector for Eastern Airways. I 2011 the call back to Manchester was too strong. I started working for Wonder Associates, continuing to work in the arts and culture sector. A highlight of my time there was working with the National Trust on re-brand the lake district. I then moved to Holdens where I worked with a superb team. We worked on branding projects for clothes retailers, shops, education and arts and culture. Moving on from there I then began to work with The Neighbourhood, a remarkable team, where I specialised in branding but also working closely with the digital and vis teams. I worked on projects for the property and place market, but was also able to work with some great architects on their branding and websites.

What or who are you loving right now?

Making it up as I go along!

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

Ha, that changes depending on the time of day!

What’s your favourite blog?

Formfiftyfive.

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Anthony Wood
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United Kingdom

Jason Cooper
Australia

Laura Weldon
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Karin Harvey
Global

Shanti Sparrow
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John Palowski
Manchester

Rebecca Hulme
Melbourne

Jess Waal
New York

Andy Judd
London

Saxon Campbell
New York

Alyson Pearson
Melbourne

Brenton Craig
Brisbane

Fiona Martin
London

Ben Longden
London

Tia Queen
Brisbane

Ben Griffiths
Sydney

Ed Baptist
Manchester

Chris Norman
Melbourne

Jen Dennis
London

Kieryn Humphries
Brisbane

Becc Sharrock
Melbourne

Fiona Yap
Sydney

Glen Swart
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James Bourbon
Brisbane

Spencer Harrison
Melbourne

Martin Power
Manchester

Amy Prus
London

George Simkin
London

Lucy Wells
Melbourne

Maja Cule
New York

Wayne Smith
Melbourne

Louise Mora
Manchester

Adam Busby
Brisbane

Emma Stokes
London

Renée Melo
London

Rich Tucker
London

Jimmy Muldoon
New York

Robin Cameron
New York

Nikita Prokhorov
New York

Alan Barba
New York

Sydney Ligouri
New York

Ben Miners
Brisbane

Katie Baxendale
Manchester

Emily Comfort
New York

Dave Bird
Manchester

Andy Lee
Manchester

Coaching has always been my leadership style and getting the opportunity to nurture creativity is what I believe makes the design community a great thing to be part of.

Graphic Design Teacher
Manchester

Dave Bird

What do you love about design?

Not knowing where I may end up.

Why do you teach?

Coaching has always been my leadership style and getting the opportunity to nurture creativity is what I believe makes the design community a great thing to be part of.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Before now? I have worked for a handful of great studios with some great talent. I lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for 15 years, starting off at Sumo Design and then at Founded, where I worked in the Arts and Culture sector for clients like Theatre Royal and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, as well in the travel sector for Eastern Airways. I 2011 the call back to Manchester was too strong. I started working for Wonder Associates, continuing to work in the arts and culture sector. A highlight of my time there was working with the National Trust on re-brand the lake district. I then moved to Holdens where I worked with a superb team. We worked on branding projects for clothes retailers, shops, education and arts and culture. Moving on from there I then began to work with The Neighbourhood, a remarkable team, where I specialised in branding but also working closely with the digital and vis teams. I worked on projects for the property and place market, but was also able to work with some great architects on their branding and websites.

What or who are you loving right now?

Making it up as I go along!

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

Ha, that changes depending on the time of day!

What’s your favourite blog?

Formfiftyfive.

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London

Ed Cornish
London

Sara Mazzoni
Global

Ali Neilly
Global

Laura Entralla Peláez
Global

Clay Allison
United Kingdom

Alex Daley
United States

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