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I started designing because I was in bands and all the artwork at the time was sh*t.

Graphic Design Teacher
Manchester

Martin Power

What do you love about design?

For me the power of design is communication. It’s not just about being beautiful and of the moment, it’s about connecting with the viewer and delivering information to them in a way that engages, excites and provokes a reaction.

I love the way a simple mix of colours, words and images can stir emotions.

Why do you teach?

I’m always keen to challenge myself and be around people who challenge me. Teaching is a great way for me to help others achieve what they want whilst also challenging me to stay relevant and focussed.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

I started designing because I was in bands and all the artwork at the time was shit. So rather than searching globally to find a designer to do our posters and EP artwork I picked up the mouse and did it myself.

After a couple of years I chased the dream and went to Uni whilst also producing artwork for bands and promoters.

I then went into the world of web design, then social media, then finally came back round to brand.

I spent nearly seven years working in London with agencies and clients direct and finally returned to Manchester to focus more on my own work.

What or who are you loving right now?

There are a lot of great studios popping up in Manchester over the past few years which I love to see but the work I really dig at the moment is coming from Europe. Trapped in Suburbia, Werklig and Snask—the rock and rollers of design.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

I’d have to be the Freight family. Solid everyday but with a little flare for special occasions

What’s your favourite blog?

Why? It’s really refreshing to see some celebrate the idea not just the visual

BP&O. Richard gives great insight into the finer details of the projects

Brand New. Although I find the comments infuriating as everyone has an opinion even though they know nothing about the journey.

Sorry, I know you only asked for one.

Andrew Shillington
Global

Anthony Wood
Global

Sarah McHugh
United Kingdom

Holly Karlsson
United States

Leyla Muratovic
Australia

Steph Ransom
Global

John Fry
Global

Jason Cooper
Australia

Laura Weldon
United Kingdom

Rebecca Hulme
New York

Jess Waal
New York

Andy Judd
London

Belen Ramos
Brisbane

Saxon Campbell
New York

Brenton Craig
Brisbane

Stephanie Munoz
New York

Ben Longden
London

Tia Queen
Brisbane

Ben Griffiths
Sydney

Ed Baptist
Manchester

Josh Nychuk
New York

Chris Norman
Melbourne

Ross Harrington
Melbourne

Jen Dennis
London

Shanti Sparrow
New York

John Palowski
Manchester

Kieryn Humphries
Brisbane

Steve Waring
Manchester

Fiona Yap
Sydney

Glen Swart
London

James Bourbon
Brisbane

Adam Dudd
New York

Spencer Harrison
Melbourne

Frances Gray
Melbourne

Jen Yani
Sydney

Martin Power
Manchester

I started designing because I was in bands and all the artwork at the time was sh*t.

Graphic Design Teacher
Manchester

Martin Power

What do you love about design?

For me the power of design is communication. It’s not just about being beautiful and of the moment, it’s about connecting with the viewer and delivering information to them in a way that engages, excites and provokes a reaction.

I love the way a simple mix of colours, words and images can stir emotions.

Why do you teach?

I’m always keen to challenge myself and be around people who challenge me. Teaching is a great way for me to help others achieve what they want whilst also challenging me to stay relevant and focussed.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

I started designing because I was in bands and all the artwork at the time was shit. So rather than searching globally to find a designer to do our posters and EP artwork I picked up the mouse and did it myself.

After a couple of years I chased the dream and went to Uni whilst also producing artwork for bands and promoters.

I then went into the world of web design, then social media, then finally came back round to brand.

I spent nearly seven years working in London with agencies and clients direct and finally returned to Manchester to focus more on my own work.

What or who are you loving right now?

There are a lot of great studios popping up in Manchester over the past few years which I love to see but the work I really dig at the moment is coming from Europe. Trapped in Suburbia, Werklig and Snask—the rock and rollers of design.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

I’d have to be the Freight family. Solid everyday but with a little flare for special occasions

What’s your favourite blog?

Why? It’s really refreshing to see some celebrate the idea not just the visual

BP&O. Richard gives great insight into the finer details of the projects

Brand New. Although I find the comments infuriating as everyone has an opinion even though they know nothing about the journey.

Sorry, I know you only asked for one.

George Simkin
London

Maja Cule
New York

Wayne Smith
Melbourne

Anna Dunn
London

Louise Mora
Manchester

Adam Busby
Brisbane

Emma Stokes
London

Sara Mazzoni
Global

Kevin Highdale
Global

Ali Neilly
Global

Laura Entralla Peláez
Global

Suzie Keen
Australia

Clay Allison
United Kingdom

Alex Daley
United States

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