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Design is such an effective means to make optimism tangible, to realize a better and more inspiring world.

Graphic Design Teacher

Rony Mikhael

Rony Mikhael is an independent creative director, designer and brand strategist. His work has impacted everything from local coffee shops to enterprise fashion brands, audacious tech start-ups to international big pharma. After years in agency world, he now consults with start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small-medium-sized businesses to design visual, physical, and ultimately, visceral brand (i.e. human) experiences.

What do you love about design?

Design is such an effective means to make optimism tangible, to realize a better and more inspiring world. Wielding the power of design constantly turns problems into opportunities and provides actionable steps to creating a more delightful future—I love that.

Why do you teach?

I teach because I remember what it felt like to finally find that thing in life that truly got me excited to “show up” every day (design). I love helping others discover the rich life that a profession in design can offer; through all the different things one learns about as a designer (from ice cream to heart surgery and everything in between) and how that then shapes one’s thinking, empathy, and outlook on life. Teaching also keeps me on my toes to keep learning and growing to not get stagnant.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

My design career really started back when I was 16 with my first company (a music event production company). Over time that evolved into a more focused career in the creative industry, spanning the disciplines of graphic design, brand strategy and identity design, UI and UX design, advertising, copywriting, video production, motion graphics, music production, lettering, illustration, packaging, editorial design, environmental design, and product design. I’ve spent a decade helping build up a number of agencies and now work independently consulting with purpose-driven entrepreneurs and start-ups to bring thoughtful design and creative expressions to the internal and external manifestations of those brands.

What or who are you loving right now?

My curiosities have been reinvigorated by other design and related disciplines as of late. Seeing the new developments in sustainable and gorgeous architecture constantly has me in awe. Working with industrial designers and people who make more tangible artifacts is super inspiring and I constantly anticipate what things are coming out of the likes of Muuto, Norm Architects, and Futudesign. I’m currently loving the illustration work of Luis Mendo and other contributors to Monocle magazine. A lot of studios out of Europe and Scandinavia have been really impressive as well. Shops like Skinn, Bold, Kuudes, Werklig, Studio.Build. Of course there are studios I’m constantly following on this side of the pond like Locomotive, Instrument, Collins, Kati Forner. There’s honestly a lot to admire in this industry, smaller shops who are doing massive work; it’s an ever-growing roster of inspiration.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

Akzidenz Grotesk.

What’s your favourite blog?

The InVision blog Inside Design is pretty great for trends in digital, while Brand New gives me a nice update on what’s fresh in the identity space, and of course, BP&O is always a lovely dive.. In lieu of blogs, I’ve found myself drifting more into podcasts, notably A Change of Brand, How Brands Are Built, How I Built This, Design Mind, Fearless, IOFA, Clever, and Monocle on Design.

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Managing Director, Global

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Director, Australia

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DesignOps & Teacher, Global

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Head of Course Content, Global

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Head of Online, Global

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Head, New York

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Head, United Kingdom

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Head of Experience, Global

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Experience Assistant, United Kingdom

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Lead Teacher, New York

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