“Will studying at Shillington get me a job in digital?” As the graphic design industry catapults further into the digital world, being in tune with the latest trends, technology and practices is important as ever.
Always wanting to have our fingers firmly on the pulse of what’s industry-relevant, we’ve made a conscious effort to adjust our course content to suit these needs. At Shillington, we strive to provide the best learning environment for students hoping to obtain a career in digital design once they graduate. From briefs in UX, UI, Website and App Design, to our regular industry talks (including visits from Ustwo, Brothers & Sisters and Moving Brands) there’s a constant stream of digital material to take inspiration from. We’ve even had a staff workshop in London from UX specialist Sagarika Sundaram of Wolff Olins who shared valuable tips on what’s key in a junior designer’s portfolio.
So, to answer the initial question, yes, studying at Shillington will help you develop the digital skills needed to work as a junior digital designer. To get a closer look at what’s possible once you graduate, we’ve put the spotlight on 12 Shillington graduates now working in digital design. From big in-house names like Google and Apple to smaller tech companies, they’re all very much a part of the innovative digital industry.
After graduating from the full-time course in Shillington Manchester, Alex relocated to London where he worked in digital studio 3 fish in a tree (now The Hackney Collective), then moving to branding agency Prophet before settling at Toaster, a vendor for Google with client work for Android, Youtube and of course Google themselves.
John enrolled at Shillington Manchester to expand his skill set. Already having illustrative skills, he wanted to shape his portfolio to attract a wider audience. Since graduating he now works alongside Alex as a Freelancer at Toaster alongside his own illustration work.
We recently filmed a peek inside Hamish’s average day as a digital designer at Brisbane-based agency, Josephmark. Hamish studied part-time at Shillington Brisbane and is now in his element designing digital content for Josephmark’s ever growing client list. Have a read through an interview we did with Hamish earlier this year.
3. Alexandra Hsiao
UX Designer at Audible
A graduate of Shillington New York, Alexandra now works as a UX Designer for Amazon’s Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks. With previous roles at Ogilvy One and Yodle, Alexandra is at the core of some of the most exciting happenings in the digital industry right now.
If you’ve ever been on a musician’s website, chances are that Retrofuzz are behind the design. Shillington Manchester graduate Hannah followed the path of fellow Shillington graduate Ryan Meikle (now turned freelance) to join the Retrofuzz team. With an expansive list of clients featuring musicians Nick Cave and Arctic Monkeys alongside fashion brands, Eastpak and Lee, it’s never a dull day.
Theo balanced Shillington Manchester’s part-time course alongside his day job, wowing us with his impeccable eye for detail and use of colour. Now working at Great Fridays he’s been able to expand his digital knowledge through a variety of projects in the UK and beyond. Find out more about Theo and watch a flip through of his student portfolio in an interview he did with us earlier this year.
After studying at Shillington Sydney, Alexandra worked across startup environments, mid-sized digital agencies, within digital communications design and platform design. While still based in Sydney she secured a role at global advertising agency R/GA, and has since moved overseas to Los Angeles to work on the design team at digital agency, Huge. We recently caught up with Alexandra to talk about her work on new digital start-up SeatFrog.
A part-time graduate from Shillington New York, Aenea is now working at Verbal & Visual, a digital agency with a strategy rooted in engaging story telling and effective digital solutions. Aenea has since been back to Shillington’s New York campus as part of an #industrytalks with Verbal & Visual’s Thomas Quigley.
Shillington Sydney graduate Alexis relocated to California to begin working at the temple of tech, Apple. With previous roles at Re and Frost* in Sydney she’s worked on some extremely exciting digital projects. Check out her Behance page for a peek at her portfolio.
An innovative agency specialising in strategically-led digital branding, We Are Empire became the workplace of Louise Hamer shortly after she graduated from the full-time course in Shillington Manchester. Louise shared her story from education into the creative industry over on We Are Empire’s Journal. Have a read for her top tips on ‘selling yourself’ and ‘asking why’.
Andrés’ diverse portfolio from Shillington London could have taken him anywhere, but with a penchant for digital he secured a design role at creative digital agency Impero where he’s now honing in on animation to broaden his skill-set. We featured Andrés’ student portfolio in Shillington Post 03—The Maverick Issue. Have a flick through over here!
Now working as a freelance designer, Shillington Brisbane graduate Stephanie previously worked for fitness favourite, Lorna Jane—keeping their website current and fresh as well as supplying uplifting content for their blog Move Nourish Believe. We recently chatted in detail with Stephanie about her design journey which you can read over here.
12. Catherine Adreani
UX/UI Designer at Thackway McCord
After completing the full-time course at Shillington New York, Catherine entered the world of Digital, taking up a position at Thackway McCord as a UX/UI Designer. Fine out more about Catherine on her very own Thackway McCord profile!
If you spend your days dreaming up apps, or critiquing websites for their bad UX, then a career in digital could be perfect for you. Classes start again this September at all six of our campuses around the world. Join us at an Info Session to learn more! –> www.shillingtoneducation.com.
Illustrations—Shillington graduate John Wood.