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The Letter Bug London, Shillington Graduate

Ocki Magill graduated from #shillosyd back in 2009. Now she works as a designer for creative agency The Corner by day, and is a bespoke typographer by night.

Today for #typetuesday, we’re thrilled to feature her gorgeous type illustrations—personally inspired by and created for each client!

We love your bespoke typography with letters illustrated out of unexpected things—rose petals, baking equipment, even bunnies! Where do you find your inspiration?

Each and every letter for my Letter Bug project is made for a specific client. They come to me with a person in mind and we discuss what that person likes and what they might find amusing or fun. Often my clients will have no idea what they want, which makes it all the more fun for me! For example, I’ve got a hedgehog letter with leaves caught on his spines H coming up soon. Or, I created a Nimbus 2000 and wizard hat letter for a Harry Potter fan. I even tried to pitch how important Narwhales are the other day! It’s all a bit mad, but essentially it’s great fun working with people who want to give their loved ones a special present. My favourite letters are the more graphic ones like the magpie and the zebra letters.

For the final product, each letter comes mounted, framed and gift wrapped. I think this gives people a lot of comfort that they don’t have to go and hunt down a frame themselves.AutumnA_TheLetterBugWhat do you love about being a designer?

I love what I do because its so varied. The people I work with and the challenges I come up against—there are many! I learn new things all the time, either creative tricks or business ones. From new materials and colours to new tricks in Adobe Illustrator, it really is a vast landscape in which to learn new things with awesome people.

Who or what inspires you creatively?

I find a lot of inspiration in colour. Colour can really dictate a mood, a feeling and then an idea.

I pick up postcards a lot or screenshot colour palettes from Instagram. Otherwise I’m inspired by my friends and family, exhibitions, taking photos with my camera and seeing the world as much as I can.

I also go away once a year on my own, which always really inspires me.

Also, my parents are both designers, which really helps. My Mum is an interior designer and is brilliant with colour and print. My father is a product designer and is brilliant with the practical side of things—less narwhales, more numbers.


IMG_5253 (1)Where do you live/work? Describe your typical day.

I currently live and work in London. More specifically, I live in Wandsworth Town, cycle to work in Soho and then I cycle home to set up my studio at home surrounded by flowers and lots of podcasts. Painting is such a wonderful thing to do after a day of looking at a screen and using a Wacom tablet. I love to mix paint and I am in love with my gouache paints.

I eat a lot of avocados, visit the art shop a lot and try and find time for my friends when I’m not painting letters into the night. I dedicate a fair bit of time to my Instagram feed as it has been a great place for new business and to share ideas with other type lovers. There’s a wonderful community of type enthusiasts out there!

Packaging_1_1500x1500_150425You graduated in 2009. What have you been up to since graduation? How has your life changed after Shillington?

I’ve been busy, beavering away, growing up, being a fool, falling in love, partying all night, working all night. You know, all the stuff that happens between 22 and 27. It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure.

Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?

Shillington was, and is the only place that delivers what they promise. They teach you graphic design, the skills, the programmes with conviction and heart.

I was always dubious about a three year university course. I just wanted to get down to it, work really hard and get on with working. Shillington was the only place that really gave me that opportunity.

Since leaving, I have sat down with more than 10 young creatives to discuss their future and am proud to say that many have enroled.

LetterBug_FishingFlyPWhat would you say to someone who is sceptical about the Shillington course?

Don’t be. It’s brilliant. If you want to learn, you absolutely will. If you want to become a designer, you absolutely will. Give it your all and it will blow you away.

If you could give one piece of advice to young designers, what would it be?

Be brave. In all things. With ideas, with your opinions. Make mistakes and learn from them.

Once you stop worrying about making mistakes everything becomes much more fun I think.

Where do you see yourself in 12 months time?

In 12 months time I would like to be as busy as I am now, balancing it all and keeping my head above water. I want to do more work and study into the strategy side of branding. I hope to really craft my branding portfolio whilst creating more products for The Letter Bug. Watch this space!

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Thank so much to Ocki for sharing her typography! If you’d like to commission your very own letter from The Letter Bug check out her online store.

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