Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve asked our design teachers at Shillington what they’d like for the holidays and what made it to their lists this year. We’ve included independent creatives and shops, featuring everything from pins to scarves and books. Explore this gift guide to get some ideas for yourself.

Designer Stories

Get inspired by hearing stories from Shillington graduates, all working as freelancers, including #ShilloLON Robyn MC who works with clients in the music, fashion, charity and hospitality industries, along with #ShilloMEL Carla Zimbler working as a video and 3D animation artist and #ShilloNY Wyatt Welles whose done work for clients from theater productions to film series.

And get some tips from creatives that came to speak at Shillington this year—Ash O’Brien, Brand Designer and Partner at Two of Us, Joel Moore, AKA Mulga the Artist and Fredrik Öst, Creative Director of Snask.

Career Advice

If you’ve been curious about changing your career and considering graphic design, you can learn more about the field and the wide variety of career paths that you can explore in this handy guide.

Alternatively, if you’ve already started working as a designer, you can find these design tips useful to help you improve your skills and understand the industry, along with useful advice on how you can land a design job and unexpected ways you can get freelance work.

Creative Inspiration

Shillington recently launched our brand new podcast—Pathfinder! The podcast host #ShilloNY teacher Jimmy Muldoon interviews designers on topics covering how to navigate the industry, career advice, insights into running a studio and how to stay creatively inspired.

Want to discover more designers, illustrators, typographers and studios from around the world? Then make sure to give these creatives a follow on Instagram and check out the Designers Around the World series for highlights of our favourite creatives. And stay active with the creative community virtually by joining these global Slack groups.

And if you’re looking for something to read over the holidays, give The Shillington Post a read—all copies are available digitally on Issuu. Stay tuned for the Shillington Post 09—The Wellbeing Issue set to launch in early 2021.

Design Case Studies

Shillington teachers across our campuses got to work on some interesting projects, from a self-initiated idea to a client commission—these case studies will surely inspire you in case you’re itching to get started on something new.

  • #ShilloMEL teachers Annette Dennis and Kim Melvin discuss their collaboration on the Class of Covid Zine
  • #ShilloNY teacher Shrenik Ganatra shares his process for the branding and campaign for his band Minaxi
  • #ShilloSYD teacher Maddy Ritchie discusses her work with Gemma O’Brien on the Tiffany&Co Shanghai Mural
  • #ShilloNY teacher Marcea Decker talks about the brief and process to create the bleach artwork for Molly Nilsson’s 8th album, 2020
  • #ShilloMEL teacher Annette Dennis talks about designing and producing the book for poet and artist Sarah May, Oversharing My Selves
  • #ShilloSYD teacher Tim King discusses the process, print and art direction for making the photo book of his family photos, The Wheelers

Add to your calendar


Info Sessions 6 January at 1:00pm EST
Full-time classes start 11 January
Part-time classes start 10 February


Info Sessions 6 January at 6:00pm GMT
Full-time classes start 11 January
Part-time classes start 10 February


Info Sessions 6 January at 1:00pm EST/6:00pm GMT
Online Part-time classes start 8 February 2021
(UK, US West Coast and East Coast Time Zones)


Info Sessions 21 January at 6:00pm AEDT
Full-time and part-time classes start 15 February

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