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I have never felt more creative than when I’m teaching. There is something very special about a group of enthusiastic like-minded people coming together every day to live and breathe design.
Director of Teaching
Shanti Sparrow is an award winning graphic designer, illustrator and educator with a decade of experience in independent, boutique and agency environments. Her approach to design is recognisably bold and she specialises as a conceptual designer. As an illustrator, Shanti has published multiple children’s books, collaborated to produce limited edition products and exhibited internationally.
What do you love about design?
I love that as a designer every day is different. When I’m designing I never get bored because each brief is a new challenge and requires a unique solution. I also love how design is ever changing and adapting. Design is made up of resilient and creative people and they help to keep evolving our industry.
Why do you teach?
I have never felt more creative than when I’m teaching. There is something very special about a group of enthusiastic like-minded people coming together every day to live and breathe design. I am continually inspired and amazed. It’s also incredibly rewarding to watch a student’s journey from passionate onlooker to fierce designer.
Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.
Before Shillington, I was designing in boutique studios in Sydney, Australia. I specialised in not-for-profit, conceptual design and campaign identities. Design is so powerful, especially when using your skills to raise funds for important humanitarian and environmental causes.
I founded my design studio, Shanti Sparrow, in 2014. The studio has a focus on visual identities, packaging and editorial design. I work with many start-ups helping to shape and create their unique visual voice. I am also lucky enough to design for various festivals and independent events.
As an illustrator, I have a distinctive style that involves textures and patterns in elaborate collages that have exhibited globally. Illustrating has given me unique experiences developing children’s books, greeting cards, a luggage range, puzzles, calendars and games.
What or who are you loving right now?
If you were a typeface, what would you be?
I would hope to be something versatile like Kabel.
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