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I think the most important part is about what you’re doing with the information you receive, how much work you put in and if you’re open for your perspectives to adapt.
Senior Designer, HarrimanSteel
Sylvan Hillebrand studied at Shillington New York
You’re originally from The Netherlands, where you studied design and also worked with companies on branding projects since 2013. How did you find out about the course and why did you choose to make the move to study at Shillington?
During and after four years of design school and freelance gigs, I still felt like my workflow and creative process wasn’t really defined yet. Every project began with the question “where do I start?”. I knew I needed to search for something out of my comfort zone. So after my graduation, I decided to look for something exciting and I basically found out about Shillington through a Facebook ad! One of the rare times I wasn’t annoyed by Facebook ads, it seemed interesting knowing the situation and I clicked it.
What was the best part of studying in New York? Any tips for applicants interested in studying abroad?
I’ve always dreamt about living in New York because it seemed so surreal, interesting and refreshing. The people, the energy, and everything that New York has to offer motivated me. It changed me for the better.
How did you find the overall Shillington experience?
Overall it’s been amazing. I’ve met some of the best people ever, learned a lot about design, New York and myself. The briefs were diverse and touched every aspect you need to know. I found it intense, a lot of fun and really something that challenges you.
With your extensive design experience, how did the Shillington course elevate your design skillset?
The biggest part for me is the creative process that I’ve learned to develop at Shillington. Through the years I’ve experienced a lot of projects where I didn’t know where to start, even if you think you know where to start, there was no defined process. At Shillington, I really developed a process that helps me tackle any project that comes my way. Of course, every project is still challenging, but it helps you to see the next steps, opportunities and gives a better perspective of the total picture.