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Shillington changed the game for me.

Designer, Frost*collective

Benny Hinman

What were you up to before Shillington? 

Before Shillington, I had spent the last 8 years working in the aviation industry in different logistical roles. I had stumbled into this occupation after leaving school at 16 and ended up staying in the industry for longer than anticipated! I have played music since a young age and considered myself to be a creative person, but had never quite found a way to work as a creative for my job.

Why did you decide to study design? Why did you choose Shillington?

A friend had recently graduated from Shillington and spoke extremely highly of the program and everything she had experienced—from the fellow students to the teachers to the tools she learned. This led to me going to an Info Session, and I was sold. I went on to do the full-time course and my love of design began—Shillington changed the game for me.

Now you’re a designer at Frost*collective. What’s your typical day like there?

One day to the next could look so different—and that’s what I love most about working at Frost*collective. One day may be spent working on concepts for upcoming campaigns for some of our long term clients like OzHarvest or Ending HIV. Other days are working hard on the tools to make sure a job makes its print deadline.

Since starting at Frost*collective I’ve worked on a kids book, rebranding a franchised cafe, artwork for a museum, a rebrand for an airport, multiple property precincts, large outdoor campaigns, annual reports, videos, and health food packaging.

Even though each day to the next could look totally different I always like to spend the first few minutes at my desk looking at some of my favourite design blogs and checking in out what’s going on in the design world. It’s a good way to set my mind up for the day ahead and to keep up to date on what’s moving and grooving in design land.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It’s a big world out there! Thank you to Shillington for igniting an ever growing passion for art, design and working as a creative in me.

Visit Benny’s Instagram and read his full interview on the blog.

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