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I felt I was following my instinct and I absolutely loved the atmosphere, and approach of the entire course—it’s like working at a real studio.

Junior Designer, Design Bridge

Estefi Panizza

Why did you chose to study at Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?

I am an entrepreneurial creature. I was co-directing my creative studio Cascabel which is mainly acts as a bridge between artists, brands, and institutions. For pitches, presentations or events I always needed to hire someone to develop the ideas that I had in a visual way—that process took me a lot of time and I wasn’t always happy with the result, so I decided to do it by myself.

I had heard of Shillington from a friend who was switching careers and was really happy with the course. I saw her develop skills from the scratch and thought I am going to be able to do it too!

I felt I was following my instinct and I absolutely loved the atmosphere, and approach of the entire course—it’s like working at a real studio.

What was your biggest challenge during your time at Shillington? Why?

The biggest challenge for me was to become friends with the software. I had no previous experience with any of them and I felt really intimidated by the technical aspects of design. The first weeks were a bit difficult because I worried I was too slow but the teachers were always there to support me.

Did you make any meaningful connections with teachers or fellow students during the course?

Yes, I am still in touch with my teachers, Ben Longden and George Simkin. I also made a couple of friends during the course—which is amazing—because you meet creative, nice and open people who share some of the most challenging and important months of your life with you. It’s really nice to share work with colleagues around you and be able to support and be supported by them along the way.

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

First, that there is no way to know something without trying. Scepticism is not a good friend of creativity. Secondly that this course has the most real approach to what is a design environment, a way of learning not only technical skills but also design thinking and design process. It also taught me how to work in a team, how to present my work and how to back up your ideas—something that is key for your future work and this course teaches you in a natural way.

Estefi Panizza
Junior Designer, Design Bridge

Leila Bartholet
Designer, Chandelier

Ray Wong
Designer, Oink Creative

Arwa Al-Salam
Designer, Human Appeal

I felt I was following my instinct and I absolutely loved the atmosphere, and approach of the entire course—it’s like working at a real studio.

Junior Designer, Design Bridge

Estefi Panizza

Why did you chose to study at Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?

I am an entrepreneurial creature. I was co-directing my creative studio Cascabel which is mainly acts as a bridge between artists, brands, and institutions. For pitches, presentations or events I always needed to hire someone to develop the ideas that I had in a visual way—that process took me a lot of time and I wasn’t always happy with the result, so I decided to do it by myself.

I had heard of Shillington from a friend who was switching careers and was really happy with the course. I saw her develop skills from the scratch and thought I am going to be able to do it too!

I felt I was following my instinct and I absolutely loved the atmosphere, and approach of the entire course—it’s like working at a real studio.

What was your biggest challenge during your time at Shillington? Why?

The biggest challenge for me was to become friends with the software. I had no previous experience with any of them and I felt really intimidated by the technical aspects of design. The first weeks were a bit difficult because I worried I was too slow but the teachers were always there to support me.

Did you make any meaningful connections with teachers or fellow students during the course?

Yes, I am still in touch with my teachers, Ben Longden and George Simkin. I also made a couple of friends during the course—which is amazing—because you meet creative, nice and open people who share some of the most challenging and important months of your life with you. It’s really nice to share work with colleagues around you and be able to support and be supported by them along the way.

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

First, that there is no way to know something without trying. Scepticism is not a good friend of creativity. Secondly that this course has the most real approach to what is a design environment, a way of learning not only technical skills but also design thinking and design process. It also taught me how to work in a team, how to present my work and how to back up your ideas—something that is key for your future work and this course teaches you in a natural way.

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Emily Campos
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Shannon Gordon
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Caitlin Clancy
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Gerald Torto
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Miwako Suzuki
Integrated Creative Director

Rachel Urquhart
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Ellie Pinney
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Lauren Koste
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Joseph Lebus
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Eman Abdallah
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Lori Beth Kaye
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Anastasiia Vinnichenko
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Araki Koman
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Keiran McCann
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Jaira Adlawan
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Ani Monteleone
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Hamish Snow
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Eleanor Robertson
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Linda Gao
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Kylie Meller
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Ella Donald & Charlotte Carnegie Brown
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Will Batrouney
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Bianca Oggiano
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Christopher J Porter
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Dominika Stanczyk
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Katie Lodge
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Vanessa Bertagnole
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Amee Wilson
Art Director, Clemenger BBDO

Jordan Demetriou
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Ashley Ronning
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Emily Somers
Founder, Bravery Co.

Yarron Frauenfelder
Design Director

Anara Davletaliyeva
UX Designer and Developer, Appliances Online

Erin Gale
Designer, Target

Tiffany Yee
Designer, Forever 21

Amy Sheehan
Art Director, Insider Inc.

Emma Ladlow
Designer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Braden Floris
Designer, GoFundMe

Alexis Waller
Design Director, R/GA

Halah El Kholy
In-House Designer, Brew Tea Co

Alexander Rog
Junior Designer, oOh!

Jessica Bakker
Junior Graphic Designer, Beyond Communications

Bianca Chu
Senior Designer, eBay

Tally Thompson
Graphic Designer, Awesome Creative

Greg Bemis
Creative, Nike

Arnold Omanyo
UX/UI Designer, Digital on Demand

Tahmena Lutfi
Digital Designer, Qantas and Jetstar Hotels

Meredith Wallis
Designer, King & Partners

Miranda Mayne
Freelance Graphic Designer

Lindsay Koffler
Graphic Designer, Refinery29

Bobby Hendry
Designer, Brilliant Logic

Anika George
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Mark Osmond
Designer, Thumbs Up!

Lily Moore
Designer at Sotheby’s

Liana Modolo
UX Designer, Rex Software

Victoire Scherer
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Mikel McCavana
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Kelly Hansen
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Alexander Wu-Kim
Concept Creative, ANDPEOPLE Australia

Kirsten McColl
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Nicole Rogers
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Frankie Young
Founder, Studio Neubau

Pooja Dharia
Branding Designer, FCB Health

Jackson Todd
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Dawn Moloney
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Caroline Keefe
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Sophie Lord
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Ocki Magill
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Andy Vargas
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Moshe Bien
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Crystal Lin
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Stephen Grace
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Jing Ong
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Paul and Amoni Liddell
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Eleanor Rogers
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Andy Tharagonnet
Designer, ThumbsUp

Erin Donati
Founder, Harley Quinn & Co.

Ben Peters
Freelance Graphic Designer

Brad Holten
Designer, Big Idea

Natalia Baker
Freelance Graphic Designer

Guy Pittard
Freelance Graphic Designer

Bea Sambalido
Freelance Graphic Designer

Oceane Combeau
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Charly Tudor
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Anna Mullin
Illustrator, Sneaky Racoon

Theo Witrylak
Visual Designer, EPAM

Stephanie Antill
Founder, St Clement Creative

Paul McKie and Myles Sharpe
Directors, Autumn

Pete Conforto
Designer, For The People

Nicol Reid
Founder, Little Creative

David Scott
Designer, The Mix

James Birks
Freelance Illustrator and Designer

Jane Durlacher
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Rachel Lee
Freelance Graphic Designer

Romayne Gadelrab
Freelance Graphic Designer

Janno Saft
Founder, frank wo

Roo Cassels
Designer, Big Fish

Vanessa Burgess
Graphic Designer, Tritium

Olivier Adam
Freelance Graphic Designer

Molly Sitter
Studio Designer, Spring St. Social Society

Cari Sekendur
Art Director, LMNOP Creative

Alexandra Menzies
Freelance Graphic Designer

Tim Jones
Brand Experience Director, venturethree

Carla Scotto
Freelance Graphic Designer

Meg Walker
Designer, Milkshake

Christina Capetola
Designer at Wayfair

Louise Hamer
Design Lead, We Are Empire

Ina Estrada
Founder, Par Vous Designs

Chrystal Christie
Photographer/Graphic Designer, One Round Entertainment

Ulrika Johnson
Designer, Fantasia Accessories

Sam Jacobs
Senior Designer, Time Inc.

Sean Raynor
Designer, Watermark Studio

Irina Manning
UX Designer, Manning Labs

Margherita Baldi
Freelance Visual Designer

Henriette van Baren
Graphic Designer, ABC Carpet & Home

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