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Shillington did an amazing job of preparing me for the industry. The teachers are all working designers, so they are teaching from experience.
Designer at Sotheby’s
Do you think the skills you learned during the course have prepared you for the design industry?
Shillington did an amazing job of preparing me for the industry. The teachers are all working designers, so they are teaching from experience. We got honest advice about how to take critique, how to work in collaboration with art directors and clients. We were also challenged with tight deadlines in class, which prepared me for the reality of the design industry. Portfolio week sets up an approval process that mirrors what you will face in the industry. There will always be rounds of revisions and you need to be accustomed to reworking a project to your art director or client’s needs. It was a great way to remind us baby designers that the work is not solely about us and our vision, it is ultimately about delivering something that your client will be happy with. Seeing how every round of revisions improved my work before my eyes demonstrated its effectiveness and importance to the process.
With a background in fine arts, Sotheby’s must be a dream job for an artist! Tell us about your current role there and the projects you’ve been working on. Your portfolio has great UX, UI, and editorial design work. Are you getting involved in these aspects of design at your job?
It is a dream to be able to mix my love of art and design at my job. Walking into work and seeing a new exhibition each week is surreal—I get to be around the paintings I studied in Art History! I mostly design for print, so my love of editorial design and typesetting is being put to good use. I get to design brochures, invitations, catalogues, ads and promotional material for a range of exhibitions and departments within our brand’s umbrella. It’s a wonderfully diverse set of responsibilities so I’m gaining a ton of experience from the opportunity.
What do you love about being a designer?
I love the satisfaction of solving a problem simply and effectively. I get so much value from creating artwork, but painting doesn’t have a resolution or definite end like design does.It’s also cool to have an awareness of how much thought goes into making something appear simple. It feels so good to do something direct that serves a purpose.