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After working for six years, returning to student life again takes some getting used to, but it is totally outweighed by my increase in happiness! Cheesy I know.

Freelance Graphic Designer

Romayne Gadelrab

You had a very different career before Shillington. Tell us about making the career change from Doctor to Designer!

I guess the two don’t usually go hand in hand! I was always interested in design, but in school wasn’t really sure what graphic design was and thought that art meant being a painter or that design only had to do with fashion. Being a nerd and getting good grades I naturally fell into medicine which was an incredible opportunity and I am aware of how privileged I am for all of the patients that I was able to meet and help. While being a Doctor is amazing, it can also be incredibly tough and to try and stay sane I always made sure I went to evening schools in London College of Fashion, and St Martins to learn design on the side. I then decided to take a gap year from medicine, and while travelling I began to do a lot of illustration and realised how much happier I was doing something creative, and that this was maybe something worth pursuing.

It’s not the easiest to jump from such different careers, especially with so many societal pressures to stick to your good stable job even if it is not 100% what you are passionate about. After working for six years, returning to student life again takes some getting used to, but it is totally outweighed by my increase in happiness! Cheesy I know.

Why did you choose Shillington?

Shillington was the obvious choice as after almost 11 years of medical training I did not want to spend another 3 or 4 back in University. I had a good friend who had gone to Shillington and recommended the course, and after attending an Info Session I could see the quality of work coming out of Shillington and really wanted to be at that level.

Now you work as a freelance designer. What’s your typical day like?

I still try to stick to routines, otherwise I will end up at home watering the plants and watching Netflix! So I rent a studio in Poble Nou here in Barcelona, there are a bunch of freelancers and everyone is working hard so it helps me feel motivated. I have a Trello for all the projects I am working on, and start each day writing a to do list. First hour of the day involves coffee, emails and admin! But as I am hosting The Design Kids out here I often get emails from design studios that I really admire so it’s exciting and my days may also include studio visits.

Why do you love working as a designer?

Every day is different, you get to be creative, I get to look at awesome images and references every day, I get to be part of a community that inspires me and is doing new things. For example, the girl sitting opposite me makes super thought provoking  virtual reality art experiences and I wouldn’t know about half of these exciting things if I wasn’t working in this space. I also like the sense of satisfaction when you execute something well and can be proud of it.

View Romayne’s website and her full interview on the blog.

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