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Good design begins with a great concept and ends by being beautifully crafted (with lots of logic in the middle)!

Graphic Design Teacher
London

Kerry Neesam

What do you love about design?

I love that design is EVERYWHERE and has such an impact on everyones lives without them even realising. We as designers have so much more of a responsibility than just making things look beautiful (although this is VERY important too), we solve important problems, can change opinions and perceptions and make meaningful change.

I’m a true believer that all good design begins with a great idea, finishes by being beautifully crafted and has lots of logic in the middle!

Why do you teach?

I’ve always loved helping others, nurturing them in whatever capacity. I fell in love with the idea of teaching when I was given the role of supporting designers more junior to me in a studio situation. I love helping people surprise themselves, watching them grow and develop and seeing them learn every day.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Since graduating from university, I have grown from Junior, to Mid-Weight, to Senior Designer in design studios in the North East of England as well as London. My focus has predominantly been on branding, typography and campaigns. Prior to Shillington College, I was working as a Senior Designer at an integrated creative agency in central London.

What or who are you loving right now?

Camille Walala! She’s actually a textile designer, but her signature Tribal POP style is so vibrant and eye-catching. Some of the spaces that she has transformed in and around the city are gorgeous! I love ‘Optical Trickery’ that she worked on for a set design.

Also, The Northern Block—I’m slightly obsessed with this amazing type foundry set up in 2014 in Northumberland. It’s such a user-friendly resource for modern typography and I always find beautiful fonts fit for purpose.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

Bodoni—Classy, elegant and stylish yet friendly, approachable and functional.

What’s your favourite blog?

Design Week

Andrew Shillington
Global

Anthony Wood
Global

Sarah McHugh
United Kingdom

Clare Terry
Australia

Laura Weldon
Global

Karin Harvey
Global

Shanti Sparrow
New York

John Palowski
Manchester

Rebecca Hulme
Melbourne

Jess Waal
New York

Andy Judd
London

Saxon Campbell
New York

Fiona Martin
London

Tia Queen
Brisbane

Ed Baptist
Manchester

Chris Norman
Melbourne

Kieryn Humphries
Brisbane

Becc Sharrock
Melbourne

Spencer Harrison
Melbourne

Martin Power
Manchester

Amy Prus
London

George Simkin
London

Lucy Wells
Melbourne

Sam Wilson
Sydney

Wayne Smith
Melbourne

Adam Busby
Brisbane

Rich Tucker
London

Alice Lo
Sydney

Jimmy Muldoon
New York

Robin Cameron
New York

Nikita Prokhorov
New York

Alan Barba
New York

Sydney Ligouri
New York

Nick Smith
Manchester

Dina Hany
Sydney

Emily Comfort
New York

Dave Bird
Manchester

Hilary Archer
London

Alana Cowan
New York

Julie Stinson
Sydney

Nick Bailey
Brisbane

Johnny Boardman
Sydney

Olivia Chen
Sydney

Marcea Decker
New York

Kerry Neesam
London

Ed Allanby
London

Champa Lo
New York

Magda Ksiezak
Melbourne

Good design begins with a great concept and ends by being beautifully crafted (with lots of logic in the middle)!

Graphic Design Teacher
London

Kerry Neesam

What do you love about design?

I love that design is EVERYWHERE and has such an impact on everyones lives without them even realising. We as designers have so much more of a responsibility than just making things look beautiful (although this is VERY important too), we solve important problems, can change opinions and perceptions and make meaningful change.

I’m a true believer that all good design begins with a great idea, finishes by being beautifully crafted and has lots of logic in the middle!

Why do you teach?

I’ve always loved helping others, nurturing them in whatever capacity. I fell in love with the idea of teaching when I was given the role of supporting designers more junior to me in a studio situation. I love helping people surprise themselves, watching them grow and develop and seeing them learn every day.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Since graduating from university, I have grown from Junior, to Mid-Weight, to Senior Designer in design studios in the North East of England as well as London. My focus has predominantly been on branding, typography and campaigns. Prior to Shillington College, I was working as a Senior Designer at an integrated creative agency in central London.

What or who are you loving right now?

Camille Walala! She’s actually a textile designer, but her signature Tribal POP style is so vibrant and eye-catching. Some of the spaces that she has transformed in and around the city are gorgeous! I love ‘Optical Trickery’ that she worked on for a set design.

Also, The Northern Block—I’m slightly obsessed with this amazing type foundry set up in 2014 in Northumberland. It’s such a user-friendly resource for modern typography and I always find beautiful fonts fit for purpose.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

Bodoni—Classy, elegant and stylish yet friendly, approachable and functional.

What’s your favourite blog?

Design Week

Meredith Wallis
New York

Katie Mihailovits
London

Laura Darby
London

Sara Mazzoni
Global

Dina Shirin
Global

Oliver Stevenson
Global

Clay Allison
United Kingdom

Alex Daley
United States

Ella Shillington
Australia

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