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The impact a design can have on its audience can be huge, and all the small decisions in the design process are just as important as the obvious ones.
Experience Assistant Meg Bathard began studying graphic design at university, before finding that the traditional university degree route wasn’t for her. Originally from Devon in the South-West of England, moving to the London was a big change but there’s always something new and exciting to explore in comparison to the rural communities where she grew up. In her spare time, she loves to work on mock design briefs and illustration.
What do you love about design?
I love the fact that design is everywhere you look, and how important it is in everyday life. People outside of design don’t always appreciate the difference a few small tweaks make to the audience’s interpretation of the design or brand. The impact a design can have on its audience can be huge, and all the small decisions in the design process are just as important as the obvious ones.
Why do you enjoy working in design education?
Design is always changing, and every designer has different ideas or styles. I love listening to how everyone’s projects are developing and how their designs are coming along. I always have more ideas about other people’s work than my own, so I’m always up for a chat about them!
What keeps you busy outside of Shillington?
I love travelling and exploring new places and cuisines, especially being relatively new to London there is always something to do. I also work on mock design briefs in my spare time, practicing new techniques or different design styles. I have a more artistic background to design so I try to keep drawing and painting as much as I can.
What or who are you loving right now?
I’ve started to look at the From [Insert Country] design book series and I’m really loving the From Japan book on graphic design, especially the minimalist packaging design.
If you were a typeface, what would you be?
Ooh this is tricky question. If I had to choose I would say Montserrat as it’s flexible and adaptable to different uses. I’d say I’ve learnt to adapt to different situations and take everyday as it comes—especially during the pandemic where everything is affected, and your plans change everyday.
What’s your favourite blog?
The instagram accounts @wildflowerdesign.co_ and @_abidesign are really inspiring freelance designers, who have an alternative route into graphic design rather than the traditional uni —> internship —> agency route. They are also full of great tips, mock brief challenges and just in general shining a light on women in design which I feel has always been underrepresented. They also have a podcast called Off Air Juicy Designer Podcast which explores what it’s like to be a freelance designer.