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With the fundamentals I learned at Shillington I can speak to designers, creatives and clients effectively: translating what they are saying and also communicating my vision and feedback.
Strategy Director, venturethree
Why did you decide to study at Shillington?
It started off as a career break but I also wanted something that would add new skills and creative inspiration to my ‘career locker’. Above all I wanted to create stuff. For all these reasons there was no better course out there and no better place to do it than New York City (Sorry Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, London and Manchester).
How do you use the skills you learned at Shillington in your career now?
The most important skills I learned center around three things: design language, design principles, and output expectations. With the fundamentals I leaned at Shillington I can speak to designers, creatives and clients—some as senior as Global Heads of Design—effectively: translating what they are saying and also communicating my vision and feedback. The five magic design principles have brought both clarity and rigor to every piece of work I’m involved with. Whatever the client, however complex the solution, these principles set me up for success. Finally, from being on the tools myself at Shillington and immersing myself in the designer’s craft, I have a great understating of who, what and how long it takes to get to great design output. This makes it far easier for me to critique, hire and manage expectations.
What advice would you give to a new designer entering the industry?
Never stop creating stuff. No browsing, no milk (I’ll let you work out that muddled metaphor). There is no such thing as a new idea only the application of existing ideas to new contexts so copy at will. Fail quick and enjoy learning from it. Hot magenta will get you noticed and make you happy.