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Shillington was a practical way to get my technical skills up to a proficient level. The course geared me to think as a designer, manage deadlines and develop a strong process.
Lead Designer, Swear Words
You studied at Shillington in 2008. Where has your career taken you since then?
My career as a designer started straight after college, working in the music and hospitality industry. I designed poster art, flyers and zines for a really cool range of bars and nightclubs. After building a bit of momentum with my own clients I founded a studio called ’This is Neu’ which I ran in Brisbane for five years. It was an exciting and energetic workplace allowing me to focus on clients across music, fashion and corporate sectors.
In 2012 I decided to take a trip to London and fell for the city in a big way — I couldn’t leave. I took up a full time position working with Ascend a branding / graphic design studio in central London. We worked with a huge range of clients on identity concepts through to finished websites and print.
After spending time overseas I’ve now moved back to Australia to continue my career in Melbourne.
Why did you decide to study design at Shillington, after completing a bachelors degree?
Shillington was a practical way to get my technical skills up to a proficient level. The course geared me to think as a designer, manage deadlines and develop a strong process. My Bachelors degree gave me a great deal of theoretical study, but it didn’t promote the practical skills in the same way.
What’s your favourite thing about being a designer?
There is a lot to enjoy: noticing bad kerning in the street, Type ID-ing everything and having your observations fall on deaf ears, never being able to turn down a visit to the bookshop… but I would say one of my favourite things is getting to the core of a brand and creatively articulating it into a visual language that is engaging, beautiful and has purpose. I want to challenge, surprise and even delight the viewer.
What’s your #1 piece of advice for a young designer on the job hunt?
When taking on any new project treat it as a chance to excite yourself and the audience — you never know who is looking at your work and where it can take you. I found out very quickly that referrals from quality work becomes the strongest form of marketing.