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I love that design is a language which can often communicate something much quicker than words can.

Graphic Design Teacher
London

Andy Lester

Andy Lester is a branding designer with 10 years experience. He has spent the last decade working both for himself as a freelancer and in various design agencies such as SuperUnion, Taxi Studio, Spinach Design, and Uniform where he was appointed Creative Lead. Working predominantly within branding, Andy has both experience working with large brands such as O2 and Innocent but ultimately enjoys helping smaller brands create their own voice and personality. Teaching is something that has always appealed to Andy and finds it really rewarding to give something back to the next generation of creatives.

What do you love about design?

I love that design is a language which can often communicate something much quicker than words can.

Why do you teach?

Teaching appeals to me because I feel like I’ve had great opportunities and experience in the creative industry and I’d like to help others start their own journey.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Branding has always been my passion. I’ve had the pleasure of working in some great agencies such as Taxi Studio, SuperUnion, Uniform, and Spinach. I graduated in Sheffield in 2010 and then my first role was as an intern at The Chase which brought me to London where I worked in various agencies for 6 years before heading over to Melbourne for a year of freelancing. Since then, I’ve tried out a couple of other UK cities (Bristol and Liverpool) before returning back to London to start at Shillington.

What or who are you loving right now?

I’m a big fan of Ragged Edge, Only and Design Studio. They handle branding systems with a lovely feeling of flexibility.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

I really like Modern Era. It has a punch and a nice rounded feel plus a beautifully awkward ‘alt’ weight.

What’s your favourite blog?

I really like LOVE Creative’s weekly update: WEEK.

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