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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
Originally from Yorkshire, London-based teacher Kerry Neesam has 6 years experience working in a range of studios in the North East of England, as well as London. Her focus has mainly been within branding and typography which she has a real passion for. She loves empowering others and helping them learn and grow through creativity and positivity.
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.
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