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I’m passionate about design and people. I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact on design in my career

Graphic Design Teacher
London

Laura Darby

Laura Darby has been working in the Industry for six years, since graduating from University in 2013. She has spent two years interning and freelancing for a variety of studios in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Brighton. During her four-year stint at award-winning Studio Makgill, Laura worked on projects for clients such as G.F Smith, U+I and Nike. Specialising in branding and identity, her work also spans other areas such as packaging and web design. She currently works as a part-time teacher at Shillington whilst freelancing in Brighton and London.

What do you love about design?

Puzzle Solving. Design navigates most of our lives, from the clothes we wear, the places we eat and even the places we choose to live. Design is a way of life which I revel in, discovering new ideas and possibilities to help people is what makes this job the best job in the world. Unless you’re looking after cats on a Greek island…that’s pretty good too.

Why do you teach?

I’m passionate about design and people. I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact on design in my career, I feel teaching is where I would be most effective. I really enjoy watching people develop their skills and ideas, realising that they are capable of creating anything and everything!

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

I have been working in the industry for 5 years. Having graduated from university in 2013, I spent 2 years interning and freelancing for a variety of studios in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Brighton.

I have been working at Studio Makgill in Brighton for 3 years and continue to work at the studio part-time. Having worked predominantly in branding and identity, I also enjoy working in packaging and exhibition design.

What or who are you loving right now?

There are so many! HORT, OK-RM, COMMISSION, Made ThoughtManual to name a few!

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

OPTI Romana

What’s your favourite blog?

It’s Nice That

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