Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions.
We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future.
I love branding and identity design as well as large publication design. During my last semester I chose to push my skills and design a bi-lingual annual report for a multinational bank that I would also then design the branding and identity for. I wanted to get creative and have fun with type setting, layout design and data display (tables/infographics).
I found that working with two languages in a large publication was a bit of a puzzle; finding a grid structure and layout for text and tables that would work for both languages took time. It was unexpectedly fun and super satisfying to see everything eventually fit into place.
Printing! I loved seeing my work printed and having it in my hands to feel and flip through. Printing is my favourite part about graphic design, I enjoy planning out how it’s going to be printed, what paper stock, what colours, etc when I begin each project.
There were moments where I lost my momentum due to lack of inspiration. It may not sound like a huge problem, but it completely stops your progress.
I found researching and gathering inspiration from various sources helped boost my creativity. When I got stuck on projects, I could then reflect on my research or gather some new inspiration for fresh ideas.
I would love to get stuck into a print-based job where I can be around the aspect of design I love most. I want to discover ways to expand my design so that it shines with the finishing and printing stage.
Wintec offers a more “hands-on” approach and that is exactly how I learn. I didn’t want to go somewhere that would make me write essays on how to be a good graphic designer. I wanted to learn by physically designing, cutting, gluing and binding my own projects. I think doing projects that required me to design, print and assemble things from scratch like packaging or booklets equipped me with the skills to be able to think ahead when designing.
I am continuing working at Gravitas Media after completing my internship with them this year. I am aiming to become more experienced with pre-press and print design. I am also working on a few freelance projects to explore my creativity and gain experience working with my own clients.