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Posted October 11th by Design Splat in Graphic Designers, Illustrators

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay in posting but many of you will know it’s that time of year where the university term starts back and the hard work begins! So without any more waffling – Todays Design Splat feature is the very talented Lee-Ann Donaldson who is a versatile graphic designer/illustrator with added humour in her work! Enjoy!


Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Lee-ann!

How did you get into Graphic Design and Illustration?

My Grandma – she used to draw a lot, and when I was a kid she must have noticed something in me because she was very encouraging. I spent alot of my childhood drawing, that interest turned to Graphic Design when I got to high school, and I’ve wanted to follow that since. Only recently have I gotten into Illustration, I was inspired by a Javier Mariscal exhibition to give in to my child-like doodles!

When creating graphics/Illustrations, what to you is the most important aspect: planning design or implementation? and why?

A bit of both, you do need to plan to an extent so you know where you’re going with the work.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

By then I’ll have graduated and hopefully will have settled into a great job in industry.

Own Business or working for a company?

Working for a company to begin with, I think it’s a must to get experience and perhaps develop more as a designer.

Any specific company you would like to work for?

I have none in mind at the minute, it’s early days though!

Does fame attract you?

Not fame, per se. I would love to be recognised as a Designer/Illustrator. I would love to have my work shown in exhibitions and to be able to travel with it, I think that’s the overall aim.

How do you rate yourself as a designer?

I do believe I have a talent – and I’m passionate about what I do, but I’m at the beginning of the journey, I’ve still got alot to learn. I’m not sure I could rate myself just yet.

What makes a good graphic designer?

I think it’s a bit of everything. Imagination, the ability to create something wonderful from the brief given, producing work the client is happy with. Also dedication – a great designer must be dedicated!

Where do you go for inspiration?

The internet! There’s so much out there, I can easily get my motivation back if I’m struggling just by having a look through some design sites.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

None yet – touch wood! The only thing that ever held me back was myself. Especially after I had my daughter, I doubted myself and whether I would ever make a career from design or if it’d just be a hobby. Luckily my confidence in what I can do has grown and last year I pushed myself back into education – it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Do you think the Design Industry is difficult to get into?

I think it could be difficult and there’s alot of us out there, there’ll be alot to compete with. But I’m not too worried – if you’ve got the talent and are willing to push yourself to be your best, then you’ll get somewhere.

What do you think it takes to become successful in the Design industry?

Determination and a nice strong portfolio!

Favourite Typeface?

I’m not sure I have a favourite yet, I tried to answer this question but every time I wrote one I thought of another!

Software you couldn’t live without?

Adobe Illustrator.

Three words to describe yourself?


Hobbies and Interests?

Clich√© time – design is my hobby. I spend most of my time drawing, reading websites/books, looking for new things to do. I experiment alot, so recently I’ve spent alot of time working on papercutting and lettering. Other than that I like to read, being outside, music, and maybe a bit of shopping!

Favourite Designer?

Javier Mariscal and Stefan Sagmeister

Tools of the trade?

Fine liner, sketchbooks, and my computer.

Best and worst piece of work?

Worst would be a double page spread project I worked on in college. I decided to do mine on Digital Illustration and had great ideas – but I ended up having a huge creative block that I just couldn’t seem to get out of. The final piece wasn’t anywhere near as good as it should have been. My best is probably the “Don’t Stop Chasing Your Dreams” piece I done, again at college. I love working with vector and that was my first step into using custom lettering. I also really like my London poster I illustrated recently – I didn’t like it on screen but seeing it in print won me over.

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

Never stop, and stay confident in yourself.


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