Hi Leigh! Thanks for taking the time to join us on Design Splat! Tell us a little bit how you got into Graphic Design?
Ever since I was young, I was always drawing and picking up every pencil in sight! Passionate about layouts, it really annoys me when those who don’t love it produce design that lets us down! Product Design and Art were the only subjects at school that were available, until my foundation course I was then able to experiment more within my chosen field. I was so eager to graduate, to get out there and show the world what I can do!
Do you have qualifications in design? How important do you think qualifications are for designers?
I have a BA HONS Graphic Design Degree, gaining a 2:1, as well as a MERIT in my Foundation course. Qualifications are important, yet in this field of design no one will care what grade you have! Its more about the quality of your work, why do you stand out and your knowledge.
How do you approach a new project? What is your creative process?
Good old fashioned pen and paper, letting my imagination go wild and free to put my ideas down. There are some great design blogs out there which help with inspiration, such as poppytalk.blogspot.com along with formfiftyfive.com and http://thedesigninspiration.com/. There are many designers within Twitter, which also inspires me. Plenty of research, sketches, and interaction with other designers is key.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have a passion within gift and stationery design, so my own shop would be amazing to have, but for now I am working on a website to showcase these and gain some clients! Id also love to be working within an agency, working within a team and expressing ideas. I love every aspect of design and hope to be well known in the future!
Own Business/Freelance or working for a company?
I am currently putting a business together, and I do work freelance every now and again. Watch this space for my website!
If you could work for any client who would it be and why?
Robert Ryan would be a dream come true, I love his work and how something so delicate and free can be so beautiful. Saatchi and Saatchi would be great, as well as Coca Cola.
Does fame attract you?
It does, yet only in a way of being that person who has created some amazing work.
How do you rate yourself as a designer?
I wouldn’t put it down to rating, if you want someone who is passionate, innovative, attention to detail, open to ideas and great to work along with then I’m your woman.
What makes a good graphic designer?
All of the above, and someone who is able to handle criticism. You also need to have great communication skills and time keeping.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Blogs, design books, websites, museums, and most of all a simple walk can help! Weirdly enough, sometimes I can get ideas in the shower!
What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?
Creating websites is not my strongest point, so I am working on that at the moment.
Do you think the Graphic Design Industry is difficult to get into?
It is hard sometimes, yet you need to stay strong. It also depends on where you are, Brighton Bath and London are very creative towns/cities so they are the areas that may have the most competition.
What do you think it takes to become successful in the Graphic Design industry?
Determination, having an opinion, and attitude. Being positive, strong and getting yourself out there. Dont give up, you only get one life. So live it to the full doing what you enjoy!
Which design websites do you visit on a regular basis?
Do you get bored with your job if yes how do you overcome this?
I don’t believe in getting bored in design, if you are faced with a boring brief its up to you to make it exciting and fun to work with! Put your skills to the test!
If you weren’t a graphic designer, what would you be?
I would be a chef, whenever I’m not designing I’m challenging my skills within baking/cooking. I’m proud of being able to bake a delicious battenburg!
Too many to mention!
Software you couldn’t live without?
Mac or PC?
MAC all the way, I hate PC!
Three words to describe yourself?
Passionate, Innovative and Fun
Hobbies and Interests?
Craft, Design, Cooking, Baking, Visiting towns, Shopping, Driving!
Love too many!
Tools of the trade?
Old fashioned pen and paper
Best and worst piece of work?
During UNI there were some pieces of work that were shocking! Yet you are going to have your good and bad days, usually it helps if you get your work looked at by another designer.
Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?
Stay strong and determined! Apply everywhere & constantly look for inspiration!
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