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Posted February 10th by Design Splat in Graphic Designers, Photographers

After coming across Rachels work in University I thought she would be great to include in the Graphic Designer week! She incorporates her passion for photography and Graphic Design together to come up with some great pieces of work! Her Glayva work wowed me and I absolutely love her work and I’m sure you will too!


– Interview

Hello Rachel and Welcome to Design Splat!

To get the readers started tell us how did you get into Graphic Design?

I studied a foundation in Art in 1996, tried out loads of jobs over the next 12 years, and then decided in 2008 to return to education to finish what I’d started all those years ago! Graphics seemed the sensible option, and although I didn’t have a great deal of experience in that field I’ve really enjoyed it.

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

I’m quite a perfectionist, so for me for the finished article is the important bit.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would hope that in five years time I will have an established successful freelance business, which will incorporate Photography and Graphic Design.

Own Business or working for a company?

Although working for a company would provide fantastic experience and lots of opportunity to learn more skills, ideally I would like to work for myself.

What is the overall ambition?

I’d love to be a wildlife photographer to be honest!

Does fame attract you?

I’m already famous in certain circles!

How do you rate yourself as a designer?

I think think it’s very hard to form an opinion on your own work, I prefer to go on other people’s reactions. Pretty good so far!

What makes a good graphic designer?

The ability to see things differently and appreciate good design.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Generally just things around me, but i have been very influenced by Saul Bass in past uni projects.

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

Time management can be tough, and as I have two children in primary school education, sometimes it’s hard to juggle home life with work. Design is NOT 9-5!

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

Yes definitely in this area, but freelancing is always a good option.

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

As long as you are confident enough in your own abilities you will succeed.

Favourite Typeface?

Century Gothic

Software you couldn’t live without?


Three words to describe yourself?

Creative, Imaginative, Manic!

Hobbies and Interests?

Photography, and anything arts and crafts

Favourite Designer?

Saul Bass

Tools of the trade?

My MacBook!!! My graphic tablet, and my DSLR camera!

Best and worst piece of work?

Worst was probably something i did in my first year, best was probably my last project for Glayva liqueur.

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

Just do it.. go for it, be confident in yourself, and have fun, and keep telling yourself you’re the best! If that fails, get a job in admin!

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