Firstly, I’ll introduce myself. I am currently a graphic design student about to start my 2nd year at Nottingham Trent University. After having a whirlwind of a time last year, I decided to return and venture into the unknown. This year the course focuses on a more independent practice, while identifying your personal strengths, interests and your own unique identity as a designer.
Some of you might ask; How did you get here? How did your Design journey start? Why Graphic Design? Well, I can answer those questions for you. Hopefully, in the process you can learn a little bit more about me, my background and where I’ve come from.
As long as I remember, I have had a keen interest in Art and Design. Having studied Graphics, Art and Photography at GCSE, I started on this path from an early age. Although I was pursuing the subjects that I enjoyed most and that I was best at, I had no real idea that I could make a career out of it until I spent Y10 work experience week in the Graphics department of packaging company. I got the placement after speaking with former employee who said that it’d suit me down to the ground. While I was there I was allowed to design the graphics on a folder and four-gang divider. I got to follow it through the various stages of manufacture, taking into account factors such as material suitability, safety, cost effectiveness and functionality of the finished product. Every day that I was there, something new would come in the door and present something interesting to solve. For me this just clicked and knew that I wanted to work the creative industries.
While doing my A levels, the outreach team at NTU organised a portfolio building day for Graphic Design which included constructing letterforms, making a monogram and producing prints. This was based around the Alan Kitching 'Monotype' exhibition that was on at the time. This opened me up to the possibility going to university and especially what it was like work in the studios at NTU and their high standard of teaching. So much so that, even after traveling the country for numerous open days, NTU just felt right.
So finally, this brings me to here and now. Hopefully you enjoyed my little journey and found it interesting! Mainly, I will be using this platform document my journey, record what I get up to and any places I visit. But I will also use it as a place to write and comment about any issues related to design that I feel passionate about. Hopefully I’ll be doing a few more posts soon. See ya then!