Digital learning… here we go!

Ohhhhh boy. The world’s turned into a different place ever since COVID-19 hit. We’ve all had to completely redesign our day to day lives from wearing masks (#maskfashion) to working from home (hellllooooo sweatpants)! As for studying, digital learning is the hot new thing and Shillington’s got you covered with an epic part-time online course that’ll launch on September 21st!  


That’s right… later this month Shillington will be taking their amazing graphic design course and popping it online just for you! The gang worked hard to create an innovative digital learning experience filled with all the good stuff. We’re talking lecture demos, important feedback and critique time, one-on-one guidance, and so much more. If you’re thinking about doing a graphic design course… this is the one and you should totally check it!

Read on to hear from some super talented #Shillumni (aka Shillington graduates) who have shared their experiences of studying online and how they were able to successfully manage their time learning and studying from home. Sounds like they had a really good time!

The remote course really prepared me to work on tight timelines. I’m better able to trust my design process and manage my time because of the online course.

I got a lot of individual feedback, ideas and links with inspiration, that I could use to push my work further.

We also took the opportunity and interviewed Kim Melvin, Melbourne-based Art Director and Graphic Designer, a former Shillington student and now one of their amazing lecturers.

Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs?

Straight out of high school I enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication, Advertising at RMIT University. While at RMIT I took advantage of their exchange program and moved over to Denmark for a semester to study at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. If you have the opportunity to go on exchange, do it! It’s an invaluable experience that pushes you to step out of your comfort zone while being immersed in a new culture.

After graduating, I attended the Award School in Melbourne and landed my first professional role as a Junior Art Director at Grey Melbourne. I definitely learnt a lot very quickly, but always felt a little out of my depth when it came to the Adobe programs so a friend recommended I checked out Shillington. After doing some research I enrolled in the part-time design course while still working at Grey full-time. Five years later I’m back in the Shillington classroom as a full-time lecturer and loving it.

What's the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t be afraid to present a crazy out of this world concept to a client. As long as you go back to them with at least two concepts that answer the brief, your third idea can be something that pushes the boundaries. You never know, they might absolutely love it and you’ll be able to create something that’s unique and bold.

Any passion projects/collabs you would like to share?

I recently worked on a fun passion project with my teaching partner Annette Dennis. We wanted to create something special for our recent Shillington graduates that combined my love of illustration with Annette’s love for typography. The result was a small zine, or ‘brag book’, that contained an illustration of each student with some rules for good design and surviving a pandemic.

What advice would you give students graduating in 2020?

Put yourself out there! Recent graduates can be so incredibly hard on themselves and can fall into the trap of holding back from sharing their work. Be proud of your work, share it with everyone, and keep going. Work on passion projects, collaborate with others and attend all the design events you can.

What do you think the design community could do more to give back?

Keep doing what you’re doing! 2020 has been a really challenging year for everyone. It has pushed everyone to adapt in one way or another, and while it has been difficult, it has been amazing to see how the design community has stepped up to help educate, communicate and inspire.

Projects like Stay San/Stay Safe, the United Nations Global Call Out to Creative s, and Becky Wass’ simple #virtualkindness project have been so inspiring and have only solidified the importance of the design community as visual communicators in times of need.

If people wanted to know more about design in your city, what are the top blogs, organisations or events they can read up on?

Melbourne is an incredible city for design and there are so many great resources, organisations and events to check out. Some great places to start are:

Side Project Sessions
The Shillington Design Blog
Creative Mornings Melbourne
The Design Files
Ladies who wine and design Melbourne

If you want to know more about Kim's work:

Shillington website:
Instagram: @kim__melvin

Get involved