Personally, I wish I had known not to stress out too much about whether my final work would be ‘good’ or not. A lot of the time I would focus too hard on how my design would turn out in the end, forgetting that the process is just as important as the final outcome. There’s so much to gain from your mistakes and failed experiments, and at the end of the day, you’re at uni to learn and grow through the process (plus make better font choices). I also wish I had started searching for internships or side jobs earlier into Uni, since I realise what a valuable experience they can be and are a great way to get your foot in the door.
I had always been quite a creative person since young - I loved to draw, write and doodle in my sketchbook, however, I was really only introduced to design by my older sister, who is a graphic designer as well. Growing up I was always interested in the projects she would be working on, so I decided to give VISCOM a shot in high school and I ended up falling in love with design myself.
I went on to do a Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT, where I discovered my own unique lens in telling stories through my work and immersed myself into creating projects on topics that excited me. All the while, my sister would also give me advice and tips about the industry and how I can be doing better, and for that, I am forever grateful!
Currently, I am working in-house as a publication designer, however, I would love to get my hands dirty in a creative studio setting and gain some experience in the design industry.
1. Be open to collaboration and feedback. Listen to what your lecturers and peers have to say about your work and instead of being prideful, take this advice as an opportunity to improve and become a better designer.
2. See each project as a possibility to experiment and try something new. While in uni you have the freedom of relatively open briefs with hypothetical clients that allow you to be creative - so why not make something as conceptually interesting as can be? Experiment, push the boundaries and make mistakes while you have the safety net to do so, and of course, have fun in the process!
3. Keep good relations with your lecturers. A lot of them are a part of/have had experience in the industry, and can help recommend you for jobs and opportunities if they see potential in you. So work hard, engage and show how passionate/determined you are!
I love how Melbourne has a very creative culture – there’s always different design events/talks going on, art markets to see, exhibitions at places like the NGV, Gertrude Contemporary, Buxton Contemporary etc. Not only this, heaps of amazing artists, musicians, writers as well as designers putting their work out there. I think it’s great to live in a place where you can become so inspired by your surroundings and people from all sorts of backgrounds/walks of life.
In five years, I want to be working in an agency/studio I admire among likeminded individuals, and hopefully have more control over the creative direction side of things. It would also be pretty cool to start my own studio eventually down the track, but I’m taking baby steps to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to get there!
A year of putting myself out there, working on passion projects, hustling, making mistakes and learning from them.