Embrace critique, embrace the inevitable and frustrating fact that you can always make something better.
In high school I was always envious of my friends who knew what they wanted to be, nurses or doctors, teachers etc. I just knew that being creative made me happy. So I followed that feeling, it lead me to design and now design is what I live and breathe. I feel incredibly lucky to recognise what it is that gives me a sense of purpose in life.
Make a habit of trying your best. C’s get degrees but set yourself a higher standard than that! Go to ‘networking’ events and meet people! It’s the most uncomfortable thing ever as a young person but I think getting used to be uncomfortable is important, learn what questions you want to know the answers to. Make an effort to meet people you look up to, don’t be afraid to reach out to your design heroes and studios.
I love how everyone knows everyone. My expeierences in the industry so far have proven that the design communities within Wellington are collaborative and kind. As for places I would like to work? Oh man, there are so many!
Studios in NZ: Studio South, Klim, seachange studio, Alt Group, InHouse, Strategy Creative
Studios abroad: Folsh studio, Violaine & Jérémy, Sabbath Studio, Studio Nari, Victionary (publishers), Formist Foundry, regular practice, &walsh, studio Humana
I hope to be learning my fastest and working my hardest at a design studio that champions creativity and collaboration, getting a real good dose of agency life! I want to focus on editorial and type design.