Featured Awards Winner

Kiera Needham

April 2018

A big congrats to Kiera Needham, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Plymouth University graduate from Bristol, their work was chosen by Dem from Ustwo: “Kiera’s work is a fantastic mix of playful and visually striking, with a diverse selection of projects. I was drawn in the by the adventurous exploration into visual communication and the insight into some of the process behind the projects”. We asked Kiera to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.

What are some of your earliest creative memories and what lead you into design?

My earliest creative moment I remember would be getting out the craft box as a child, where I can recall trying to create a different image each day. The one that stands out to me the most is when I created an underwater scene and used straws for octopus tentacles.

I happened to get into design by picking it up as an AS level, as I had some free time between lessons. At the time I was already studying creative subjects such as photography and art so I thought it would be a great subject where I could combine all of my skills into one class. From this I still today use a combination of techniques when I am experimenting with design, which can often produce unexpected creations.

Who are your top five design crushes right now globally?

Atelier Bingo

Kyle Platts

Hey Studio

Studio DBD

Oh Yeah Studio

How did you develop your style as an illustrator and what tips would you have for others?

I have always loved creating abstract patterns and now I have left Uni I have some free time in-between internships that has allowed me to turn it into a hobby. This is a great way for me to stay creative and also just have fun with it. My main tip might seem a bit obvious but colour!! I believe most designs/illustrations can be transformed with the right colour selection.

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I believe most designs/illustrations can be transformed with the right colour selection.

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What advice would you give students starting out?

My advice to students is to make the most out of the facilities your Uni or college might have such as letter pressing and screen-printing, as you might not get a chance after you leave. Also, when you can, watch online tutorials, as you don’t always learn everything you want to while studying.

Instagram: @kieraneedhamdesign

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