My journey to becoming an independent Graphic Designer

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For as long as I can remember, I have always had a keen interest in Graphic Design and Typography and how you are able to communicate ideas visually. I was employed by well-known cosmetics company The Body Shop, my mum worked in the Communications department alongside Editors, Photographers and Graphic Designers. I worked on the same floor a few desks away in Administration. Whenever I got the chance I sat with the Graphic Designers and they would explain their projects, encouraging me to enrol at Northbrook College, Sussex to study HNC Graphic Design.

Start of my Graphic Design journey

Before becoming a student at Northbrook College, I enrolled and successfully completed a City & Guilds in Desktop Publishing being awarded a Distinction. With the City & Guilds qualification under my belt I was keen to start the two-year HNC Graphic Design course at Northbrook College, Sussex the following Autumn. Nervous about meeting my classmates and what to expect on the course I was quickly put at ease by the very knowledgable course Leader Carole Coren and Typography Lecturer Chris Lawther. I absorbed all the lecturers taught me, spent hours in the library surrounded by Graphic Design and Typography books, eager to learn more.

Six months after completing both Graphic Design courses, I was employed in my first design job. It was here that I learnt about printing presses, setting up artwork for print and developing my skills using Adobe Creative Suite 4. Five years of design experience later I decided to upgrade my design qualifications and enrolled in the FDA Graphic Design course at Northbrook College Sussex. Again I felt nervous and unsure on my first day of the new course but quickly got to know my classmates and settled into the varied design briefs once more. I was lucky to be taught by Course Leader Sue Sanders who has a vast amount of knowledge on Graphic Design and Exhibition Design. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, learnt a tremendous amount, gained more confidence and was awarded a Distinction.

After completing the FDA Graphic Design course, I enrolled in the top up BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, taught by Illustrator Mike Chester and experienced Graphic Designer Gary Thompson. Here I built upon what I had already learned and knew, developing my unique design style.

Becoming an independent Graphic Designer

After successfully completing the course and being awarded a 2:1 I gained experience in two graphic design companies before deciding to become an independent Graphic Designer using the skills and knowledge I have learnt in the courses I have attended and the experience I have gained in the design industry to start-up my own successful business.

I now run a successful business helping businesses in West Sussex and beyond to solve their challenges by providing creative solutions that are proven to inspire growth, achieve increased sales that will ultimately improve your bottom line through my core design services Logo Design, Corporate Identity and Graphic Design for Print.

Call me on 07845 829 000 or use my contact form to arrange a free 30 minute design consultation

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