I have freelanced as a graphic designer since 2012, working in print and digital design. I specialise in working for small business start ups, nonprofits and social enterprises. I have produced graphic work for the arts organisations Big Bear Theatre Company and Bolingbroke Productions, corporations including the Melbourne based Ethical Property Australia, and nonprofits including Nomadic Education and the Irish Travellers Movement in Britain. I produce a range of high quality graphic materials for these organisations to increase their visibility and to enable them to stand out in a competitive marketplace.
A training in interior architecture, I learnt to build for indoor and outdoor spaces. Some examples of projects include the conversion of a restaurant, designing a children's playground and the conversion of a garage into a recording studio. I learnt to make scale models, draft in AutoCAD, and build simulated spaces in 3D Studio Max and Sketchup. My final major thesis addressed the V&A Waterfront Development in Dundee, and included an architectural proposal alongside a research film.
My diploma provided training in production for the screen and stage industries. I learnt to edit in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere on Macs and PCs. I learnt to adapt scripts for the screen, and work in film crews and post production. I created set designs for a remake of a sketch from ‘Victoria Wood As Seen On TV’ and a studio documentary programme about world religions, in addition to filming and editing short horror piece ‘The Dead Man’ and a further conceptual TV advertisement for fair-trade coffee. The diploma also had a focus on the theatre, for which we had hands on training in staging productions, including designing and building sets and costumes, operating light rigs, the get in and get out, and analysing scripts. Some of the staged productions I worked on included ‘The Balcony’ and ‘Ashgirl’, in addition to set designs for ‘Noises Off’ and ‘Oedipus Rex’.
This course gave a basic grounding across the techniques and processes of four disciplines: fine art, textiles, graphic design and architectural design. The year began with experimentation with using different materials across all four areas, and ended with a final project specialised in just one. My final project was a proposal for an outdoor pavilion which responded to changes in wind direction to blend with its surroundings.