Kirsty Ho
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Kirsty Ho

Illustrator and Graphic DesignerNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Kirsty Ho
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Kirsty Ho

Illustrator and Graphic DesignerNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
About me
Newcastle-based designer with a main focus on digital illustration, graphic design and motion graphics. I like exploring how I can communicate core ideas to the highest standard by working with different styles and crafting it with unique colour moods. Available to chat about new and exciting opportunities! A passion project of mine is creating an ongoing collection of sketchnotes from inspirational talks during (the very extended) lockdown, and hopefully the sketchnotes themselves become an inspiration for others. For technical reasons, it's also a way to improve active listening and visually synthesising key messages! While I'm freelancing, I'm exploring into more illustrative styles and finding what's cool and exciting. If I’m not designing, I’m either baking milk bread and chiffon cakes, or going out for early morning runs.
Projects
  • Sketchnotes: Industry Leaders with Nikky Lyle – Mark Fleming
    Sketchnotes: Industry Leaders with Nikky Lyle – Mark FlemingSketchnotes from Nikky Lyle's Industry Leaders talk with Mark Fleming, founder of Rosie Lee and Against Time.
  • Sketchnotes: Industry Leaders with Nikky Lyle – Maisie Benson
    Sketchnotes: Industry Leaders with Nikky Lyle – Maisie BensonSketchnotes from Nikky Lyle's Industry Leaders talk with Maisie Benson, founders of Think Food Bank and Happy To Help – two projects she's working on alongside her role at B&B. Something that I got from the talk was that when opportunities come, just take it, keep at it and see where it takes you. It's amazing to see that her passion projects were able to grow so organically and held so much purpose, becoming the motivation to keep doing it – especially in a time where it feels like many thing
  • Sketchnotes: Why the Future of Creativity should be it's Past
    Sketchnotes: Why the Future of Creativity should be it's PastSketchnotes from today's talk about why jingles need a comeback by Amy Kean as part of The Future of Creativity event by Mediatel and Glug. It was pretty catchy stuff so I think it works.
  • Sketchnotes: The Future of Creative Education
    Sketchnotes: The Future of Creative EducationSketchnotes from today's talk about creative education by Dom Davenport and Ben Mottershead as part of the The Future of Creativity event by Mediatel and Glug. An interesting point that I definitely agree with (and saw while I was at uni) was the lack of collaboration in higher education. Maybe it was the course and uni I went to, but around about my second year, it hit me that our design courses felt very... isolated? Very much focused on our own work and our own projects, but really, when th
  • Sketchnotes: How to start a business (& use The Dots to grow it!)
    Sketchnotes: How to start a business (& use The Dots to grow it!)I've never really been keen on starting a business, but with unintentionally freelancing during this pandemic, it's brought up a few ideas that do spark some interest for me! Attended yesterday's talk by Pip Jamieson for some insightful advice and encouragement – some key takeaways below! Sketchnoting (if that's a word?) is my way of taking notes most of the time when I want to avoid writing notes for the sake of it. It kinda helps me to consider what I'm writing which in turn helps me remember
  • Spring-time Shelters
    Spring-time SheltersA relaxing loop of a cat on a rainy day for the first ‘proper’ illustration using Procreate. Part of my ongoing illustration lo-fi series.
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Projects credited in
  • Issue 2
    Issue 2We are a magazine that celebrates emerging artists and devotes 100% of its net profits to charity, with each issue supporting a different one. Centring around all types of artists, including illustrators, photographers, writers and more, who tend to focus their time & energy around building an online portfolio, where they aren’t quite established yet or don’t carry the following they genuinely deserve, we offer a genuine platform where artists can collaborate and depend on the idea of being the
  • Kills 99.9% Bacteria
    Kills 99.9% BacteriaA light-hearted story portraying a day in the life of a germophobic young man who is forced to accompany his girlfriend to the hospital. The journey there is fraught with all sorts of pathogenic threats but he finally makes it to the hospital only to find it a breeding ground beyond his worst imagination. This period of time is especially triggering for those with OCD as suddenly millions of people across the world are anxious at the mere thought of going to hospital. However for those with OCD
Work history
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    Freelance Illustrator and Graphic DesignerKirsty Ho
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomFreelance
    I've been working on collaboration projects and illustrations for articles and social media, as well as exploring my own personal design work on my website and Instagram.
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    Graphic DesignerParent Scheme
     - Newcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomFreelance
    Since March when I decided to go freelance, I continued to help Parent Scheme create social media material for all their channels, as well as animating their content for their platform videos.
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Skills
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Hand Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Branding
  • Creative Typography
  • Animation
  • Motion Graphics
Education
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    BA (hons) IllustrationUniversity of Sunderland
     - Sunderland, United Kingdom
    In this course, I experimented with a range of craft and skills ranging from traditional, to digital and to three-dimensional. I was introduced to various briefs, such as branding, editorial and printmaking, to develop skills that stretch the boundaries of a conventional illustrator.
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    A Level, AS Level, GCSELongbenton Community College
     - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    GCSE Graphic Design GCSE Art and Design A Level Art and Design