I consider graphic design to be a multi-sensory discipline. Good design goes beyond what you see; I like to consider how the user will experience an outcome in context, how it relates to their world and challenges them to think differently.
My time at DTEB gave me a valuable insight into life in a professional design studio. I worked with the team developing brand identities, building websites and creating visual content for social media updates. I feel that I have gained a lot of insight into web design practices, and feel confident to take on web design projects in full. "Robin is passionate about their design work and is very keen to learn. They have a thirst for knowledge which will no doubt take them on to great things. Whilst on work experience they were happy to take on any challenge and get stuck in. We wish them all the best for the future." ~ Adam Hastings & Frankie Hale-Lynch
Work based degree that puts a focus on live briefs and work placement, with a strong emphasis on development and presentation of ideas. As part of the BA top-up, I am currently undertaking a research project focusing on design for social change, looking at how access to health & fitness services can be made safer for transgender and gender non-binary people. This involves a great deal of primary and secondary research, aiming to create a practical outcome that demonstrates the power of good design to make a difference in people's lives. As well as working on personal projects, the class functions as a design team managing an exhibition from concept to implementation. Each student fulfils different roles in order to best execute this task, culminating in exhibitions at Bristol Paintworks and London New Designers. As someone who pays great attention to detail, I am responsible for copywriting and finance. Additionally, I organised a highly successful fundraising event, utilising contacts to hire an event space for free and enlist musicians to perform and DJ. Thanks to our teamwork and coordination, the team pulled off a successful event and raised a good amount of money towards our exhibition, donating some of the proceeds to the local Samaritans.
My time on this course was highly practical; engaging in live client work, self-initiated research projects, and competition briefs. Over the course of two years, I feel that I have developed as a design practitioner - while originally I wanted to work as a solo freelancer, this course has taught me the value of the studio environment. I graduated the FdA portion of the course in 2016 with Distinction, and have progressed on the the BA top-up.