Design


34 Creative people in total for Design


Naomi Gibbs, costume designer

After playing bass in a rock band, Naomi Gibbs now works as a costume designer.


Kate Unwin, set and costume designer

Kate Unwin is a freelance set and costume designer. Her work is split between home, where she designs, and the theatres where her designs are built.


Lewis Marsh, Graphic Design & Marketing Executive

Lewis is the Head of Studio at SharpFutures, a social enterprise, where he manages and creates graphics which are used for print or online. He started off as a graphic design apprentice and in 2018 was awarded Apprentice of the Year at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.


Alison Jardine, painter

Born in Yorkshire, Alison now lives and works in Dallas, Texas making paintings with unusual media such as cement. She explains her career journey and offers tips on becoming a visual artist.


Sevra Davis and Rebecca Ford accepted the award on behalf of the team. Credit: James Fletcher

RSA Student Design Awards team

The RSA Student Design Awards have been running for 93 years, helping young designers develop their skills and gain employment. In 2017 the team behind the programme were awarded the Creative & Cultural Skills Design Skills Award.


Alex Marker, set designer

Alex Marker designs sets for theatre productions. He discusses how to make them realistic spaces and represent the context of the play. He also shares his five tips for getting started in set design.


Lily's work covers an entire design process, from taking a brief from a client to launching a finished website.

Lily Dart, web designer

As a graphic and web designer for digital design company dxw, Lily works with clients from design brief to finished website.


Claire Durrant, user experience designer

Claire's entry into user experience design was borne out of a passion for making products and services better for people to use. She explains how she got there without having to go to university and offers advice for becoming a user experience designer.


Mona Kastell, costume designer

Costume designer Mona Kastell specialises in costume for street arts and circus companies.



Mole Wetherell, artistic director

Mole Wetherell trained as a designer, and is now artistic director of theatre company Reckless Sleepers.


Admir adds light fittings to digital designs, and oversees implementation once construction is finished.

Admir Jukanovic, lighting designer

Admir works for lighting design company Mindseye. He works with architects and interior designers to enhance interior spaces with light.


Simon designs book covers, comic layouts, and other print media.

Simon Parr, graphic designer

Simon is Head of Design on the comic 2000AD and at Rebellion Publishing, who also publish sci-fi/horror fiction.


Building an online portfolio helped Joe stand out

Joe Parker, Photographer and Social Media Administrator

Joe always saw photography as a hobby, but gradually he found opportunities for it to become his career. Since completing an apprenticeship with Out of Hand, Joe has started working for Garment Quarter, creating the images for their website and social media accounts.


Nikki helps understand the needs of the client and works with the designers to deliver the right solution.

Nikki Barker, client services director

Nikki started off in branding and print design. After realising her skills were more people- and process-focused, she moved over into client services.


Lynton pursued an interest in art and design throughout his education, and learned software from an early age.

Lynton W Palmer, junior designer

Lynton landed a job as a junior designer soon after graduating in Graphic Communication. He works on branding and graphic design at Spring.


Amelia took on internships and freelance work before launching her own magazine.

Amelia Gregory, magazine art director

Amelia is the art director and founder of Amelia's Magazine, which posts on art, design, music and fashion. She commissions work from illustrators and is in charge of the magazine's look and feel.


Peter Vaillant, abstract artist

British abstract artist Peter Vaillant says that there is no worst aspect to his career and that he loves creating his artwork so much, he doesn't see it as a job. We spoke to him more about his role, how he became an abstract artist and how you can too.


Emma's collections are inspired by the decor and buildings of the Victorian era.

Emma Turpin, designer and maker

Emma Turpin set up her own jewellery brand after graduating with a degree in Jewellery. As well as designing her collections, she works at a gallery as an assistant jeweller.


Lucie saw a gap in the market for a charity-focused design agency.

Lucie Cooper, creative director (graphic design)

Lucie drew on years of experience in publications, marketing and design to launch her own agency. She works solely with charities, doing branding, campaigns and merchandise for print and online.


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