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epitype are involved in all sorts of design – so much so that it can be hard to narrow it down to just one area.

Martin Roach, group creative director

Martin started out in information design, but soon broadened his offering to other areas of communication design. After working both in-house and for agencies, he founded Epitype.


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.


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.


Vicky Grubb, upholsterer

Vicky's love of upholstery began with night classes at her local college. She now runs her own studio, teaching upholstery classes and taking commissions for work. Vicky outlines her career journey and how you can get into upholstery.



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.


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.


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.


Stephen was able to learn about packaging design on the job, rather than through courses.

Stephen Shortland, MD

After many years of working in the packaging design industry, Stephen set up New Vision Packaging. His work involves liaising between designers and clients, and overseeing the business and its development.


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.


Naomi Gibbs, costume designer

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


Lottie Wigmore, online distance learning apprentice

Lottie helps create, design and develop online courses for both institutional and international learners. She explains how her experience working with design helped secure her apprenticeship and talks about what the role involves.


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.


Miri Birch, costume supervisor

Miri Birch studied design for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has now overseen the costuming of shows for a number of theatre companies.


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.


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.


Karen Collier, fashion recruitment consultant

Karen started out working in a clothing factory, training to be a sample machinist. She then worked her way up within the fashion industry until she was running her own recruitment business. Karen explains her career journey and offers tips for getting into fashion recruitment.


Multiadaptor have designed websites, logos, graphic materials and iPhone apps for a range of high profile brands.

Andy West, creative director

After a year in his first design job, Andy co-founded brand design agency Multiadaptor. With a small team, the company has worked for the BBC, Swarovski, and many other high-profile brands.


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.


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.


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