Design


61 Industry insights in total for Design


Starting out in illustration

After studying graphic design, John Cei Douglas quit his day job and set himself up as an illustrator. He spoke about his experiences in art college and the struggle to make a living.


James Nunn's most recognisable design in recent years was for Lynne Truss’s massive bestseller, Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

A career in book cover design

James Nunn is a graphic artist and has designed countless book jackets for publishers. He spoke about how he built his career, with 3 tips for designing book covers.


Showtex provided custom confectioned LED integrated fabrics for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Drapes and fabric on stage

ShowTex design and manufacture fabrics and drapes for theatre and live events. They supplied the mattresses, sheets and pillows for the ‘NHS’ segment of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.


Although so much work is online, more traditional employers will still want to see a physical portfolio. (Image: Alex Rumford).

10 top tips for landing a creative job

The creative industries are booming and there are more jobs than ever, but competition is fierce. Give yourself the best chance of landing that dream job with these top ten tips from Pip Jamieson, founder of professional networking platform for the creative industries The Dots.


George Burton went from working at advertising agencies to Creative Manager at boohoo.com.

Getting a job in fashion

George Burton is Creative Manager at online fashion retail brand boohoo.com, He shared six pieces of advice for fashion and design careers.


Being a creative brand manager

Jenny Smyth works as Senior Account Manager at Red Cow Creative consultancy. She has delivered creative marketing campaigns for brands like Mr. Men, Little Miss and Where’s Wally?


Chris Slann works and teaches at the Carnival Learning Centre on the Isle of Wight.

A career in carnival

Chris Slann, Sharon George and Helen Davenport work and teach at the Carnival Learning Centre on the Isle of Wight. They spoke to Creative Choices about the varied skills needed for a career working in carnival.


Alastair Reid is the Managing director of Red Design.

Working in a design agency

Alastair Reid is Managing Director of Red Design. He discusses what work is done at his design agency, and what quality he looks for in new designers.


Nick uses brainstorming and numerous Post-it Notes, which encourage brevity and clarity.

Brand strategy & design career

Nick Eagleton is a Creative Director for The Partners, a brand strategy and design company with a multitude of industry awards. Nick leads a team that helps organisations create a unique identity.


Peas, another of Nick's acclaimed collaborations, part of the 'Daisy' series with Kes Gray

A career in illustration

Nick Sharratt is an illustrator and author of books for children, including the books of Jacqueline Wilson. He spoke about how he built his successful career in illustration.


PR can give you a flexible and diverse career path.

Creative skills for PR careers

Creativity is an essential skill for a career in Public Relations. With demands for more thought-provoking, clever and powerful PR campaigns, the need for creativity has only increased.


Retail assistant Samantha is also an illustrative artist.

Managing the day job

Succeeding in a creative career can be a struggle. For some, the only way to achieve their ambitions is by combining their passion for creativity with a second job.


Simon taught himself many of the skills for web design.

4 tips for a web design career

Simon McFarlane runs a web design business, building bespoke websites for diverse clients. His career path evolved over the years, but his early track record as a technology trainer proved invaluable.


Fay co-founded a business before starting up her own brand design consultancy.

A freelance brand designer

Fay Blakeley is a freelance brand designer and consultant in Cardiff. She discusses the joys of being her own boss, as well as the challenges of being ultimately accountable.


Tord Boontje is Professor of the MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art.

Tord Boontje, product design

Tord Boontje is a hugely successful designer with an international reputation. Professor of the MA Design Products at the RCA, he has numerous awards for design work in lighting, glass, furniture and textiles.


Natalie wrote and illustrated the children's book Hamish the Highland Cow.

Children’s book illustrator

Natalie Russell has written and illustrated the books, ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’,‘Donkey’s Busy Day’ and ‘Moon Rabbit’ for Bloomsbury and Macmillan Children's books.


The main focus of Jayne’s business is designing home interiors.

Being an interior designer

Jayne Webb has been running her own successful interior design business, Southover Design, for the past 11 years.


Trevor Duncan’s students often go on to enjoy success in the design industry.

Studying 3D design

Trevor Duncan is head of Three Dimensional Design at Northumbria University. He has his own consultancy and professional practice and his clients have included the V&A, British Airways, Alessi and Wedgewood.


Tanya's work mixes heritage conservation with technical skill and artistic creativity.

An archaeological illustrator

As a specialist archaeological illustrator, Tanya Berks creates artistic reconstructions of archaeological sites, but also assists with land surveying, technical drawing, and conservation. She spoke about her career journey.


David Beastall is a Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International.

Getting started in web design

As a graduate or school leaver, how do you get that first job in web design? David Beastall, Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International, shared his thoughts and experiences about a web career.


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