Kal Chottai is a designer and creative consultant.

Working as a product designer

Kal Chottai is a designer and founder of product design company Damdesign. He talks about how he started his career in design and has 9 essential skills for a design business.


“The client is after value and experience, so show them you can offer both” Image: Emma Metcalfe

10 myths about illustration

Emma is a freelance heritage illustrator, who works on trails, guidebooks and maps for stately homes and castles. She uses her own experiences to discuss ten myths about illustration.


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.


Frank Design is a a Belfast based design consultancy.

Starting a design business

Damian Cranney started up the Belfast consultancy Frank Design on his own. He spoke about what it takes start, and sustain, a creative business.


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.


Salary and progression in graphic design

Interested in a graphic design career? This infographic created by Fifteen Design looks at typical salaries and progression routes, as well as giving key information and outlining desired skills and experience.


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.


B3 Designers work on commercial interior design, such as restaurants.

Commercial interior design

Mark Bithrey is director of B3 Designers, an architectural interior design firm. Founded in 2002, B3 work on commercial interior design for restaurants, bars, hotels, retail and exhibition spaces.


Karen Arthur balances a full-time career as a teacher with her passion for making handbags.

Stay focused on your career

There’s no time like the present to start following your ambitions. So stop adding to your ‘to do’ list and start putting the plans you already have into action.


Dawn Thomas-Mondo has built up a collection of thousands of costumes

Running a costume business

Dawn Thomas-Mondo runs Marigold Costumes in Cardiff, the largest company of its kind in Wales. She told us about how she got started, and running her creative business.


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.


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.


Build up your skills as much as possible while you look for opportunities. Image: Matt Smith, Royal Opera House

7 tips for a fashion career

The fashion industry is highly competitive, and it can be hard to succeed without determination and forward-planning.


A career as a furniture maker

Gareth Neal is a furniture designer and maker who rose to prominence for his traditional furniture with contemporary exteriors. He discusses his career and reflects on the furniture making industry.


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.


Authors are becoming known as 'story architects' and 'experience designers'.

New skills for writers

In an age of iPads, video games and on-demand TV, what is the future for writing and reading? We took a look at 'transmedia storytelling'.


Images © Tim Bradford 2009 www.timbradford.com

From artist to entrepreneur

Making the transition from being a student to establishing an arts practice, business, or career within the creative and cultural industries is a challenging but exciting journey.


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.


Justin worked on the revamp of The Ideal Home Show at Earls Court.

A career in exhibition design

Justin Southgate has forged a reputation in the field of exhibition design. His company, Southgate Design is known for exciting, innovative concepts.


Charlie Alder studied to be an illustrator. © Alder and Alder

Being a freelance designer

Designer Jonathan Alder studied and worked in London for over twenty years before relocating to Exeter to form the design and illustration agency Alder and Alder with his wife.


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