Design


Journey into the design industry

What steps do you need to take for a design career? This infographic created by Fifteen Design tracks the journey, from leaving education to finding a first job in the design industry.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ian Winterbottom, partner at Our Agency,explains how honesty and research are key fundamentals when pitching to clients.

Prepare for the perfect pitch

Is there such a thing as the 'perfect' pitch'? Ian Winterbottom, partner at Our Agency, gives 6 fundamentals for pitching to clients.


Mark Gabbertas, product designer

Taking a concept to market

With creative products, taking a concept to market is all about getting your idea into a form where it can then be developed, produced and sold in the marketplace.


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.


Ben creates sculptures for public spaces. Lion Scaffolding Sculpture, 2012. Scaffolding construction. Installation view, Bruce Castle Museum

Working as a sculptor

Ben Long has created sculptures for both public spaces and galleries. He spoke about his career journey.


How the arts can help you get into e-learning

Whether you’re fresh out of education or in the workforce, you're likely to have done some online learning. However, organisations are seeing a huge gap between their digital training content needs and in-house capabilities. With an average salary of above £40,000 a year according to the eLearning Guild, is it time to look into an e-learning career?


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'.


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.


The Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking & Dagenham College

The Creative & Cultural Industries Team at Barking & Dagenham College won the 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Training Provider of the Year Award. We spoke to Games, Art & Animation Course Leader and Creative Skills Project Co-ordinator, Katie Morgan, about their work and success.


“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.


Hennie Haworth's illustrations have featured in many magazines, including Elle and Company. She has also worked with fashion designers.

6 tips for illustrators

Hennie Haworth is a freelance illustrator. She has worked with many major brands, including Waitrose and Vodafone. She shared six pieces of advice for illustrators starting out.


The physical experience of reading your book is important to bear in mind if you are self-publishing. Image: User Design

10 tips for better book designs

There are many parts, processes and people involved in the production of a book. Successful and open-minded relationships between clients, designers and editors are essential. Book designer Thomas Bohm of User Design shared 10 tips for improving your book design.


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.


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.


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