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Angela Gidden found a way to use the waste material from her furniture design business.

Getting creative with waste

Welsh designer Angela Gidden explains how the fabric and leather offcuts from her furniture design business became a separate creative company.


Mark always wanted to pursue a career in art. Stephen Fry illustration by Mark Boardman.

Being a freelance illustrator

Mark Boardman is a successful artist and illustrator, whose painterly style is distinctive and captivating. He creates book covers, posters and other illustration for editorial.


Jason Bruges's studio has produced many installations, including 'Wind To Light' on London's South Bank.

Hybrid training in design

Jason Bruges is an interaction designer. His team create site-specific installations, set designs, lighting and architectural features. He explained why having a wide mix of skills, training and interests can help designers.


Design Wright has designed for many companies, including O2, Philips electronics, and Joseph Joseph kitchenware.

Advice for industrial design

After working in the design industry for a number of companies, Adrian and Jeremy Wright set up Design Wright, a business specialising in products and furniture. They spoke about their career pathways and shared advice for starting out in design.


How to make a storyboard

Illustrator and animator Daniel McGarrigle explains how to make a storyboard. He also explains what a typical working day for him looks like and what it's like being a freelancer with this job.


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.


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.


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.


Dan's work is about helping his clients to discover their own unique style.

Residential interior design

Dan Hopwood runs his own interior design company whose clients include bankers, lawyers and celebrities. He recreates stunning interiors, combining modern and more traditional designs.


Graham Lister is the Production Manager at the Curve theatre.

Designing a modern theatre

Graham Lister, Production Manager, talks about the unique design of the Curve Theatre in Leicester. The exposed nature of the theatre allows the audience to see behind the scenes.


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.


Hoffi's client list includes the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Climate Change Wales.

Making design bilingual

Cardiff-based design agency Hoffi have a client list which includes Wales's National Museum and National Theatre. Staff described the challenges and benefits of designing in English and Welsh.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Design Trust organises training and promotional events, as well as webinars and video interviews.

Director of The Design Trust

Patricia van den Akker is director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designer-makers. She discusses the barriers to running a design or craft business, with 7 tips on overcoming them.


“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.


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.


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