“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.


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.


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.


Design internships helped Rhiannon gain industry experience after university.

Making an internship work

Rhiannon Jones is a graphic designer working for Warner Music Group. She spoke about how a 3 month internship led to a permanent job in the music industry.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Branding consultant, Damian Cranney started up his own design business.

Five tips for design students

Branding consultant Damian Cranney started up his own design business, Frank Design. He gave five pieces of advice for anyone starting out.


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 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.


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.


Theatre companies are exploring pervasive media

Pervasive media

Katie Day spoke to Creative Choices about pervasive media, the current climate for public funding and the arts, and what she'll bring back from her Peach Placement.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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