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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


KLC has an international reputation practical, accessible and professional career training.

Get skills for interior design

If you are interested in a career in interior design but come from a completely unrelated industry, this does not have to hold you back. Many leading designers started off as career changers with a desire to develop their creative side.


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.


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?


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'.


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.


Zoe Murphy is a young designer enjoying great success.

Starting out in product design

Zoe Murphy is a young designer enjoying great success. Since graduating from university, she started her own studio and her distinctive, colourful and decorative furniture is now in great demand .


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.


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 Stylistic Gallery was created to give creatives a place to showcase their work.

Online showcase for designers

For young designers struggling to get a foot on the career ladder, there’s a new creative space to show off their talents. If you're struggling to get noticed, or working where you don’t want to be, try out The Stylistic Gallery as an online resource.


Angelina Ballerina illustrator

Children's illustrator and author Helen Craig, known for her 'Angelina Ballerina' drawings, discusses her mid-life move to illustration and learning skills to improve her writing.


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.


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.


There are many different ways to get into UX research

User experience research

Hedgehog lab is a global software consultancy that specializes in multi-platform software and connected device innovation. We spoke to Laura, Emily and Caitlin in the User Experience Research (UX Research) team about how they got into the industry and their work on the team.


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.


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