What does a designer look like? Ours come in all shapes and sizes. Yes, there may be a beard or two and some difficult glasses but they have navigated their way to us along a variety of streams via galleries, auction houses, engineering and architecture firms, pubs and even a bakers.
We often get approaches at this time of year from people who want to get into design so we thought we’d share our four best tips from our own experience.
The only way is art school?
Well, maybe not the only way, but it really does help. We have all done at least a Foundation course. It frees up the mind, trains you in form and function and allows you to think bigger as there’s always someone a little bit weirder than you.
An open mind
A good designer is influenced by life – but they need to make life interesting! Go to everything, see everything, read everything, talk to everyone. Emerge yourself in the world and you will never be short of an idea.
Just do it
Working in a pub? Design the menus. In a shop? Perfect opportunity to become a visual merchandising expert. Bring your creativity to whatever environment you’re in. No job? Learn a graphics package. There is no excuse for a blank CV.
Show me you care
Don’t be afraid to be passionate about something. If we’re interviewing someone we want them to prove to us how much they love design and creating things. It’s not the time to be cool and laid back. It’s the time to stagger in carrying the wardrobe you found in a skip and turned into a tin-clad smoothie bar for your ex-girlfriend
… welcome to our world.