Upon graduating from the BA Visual Communications course at LSAD (2006), I spent a short summer spell working at the O’Brien Press, Dublin, before setting off for London to complete my MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins (2006-08). I quickly jumped the fence from student to lecturer, as I became Course Director, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, South Essex College (2008-10) and now currently hold the post of Lead Tutor FdA/BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication, London College of Communication.
In addition to teaching, I co-founded of the occasional design studio, We Draw Lines, working with the clients such as the V&A, Central Saint Martin’s and the British Council. My design output has received numerous awards, support and recognition (ISTD, YCN, HETAC, Stationers’ & Newspaper Makers Award). I also continue to pursue research concerning the book, and have been invited to present and exhibit my findings at universities, conferences, exhibitions and specialised research forums throughout the UK.
advice for students:
What advice would you give to students who are beginning their studies?
Be informed – With the amount of information available online nowadays there is no excuse for blind decision-making and the reprocussions of such. Choose wisely!
And for students about to graduate?
Remain curious – three years spent embarking upon and engaging with new things at each corner should not stop once you receive a piece of paper in your hand signifying your achievement at graduation.
Be flexible – Granted you will have learnt volumes about graphic design as a subject upon your course, but you will also have gained invaluable inter-changeable and transferable skills. Graphic design students are trained communicators i.e. you can listen, you can observe, you can react, you can inform. How else can you use these whilst you are busy forging your own path with this vast subject area?
What are you up to now?
At present I teach full-time on the FdA/BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication course at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, co-run an occasional design studio, We Draw Lines, and pursue research concerning the physcial book form.
How did you get there?
I have found myself where I am today without much thought or a grand plan if I’m being honest. One thing has simply led to another, but I suppose this has been made possible due to a genuine interest and appreciation for the subject and application of graphic design.