A Day in the Life of a Graphic Design Student

graphic design student1. A day in the life of a graphic design student

2. My name: Tom White

3. Company Name/University Name etc: Plymouth College of Art

4. Web Address: www.pcad.ac.uk (College’s Address) www.teejaystudios.blogspot.com (mine)

5. City, country – Plymouth, England

6. How you Start the Day – ie. Get up what time, travel?
I start the day at 7 in the morning where I get up and drag myself to the graphic studio at college via a 45 minute bus journey, sadly I am yet to experience the wonders of a car. Once I’m at college along with the other students, we all collect ourselves into this ‘conference’ room, and are briefed by the tutors at the college about the days events and what is expected.

7. First jobs – My first job was actually re-designing an entire companies face. There colours, there website, there flyers, there business cards. Was a massive project that went on for about 6-7 months. But sadly, They had to close because of the money eating climate were stuck in.

8. The rest of your work day – The rest of my work day includes various tasks, tasks such as seeing the mistress, updating my website, checking out Facebook and continuing with my studies. You only live once, so I enjoy a few nights out 😛

9. Evening – well, If I’m at the house of an evening I spend my time on here. The internet, without this, id be dead. 🙂 Its my inspiration and motivation to continue doing what I’m doing.

10. What you love about your job /course – It lets me express myself, and sets me mini task’s just like the ones I’ve been set as a budding freelancer.

11. What you hate about your job /student life – Waking up, lets be honest, nobody likes waking up in the mornings knowing you have a full day ahead of you, probably containing research or some sort of organisation of paper work. 😛

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A day in the life of a Design Company Owner/Director in Malta

graphic design malta1. A day in the life of a Design Company Owner/Director in Malta

2. My name: Mark Lightfoot

3. Company Name: Mangion & Lightfoot Ltd

4. Web Address: www.mangionlightfoot.com

5. City, country – Naxxar, Malta

6. How you Start the Day – ie. Get up what time, travel?
Depending on the scholastic calendar I’m either up at 6 to take my daughter to school, or up at 7 to take her for tennis training… either way I am up with the birds and making tea/breakfast for the family. I live in an ancient house in the middle of Zebbug – a village in the heartland of Malta. Bells, yells and smells was how Lord Byron described Malta… and he was not far off even for today. The sound of the village church bells often wake me and if it’s not the bells, the yells and smells of village life are not far behind. I drive to school to drop off said daughter and then on to the office – usually getting in at around 8am.

7. First jobs – coffee! I then check the mail for invoices, statements or payments and look through the correspondence to check if there is anything that needs attention. I run my own company along with my business partner of 12 years, Matthew (the Mangion). Then its a quick check on email – I have to be careful not to get bogged down in too many website visits as it can easily eat up the morning. I try to clip links that I want to follow for later on. I’ll then go through the job management system we have seeing what projects are on and what tasks need doing.

8. The morning is taken up with project work – that will be either artwork production, design concepts, client meetings, concept briefings with the account managers, production meetings etc., Every day is different. Sometimes if we are doing a signage project I will have to be on site at an installation, or it might be out to a photoshoot, a presentation or a pitch. Lunchtime is sacrosanct at Mangion & Lightfoot as each employee takes it in turn to cook for the other members of the team. What started out as a practical way to meet the eating needs of everyone has become a cornerstone of our company ethos. Lunch has become an extension of our philosophy and a way for the company to team build on a daily basis!
After lunch there’s more project work, or meetings… it all depends on what’s on the cards and which clients are on the go.

9. Evening – Work finishes at around 7pm most evenings at which time I head for home. I try and leave my laptop at the office apart from weekends so I don’t ‘take work home’ during the week. That’s generally scuppered though as I’ve got an iPhone and I can still do emails etc … and to cap it all I’ve got about 4 Macs at home (wife’s, daughter’s, etc!). I’ll get home in time to see the kids into bed, maybe read a story, Catch up with my wife and the kids’ day. I’ll have supper with a nice glass of wine – sometimes catching up on TV or reading. Bed around 11.

10. What you love about your job /course – I love the variety of my job and the work life balance that being a designer in Malta gives me. We’ve got great clients, a great office atmosphere and a great team.

11. What you hate about your job /student life – There’s nothing I hate about my job – I would say that its frustrating sometimes because working in a small country does not afford you the opportunities more mature markets offer…(or the big budget clients!!) but that is the very small downside to working and living in one of the most wonderful countries in the world!

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A day in the life of a freelance Typographer & Graphic Designer

freelance graphic designer1. A day in the life of a freelance Typographer & Graphic Designer

2. My name: Lisa Simmonds

3. Company Name: LKS Designs

4. Web Address: www.lisasimmonds.moonfruit.co.uk

5. City, country – Based in Essex, UK

6. How you Start the Day – ie. Get up what time, travel?
I get up about 10am, one of the biggest perks of working from home!

7. First jobs – Then I immediately turn on my Mac and check my emails. After that I check Facebook (it’s not slacking – it’s networking!) Then back to the emails to reply to anything interesting and check on any jobs I might have been sent.

8. The rest of your work day – Then I make a cup of tea and start working. After that it depends on the amount of work I have. I either work on whatever project I have for the rest of the day or start looking for more work or prepare promotional material for events I have coming up. Today for example I worked on some book layouts, then started creating a flyer to advertise myself at a book fair I’m attending at the end of the month. At some point I break away from the computer to eat and maybe even pop to the shops!

9. Evening – In the evening I might still be working, or I might go to the cinema or theatre, see friends for coffee (or something stronger!), or just stay in and watch a film. Normally afterwards I’ll go back on the computer and do things like write this ’til 2 or 3am (it is now 3.20am!).

10. What you love about your job /course – I love that I can do what I like when I like. If I want to see friends in the afternoon and then work until 3am and get up at 11am – I can!

11. What you hate about your job /student life – I hate the fact that sometimes I don’t think I’ll get enough work to pay the bills.

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A day in the life of… a freelance graphic / apparel designer based in Cornwall

freelance graphic designer1. A Day in the life of a Freelance Graphic / Apparel Designer

2. My name: James Beresford

3. Company Name: Collaborative Thought

4. Web Address: www.collaborativethought.co.uk

5. Based in Truro, Cornwall, UK

6. How you Start the Day – ie. Get up what time, travel?
I start every day at 6:30am with a dawn jog , then hit the cereal and banana combo , then dressed and head off to the studio.

7. First jobs – My first jobs are to syphon through the junk mail, then to make the first pot of tea of the day.

8. The rest of your work day – Depends on what i’m doing. I could be designing a new pair of chino shorts or a 126 page brochure. My work is so diverse it’s a different day every day!

9. Evening – I dont finish in the studio til about 7pm. Evenings are a cross between sat on the sofa with my sketch book doodling / making the tea.

10. What you love about your job /course – I love the freedom of my job, the ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want ( in moderation of course ). The fact that every week can be different depending on what clients you are working with, is a massive thumbs up. It keeps your creative juices flowing and experience in every aspect of design.

11. What you hate about your job /student life – Absolutely Nothing ; I love my job and wouldn’t swap it for anything in the world. I took the very scary plunge of quitting full time employment to follow my dream and it has turned out to be the best decision of my life.

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A day in the life of a… graphic designer based in Suffolk, UK

freelance graphic designer1. A day in the life of a graphic designer

2. My name: Vicki Willingham

3. Company Name: VictoriaAnn Design

4. Web Address: www.victoriaanndesign.net

5. Based in Suffolk, UK

6. How you Start the Day – ie. Get up what time, travel?
It can vary. As a freelancer I work from home and have my 19 month old daughter at home with me except for two days a week when I can really get on with work for the entire day. So my start to most days: Wake up to daughter calling. Get her ready, fed, cleaned, dressed etc. Sometimes I am able to work for half an hour while she plays by herself but I usually end up playing with her and sorting snacks, nappies, drinks etc until her nap time.

7. First jobs – When my daughter naps I’m able to get a good couple of hours work done which will be sorting emails, checking rss feeds for anything interesting, working on sketches, concepts or on Adobe Illustrator compiling some designs or working on existing projects.

8. The rest of your work day – Then it’s lunch, more playing possibly going to a toddler group followed by dinner and her bed time! Sometimes I can fit in work during the day too, it depends on the work I’m doing. I can sit on the sofa and sketch or write out ideas while my daughter is playing or having lunch. Weekends are very different. My partner is home so I often do some extra ‘on the computer’ work on the weekends.

9. Evening – If I have more work to do I can do it when she’s in bed. Sometimes if I’m particularly inspired or have a lot to get done I’ll intentionally wake up before her to do it. It’s so tempting not to do this most days! On days where I’ve managed to fit a lot in during the day I’ll relax with my partner, watch some TV and maybe have an early night with a relaxing bath and a good book!

10. What you love about your job /course – I love the creative aspect and to freelance I love choosing my own hours and being able to spend time with my little girl in the daytime. I also love being able to pop to the shops if I want too, or to make personal phone calls during the day – the plusses to working for myself at home!

11. What you hate about your job /student life – Erm…I don’t like Mondays and Tuesdays when I drop my daughter off at grandparents as it generally does mean getting up early and being very organised! There isn’t really anything I dislike about my actual job though.

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