TGDS Graduate Claire

Melbourne based designer and visual artist Claire is doing amazing work in the design sphere.

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Hey Claire. Tell us a bit about you?

I’m Claire, a massive fan of design and now looking forward to doing what I love for real. Once I drag myself away from the computer and in no particular order, I foster rescue dogs, drink a lot of coffee, love music and comedy and if I didn’t have to work, I’d swim all day at Sydney’s beautiful beaches.

Leon & Harper - Packaging Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

I knew I wanted to be a designer when I started buying magazines for the layouts and not the articles! But I came to study it late (in my 40s). It was seeing uninspiring design (mostly mine!) that made me go back to school!

Firebrand - Visual Identity Design

Firebrand - Branding Identity Design

What are you up to in the design world at the moment?

I’ve been working as an education and training designer for ever and ever and get to do graphic design as part of my job. But I want to get experience working in different types of design, so I’m planning on volunteering in my spare time.

Claire Wheeler - Personal Identity Design

What is your favourite part of the design process?

Feedback! I do love the research side of things when I’m trying to generate ideas but I find it rewarding to take on board feedback. I always learn something.

Festival in the Park - Campaign Design

You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging.
Have you a fav?

Information design is so much fun! There’s something really rewarding about finding ways to communicate a lot of information effectively, to help inform and educate people. I’m wowed by people who work in editorial design and love the conceptual illustrations and infographics they create to illustrate news articles.

Illustrations - Personal Project

Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.

My work shows my love of typography, illustration and colour. Before studying, I didn’t know whether I’d be capable as I’ve never done this sort of thing before but it’s about trusting your abilities and persisting.

BreastScreen Victoria - Illustration Design

What did you love most about studying design?

To me, the course was not about getting a qualification but having the opportunity to learn from others. I got the most value from being mentored by the tutors, whose feedback I really respected. I listened, absorbed and then pushed myself to do the best work I could.

Whats your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

I’m good at helping others learn and one of my skills is being able to explain things clearly, so I’d love to be able to work in educating the next generation of graphic designers, writing and developing courses, teaching or tutoring.

Kin Women - Campaign Design

Before studying, I didn’t know whether I’d be capable as I’ve never done this sort of thing before but it’s about trusting your abilities and persisting.

Kin Women - Campaign Design

What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?

To me, the course was not about getting a qualification but having the opportunity to learn from others. I got the most value from being mentored by the tutors, whose feedback I really respected. I listened, absorbed and then pushed myself to do the best work I could.

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