Thank you Rosie for your participation! All work featured by Rosie Mossop.

An introduction….

Hi! I’m Rosie, a student on the BA Graphic Design course at Leeds Arts University. Before going to Leeds I completed a Foundation year in Carlisle (where I’m from), and was opened up to the possibilities of Graphic Design, finding myself unsure if it would be the right course for me. Now, three years down the line, I know that it was definitely the right choice.My practice focuses mainly on accessible design, thinking about how I can create design that improves the lives of other people, and physicality, looking at bookmaking and other printed materials. 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into graphic design?

Be a sponge!! Take in any information you can and in any form. Watch talks, read books, follow designers and studios you admire on social media and learn about their process. There are so many more jobs within graphic design than simply being a designer, so if you prefer things like researching, ideation and programming to actually designing, then have a look at platforms like Not Only But Also and Creative Graduate to find out more about the different roles you could go into that utilise your best skills!

Where do you see yourself in ten years time?

I think the future is definitely uncertain right now, especially for recent graduates and current students like myself, but I think there are lots of potential pathways I could end up on. I would like to have worked in a small studio at some point, to have the experience of getting to work closely with clients to really understand their needs, but could also see myself teaching, becoming a freelance designer, and having my own shop selling prints and funky things (but probably not all at the same time…)!

What has been the biggest challenge in your education or career, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge has been within myself, comparing myself to other people within the industry and feeling like I should know more than I do. However, I’ve realised that nobody knows everything, and you can utilise the skills other people have to better yourself and collaborate.

What do you like to do to unwind?

I do have to force myself to switch off sometimes, and do like doing creative things other than my work to unwind, like collaging and bookmaking, or reading books about books! But, I also love having a big laugh with my family, eating a Chinese takeaway and watching a film, or staring at my plants!

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