Hi Tasha! Please introduce yourself!
Hiya, I’m Natasha (everyone calls me Tasha), I’m from Buckinghamshire and studied a-level art, photography and business before doing an art foundation at Leeds arts university. This foundation really helped me recognise my love for graphic design and lead to me studying Graphic design now.
Before I did the foundation I thought I wanted to be an illustrator, that would’ve been the completely wrong thing for me, I can’t recommend a foundation enough if you’re a bit unsure.
What is a piece of advice you’d give to someone currently wanting to get into your field?
Don’t feel like you have to have a ‘style’ of work, variety can work so much better for some designers!
Find designers and studios you admire! Things about what it is about them that you’re attracted to. Things like their variety in style or particular style, the physical or digital form of their work, ethical views, who their clients are, design focuses, and consider how these things could be incorporated in your work and if thats what you want your work to be or if you’d want to approach it differently.
Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
I hope to have worked within a variety of studios, big and small, seeing what I like. 10 years is a long time and I think accepting the chance of unexpected change is important so I’m not fully sure, I could be living abroad, locally, working independently or within a studio, I just hope its something that makes me happy and which I enjoy.
If you were an interviewer, what do you think you’d want to hear from someone applying for your role?
That they enjoy their work as a hobby and as a job. Someone who knows that time management and the ‘boring’ parts to a role are important as well. I think it’s important to not ‘become’ your design, be your own person and don’t feel like you’re done learning, I learn things everyday still!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your education/career, and how did you overcome it?
As weird as it sounds, actually completing a project! I always think theres something more to do and to change and I struggle with making a final decision a lot of the time, however talking to peers and looking at your work from a perspective of not having seen it before really helps view it differently!
How do you like to unwind?
A bath with bubbles, chocolate (having it in a bath makes it even more of a treat), candles and an episode of friends on in the background. Ideal.