My magazine design work is being showcased in a global TV advertising campaign. I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity.
It all came about through a chance meeting with a GCU alumna, Louise Tierney, who runs Lash Inc, an incredibly successful beauty trade publication. When she needed a designer at the magazine she got in touch. She showed me the magazines and it was right up my street because I love make up, so I jumped at the chance to work on the digital, then the print editions.
I was the sole designer in my first professional role so it was a lot to take on and, although I already loved make up, I was immersed in a fascinating new world. It was a huge job that normally a team of designers would work on and an enormous learning curve. However my programme prepared me incredibly well and we get lots of talks from industry professionals. It was a fantastic opportunity and then PayPal, the global, online payments system, chose Lash Inc to feature in one of its global commercials.
They spent a day with us and filmed me designing. It was incredibly nerve wracking but a fun, cool experience and I had some preparation in the filming process from modules in my programme. That’s the thing with GCU; there are so many facilities so you can study lots of different things, the staff are brilliant and the courses are geared to preparing you for the real world. I love my programme. It has given me problem-solving skills that I can apply to anything, and instilled me with so much confidence.
I came straight to GCU from school. If I could, I would just paint all the time, so I was looking for a programme that is creative and lets me express myself. Digital design is a bit like learning to paint in a new format.
In the long term I’d like to work in education as I have been so inspired by my tutors at GCU.