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Student Stories

Jhy Turley

HND Graphic Design

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“My favourite aspect of the course was the diverse approach to skills and the forward-thinking approach to future technology. The college had just invested heavily in Apple Mac G3’s, more up-to-date than many industry agencies were using. Ultimately, my access to the systems and software made me employable. It was definitely a vital first step in to the industry. I gained appliable skills that allowed me to be a productive junior member of staff. “

“I started as a Junior Graphic Designer at a small design and advertising agency. Whilst there, I moved in to management to oversee the design operations of the business. After that, I went freelance and spent several years working in all kids of different places as a designer: Advertising, Publishing, Design Consultancies and Event marketing. I also developed some of my own clients. From here, I took another management role at the Advertising agency VCCP, again overseeing design and production output for traditional media, posters, billboards, press ads, etc. After 7 years, I moved to Wieden + Kennedy, working hands-on again as a creative artworker and designer.”

“I’ve been really lucky and been exposed to a lot of great people and the opportunity to create some great work. These include working with Tony Davidson and Kim Papworth, two of the most influential creative directors of our time. They created some of the most iconic Levi’s work of my youth, including Flat Eric. Producing the McLaren P1 supercar launch book, a beautiful piece of design that won the team a design award from The Drum. Recently, I designed a series of posters for the FA and worked as part of the team that relaunched the new F1 brand. That was pretty special.”

Asked if he has any advice for those seeking a role similar to his own, Jhy says: “Lots. Work hard, always look for the golden nugget in every job, no matter how mundane it is. Always be solutions-driven. Treat people with respect. Prove your worth, don’t expect it. Collaboration is king! I could go on.”

My favourite aspect of the course was the diverse approach to skills and the forward-thinking approach to future technology.