During my time at Media Design School, I really enjoyed the broad range of projects and briefs. Some briefs emulated a group scenario, preparing us for a studio environment, while independent briefs allowed me to grow as an individual. I mostly enjoyed open projects, which explore personal interests and identity. This is where I truly found my voice as a designer.
Getting a taste of different projects helped form my career path. On one hand, I enjoy working with corporate clients, hard deadlines and specific requirements. On the other, I enjoy a more open and self-expressive brief. This usually means I get to work with clients who have a similar taste in design, allowing me to embrace and develop my own style. As a freelancer, it’s the contrast between the two that I enjoy. All clients are different and come with their own unique problem, which often means tailoring a specific and personal solution. Working across a broad range of projects and assignment at MDS has prepared me well for this type of work.
I have been freelancing full time for almost two years, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The freedom to dictate when and where I work, whom I work with and managing my own clients is both challenging and rewarding. As a freelancer, or dare I say, a businessman, finding time to up-skill, managing clients and time to relax with friends and family is the hardest challenge I have to date.
Recently I have had the pleasure of working with a number of different clients. I helped the US Embassy develop a brand for a youth program, I developed a cover for a resource booklet for the Ministry of Education and I have recently helped a small tech company rebrand their business.
At Media Design School, I highly recommend you find your voice! Don’t be generic, figure out who you are and develop that in to a personal brand and design style. This approach has become a vital part to my success.