Neil Johnston- Daytime design and nightime design

By: andrew berwick illustration

Mar 11 2011

Category: Creative Futures

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1.30 Nick Whitehead

After finishing univesity five years ago from Glyndwr (formerly NEWI) Neil went through a period of uncertainty. For the first six months he admitted he did very little other than a couple of design jobs forwarded to him by the university itself.  He opened by saying ‘ you dont need to have a dob to be a designer’. When he left university he felt like he should be looking for a job but went on to say even if you are unemployed you can still be active in design.

He pressed the fact that when you leave no matter what discipline area you are from you cannot sit and wait for work to come to you, instead chase potential work and better youself whilst doing so. Although he was a nervous presenter and had quite a timid voice his work itself I thought was in most cases cleverly designed and thought out. He went on to work for View Creative where he did a number of design work jobs doing roughly 1 or 2 meaningful  projects in his time there.

He is the only design student to come out of the university to have won a D & AD award so his insight into the creative world of design is something I wanted to take on board. He now works in Prague and has done for the past three years, he never invisaged himself going abroad but said it was too good an opportunity to miss. He is another designer who confirmed the point you never know where it will take you when you leave university. He encounters various cultural differences over in Prague but relishes the opportunity to work in such an environment.

Overall I thought his presntation was interesting and not wasted time however being a designer presenting later in the week a lot of his advice (such as promoting yourself, networking etc) had already been covered by the others. The photographs above show Neil presenting.



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