TGDS Graduate Armanda
Armanda says she really loved the course! She had wanted to do a Graphic Design course for a long time but couldn’t take time off to physically attend classes, so the online option was perfect for her to do some incredible work.
Hey Armanda! Tell us a bit about you.
As long as I can remember I was fascinated by people, their feelings and behaviour. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I have a bachelor degree in psychology and about 6 years of experience working and volunteering with teenagers. However, along with the passion for human beings I was always in love with art in various forms. Therefore, I decided to join all that and started putting my insights about people together with design. And here I am now, a creative at an advertising agency and a freelance graphic designer.
Misija Plaukai - Corporate Identity & Packaging Design
What or who inspired you to be a designer?
Whilst living and working for others and their psychological well being, I started to miss something that would be only about me. This is when painting and illustration came in. It is my safe zone, my own little world. There I can only think about me and what is important to me without analysing and trying to understand others. So, I guess you can tell that my journey into graphic design started as a date with myself.
Quarnatine - Illustration Series
What are you up to in the design world at the moment?
I have a couple of graphic design clients at the moment. I am creating visual identities for a Zero Waste company and a local Coffee brand.
JAVA LOVE - Logo & Packaging Design
What is your favourite part of the design process?
I love to do the visual research and analyse what other designers do but the most favourite part of this job is playing with forms, and experimenting with graphic elements. I always find the most interesting solutions exactly in this phase. Usually, the final result differs from the one that I imagined and tried to achieve.
This surprise element in this job is very exciting.
Dancing Snakes - Corporate Identity Design
You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging.
Have you a fav?
I really love to create logos as I love conceptual thinking. It is amazing what an important messages a small symbol can carry. I also really love to illustrate, so packaging is my passion as well.
VAIDA - Corporate Identity Design
Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.
Funny. I am not really happy with my designs.
There are always things I notice that I can improve.
The question is, how to know when to stop? Haha. Anyway, I think that a lot of my personality fits into my designs - a minimalistic, creative approach to life with small little messages hidden.
Seaside - Illustration Series
What did you love most about studying design?
I love that you have to observe the world constantly and stay curious at all times. It is super cool to realise that everything is an inspiration and everything around us is design. So the possibilities are endless.
OAK MOOD - Corporate Identity Design
What’s your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!
First of all, I want to create a portfolio website that I would be proud of. Then, I would love to help small brands (with passionate people behind them) to create their face, their identity, they spirit. I would be extremely happy having an opportunity to work somewhere abroad, somewhere where there is sun all year round and a beach! :) Another thing that I would like to achieve, is being featured as an illustrator in significant editorial pieces in magazines, books, newspapers or blogs. Local and worldwide. One day I hope to have a minimal clothing line with the designs I created!
What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?
Don’t worry about not having clients and projects.
Just look around. Everything has a design. That means, that there is the whole world waiting to be designed. There won’t ever be too many graphic designers! :)
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