TGDS Graduate Holly

Meet Holly our favourite lover of all things pink! Holly is a multi-disciplined artist who has been painting and illustrating for 6 years. Her stunning graphic design work combines beautifully the love of her two artistic talents.

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Hey Holly! Tell us a bit about you.

I’m Holly and I just finished my Certificate IV in Design with The Graphic Design School! Currently living in Melbourne, working part-time in retail, the rest of the time I’m painting, illustrating, learning new ways to use the Adobe Suite or just watching silly tv shows, going to bars and gigs or planning new places to travel.

Booth’s - Identity and Package Design

You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging.
Have you a fav?

My favourite was packaging, I really love the challenge of trying to bring all of the design elements to a 3D object. There is something really cool about being able to pick up your design and see it from all angles, but It also gives you the opportunity to think about how we could be making packaging more sustainable.

Laur - Identity and Album Design

What are you up to in the design world at the moment?

I’m expanding my folio a little before I start sending it out into the world and continuing to do video tutorials on all the adobe programs, which I love! I’m also spending a lot of time on trying to get my illustrations and acrylic paintings out into the world as well.

“F**k” An auto-biography - Book Cover Design

What is your favourite part of the design process?

I really love the feeling when you’ve settled on a final design and can get into Illustrator, or whichever program you’re using and really refine it and see it all come together. You can probably tell by now I love using design software!

Fluid Magazine - Corporate Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

I’ve always loved creating things and trying my hand at a heap of different creative mediums. I thought Graphic Design would be a cool way to incorporate all these side hobbies into an eventual career.

Holly Fawkner - Personal Identity Design

Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.

From my work you can probably see I love pink and playing with soft shapes and movement. I’ve been painting and illustrating under the name Arizona Tuesday for about 6 years now and my design work emulates the organic forms, and colour palettes of my artwork. It wasn’t until later in the course, especially in the personal branding, that I realised I could be trying to combine these two artistic ventures.

Save the John Curtin - Campaign Design

What did you love most about studying design?

Obviously learning how to use a lot of the design programs. It really helps you get what’s in your head out into reality when you know what you’re doing technically, but also how many “Ah-Ha!” moments you get. The more you learn, the more confident you get with the design process and your own choices, and that feeling you get when you suddenly realise the exact creative direction your project is going to take is excellent.

Whats your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

I’d love to be designing books covers, Album covers, sustainable packaging, wine labels and to be doing it all freelance. I’d love the freedom to work whenever and wherever I wanted and to be able to personally build connections with my clients.

Wes Anderson - Icon Design

“Design, I realised is a lot about confidence in your ability. The confidence to pick a final design or the confidence to completely change direction when you know something isn’t working. The more projects you complete, the more feedback you receive and the more research you do, the more that confidence grows.”

Hotel Valentine - Corporate Identity Design

What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?

It can feel pretty frustrating and daunting at the start when you don’t quite trust yourself yet. But just keep at it, keep learning, listen to feedback, research incredible designers, and back yourself! It’s crazy how many projects I didn’t think we’re going to work out that I ended up getting A+’s for and have now even ended up here!

Yvonne Shafir - Magazine Layout Design

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