Meet our Alumni

 Chris Newton

Chris Newton

Studying at Glasgow Clyde College has enabled me to have the best possible start when entering the design industry.

Chris Newton : Graphic Designer

Where are you working right now?
I’m working as a Graphic Designer for D8 in Glasgow.

What do you love about your job?
There are many aspects of my job that I love but mostly its the opportunity to learn from colleagues that have huge amounts of experience. Also getting to work on projects for clients such as the BBC, Tennent's and Scottish football.

Have you had any other jobs since graduating?
This is my first job since graduating back in June. I was offered the job a month before the end of the course so was able to start after returning from the D&AD's in London.

What is the best project that you have worked on to date?
My favourite project to work on so far has been creating the christmas poster for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The BBC are always open to new ideas and trying something a bit different so its always a joy to work with them. It also had the added benefit of feeling extremely christmasy in mid October.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date would have to be getting my degree.

How has your experience of studying graphic design at the Cardonald Campus of Glasgow Clyde College helped shape your design career?
Studying at Glasgow Clyde College has enabled me to have the best possible start when entering the design industry. The lecturers and course material helped to me create a portfolio that gained me multiple job offers throughout the UK. I also gained practical experience through working as a graphics assistant at the Common Wealth Games. This opportunity wouldn't have been available to me unless I had studied at Glasgow Clyde.

Have you any advice for potential students thinking about studying with us?
If you're willing to work hard and want a job in commercial graphic design then do this course.


 Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

...studying at the college has had a massive part in shaping my design career, and me as a person.

Scott Anderson : Graphic Designer

Where are you working right now?
I'm currently working with a company called Connect Communications – who specialise in print and magazines, although we also do websites, apps and other communication material.

What do you love about your job?
The fact that I get paid to do what I love and what I'm passionate about, also that the last Friday of the month is domino's pizza day. What's not to love.

Have you had any other jobs since graduating?
While I was in my final year I was offered a job with a design company in Glasgow (best not to name any names). I took the job but quickly realised this wasn't for me and after 3 months decided to part ways.

What is the best project that you have worked on to date?
There have been a few that stick in my mind, but the winner I would say was the Christmas Poster for BAE Systems, their design style fits me really well and just had fun with it, and thankfully enough they loved it too.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?
For me my greatest achievement apart for the normal clichè was actually qualifying with my BA. Personally the final year was a difficult one, my son was just born, my and my partner bought our first house, I was working 2 jobs while coming in to College so it was difficult to find the time to get the work done. But I was determined to see it through, It's what I have always wanted to do so I dug in and got it done... thankfully.

How has your experience of studying graphic design at the Cardonald Campus of Glasgow Clyde College helped shape your design career?
I think studying at the college has had a massive part in shaping my design career, and me as a person. It's showed me the values of hard work and dedication, it's a stable and friendly environment, which helped me grow my confidence. I have met many great friends who I still keep in contact with, and without that guidance and support from my peers and the lecturers it might have been a different story.

Have you any advice for potential students thinking about studying with us?
My advice would be to go for it, If design is your calling its a fantastic environment to learn and flourish. Its also very important to learn and absorb as much as you can in your own free time. Take up classes, go to events, do as much as you can, immerse yourself in design, you're fellow peers and lectures will be more than happy help. It's a massive industry with many different avenues to go down. So learning as much as you can before you get out into the big bad world will put you in good stead, and the most important part is enjoy it.

 


 Craig Black

Craig Black

Work hard…really hard, be persistent, stay curious and challenge yourself. And most importantly, have fun.

Craig Black : Graphic Designer

What does your diary look like today?
My diary consists of exploring routes for an environmental graphics project for a restaurant based in London. Will also need to continue developing design work as I am exhibiting at the ING Creatives Festival based in Dubai.

What task are you most looking forward to today?
Running your own studio isn’t all glamorous, you have to deal with a lot of correspondence and meetings but once that’s all out the way, the most exciting part of my day is definitely getting into the thick of design. Getting lost in the zone of a project and being engrossed in what I am designing really excites me. Before you know it, hours have passed…I love those moments.

What has been your career highlight?
One of the highlights of my career to date is being featured in some of the top global design publications and blogs, which has given me the opportunity to showcase my work on a worldwide scale which has further led me to exhibit at the ING Creatives Festival in Dubai. One project that was particularly special to me was creating the logo typeface for the UEFA Europa League identity as it was a really challenging project but seeing it come to fruition after all that hard work is really pleasing. Another highlight for me personally, is being approached by young designers from across the world to let me know that I have inspired them in some way. I try to give as much help and advice as possible to students as I know exactly how intimidating the world of design can seem as a student. Fortunately, there have been occasions where I am able to give students invaluable professional experience by inviting them to collaborate with me on projects. These opportunities have led to students gaining full time employment in highly successful design agencies and I find that just as rewarding as the project itself.

How did you get to where you are today?
My career didn’t start off as straight forward, as previously I had a career as a professional football player. When I was growing up, football was all I thought about but simultaneously I spent my time drawing football boots, strips, badges, etc so without realising, I was already working on my true passion. Years later, design became more important to me and I decided on a career change and studied graphic design, graduating in 2013. Thereafter, I was hooked on design and through a lot of hard work, continually challenging my abilities and not being afraid to fail has led me to where I am today.

What was the most useful advice you received as a student?
No matter how gifted you are artistically, if you are unable to effectively communicate your idea then you will struggle to succeed. It’s all about simplifying the idea and making it as effective as possible.

What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Figure out what you are really passionate about and what you love to do. If something feels like work to you, you probably don’t want to spend the majority of your adult life doing it. So when you’re young, seek out creatives or studios you want to work for where you can make the work you love. Work hard…really hard, be persistent, stay curious and challenge yourself. And most importantly, have fun. If you really enjoy your work, generally other people will see that and enjoy it too. Then after you’ve gained all that experience, go out and set up your own agency, that’s the great job!