Jeff Hill spoke about his own journey as a creative person. He expressed how, his background was not Graphic design but was in fact, product design. He elaborated that; it is the transferable skills within the creative sector that can help bridge some titles because what is important is the creative mind and how it is used elsewhere.He categorised us as creative people and not based on what we finish within University. I found that interesting as I have learnt that through my foundation course and just having it repeated made it click more in me, as I began to understand how being a creative designer is what is important and the skills we learn can be transferable to other job roles.
He categorised us as creative people and not based on what we finish within University. I found that interesting as I have learnt that through my foundation course and just having it repeated felt like a de ja vu. But more importantly, it made me feel confident and secure in the future.He also stressed the importance of having work outside of the university as it adds more value to oneself and that, putting yourself out there is also important and not to barge into doors but to win on your own merit.
He stated that design should be personal and how Hill Langdell itself try to be an authentic brand; appealing to everyone, being honest and looking closely at the customer. When hearing this, I understood why honesty and the connection with the client are important. It adds value and good reputation to the company as makes them trustworthy. And it fits in perfectly with the first point about being versatile and not to pigeonhole yourself because of what you graduate with but focusing on your skills and passion through the work. And through that, we should always be learning and developing our skills and learning outside our creative side. Expanding our creative horizon and not limiting yourselves to one skill set.
This made me feel more at ease and confident in myself, especially my long term goals as, I am unsure whether Graphic Design is for me, but I love learning more about the creative sector and improving my skills any way I can. As for my short term goals, it made me realise what employers are looking for and how important attention to detail is even with spelling and grammar.