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    My decision to specialise in graphics did not come of a surprise to me, and was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. Since first being introduced to the subject I have been enthralled by the way ideas and messages can be communicated in so many inventive ways from packaging to magazines, posters to billboards. Even simple things as signs grab my attention, using symbols that can be recognised anywhere in the world they are able to give a message that can be understood even without text. I enjoy brainstorming and developing ideas that come to me when initially handed a brief, and then being able to play around with all the aspects of it such as typography and image manipulation to develop a highly original and effective design. I have developed a large interest in both the drawing and computerised aspects of this area in design and I feel this shows in my work. The challenge to create anything from specific and functional images to something fun and enchanting that can immediately catch a viewer’s eye is a real buzz and a reason why I enjoy the subject so much.

    In the last few years I have been introduced to software like Photoshop and CorelDraw, and find that these are extremely useful and use them frequently in my work, not only do they enable me to experiment a bit more with my work in ways that may be difficult in other methods, but I also feel it has given me a greater understanding of technology and its importance in the design world.

    The foundation course I am currently progressing in has given me a chance to develop the techniques and abilities I had already encountered, and has also taught me so many that I had not. Since beginning the course I feel I have gained a better understanding and knowledge of the many different techniques and materials available in the design industry.

    I frequently read creative review and visit exhibitions whenever I can to give me an understanding into what is happening in the design world. Lately I visited the communication exhibition at the Barbican, this enabled me to gain an understanding of the different eras of British graphic design in recent years. There were great pieces from The Designers Republic who attracted me from the controversial images and text they used in many of the pieces they had on display. Another designer I particularly liked was Michael Johnson, he uses more humour in much of his work and it was very enjoyable to look at and read.

    I enjoy traveling, which probably comes from traveling all my life and living in Germany for 3 years, this gave me a chance to not only learn a new language but experience a different culture which has been of great benefit to me. I hope to one day travel to Australia and experience life out there. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, cooking, ice skating, visiting the cinema and eating out.

    I have always wanted to work within the design industry because it has always felt like the right direction for me to take. I am a creative, self motivated and committed person and am very exited about the challenges and experiences I will encounter and the skills I will learn and develop upon taking the next step in my life to university.

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