The design landscape has changed immensely over the past decade. As a result, design as a discipline has also evolved significantly. It’s something the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) has recognised, with its exciting announcement of the launch of a new specialisation in Graphic Design as part of the Master of Design and Production degree.
But what do budding graphic designers need to know before stepping into the industry?
We’ve tapped into three different industry perspectives — a design professor, a design studio founder and an emerging designer — to offer some great advice for budding designers! Meet the panel below:
The design professor: Leading the new specialisation at VCA is Professor John Warwicker. John co-founded the multi award-winning and multidisciplinary creative collective ‘tomato’ and was also selected as a lifetime member of the Royal Designers for Industry (RDi) in 2022.
The design studio founder: Suzy Tuxen is one of Melbourne’s top graphic designers. Her studio, A Friend of Mine, is responsible for cult-favourite croissanterie Lune’s distinctive branding, alongside work for countless other Australian brands. Her studio was also recently featured in NGV’s Melbourne Now exhibition!
The emerging designer: Sarah Hendriks is TDF’s very talented graphic designer (responsible for all our branding, graphics and website layouts), who’s just experienced her first year in the industry!
Scroll down to see what these three designers say are five things you need to know about becoming a graphic designer: