“I decided to take my career down the creative path as I always found myself doodling and creating visual material, even when I was very young. Drawing and painting have always been a passion of mine and I am happy I have been able to combine this love with my work.”
With a degree in visual communications, majoring in graphic and textile design, a typical day for Kylie can involve numerous tasks, which usually start with hitting up her favourite design blogs for a little bit of inspiration before getting down to tackling the responsibilities at hand.
“It can be anything from photographing new collections for advertising and promotion, to web development and social media coverage. A good bulk of my day can be spent in Photoshop or Illustrator developing digital material.”
Outside of Kylie’s graphic design work, she creates her own pieces of art, usually in the form of prints that are sold in galleries around Auckland, so the most enjoyable part of her week comes in the form of finding a few spare hours to sit and put pen to paper.
“I love having the chance to experiment and try new things for my personal works.”
For those considering this line of work, Kylie says she would encourage them to spend time in design agencies and studios to absorb and learn as much as possible from people who are already in the industry, and to get a feel for what the work is really all about. This is especially important as studying isn’t always the same as the real world.
“I think the hardest thing I found when I got my first full-time job in graphic design was how there is an actual deadline and you have to stick to it and just get the work done. At university, you get given so much time to go over and refine work, but that’s not how it is in a job situation.”