Life After LJ with Kate Moran
It’s always interesting to see where interns and junior designers end up after their first few experiences working inside a ‘real’ design studio/agency. In this series we’ll be catching up with designers and interns who have worked on various issues of Ligature Journal.
Let’s see what they’ve been up to!
Tell us about your background:
Who are you? Kate Moran
Where did you grow up? Manly – Northern Beaches
How and why did you choose design as a career?
I used to be a travel agent and then I decided that I wanted to get into design as it was something I always enjoyed though never pursued, so I eventually did a diploma which lead to a degree and now a full-time job that I love!
Was there a defining moment in your life that shaped you and your path as a designer? Tell us about it.
I got a job straight out of college thinking great this is it, I’ve made it. Little did I know I would hate it and I tried to stick it out but in the end I was made redundant, which was a blessing in disguise because it made me look for a job that was what I wanted. Waiting for the right job is worth it because working in an environment that you don’t like is not productive nor creative! There are plenty of different types of design jobs out there. Don’t force yourself into something, go with what fits you and feels right.
Tell us about your design education:
Where did you study? Why did you choose to study there, and what was it like?
I did a diploma at CATC to see if I enjoyed design as much as I thought I would and it was only a year but I loved it. I was lucky enough that I could transfer my units into a degree of Communication Design at Billy Blue as they are sisters!
When did you graduate? I finished in December 2016, graduated in the following May.
Were there other things that you did that influenced your growth as a designer during this time? (side hustles/personal projects/travel etc?)
I was usually at college 2-3 days a week as I tried to do all my subjects on the same days so it would leave me time to do an internship (usually for free) at least 1 day a week. I did 3 to 4 of these, one day a week or so each year, then I got myself a paid job as a junior designer in a print shop. It was great even though I wasn’t always designing but I learnt a lot about different stocks and printing techniques which I realise now is valuable knowledge to have.
Tell us about your emergence into the ‘real’ design world:
How did you find life after university/college? Did graduating ‘ready’ you for the real world?
Yea I was ready, we where taught a lot. I think the most important thing was that I was open to learn more and ready to jump into every task that I was given; there is still so much to learn after college, it’s never-ending as a designer.
Where have you worked since you graduated? (doesn’t have to be just design studios) EggMobi and D+M.
Tell us about where you work now: what is it like and what do you do?
I work for D+M (Design and Marketing), its a great job which I enjoy so much as it’s a great team of personalities and design skills. I get to design and I also look after my own clients rather than working through a marketing manager. I get work on a variety of work and different types of clients which makes each day interesting as its not always the same, its challenging and rewarding! I get to work on big pitches and get my ideas heard and used.
Do you do any other design (related) work outside your day job?
Yep! I do my local board-riders newsletter and website as well I have been doing small jobs on the side for friends like logos and invites.
Tell us about your dreams and aspirations:
What do you want your future as a designer to be?
I feel like I’m still fresh into the industry, so I am going to take the opportunities to gain more experience and become a designer who is fast at executing and understanding a brief!
Finally, if you could share one piece of advice with a current design student, what would it be? Don’t give up, the industry is tough and cut throat so find something that benefits you and benefits them! Most importantly, be happy with what you are doing.