TGDS Graduate Caro

Meet Caro! Nature enthusiast, lover of the Ocean and recent graduate at TGDS. Caro is currently running her own design studio and encourages other fellow designers to listen to their passions and follow their calling!

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Hey Caro! Tell us a bit about you.

I love the ocean, I love nature! One of my biggest dreams is to free-dive with humpback whales! And I live in different places, this lifestyle allows me to keep expanding my mind and heart and it certainly supports my creativity.

Carissi - Visual Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

I’ve always been drawn to artistic expression and design but never really had the courage to fully embrace it.
A few years ago a friend asked me to illustrate her logo and that didn’t go well but it definitely planted a seed in my heart. I was in Christchurch (New Zealand) and during that time I was very inspired from the city, there was something about the street art, the building blocks, the graphics and especially the ruined part of the city (from the earthquake). That definitely sparked something inside me too. Then I read my first design book ‘Design for the Real World’ by Victor Papanek and I decided that’s it - Im going for it.

CASITEA - Packaging Design

CASITEA - Packaging Design

What are you up to in the design world at the moment?

I am building my personal design studio online, and working with some clients for their branding. I’m also making time and space for learning and self-exploration with design, art and printmaking.

What is your favourite part of the design process?

I love the research part, I love the creating and finalising part too. I find that I really enjoy creative challenges, it’s like solving a puzzle except that you create something! And in general I feel so alive when I’m in it, I get into some kind of flow state.

HOLAOLA - Visual Identity Design

HOLAOLA - Logo Refinement

You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging.
Have you a fav?

At the moment, I love the challenges branding gives me. Branding comes with many design areas to explore and you get to put them all together. I also love campaign and packaging design, it somehow connects to my childhood love of origami and my ocean heart.
Both campaign and especially packaging design are more dimensional in a sense, and I love that kind of stuff - being able to touch, feel and ‘shape-shift’ inside your mind and with your hands.

Casa Verde - Logo & Campaign Design

Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.

I really enjoyed working on ‘Plastic and You’ campaign, it came from the time when I was living by the ocean in Bali. I was swimming with plastic everyday. I thought of creating something beautiful from it, but it has to reflect the truth and shine a light to our human problem. We talk about our plastic problem all the time, but why can’t we do something so easy and small for it, right?

“Plastic” - Campaign Design

What did you love most about studying design?

I love that its so practical, and you’re always pushing your limits and discovering new horizons with your creativity!! I think creative challenges make me feel alive and fulfilled, and for me it’s a huge blessing to live feeling alive.

“Whenever you feel stuck in life or in creativity, always believe in the infinite possibilities you hold in your hands. Most importantly, believe in yourself!”

“Plastic” - Merchandise Design

Whats your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

To work with change-makers around the world on branding, packaging solutions and awareness campaigns! That would be very exciting for me! I’m also excited to work with a diverse group of talented people from different professions and backgrounds!

Yunnan - Magazine Layout Design

What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?

Do it! If you’re here reading this, there must be something in you that calls you here.

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