TGDS Graduate Daniel

Meet TGDS grad Daniel a multi-disciplinary creative and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie!
Daniel realised his creative abilities and talents from a young age and encourages other avid designers to tap in and share their passions.

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Hey Daniel! Tell us a bit about you.

Well I’m 19, I have always had a passion for design and creativity, I was lucky enough to start working as a Graphic Designer straight out of school. I love all things outdoors, kayaking, scuba diving, skateboarding, and doing photography. When I am inside, I enjoy painting, making art and listening to Marvin’s Trouble Man album on repeat.

YAK N YETI - Logo, Packaging & Campaign Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

Ever since I was young I’ve always been “the art kid”, I would draw every day and as I got older it eventually led to visual designs on the computer. I guess since then I just haven’t stopped being creative and inherently found myself in the creative industry.

YAK N YETI - Logo, Packaging & Campaign Design

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

I work as a full-time graphic designer and large format printer, which I really enjoy. I’m also always doing fun little design and photography jobs for friends. I also keep up my art and painting in my spare time and always have something I’m working on.

Bluesfest - Re-Branding Concept Design

“I’m probably an adrenaline junkie but I try to deny it.”

What is your favourite part of the design process?

My favourite thing about design is the development from an idea in your head to communicating it visually.
When someone has all these creative ideas and is able to show the world their imagination, is awesome. Sketching in particular, is my favourite process because it can quickly communicate your ideas and is a great way of realising a designs potential.

Skateboarder Magazine - Layout Design

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

Branding is probably my favorite category because it incorporates various different design mediums and skills. I really enjoy creating a consistent theme throughout elements like packaging, photography, web design & social media.

Apollo Art Magazine - Layout Design

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

Something interesting about my designs is that for a lot of them I took inspiration from things I made as a kid. Kids have such a wild imagination, and I think that when you grow up you can lose some of that creativity.
So, when I was brainstorming ideas for designs, I looked back at drawings I did as a little kid and it sparked some ideas.

Java Love - Logo & Illustration Design

What did you love most about studying design?

I am someone who has always had a good eye for design, but I found studying it in depth really cemented my ideas and refined my techniques. It helped me understand why a design looks good and taught me how to apply those principles in my own designs.

“Yours to Be Worn” - Advertising Design

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

I wouldn’t say I have one dream job in particular, but I would love to have a career that includes a lot of different design mediums. Something that includes photography, social media, layout design and branding; I don’t know if a job like this exists but that would be so much fun.

“Yours to Be Worn” - Advertising Design

“City of Sky” - Oil On Canvas

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

I think that if you feel like you have ideas and things you want to create than this is the perfect thing for you. Visual design is all about communicating your creativity and sharing it to others, if that is what you are passionate about then go for it!

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