TGDS Graduate Gregory

We’re getting to know The Graphic Design School graduate Gregory! Hailing all the way from the UK, this Melbourne based master design did some amazing work while studying with us!

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Adelaide Metro - Logo Design

Hey Gregory! Tell us a bit about you.

Originally from the UK, I now live in Melbourne, Australia with my wonderful husband, Michael. I’ve always had a passion and interest in graphic design so after relocating to Melbourne it seemed like the ideal time to follow my passion and retrain in a new career.

Java Love - Corporate Identity & Packaging Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

Growing up my interest in design was first piqued by flags! I loved their symbolism and how they communicated the essence of a country through colour and design. During my teen years I became fascinated with graphic design through video games and record sleeves, primarily the work of Peter Saville and The Designers Republic.

Margaret Calvert is my favourite designer of all time and has been a big inspiration on my work. Her designs are found all across the UK, on roadsigns, the motorways and in the ‘Transport’ and ‘Rail Alphabet’ typefaces. It wasn’t until many years later that I realised she designed these icons of British transport infrastructure.

Rattan & Oaks - Corporate Identity & Packaging Design

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

I’m currently continuing my studies in web development. My goal is to become a full stack web developer and graphic designer. I love the possibilities of combining design and coding in creating exciting websites and applications.

LGBTQIA+ - Allyship & Visibility Campaign Design

What is your favourite part of the design process?

My favourite part of the design process is definitely coming up with initial ideas and brainstorming. Inspiration comes from diverse places so I love researching and ideation. It can really take you to interesting places in coming up with ideas and concepts.

LGBTQIA+ - Paper Zine Design

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

Branding was my favourite discipline during my studies at TGDS. I really enjoyed logo design and considering it’s use across a range of formats and sizes. Thinking about how all the design elements work together to create a cohesive message and package was super enjoyable.

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

My redesign of the Adelaide Metro brand is my favourite piece of work I completed at TGDS. I would love to be part of a design team working on a large scale brief which encompasses multiple touch points and environmental design. In this project I had written my dream brief and really geeked out researching design standards for transport providers across the globe.

COVID 19 - Icon Series Design

What did you love most about studying design?

I loved learning the history and theory of design. Graphic design plays such a huge role in all our lives so it was really interesting learning about it’s lineage. The ways design is used has changed dramatically but the theory and concepts are still so relevant today. Learning the tools of the trade (AKA Adobe CC), was also incredible. There’s so much to master in them but gaining a strong understanding and grasp of them was great.

What’s your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

My dream design job is to be a digital designer at ‘& Walsh’ in New York! Jessica Walsh is a hero and icon so working with and learning from her would be an ultimate dream come true.

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