“HotHouse Talk—Lakwena”

This is the second time I saw Lakwena—we’ve visited her studio as part of our “studio culture week” at the beginning of this academic year. During that visit she was a little rushed, apparently she had a big deadline the next day and had plenty on her mind and hands. However, since I liked her work and personality, I decided to go to her talk even though I was already familiar with her work. She didn’t disappoint. This was the best talk I saw here so far, with Lakwena sharing her very beginnings, inspiration, and lessons learnt, as well as her final big and successful pieces.

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“HotHouse Talk—Sara Carneholm & Rachel Gannon”

This was another talk that I really enjoyed. Starting with Sara, who gave us a bit of her background in her usual funny-witty way, then moving on to her transition from being a student to being a professional designer, and finally, going through her most significant projects undertaken while being a part of a graphic design duo company “Happily Ever After”. My favourite comment of hers was “enthusiasm will get you far”, and I also liked the fact that she prefers “hands-on” to working in Photoshop (so do I), and her advice that when working with a client, we should try and find a way to guide them and show them what they need, rather than just follow their orders…

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“HotHouse Talk—Design Bridge”

Last Tuesday we were lucky enough to join the “Empathy & Enterprise” studio and listen to the talk by two members of Design Bridge Graphics. They’re a graphic design company focused on branding, creating different media (3D, video, packaging, graphics, etc.). Their talk was very helpful, mainly the practical advise they gave us regarding our portfolios, CVs, interviews, placements, and finally, actual work as graphic designers.

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