Alumni reflections on the study tour experience, the practitioners and how it has informed their work today.
“I set the question for my investigation as – ‘can design do good?’ My travel and research led me to conclude that socially engaged design is prevalent and replicable.
Travel also enabled me to discover the powers of creative collaboration, how a sense of place influences design, and an appreciation of labours of love in keeping alive skills that involve the head, hand and heart.”
“The tour showed me how a group of very different practitioners all make their living, while practising their passion. I learnt more about manual printing and different creative processes: Dafi’s methodical approach in contrast to Re:Surgo’s organic approach and considered the ways in which I could adopt those techniques.
I learnt the importance of collaboration and open-mindedness in the graphic design world as well as the benefit of being multidisciplined and exploring personal projects.”
“One of the key elements of this trip for me was to see people doing their passions as their careers. They might not make a lot of money, but they do what they love and that’s where a lot of their happiness comes from.
Chill Phil was a prime example of this. His approach to work and the creative process was refreshing … only putting energy into the work that he really enjoyed.”
“We visited Palefroi on our study tour and they have heavily influenced my style as a designer. Their hands-on methods have challenged the way I begin my ideation in my design process.
The quirky style and almost child-like typography has inspired me to experiment with a range of mark-making media to create lively design.”