Hello! My Name is Becks Harrop
Hey Becks! Tell us a bit about you?
I’m a freelance designer from NZ living abroad in Jakarta, Indonesia soaking up the big city chaos and escaping to travel whenever possible! I’m a multi-passionate creative who loves to collaborate with people who enjoy what they do!
A new brand identity for a small bar concept in Auckland City. The aim was to create a vibrant name and identity that had mainstream appeal and flexibility to cater for a quiet afternoon drink through into a late night hangout.
Package design for 4 new chocolate flavours for an Indonesian chocolate label. Patterns reflect the four Indonesian islands/cities of Sumba, Bali, Jogja and Flores.
The Maker Space
The Maker Space is a creative concept that aims to connect with creative university graduates as well as the general public.
A corporate identity for a new startup boutique grocer and coffee shop chain. A focus on fresh, quality, sustainable and organic goods by supporting local growers and connecting them with today’s busy young professionals.
An existing rooftop bar that required a rebrand. Brand elements consisting of uniforms, menus and posters are all designed in relation to the new interior design fit-out and help create a strong brand identity through the space
A magazine article showcasing the Czech & Slovak Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019.
A new shared office space concept specialising in one on one consulting and therapy. Dr Stacey Lim of Crossroads Psychology wanted to create a collective space for like minded practitioners in the personal health industry.
Who or what inspired you to be a designer?
I always remember thinking at high school why would you study science or math when you can do painting and design. One thing led to the next and Art School is where I fostered my inner designer. I was always inspired by my creative pairs and talented tutors that surrounded me for those 4 crazy years.
What are you up to in the design world at the moment?
Freelancing with a range of interior and branding projects in New Zealand. Since living in Indonesia textile design has been of interest so have developed a range of fabric designs for cushions that are soon to be in a couple of retail stores.
What is your favourite part of the design process?
Early concept phase for sure! I love the awkward tension of not knowing and then fostering a strategic idea to suit the brief. Then obviously all the happy vibes that arrive when you start compiling the presentation for the client.
You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging. Have you a fav?
I really connected with branding and environmental design. It’s the conceptual work that goes into branding that I really enjoy. As for environmental design – I come from a spatial design background so it’s always been the lack of boundaries that a space has that appeals – every project seems to keep you creatively challenged by the endless opportunities that design can have within a space.
Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.
The Maker Space campaign project started as just an idea for the module and now I can’t stop thinking how much I want to start up my own maker space in New Zealand some day☺
What did you love about studying design?
Gaining an appreciation for it. I never realised how much effort goes in to designing a good poster! Learning how to not over design something and being able to critique your own work.
What’s your dream design job? Don’t hold back!
Ooooo a branding consultant for high end hospitality and commercial developments. Collaborating with developers / architects / clients / artists etc. I love the idea of creating the brand concept and then having the freedom to design extra bespoke touch points ie; textiles and artwork for the space.
What would you say to someone about to embark on his or her own journey in design?
It’s challenging but in the friendliest way possible. Creative study gives you a new confidence that I believe you never regret.