TGDS Graduate Holly

Meet graphic designer Holly. Graduate of The Graphic Design School who spends her time painting, illustrating, and mastering the ins and outs of all the different tools in the Adobe Suite!

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Holly Fawkner
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Hey Holly! Tell us a bit about you?

I’m Holly and I just finished my Cert IV with The Graphic Design School! Currently living in Melbourne, working part-time in retail, the rest of the time I’m painting, illustrating, learning new ways to use the Adobe Suite or just watching silly tv shows, going to bars and gigs or planning new places to travel to.

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Holly Fawkner - Personal Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

I’ve always loved creating things and trying my hand at a heap of different creative mediums. I thought Graphic Design would be a cool way to incorporate all these side hobbies into an eventual career.

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

I guess just trying to keep the momentum going. I’m expanding my folio a little before I start sending it out into the world and continuing to do video tutorials on all the adobe programs, which I love! I’m also spending a lot of time on trying to get my illustrations and acrylic paintings out into the world as well.

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“F**k” An auto-biography - Book Cover Design

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What is your favourite part of the design process?

I really love the feeling when you’ve settled on a final design and can get into Illustrator, or whichever program you’re using and really refine it and see it all come together. You can probably tell by now I love using design software!

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Fluid Magazine - Corporate Identity Design

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

My favourite was packaging, I really love the challenge of trying to bring all of the design elements to a 3D object. There is something really cool about being able to pick up your design and see it from all angles, but It also gives you the opportunity to think about how we could be making packaging more sustainable.

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

From my work you can probably see I love pink and playing with soft shapes and movement. I’ve been painting and illustrating under the name Arizona Tuesday for about 6 years now and my design work emulates the organic forms, and colour palettes of my artwork. It wasn’t until later in the course, especially in the personal branding, that I realised I could be trying to combine these two artistic ventures.

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Booth’s - Package Design

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Save the John Curtin - Campaign Design

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What did you love most about studying design?

Obviously learning how to use a lot of the design programs. It really helps you get what’s in your head out into reality when you know what you’re doing technically, but also how many “Ah-Ha!” moments you get. The more you learn, the more confident you get with the design process and your own choices, and that feeling you get when you suddenly realise the exact creative direction your project is going to take is excellent.

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

Obviously learning how to use a lot of the design programs. It really helps you get what’s in your head out into reality when you know what you’re doing technically, but also how many “Ah-Ha!” moments you get. The more you learn, the more confident you get with the design process and your own choices, and that feeling you get when you suddenly realise the exact creative direction your project is going to take is excellent.

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Hotel Valentine - Corporate Identity Design

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“Design I realised is a lot about confidence in your ability. The confidence to pick a final design or the confidence to completely change direction when you know something isn’t working. The more projects you complete, the more feedback you receive and the more research you do, the more that confidence grows.”

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Wes Anderson - Icon Design

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

It can feel pretty frustrating and daunting at the start when you don’t quite trust yourself yet. But just keep at it, keep learning, listen to feedback, research incredible designers, and back yourself! It’s crazy how many projects I didn’t think we’re going to work out that I ended up getting A+’s for and have now even ended up here!

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Yvonne Shafir - Magazine Layout Design

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