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Posted 12.01.17

Design Bridge, Spy Studios and more: students get industry-focused in London

By Sarah Packer

Students on our BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme travelled to London last month to get inspired at some of the biggest design studios and galleries in the capital.

Third-year student Kate Arbon reports back on the trip...

“I have always had a passion for design, which is why I chose to study Graphic Design here. The course has widened my knowledge massively and given me more focused interests within the design field.

“After graduating I hope to progress into a design job, with a focus towards advertising or application design.

“In December, students from our course visited London, going to various studio and galleries. On our trip we visited both the Design Museum and Wellcome Collection, where we were introduced to an array of exhibitions that covered a range of topics, from science to contemporary installation.

“This trip has been a really valuable experience, it has allowed me to build up a larger picture of exactly what kind of studio that would be best suited to me."

“We also visited several design studios, the first was Design Bridge who focus on branding, working with companies such as Guinness, Fortnum and Mason, KFC, Dulux – to name a few.

“This was one of the larger studios we visited, the studio atmosphere was very energetic and fresh. They have their own prototyping team in-house enabling ideas to come to life there and then.

Design Museum, London

“In comparison, we visited Spy Studio, a smaller branding studio who have worked with Goldsmiths, Virgin, Dior and Panasonic.

“It was interesting seeing the differences and similarities between the studios, such as atmosphere, clientele and the amount of team members that work on a single project.

Luminous was another studio we visited, we were introduced to a variety of projects they had completed and they also shared with us their knowledge and experiences that could benefit us when we graduate and look for design jobs.

“This trip has been a really valuable experience, it has allowed me to build up a larger picture of exactly what kind of studio that would be best suited to me. Visiting the museums and galleries has given me inspiration for new approaches to my work.”

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