• Mon. Jul 4th, 2022

Meet Cait Dorombozo, Shillington Graduate and Graphic Designer at DSR Branding – Shillington Design Weblog

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Cait Dorombozo at all times wished to pursue a artistic profession—a serendipitous assembly in a canine park was simply the factor to push her in the fitting path. We not too long ago caught up with Cait to speak about how she landed her present job off the again of her Shillington portfolio overview, her longest undertaking so far and far more!

Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the remainder?

I truly met a Shillington full-time pupil in New Farm Park one morning strolling our canine, like a 12 months earlier than I began the course. She lit up speaking about it, and my ears pricked up that there was a specialised graphic design school in Brisbane that wasn’t a part of the common Uni route.

Trying on-line, I bought a really feel that the course supplied actual fast-paced ability improvement, they usually supplied a part-time class within the evenings which meant I might nonetheless work full-time. Plus, there’s an choice to pay as you go—huge gamechanger.

It was an enormous threat (to me) committing to one thing I’ve at all times wished to pursue, and I wished to have an achievable profession pathway. Each graduate turns into part of the Shillumni community (graduates & different business professionals). How good is that. Reassuring to know there was one thing further past the course itself.

I attended an in-person information evening and was utterly bought. Particularly by Mitch and Adam (who later turned my lecturers)—tremendous chill and tremendous passionate. They took us by a design means of a fish & chippery from begin to end, and I simply couldn’t consider this was an actual job. Like listening to somebody converse the language you thought you simply made as much as your self.

What have you ever been as much as since commencement? How has your life modified after Shillington?

A lot. My profession utterly modified—gone are the times of hospo and actual property. I’m utterly humbled and blissful to say I’m a graphic designer (and getting paid for it haha).

I used to be actually jazzed after commencement and saved the momentum going. I began an Instagram account to archive & share my design initiatives, I did some free initiatives for some shut pals, put collectively some unsuccessful proposals (big studying curb), and I began focusing on a choose few Brisbane design studios to introduce myself to.

By means of an Instagram tag I ended up connecting with Model Strategist Mark Pollard and chatted with him on Sweathead, A Technique Podcast on Spotify. It was an opportunity to additional workshop my Greyhound Adoption Marketing campaign (from Shillington) and was very cool to do.

Now I work as full-time designer with an amazing crew, and now they must undergo my humour each day (sorry guys).

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You lately landed a job as a Graphic Designer for DSR Branding! Congratulations, how did that come about?

It was tremendous natural. All graduates spoke to an business skilled through a 15-min Zoom to share our portfolio to realize suggestions and insights—I used to be lucky sufficient to be paired with Dan Rowell.

I had a script prepared to speak by all my initiatives, which utterly (and instantly) went out the door, however seems when you understand your course of and design journey then it’s far simpler to speak about naturally. I feel that’s why I might calm down a bit, and never fear about sounding too stiff. I simply spoke how I converse in actual life.

Dan invited me to the studio to fulfill Reuben, their Lead Designer, to share my portfolio as soon as extra. In February I joined the DSR crew as a freelancer, and some months later I used to be supplied a full-time place. I’m grateful to be part of a crew that continues to adapt and evolve with each undertaking, works solely with like-minded shoppers, and champions (and nurtures) skilled progress. I’m in the fitting place. Thanks once more Dan.

What do you’re keen on about being a designer?

That your viewpoint & perspective is a superpower. It’s celebrated that you simply suppose in another way. I really like fussing over the finesse particulars with different like-minded folks, and iterate and pressure-test an thought til you possibly can’t anymore. It’s like talking a language I didn’t know I knew. It’s enjoyable. It’s satisfying to create off the display screen. To kick round (good & dangerous) concepts with out hesitation. Not all concepts are winners, however that’s the purpose to maintain pushing by (some have to be nurtured into goodies). I really like that you may be trustworthy and weak, not know the solutions, and nonetheless push on. I really like that there are thousands and thousands of designers on the market that create as a result of that’s what they should do – and I’m now a part of that group.

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What have been you as much as earlier than Shillington? Why did you make the leap and enrol?

I labored onerous in hospitality for over twelve years, my essential highlights being with the Jamie Oliver UK & AUS Group, Hamilton Island and extra not too long ago Harvey’s on James Road. I had a brief (and unsuccessful) stint as a journey agent. Then I moved into the actual property sector for 2 years.

I keep in mind enrolling and paying my deposit at midnight in November 2019 (to start out in February). I used to be tremendous annoyed with feeling caught in what I used to be doing. I wished to create. I truly learn Mark Manson’s Refined Artwork of Not Giving a F**Ok. I requested myself, what can I lose from doing this, nothing (solely extra time-wasted). What can I acquire? Every little thing.

Did you’ve gotten any earlier design expertise? How did the course construct your skillset?

No earlier expertise. I had self-taught some InDesign naked fundamentals the 12 months prior in my previous job. The course was phenomenal. It’s designed to start out you off from scratch, so it doesn’t matter should you’ve by no means touched Adobe, not to mention a Mac.

My lecturers have been phenomenal. Inspiring. Supporting. Motivating. Continually filling our design love buckets up and protecting them overflowing. Difficult and empowering us. I keep in mind the primary evening they known as us creatives, and I lastly felt within the precise proper place.
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The quick briefs have been difficult however bought us comfy with sharing our work on the finish of each class. We had a clearly outlined course of we might comply with like a recipe, this turned my mantra. To iterate quick. Downside clear up. Group critiques turned extra comfy after which utterly regular. The entire course is designed to offer us a style of various briefs & types throughout a number of design programmes, after which we might hone it in at portfolio time.

They educate you to work smarter not tougher, to make use of keyboard shortcuts to be tremendous time-efficient, to be precise and never simply guess. I’ve discovered that processes can take form and at all times evolve over time, however the basis is at all times the identical.  P.S. Always remember your grid haha.

What was your greatest problem through the course? Why?

In all probability the enormity of every part you’re studying at such a fast-pace. I wish to be taught issues in-depth, and it’s virtually like you should shift gears to soak up what you possibly can and hold shifting on. I needed to let go of making an attempt to be excellent and simply attempt my greatest within the second.

In the course of the course, it turned much less concerning the completed design, and extra about the way in which I might deal with the method and develop an thought. I needed to change into way more disciplined and provides myself limits and timings. It was so onerous to do however extremely worthwhile. Play & self-discipline – there’s a stability someplace between the 2.

Did you make any significant connections with lecturers or fellow college students through the course?

Tons. I’m so grateful to have met these implausible folks, no two the identical. We attempt to meet up after we can. You find yourself bonding organically along with your classmates, as soon as everybody relaxes into the course, you assist and be taught from one another with out realising it.

Our lecturers Mitch & Adam are absolute legends. They’re caught with me for all times now haha (sorry guys). An enormous a part of my design journey, and I’ll at all times be grateful. You additionally find yourself assembly a great deal of different graduates and lecturers you come throughout in particular person or on-line. There are such a lot of good folks on the market.

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What was your favorite transient on the course? Inform us your course of!

It’s an in depth toss-up between Marketing campaign and Handmade.

I created a marketing campaign to encourage the adoption of ex-racing greyhounds (impressed by our two sofa patatas, Deedee & Glover). It was plenty of enjoyable, and the primary time I used illustration (in Procreate) to hold out a undertaking.

The marketing campaign method itself was an eye-opener that anybody can begin with a good suggestion, however except you possibly can execute it nicely with a transparent technique, it’s very easy to get misplaced alongside the way in which.

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We used Mark Pollard’s framework of downside, perception, and resolution to cut back the marketing campaign to some key factors. What’s the only type of the issue, and the only type of the answer. In the event you perceive what you’re making an attempt to attain on the core, you’re capable of keep centered and have a north star to comply with.

The place do you see your self in 12 months time?

I see myself with a stronger skillset in illustration and model technique. I see myself getting extra concerned within the native Brisbane group with design alternatives and occasions. In all probability nonetheless being interested in every part design and watching a great deal of tutorials haha.

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What would you say to somebody who’s sceptical concerning the Shillington course?

Simply do it.

If you wish to rekindle your artistic facet in any manner, be nurtured, challenged, change into a stronger designer (throughout any artistic self-discipline)—then Shillington is good. I would do it yet again if I might. It actually formed my future and gave me the talents and connections to get there.

Belief within the course and belief within the course of. Get comfy with the thought of being weak, as a result of that’s when the actual magic occurs. Dangerous concepts result in good concepts (you want each). It’s not about being excellent. Get pleasure from it and go alongside for the journey with a keen and open angle and also you’ll thank your self later.

Inform us one thing about your self that may shock us!

I’m about to complete my longest undertaking so far. Been engaged on it for a bit over 9 months now, and really excited to see it in the actual world. We expect our child woman to reach March twenty first, 2022.

Huge because of Cait for sharing her artistic journey with us! Make sure that to take a look at her web site and comply with her on Instagram!

Prefer to comply with in Cait’s footsteps? Be taught extra about Shillington’s 3 months full-time and 9 month part-time programs On-line or on-campus in New York, London, Sydney, or Melbourne. 

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