Newbury College – Student Work Experience Q&A

We relish the opportunity to welcome students into the office for work experience as often as we can. Caroline, a graphic design student at Newbury College, joined the right on the line team for three days last week to get a taster of the day-to-day life of a professional graphic designer. On her last day, we had a quick Q&A:


What drew you to a career choice of graphic design?

  • It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do. I knew it needed to be something creative, but I wanted to move away from illustration and drawing. It took a lot of research to gain a full understanding of what Graphic Design entails. In the end, I chose it because there is such a wide range of potential projects to work on and a nice balance between technology and design.

Is graphic design what you always wanted to do?

  • No, I actually went straight from school to university and studied Psychology. Once I earned my degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do next, but I knew it wasn’t Psychology! However, I have found that Psychology can work nicely with design, specifically user-centred design.

Who inspires you?

  • I have a couple of favourite designers which are most inspiring to me and my work at the moment – Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya & Barbara Kruger. I like design work which has strong meaning behind it and questions the way we think. Barbara’s work is more direct and challenges society, especially around feminism and politics. Amanda’s work is very colourful and pop-art-like. She also addresses issues around feminism – recently she created some great posters celebrating females in science and their achievements. She moved from a career in science into design, so I’m following her career closely as I’ve similarly changed direction like her.

What is your favourite aspect of graphic design?

  • The importance of it – communication is now becoming reliant on visuals.

What do you find is the most difficult thing about graphic design?

  • Learning how to use the software. As I’m still learning and without being fluent with the technology, it’s sometimes difficult to transfer my ideas onto Adobe accurately.

What are your long-term goals?

  • I think I just want to work my way up the graphic design ladder. I want to be exposed to as many different projects as possible and gain lots of experience. I have no solid plans; I’m just open to see what happens really!

Have you enjoyed your time here at right on the line?

  • It’s nice to see how well you guys work together as a team, even when you are busy with work as I could see you were. It’s also nice to see the variety of projects you’re working on, and all the prints around the office.

Have you learnt anything from working in our office?

  • I’ve learned more about what to and what not to include in my portfolio, the growth and importance of motion graphics (especially in education) and a some useful shortcuts on Adobe!


Make sure to follow Newbury College on social media to see what they had to say about Caroline’s work experience as well!

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