Author(s): Gemma Barton
Too often a design or architecture degree is seen as a means to an end (a job in an established practice). But imagine for one moment that there are no employers, no firms to send your CV to, no interviews to be had - what would you do? How would you forge your own path after graduation? The current economic climate has seen many graduates chasing a finite number of positions. The most ingenious and driven designers have found weird and wonderful ways of making opportunities for themselves, often by applying their skills across the creative disciplines of art, design, architecture and interiors. Knowing what you want from your design career and being able to adapt your strategy to suit is basic and vital - just like in the wild, designers need to evolve. The book celebrates the various strategies that students and graduates are taking to gain exposure, while also including interviews and inspirational advice.
Gem Barton is Head of the 2nd Year Interior Architecture course at Brighton University. She is also a curator and Director of studioBartonBandy, an architecture and design practice. She writes regularly on architecture and design for numerous print and online publications, including Blueprint, Mark, and ArchDaily.