Meggan Johnson is a recent graduate from Buckinghamshire New University. She studied textiles and surface design, and is working towards a career in design. Here she answers questions about her biggest challenges and latest project.
Why did you chose to study surface design?
Studying Surface Design allowed me to work with traditional and digital 2D and 3D techniques. It also offered the ability to explore new materials and learn new techniques, while suiting my interests within design. Combined with printed textiles and knitted textiles in the first and second year, the course seemed a brilliant option.
What did you enjoy most about design?
I enjoyed finding a solution to problems, and discovering new ideas, materials and processes.
Which areas of the creative industries would you most like to work?
I think I'd like to work in the design area, or on the production side of things.
Sell yourself. Why should someone give you a job?
I’m a go getter, I'm a Jack of all trades, and I’m hungry to learn more.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
When graduating from university, although you have graduated within a specialised field of design, there are still loads of opportunities and competition when leaving.
“It is important to remember who you are as a designer.”
It is important to remember who you are as a designer and what you want from working within design. Understanding this and figuring out what to do next on your own and how has been my biggest struggle, but it also helped me to gain knowledge and confidence.
Do you have any projects to keep busy?
When graduating from Buckinghamshire New University I attended New Designers with my Explosion of dots project. From here I have had success with it, including awards, exhibitions and sales. I have continued working freelance with Explosion of Dots, and with hard work I envision Explosion of Dots to be displayed in offices, museums, window displays and more places. That's the aim. I also enjoy calligraphy.
If you could share a desk with anyone from the past, present or future, who would it be?
Paul Smith, Alxea Chung and James Corden.
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