When my manager suggested to me that I enter the Print Futures Award, I was both excited and nervous. Working in the marketing and customer service side of the print industry, not enough emphasis is put into training in this area. Printing is not just about estimating or production – being the first port of call for a customer and marketing your services successfully is just as important.
I was delighted to win a Print Futures Award. It has enabled me to complete my CIM Introductory Certificate in Marketing and I am now enrolling for the CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing.
I would encourage anyone who wants to gain further education in the print industry to enter these awards.
I am currently in the first year of my Foundation Degree in Graphic Design, which is a two-year course and at the end will do a further year and achieve a BA Hons. I am also the sole designer of a Premiership Football Club programme.
I used my money from the award to study for the Chartered Institute of Marketing's Professional Diploma in Marketing, through Oxford College of Marketing. I have since completed all four modules, having achieved a distinction and two merits in the first three modules, with the result of the final module due in a couple of months’ time. I feel especially proud to have completed this, as I had to juggle study with working and looking after a toddler and baby!
I feel honoured and extremely grateful to have been given the award, which has undoubtedly benefited me. The marketing qualification has provided me with a solid foundation of marketing knowledge, which I have been able to translate into the workplace, giving me greater confidence in what I do.
I am studying graphic design at Lincoln University. The award has enabled me to pay for course supplies: folders, paper, ink and printer credits, cutting knives and mats, and programmes such as Photoshop, which have enabled me to do my work to a high standard, as well as buy a laser printer to produce high level designs. As I am living away from home, it has also helped pay for food and rent and to travel to exhibitions in London as part of my course.
I am contacting people I met through the awards for work experience in the second and third years of my course. When I graduate, I hope to get into a design related job or company.
I currently work at branding and advertising agency Unreal. I applied for a Print Futures Award last year as I wanted to gain funding for screen printing workshops and membership of Print Club in London and was lucky enough to be shortlisted.
The whole process was very straightforward, I simply filled out the downloadable PDF. Having been shortlisted, the next step was to meet the Print Futures Awards judging panel for an interview and discussion about my plans. Again, this was a simple, relaxed and easy process.
I am a great believer in the work of the Print Futures Awards and have maintained contact with the organisers, helping to develop the programme for 2011 and beyond.
I graduated from the London College of Communication (LCC) in 2010. Between my second and final year, I spent a year out in industry, as an intern in studios and agencies in London, as well as a three-month stint at Pentagram in Berlin and two months at Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo. I documented my entire year out on a dedicated blog, Digesting Design.
During that year, I also ran the NIKE 78 project I invited 78 participants from around the globe to challenge the function of a pair of Nike trainers, using sport as inspiration.
In my final year, I was delighted to win a Print Futures Award, which enabled me to produce my portfolio, helping me to land my current role as an in-house graphic designer at Selfridges.