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Student Showcase 2020
  • Graphic Design
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Meet Beth Curtis, a 21-year-old from Port Talbot who loves colour! Her style uses bold vivid colours within limited colour palettes making her work memorable and impactful. Beth has been freelancing throughout university but would love to find a junior designer position.

What’s your specialism and why do you enjoy it?

I love the use of bold, vivid colour. It’s so powerful and can transform a design massively. I love to use limited colour palettes within my design work, to make a design more memorable and make it have a much stronger impact.

Who inspires you?

All my fellow students on the Graphic Design course. The challenges we have faced together during the last few months of completing our degree has made us closer than ever. We’ve been Zoom calling throughout the pandemic, being sure to look after each other and checking everyone has enough support.

What inspired your final project and what is it all about?

Our final project is to create a graduate portfolio. The course is written so incredibly well, ensuring we are ready to head out into the industry with a diverse portfolio of design work. My favourite project is Bauhaus100.

In January during our annual design week, we had a fabulous workshop with writer and editor Suzy Prince. She set a Bauhaus Ballet editorial task which reminded me of my love of shape and colour. I was inspired to design my own typeface following this simple yet effective combination and that’s how the project started. It evolved into a personal project to celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus movement, in line with the Bauhaus celebrations.

Typeface design - Beth Curtis

What have you enjoyed most throughout your course?

The support has been so amazing and so consistent, from both lecturers and fellow students. We really are an extended family unit and I can’t wait to reunite with everyone when it is safe to do so!

What job role will you be looking for now that you’ve finished University?

I’m keen to start my career as soon as possible, so I’ve been doing freelance work for clients whilst looking for positions and internships within the industry. I’d love to be a Junior Designer.

What are the biggest challenges you perceive going into industry?

I think 2020 graduates are ready for anything that may be thrown at us. The unprecedented circumstances we have had to deal with over the past few months have definitely set us up for the industry, forcing us to adapt, be resilient and thrive.

What advice would you give to students going into their first year in September?

Cherish every opportunity as your three years fly by! Use your graphic voice to speak up about things you are passionate about and set out to create powerful work that will aid social change and empower others.

“I love the use of bold, vivid colour. It’s so powerful and can transform a design massively.”

Beth Curtis

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