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Student Showcase 2020
  • Graphic Communication
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Cardiff born Clara Murphy is 21 and feels like her final year of University has allowed her to really find her style. Clara enjoys experimenting with typography and illustrations but is excited about branching out and working on a range of different projects.

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

I really enjoy experimenting with typography and creating illustrations, but I wouldn’t assign myself one particular specialism right now. Currently, I’m just happy to be branching out and working on so many different things.

Who inspires you?

So many people and groups inspire me, whether it be the Cardiff Design community or my peers. I love being around like-minded people and attending events like Creative Mornings or Cardiff Design Festival. These events leave you feeling so empowered and motivated to try new things and work harder on ideas that people were really receptive to.

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

My final major project was special to me as it was very personal to my family. I’m really passionate about projects that I can link to my own personality and experiences. My family home was badly flooded during Storm Dennis. The storm brought a month’s worth of rain to Wales in just 48 hours.

My project highlights the underlying political relevance to the floods and their impact on communities, focusing primarily on the village of Nantgarw. It provokes discussion surrounding why devastation like this continues to occur and why preventative measures have not been implemented. The digital protest pack gives people the confidence and tools necessary to help make the change. With digital resources that can be shared online or printed, the word can be spread far and wide.


What have you enjoyed most throughout your course?

Definitely the community spirit! It’s interesting to bounce ideas around and help each other improve as designers. It can be hard but being pushed has allowed me to better myself and that’s definitely clear when I compare my current work to my earlier projects.

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

I would ideally love to start as a Junior in an agency environment, with the opportunity to learn from more experienced designers than myself. I’ve particularly enjoyed working on ethical and socially responsible briefs in my University career, so I’d love to do more of that too. The studio atmosphere at University is something that I really thrive in, so I’d like to continue working in a studio space. I’ve missed it during lockdown!

What are the biggest challenges you perceive going into industry?

I feel quite hesitant about being out of my depth, however, I’m so excited to learn from colleagues with more experience. Also, the deadlines and working on multiple projects is something I expect will differ in industry. We have live briefs in University and I’ve done a placement, but I do think that my first full-time job will be a bit of a jump.

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

Get involved and take every opportunity available, you get out as much as you put in! And be sure to enjoy it, it can be so hard, but it really is worth it.

“I’m really passionate about projects that I can link to my own personality and experiences.”

Clara Murphy

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