Graphic Design Graduate Gemma Hardiker

Gemma Hardiker is a BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate from Sheffield Hallam University.

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‘Over the course of my studies at Sheffield Hallam University I explored many areas of design, learnt technical skills, developed my own personal design style and gained inspiration from the continual influence of experiences, artists, stylists, music, magazines, articles, exhibitions, photographers, travel and the vast array of designers who I’ve met along the way.

Most crucially, I have further established and developed my infinite fascination of editorial. At an early age I created ‘Build-A-Bear’ magazines featuring new season attire for my primary school friends. My love for publication design has never left! I particularly enjoy typography, layout, collaboration, evolving innovative ideas, discovering, developing and seeing the final outcome. I enjoy challenging myself to push boundaries in order to create innovative outcomes and feel that my own dedication, enthusiasm and passion is reflected visually throughout my work.’

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‘Throughout my degree I have also integrated boundaries alongside editorial and have fuelled my love for set design and journalism; fusing together all that fascinates and excites me. This year myself and a fellow student began a design collaborative named ‘Ordered Chaos’ which specialises in set and prop design. We collaborated with a range of illustrators, scientists, film makers, teachers etc, to gather opinions, drawings and insights of the future; which we then brought to life as 3D forms. These were displayed in an exhibition and printed publication. Due to having a interest in writing, I also work as a music journalist for Sheffield’s Toast magazine and have also written articles for SHU Life Fashion and online travel magazine, Trip Tease.’


‘Currently, I have been lucky enough to feature in Creative Review for my editorial work and also exhibited at D&AD New Blood and New Designers. Following this experience I am now looking to push myself and my editorial portfolio further and have began to create digital publications.

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