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Graphic Design Graduate Kirsty Dalton

Graphic design graduate Kirsty Dalton has just completed her studies at Falmouth University, she finds her strength and enjoyment lies in design for print.

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‘Whilst studying at Falmouth the idea has always been key, I have thoroughly enjoyed this focus on idea generation. After attending a bookbinding workshop in first year I have developed a passion for designing and making books by hand. This shows through in my portfolio with a strong focus on editorial and book design, alongside branding and packaging projects.’

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‘I love hands on projects, as I really enjoy the making and crafting part of the process. I like to craft as much as I can within projects by taking my own photographs and often using handwriting or hand drawn lettering within my work. My interests lie predominantly within design for print as I appreciate the tactile nature of physical outcomes. I enjoy collecting things, papers, magazines and anything that visually inspires me.

One of my final year projects was a book based on the experience of a kiss, using real anonymous stories to communicate what a kiss could mean to different people. Using real stories made the book more engaging, I even found myself reading over the stories again and again whilst designing the pages. I designed, printed and hand bound the whole book. Another recent project was a re brand of an independent bar and restaurant, based on the idea of the experience being a little different each time. I used rubber stamps and designed the menus to be printed daily to communicate the slight differences day to day. I enjoy projects that have a nice thought behind them and working towards that idea being communicated in a simple and effective way.’

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‘I am really looking forward to getting into the industry, I start my first internship later this month at a publishing company in my hometown of Chester. I am currently organising other internships to explore different areas of design, whilst continuing to make books in my spare time.’

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