Francine Reignites her Creativity

FRANCINE BROWN – UK

VISUAL COMMUNICATION – SPECIALIST DESIGN LEVEL 4

Hi, I’m Francine, I currently live on the edge of the rural Cotswolds, close to the market town of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. I have been with the CDS for just over 2 years now, studying Graphic Design and Visual Communication.

I started working when I finished the Art Foundation Diploma as a Fabric Assistant in a local homewares brand.  At the same time, I began creating my own digitally printed textile pieces that I sold at markets, craft fairs, Etsy and through my own website. 

I began my design career many years ago when I was awarded a BA Honours degree in Illustration by Wolverhampton University before joining the London design agency Meiklejohn. I subsequently enjoyed a variety of roles within an ever-changing design world, before taking a longer-than-planned career break due to other life events.

Roll forwards to 2016 and with two young children now approaching school age, I was finally able to plan my return to the career I had always hoped for. Having been out of the industry for a number of years, I decided that I needed a ‘way in’ to refresh my technical skills, build my confidence and establish a network of like-minded people that I could engage with. I also needed to do this from the comfort of my own home! The Creative Design School fitted the bill perfectly and from my initial conversation with Pete, I knew that I had picked the right route.

The one-to-one Skype tutoring sessions with Pete have given me a sounding board for my ideas. The conversations have often been supportive, sometimes challenging yet always constructive. Pete has not only been able to guide me through the lesson material but has also been able to offer advice on a wider range of creative design topics. This has been incredibly useful for my progress as a graphic designer!

I feel most importantly the CDS has taught me the value of having a framework – the creative design process – to turn my ideas into reality. Applying a methodical, step-by-step guide to my working pattern has proved to be incredibly useful. As a result, I now have far more confidence in the finished product and, more importantly, far more confidence in myself.

I am passionate about the positive impact that great illustration and graphic design can have – hopefully the CDS can help you as much as it has me!

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