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Diversity talk is cheap: Why perceptions of the design industry are deceptive.

As a designer from a minority and working class background, I had similar perceptions of the creative industries prior to beginning my career. I became a designer to do a job I love, and I wholeheartedly believe in many of the progressive ideals of diversity and equality that design agencies love to talk about.

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Client led projects

Undertaking live graphic design projects are a great way of testing your creativity in a real world situation. It can give your design confidence a boost, being asked to produce something in the first place, being listened to as a designer, seeing your work being used and circulated, and being paid for your efforts.

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Making the course work for you

As a tutor for the OCA I have at times had expressed to me a frustration from students on aspects of the course projects being a bit “vague”, or to put it another way, that there isn’t a clear set of instructions, such as “do this, now do that, in order to produce X,” and I thought it might be beneficial to current students to discuss this topic in a bit more detail…

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Reflecting on graphic design since the Millennium

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date. The exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production features work produced by 250 different graphic designers, made since the millennium. It charts a number of contemporary strands from the cultures of design-led publishing, the renaissance of type design, […]

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Announcing the Visual Communications degree at OCA

We are delighted to announce that we now have a new Visual Communications degree at the Open College of the arts validated by the University for the Creative Arts. The Design Council’s Industry Insights Report 2010 highlights that 87% of design consultants employ less than 10 staff, supporting the view that emerging designers need to […]

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