Meet Emily Merchant, our new designer
Emily is one of our latest additions to the Hyphen team, after joining us at the beginning of July as a designer after graduating from De Montfort University this year. I caught up with her to find out how she was finding her first few weeks in the studio, and to find out what inspires her creativity!
Tell us how you got into design
I’ve always been a bit of an art & design enthusiast from a young age as I grew up with a step-father who was a keen painter and illustrator and I guess some of my interest might have stemmed from there. However I think I started to pay more attention to design during my high school years where a friend of mine introduced me to Photoshop. From there a lot of my work became digital as I realised how much potential the whole Adobe Creative suite package held to change your work into something you’d never be able to accomplish by hand. This interest in digital manipulation / image making then spurred me to continue my studies with a Foundation course in Art & Design as well as a BA Course in Graphic Design & Illustration where I have been able to tailor my interests in this specialism and develop my skills further to get me to this first step in my career. I haven’t stopped learning yet though!
What does your typical day in the studio entail?
A typical day in the Hyphen studio would probably include a nice mix of projects to work on; they usually vary from making amendments to ongoing projects as well as starting something from scratch. All of this accompanied of course by a friendly and relaxed environment, and two friendly colleagues (Jenni and Jason) who never mind answering my usual plethora of questions!!
Tell us about some of the projects you have worked on in your first couple of weeks at Hyphen
My first day involved finalising a rebranding project the studio had been working on for a local law firm. I was truly thrown in the deep end by having to work up the print files for a multitude of end products, which made my eyes go well and truly square by the end of the day from staring at the screen so intently. The next few weeks have enabled me to begin some designs for a local charity group from scratch as well as continuing to learn more about the functions of various design applications, so it’s been a great start!
Who and what inspires your creativity?
It’s hard to know where to start with this one because I’m so interested in such a variety of things and there’s also a variety of sources that are attached to them. To name a few; I love things that revolve around patterning, printmaking, tattoo art, hand drawn lettering, retro/vintage imagery and lettering, dynamic portraiture (think Francis Bacon) and inked illustrations. However during a creative slump I also like to explore Behance and Pinterest for inspiration with a cup of tea at hand for good measure.
Is there anything else you love to do when you are not in the studio?
When I’m not in the studio you can usually find me at home sitting at my desk working away on some freelance projects, doodling and singing along to my music. I also like to play guitar, although it’s been difficult to do so whilst being swamped with University work; I enjoy cooking and traveling and I am also keen to begin painting a little more in the next few months.
Make sure you keep checking back for more updates from Emily!