Digital design skills complement crafty business

Sue Deakin, current Yoobee School of Design student, is already putting her design skills to good use.  Sue owns and runs her hand poured soy candle-making business, Kandle Co, out of her home in Christchurch.

Originally from the UK, Sue started her journey in Christchurch working in payroll at The Press. It was here Sue realised she wanted to learn more about design. The manager of Avenues magazine at The Press strongly recommended Yoobee School of Design. After enrolling in a part-time Photoshop course at Yoobee, Sue left her job and enrolled in the Diploma of Computer Graphic Design in October 2011.

Sue credits her tutors and the other students in the class for helping her get over some of the more difficult technological hurdles.  “I got great, honest feedback from the tutors. There were times I wanted to throw in the towel, but I look back now and I’m really glad I stuck it out.  I’m proud of how far I’ve come.”

As her design skills progressed in the course, so did her interest in candle-making.  For her final project for the Diploma of Computer Graphic Design, Sue created the initial branding for her candle company.

Sue decided to give the candle making business a go and started taking her candles to the local arts and crafts markets. However, she also decided to take on another qualification with Yoobee, and enrolled in the Diploma of Interactive Design in September 2012.  Sue is in the process of creating a website and online shop for Kandle Co.  It should be completed just in time for Christmas.

Sue now has the web and graphic design skills to grow and develop her business. Find more information about what a Yoobee Diploma’s could do for you.