“I’d been a staging technician and done a bunch of other jobs but hadn’t found my passion. Not until I saw an ACG Yoobee billboard on the way to work one day. It said ‘Do what inspires you’. I enrolled for my Diploma of Computer Graphic Design a few weeks later!
“The magazine assignment was my favourite part of the course. There was no hand-holding - I just got to be inspired by what I love and play around until awesome came out. I created a music magazine, and it won me the National Supreme Excellence award for best work across all categories. I love photo manipulation and the one spread in particular that won the award had an image created entirely from a bunch of photos I’d taken and spliced together with various paint effects.
“Winning this award was so unexpected, and such an amazing achievement – it really taught me to believe in myself. I had it printed on canvas and it’s been hanging on my wall ever since. It’s a constant reminder that I can not only achieve my goals, I can surpass them.
“During my studies I also won second prize in a National Barcode competition that came with a cool $1000, and I managed to pick up a few freelance jobs through word-of-mouth. My first job after graduating was as a print assistant at Cube Creative Print & Design. It was the second interview I had. ACG Yoobee gave me the confidence that I could nail a junior role and move up quickly by proving myself. In less than five years I went from Print Assistant to Design Studio Manager, and now I’m hiring ACG Yoobee grads myself! They’re always my first pick, because I know what they know. I know what to expect. We hired graduate James Ransom a few years ago and now he’s my right-hand-man. I couldn’t do without him! I can’t wait to see what our latest ACG Yoobee recruit Leah Sullivan brings to the table!
“I work with some huge clients such as Adidas, Red Bull and Beam Global to name a few. I love working with such big clients. Having an idea and seeing it grow and evolve until eventually you see it out in the world is really exciting. Just last week I did four billboards for the new Adidas All Blacks Rugby World Cup jersey reveal, not to mention setting all the files for the POS and signage nationwide. Deadlines are super-tight here, so we’ve got to work fast. Luckily I learned about quick keys at ACG Yoobee. They make life so much easier in the workforce! I’m constantly learning new techniques on the job, but my studies set me up extremely well. I’ve worked with people that did three-year courses at other schools. I did a nine month ACG Yoobee course, and I’m their boss now! ACG Yoobee covers the Creative Suite bases so well.”Jordan Studied