Dan Wilson is a Designer at Blue Marlin, a company that specialises in brand development and design. He explains how he got into design and what his job involves.
How did you get into design?
Well I kind of stumbled into studying it as I had a friend who was studying at my local college, so I went down to meet him and saw what he was up to and from then on I knew it was what I wanted to pursue.
What does your role entail?
I’m lucky with my position at Blue Marlin as I’m given the opportunity to be involved from initial project proposal to realisation of projects. This allows me to see and learn so much as every project is different. Oh and I also have to make the occasional tea round.
What area of design do you specialise in? Why?
Studying at the Norwich School of Art and Design we were taught by working on projects ranging from book jackets to corporate identities to packaging, but the underlining theme that tied all these areas together was ideas and this was something that was drilled into us as the basis of good design.
What is the next step for you as a Designer?
To continue to learn from the amazing Designers around me and to develop my skills and confidence in my work.
How long have you been in this role for?
I have been currently working at Blue Marlin for three months full time and a on placement for six weeks.
What advice would you give to other young Designers looking for courses? First jobs?
On looking for courses I would have to say do the research.
I would have to say that the best and simplest advice I could give to young Designers would be, you get out of it what you put in!
Packaging for Tango, Kettle Chips and Yeo Valley yoghurt. All designed by Blue Marlin.