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Designer shares career tips with Gosport students

SKILLED Designer John McFaul, centre, discusses a bike frame and skateboard he designed with St Vincent students Josi Boroevics, 16, and Aaron Mcleod, 18. Picture: Colin Farmery

SKILLED Designer John McFaul, centre, discusses a bike frame and skateboard he designed with St Vincent students Josi Boroevics, 16, and Aaron Mcleod, 18. Picture: Colin Farmery

TOP graphic designer John McFaul gave an inspirational talk to creative students at St Vincent College in Gosport.

Mr McFaul has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world including Nokia, Nike and Pepsi.

And students studying graphics, art and photography were given the chance to ask the designer about why he chose the career and what inspired him.

The visit was organised by the college’s graphic design teacher, Jon Leftly.

He said: ‘He has certainly set the standard for the next speaker we get.

‘It is important the students get to hear from practising professionals and be inspired by them.’

Mr McFaul was a founding member of a design firm called Black Convoy, before leaving to set up his own company.

Since then he has worked on design projects for Toshiba and Levi’s and also directed the launch party for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9.

He also spoke to students about how his own ethics affect which clients he works with and how important it is to be a ‘self-starter.’

Student Lauren Hepple, 16, said: ‘It was really helpful to hear from someone who’s been through it before.’

 

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